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  • None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.

  • ... experience should teach us that it is always the unexpected that does occur.

  • ... the cream of enjoyment in this life is always impromptu. The chance walk; the unexpected visit; the unpremeditated journey; the unsought conversation or acquaintance.

  • Something totally unexpected, / like a barking cat.

  • In life the only thing that you can expect is the unexpected; the only surprise is a day that has none.

  • It's been my experience, Charlotte, that the crisis never comes as or when you expect.

  • If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.

  • Absurdly improbable things are quite as liable to happen in real life as in weak literature.

  • What a boon disparity is — difference of opinion has never been sufficiently appreciated. It is the unexpected, the unknowable, the divine irrationality of life that saves us.

  • The Trevor way of life seldom involved taking a decision that had not, in fact, been unconsciously made before the problem apparently arose. Events inevitably succeeded each other, and, in so restricted a life as theirs, the normal margin for accidental influences to bring about changes was extremely small. Thus, no mechanism had ever been developed for the assimilation of the unexpected ...

  • Breakthroughs, in art, in culture, in personality, come when tackling the unexpected.

  • Truly nothing is to be expected but the unexpected!

    • Alice James,
    • 1891, in Anna Robeson Burr, Alice James ()
  • The most likely moment for something incredible to happen to me was the moment I was most certain nothing ever would.