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Unexpected Quotes to Prepare You for the Unforeseen

If you like the saying “Expect the Unexpected”, you’ll love these unexpected quotes.

Unexpected things are just a part of life. One of the only things you can be assured of is that many unexpected things will come your way throughout your life. How you handle these unexpected things will determine who you become as a person.

How do you react to unexpected situations?

Do you become nervous, angry, scared, excited, or do you take anything thrown your way in stride?

At each stage of life you can plan all you want, but learn to expect the unexpected because whether you want it or not, the unexpected will be a part of your life!

Please enjoy the quotes below about the unexpected.

Don’t forget to also check out these leap of faith quotes to inspire you to live the life you want.

Unexpected quotes about overcoming the unknown

1. “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” – Jamais Cascio

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2. “Those who don’t know how to suffer are the worst off. There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear out troubles until a better day.” – Deng Ming-Dao

3. “A creative train of thought is set off by the unexpected, the unknown, the accidental, the disorderly, the absurd, the impossible.” – Asger Jorn

4. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere

5. “Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these.” – Edward Dunedin

6. “Knowledge is power, and it can help you overcome any fear of the unexpected. When you learn, you gain more awareness through the process, and you know what pitfalls to look for as you get ready to transition to the next level.” – Jay Shetty

7. “Without being pushed to the wall, we will have remained in our comfort zone. But this circumstance challenges us to find the courage to move on.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

8. “The twists and turns of your life can be so unexpected, and that’s a good thing to learn.” – Christina Baker Kline

9. “Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.” – Faith Sullivan

10. “If you take control of those things you can, you are better able to negotiate the unexpected.” – Judy Sheindlin

11. “Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.” – Amit Ray

12. “You can’t make a recipe for something as complicated as surgery. Instead, you can make a recipe for how to have a team that’s prepared for the unexpected.” – Atul Gawande

13. “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw

14. “Never trust someone that claims they care nothing of what society thinks of them. Instead of conquering obstacles, they simply pretend they don’t exist.” – Tiffany Madison

Unexpected quotes that will inspire you to chase your dreams

15. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

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16. “There are almost unlimited possibilities for making discoveries and to uncover the unknown. It is in the nature of the discovery that it can not be planned or programmed. On the contrary, it consists of surprises and appears many times in the most unexpected places.” – Bengt I. Samuelsson

17. “Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure by dreaming BIG!” – Jo Franz

18. “Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” – Robert A. Heinlein

19. “You are an artist when you make someone feel something deep and unexpected.” – Amanda Palmer

20. “Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

21. “The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected.” – Julian Casablancas

Doing the unexpected quotes

22. “All creative people want to do the unexpected.” – Hedy Lamarr

23. “We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.” – C.S. Lewis

24. “Some of us, for better or worse, develop very stable, consistent, and largely predictable machineries of self. But in others, the self machinery is more flexible and more open to unexpected turns.” – Antonio Damasio

25. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N. Blount

26. “Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you.” – Elizabeth Warren

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27. “There is only one kind of shock worse than the totally unexpected: the expected for which one has refused to prepare.” ― Mary Renault

28. “I always say the next big thing will happen in unexpected places – up and coming cities that aren’t necessarily boom markets.” – Anna Sui

29. “But life inevitably throws us curveballs, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.” – Carre Otis

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Unexpected quotes about expecting the unknown

30. “If you expect life to be easy, challenges will seem difficult. If you accept that challenges may occur, life will be easier.” – Rob Liano

31. “Sometimes we let life guide us, and other times we take life by the horns. But one thing is for sure: no matter how organized we are, or how well we plan, we can always expect the unexpected.” – Brandon Jenner

32. “Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise. Become a stranger to need of pity. Or if compassion be freely given out, take only enough.” – Alice Walker

33. “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.” – Oscar Wilde

34. “I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

35. “If you do not expect the unexpected you will find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” – Heraclitus

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36. “The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Unknown

37. “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience.” – George Bernard Shaw

