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Surprise Quotes

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Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

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May your season shine with delight and surprise.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Society is always taken by surprise
at any new example of common sense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

 

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved:
It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
- Charles Morgan

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I do like to shock and surprise people.
When it's all in good fun, of course.
- Ruth Warrick

The True Surprise is that
So Many of Us have Evolved So Rapidly.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

The first two pictures I did, I played a young student in prep school.
When I did Lifeguard, everyone was saying,
You're so Southern California.
It was a surprise to me.
- Parker Stevenson

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.
It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
- Ashley Montagu

I hope it will come as no surprise that I have something to say.
- Teresa Heinz

It came as a surprise to find that a professional society
and journal (Econometrica) were flourishing,
and I entered this area of study with great enthusiasm.
- Lawrence R. Klein

Expect nothing at all and accept as a joyful surprise
whatever good you find in matrimony.
- Frank Leslie

A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be
at the heart of the best art.
- Wendy Carlos

I was well warned about English food,
so it did not surprise me, but I do wonder sometimes,
how they ever manage to prise it up long enough to get a plate under it.
- Margaret Halsey

We grew up in a very creative environment and were
exposed to the arts at a very young age,
so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.
- Spike Lee

I worked half my life to be an overnight success,
and still it took me by surprise.
- Jessica Savitch

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly
what to do when anything unexpected happens.
- Robert Baden-Powell

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable
when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
- Jimmy Buffett

Investigators have discovered that dogs can laugh,
which can't be too big of a surprise.
- Tony Snow

Though times have changed, it's a nice surprise to
see that youthful feeling of anti-war sentiment returning
once more to the cobbled main streets of Europe.
- Cat Stevens

Art must take reality by surprise.
- Francoise Sagan

It doesn't matter to me if it has a surprise ending or not.
I usually go for the material or the project.
- Donnie Wahlberg

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what
to do and let them surprise you with their results.
- George S. Patton

In real life, there are names that surprise us because
they don't seem to suit the person at all.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski

I knew nothing about film at all.
I suppose the biggest surprise is all these things.
In the theatre we sort of do, I might do two or three
key interviews and that would be it.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

See, the SAG awards caught me totally by surprise.
- Patricia Clarkson

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions
of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.
- Henry James

Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try
out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant.
To my surprise, I won - and was sent to New York City to compete nationally.
- Donna Rice

It was very difficult to startle or surprise someone
with a particular sound during the family computer era.
- Nobuo Uematsu

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
- Ellen Burstyn

I'm awkward at these things.
Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise
and I was a little uncomfortable.
- Pat Morita

My divorce came to me as a complete surprise.
That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years.
- Lee Trevino

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic.
Be insistently curious.
- Gordon Gee

If they aren't real enough to surprise me,
then they aren't real enough to go on the page.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner
with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner.
- Holly Near

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly
in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless.
It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

Whoever can surprise well must conquer.
- John Paul Jones

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
- Robert Frost

I'll never forget the first screening at the Berlin Film Festival.
As soon as the film ended there was an outbreak of booing,
which made us look at each other with some surprise.
- John Schlesinger

This may surprise you, but I was arrested in high school.
- Pat Boone

I'm sure there are a few things in my CD collection
that might surprise people.
I like classical music, the blues, and I'm a big fan of alternative rock.
- Brad Paisley

Amsterdam was a great surprise to me.
I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals;
it had never entered my mind that I should find similar
conditions in a Dutch town.
- James Weldon Johnson

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often
very much surprised himself.
- Voltaire

My love for the theater has always been a priority.
That hasn't changed.
I got into acting that way.
The film work that came up was really a surprise.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

I saw a story in the Los Angeles Times that 40 percent of the viewers are men.
It didn't really surprise me.
- James Denton

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.
- David Mamet

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing.
It is my way of judging what I am doing -
which is never an easy thing to do.
- V. S. Naipaul

A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times
surprise a man and lay him open.
- Francis Bacon

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination,
because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise,
gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which
it was not before possessed.
- Joseph Addison

The biggest surprise about our marriage is that Erin was out there.
- James Denton

Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- Alice Walker

What would surprise a lot of people about me...
I'm a gardener!
I have a green thumb.
I really like to get into the shrubs,
the bushes, and really cultivate.
- Jeffrey Donovan

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more
soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
- Heywood Broun

Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if
our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and
another hand reaches out to take up our arms.
- Che Guevara

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.
- Thomas J. Jackson

I have the 'thing' worked out - the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact.
Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out.
- Lee Child

Mystery is at the heart of creativity.
That, and surprise.
- Julia Cameron

I'm into all that sappy stuff - a surprise picnic,
nice dinner, or traveling.
I'm kind of an old romantic.
- Will Estes

Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.
- Bishop Robert South

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
- Alan Turing

I honestly have no strategy whatsoever.
I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox
and completely surprise me.
- Ben Kingsley

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
- Boris Pasternak

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything,
drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover
to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.
- Camille Pissarro

Man is always more than he can know of himself;
consequently,
his accomplishments, time and again,
will come as a surprise to him.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The success of the second 'Austin Powers' caught us
by surprise a little bit.
We had decided not to do even a second one,
unless the audience wanted it and we could do something better.
- Jay Roach


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