„Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.“

As quoted in Meyer Berger’s New York (1960)

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Bernard Baruch4
1870 - 1965

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„For true it is, good oft befalls us when we least expect it. And true it is, that when we trust in hope, we’re often disappointed.“

—  Plautus, Rudens

Rudens, Act II, scene 3, line 69
Rudens (The Rope)
Original: (la) Nam multa praeter spem, scio, multis bona evenisse. At ego etiam qui speraverint, spem decepisse multos.

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„We are deceived by promises and time disappoints us…“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations.

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„Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed“

—  Alexander Pope eighteenth century English poet 1688 - 1744

Letter, written in collaboration with John Gay, to William Fortescue (23 September 1725).
A similar remark was made in a letter to John Gay (16 October 1727): "I have many years magnify'd in my own mind, and repeated to you a ninth Beatitude, added to the eight in the Scripture: Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."
Variante: Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Contexto: "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed" was the ninth Beatitude which a man of wit (who, like a man of wit, was a long time in gaol) added to the eighth.

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„After the first proof [of 'Sphere Spirals'] my high expectations were, as always, greatly disappointed. I am now struggling on - with some feeling of despair - so that I at least achieve a passable result.“

—  M. C. Escher Dutch graphic artist 1898 - 1972

Quote of Escher, c. 1958; as cited in Biography of M.C. Escher http://im-possible.info/english/articles/escher/escher.html
1950's

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„And not only does one not seize at once and retain an impression of works that are really great, but even in the content of any such work (as befell me in the case of Vinteuil’s sonata) it is the least valuable parts that one at first perceives… Less disappointing than life is, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.“

—  Marcel Proust, livro In Search of Lost Time

Et non seulement on ne retient pas tout de suite les œuvres vraiment rares, mais même au sein de chacune de ces œuvres-là, et cela m'arriva pour la Sonate de Vinteuil, ce sont les parties les moins précieuses qu'on perçoit d'abord... Moins décevants que la vie, ces grands chefs-d'œuvre ne commencent pas par nous donner ce qu'ils ont de meilleur.
Fonte: In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol II: Within a Budding Grove (1919), Ch. I: "Madame Swann at Home"

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„Who doesn't have big hopes can't be disappointed.“

—  Patricia Conde Spanish actress 1979

Quien no alberga grandes esperanzas no puede resultar decepcionado.
Patricia Conde's Fotolog http://www.fotolog.com/ohadri/21499931#, quoted from a magazine Ayer tuve un sueño (22 April 2010)

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„Those, who expect more, will be disappointed, but no change will be effected by it.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

Letter to George William Fairfax (25 June 1786), published in The Writings Of George Washington (1835) by Jared Sparks, p. 175
1780s
Contexto: My manner of living is plain. I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready; and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome. Those, who expect more, will be disappointed, but no change will be effected by it.

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„What is Man? Man is a noisome bacillus whom Our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Autobiographical Dictation (1906).
Variante: The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey.

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„The cynic says "blessed is he who expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed." I say "blessed is he who expecteth everything, for he can't always be disappointed.“

—  Tallulah Bankhead American actress 1902 - 1968

"I want everything" in What I Want from Life (1934) edited by Edmund George Cousins, p. 108
Contexto: The cynic says "blessed is he who expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed." I say "blessed is he who expecteth everything, for he can't always be disappointed."

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