For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson surprises quote
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
— George S. Patton
The secret to humor is surprise.
A man surprised is half beaten.
— surprises quotation by Thomas Fuller
Which death is preferably to every other? The unexpected.
Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in contented dazzlement of surprise.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I am Jack's Broken Heart.
For a person who lives 100 years in the future, the present comes as no surprise.
I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.
Surprise me! Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried
Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one.
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.
Man is always more than he can know of himself;
consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
I'm into all that sappy stuff - a surprise picnic, nice dinner, or traveling.
I'm kind of an old romantic.
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise.
Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
Wherever we go, across the Pacific or Atlantic, we meet, not similarity so much as 'the bizarre'. Things astonish us, when we travel, that surprise nobody else.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
I never want to do the same things twice. I like surprises.
I really, really thought that it was a no-brainer in terms of being a hit.
And so it does surprise that that hasn't been the manifested reception of it so far.
But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them, I too believe in the necessity of organization.
It should cause no surprise that anyone so lazy as myself should be economical to the point of miserliness with everything he writes.
To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat.
The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled;
each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden.
What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.
Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I've done.
But I'm telling you honestly that it doesn't surprise me. I knew I could do it.
The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.
If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.
The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three.
First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought.
My divorce came to me as a complete surprise.
That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years.
Nor has his death the world deceiv'd than his wondrous life surprise d;
if he like a madman liv'd least he like a wise one dy'd.
One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us, and whereto our passions transport us; but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will are not subject to contradiction. Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.