Unexpected quotes that will change the way you think

38.  “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” – Carl Sandburg

40. “The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.” – W.H. Auden

41. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” – Sylvia Plath

42. “Life is not what you expect: it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns.” – Ilaiyaraaja

43. “The best parts of any story to me are the unexpected things.” – Kirsten Vangsness

44. “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.” – Jane Fonda

45. “The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion.” – Watkin Tudor Jones

46. “One cannot plan for the unexpected.” – Aaron King

47. “But, instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthless try to discover, life gives us something that we could hardly imagine.” – Marcel Proust

48. “Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.” – Leon Trotsky

More unexpected quotes and sayings

49. “In life, there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place today, it is vain to seek it there tomorrow. You can not lay a trap for it.” – Alexander Smith

50. “Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected?” – Bob Dylan

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51. “The unexpected discoveries along the route are the joys of heading to the final destination.” – Steven Magee

52. “The unexpected is what makes life possible.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

53. “It is strange how new and unexpected conditions bring out unguessed ability to meet them.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs

54. “The most expected thing you can expect is what’s unexpected.” – Dick Allen

55. “Everything’s going along as usual and then all shit breaks loose.” – Joan Didion

Unexpected quotes that make total sense

56. “Would you like to know your future? If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator. So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence — a surprise.” ― Vera Nazarian

57. “Many people pray to be kept out of unexpected problems. Some people pray to be able to confront and overcome them.” ― Toba Beta

58. “Most people want to be circled by safety, not by the unexpected. The unexpected can take you out. But the unexpected can also take you over and change your life. Put a heart in your body where a stone used to be.” ― Ron Hall

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59. “Being positive reckons the unexpected.” ― Toba Beta

60. “I can’t say I wasn’t hoping for it, but I didn’t see it coming.” ― Jessi Kirby

61. “If there is anything important that a business owner could learn from this pandemic is to always be prepared for the unexpected.” ― Pooja Agnihotri

62. “To those who have imaginative minds. Don’t hesitate to put down your ideas on paper. They might take you down an unexpected path.” ― Adam Ressler

63. “The unexpected might be the place we were meant to be all along.” ― Nicole A Oliver

64. “Just when you think that life is moving in one direction, it boomerangs.” ― Bianca Bowers

65. “When life is about to do something great, it often sneaks up on us in order that the element of surprise might enhance every part of what it’s about to do.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Unexpected quotes for those surprising moments

66.  “For me it’s more fun to find an unexpected moment for a character to sing when you don’t expect them to.” ― Stephen Sondheim

67. “When people are like, ‘Life is good,’ I go, ‘No, life is a series of disastrous moments, painful moments, unexpected moments, and things that will break your heart. And in between those moments, that’s when you savor, savor, savor.’” ― Sandra Bullock

68. “My best ideas come to me at unexpected moments, like when I’m reading children’s books to my kids (the pictures inspire me), shopping, driving somewhere, seeing different things.” ― Mary Engelbreit

69. “Expect the unexpected, and whenever possible be the unexpected!” ― Lynda Barry

70. “No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” ― Julius Caesar

71. “Life is a journey, and the road we travel has twists and turns which sometimes lead us to unexpected places and unexpected people. But in turn it always lead us to our destination.” ― ― Igwe Daniel Kelechi

72. “The beauty of love is that, You can fall into it with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time.” ― Ritu Ghatourey

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

74. “Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.” ― Herbert Spencer

75. “When you live with an open heart, unexpected, joyful things happen.” ― Oprah Winfrey

What did you learn from these unexpected quotes?

Hopefully, after reading the quotes about the unexpected, you have an appreciation for the unforeseen things in life.

In fact, life would end up boring if nothing unexpected ever happened. If you look back at your life are your favorite experiences and events all expected, or are some unexpected?

The roads of our lives are so twisted back and forth by the unexpected. We don’t have this straight-line path and we are better off for it.

In fact sometimes the unexpected opens you up to new experiences that you are forced to try and often enough you find a new interest that you would have never found if not for the unexpected.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these unexpected quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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