37 Low Expectations Quotes On Success In Life

These low expectations quotes will inspire you. Low expectations, the practice of expecting less from members of a disadvantaged group and thus implicitly encouraging those people not to reach their full potential.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging low expectations quotes, low expectations sayings, and low expectations proverbs.

Best Low Expectations Quotes

  1. “No one rises to low expectations” ~ Les Brown
  2. “The secret to happiness is having low expectations.” ~ Warren Buffett
  3. “It is great to be a blonde. With low expectations, it’s very easy to surprise people.” ~ Pamela Anderson
  4. “The primary limitation in life is our low expectations for ourselves and others. When we expect minimum results, that’s usually what we get.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  5. “There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” ~ Jodi Picoult

  6. “The soft bigotry of low expectations” ~ Michael Gerson
  7. “Keep low expectations and life gets pretty good.” ~ Anthony Hopkins
  8. “If you put fleas in a shallow container they jump out. But if you put a lid on the container for just a short time, they hit the lid trying to escape and learn quickly not to jump so high. They give up their quest for freedom. After the lid is removed, the fleas remain imprisoned by their own self-policing. So it is with life. Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.” ~ John Taylor Gatto
  9. “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone’s expectations.” ~ Bill Watterson , Keep low expectations quotes
  10. “I’m the master of low expectations.” ~ George W. Bush

  11. “Society imposes low expectations of those who have disabilities”” ~ Erik Weihenmayer
  12. “If your expectations aren’t to be the best, then… you know, nobody rises to low expectations.” ~ Chip Kelly
  13. “But in any case, I did poorly on the tests and so, in the first three years of school, I had teachers who thought I was stupid and when people think you’re stupid, they have low expectations for you.” ~ Robert Sternberg
  14. “I had very low expectations. Honestly, I think I had 11 rounds of golf the entire year in before this tournament, and I had hit balls maybe four or five times.” ~ Trent Dilfer
  15. “I went to Washington to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations” ~ Jonathan Kozol

  16. “Every time you hear someone read your book and liked your book, you’re never sure whether that’s going to follow with a similar remark from someone else. Perhaps I have low expectations, but whenever I hear someone say, ‘I liked your book,’ I don’t know if it’s going to happen again.” ~ Joshua Ferris
  17. “As long as there are people in education making excuses for failure, cursing future generations with a culture of low expectations, denying children access to the best that has been thought and written, because Nemo and the Mister Men are more relevant, the battle needs to be joined.” ~ Michael Gove
  18. “I have a different starting premise from those 100 academics who are so heavily invested in the regime of low expectations and narrow horizons which they have created.” ~ Michael Gove
  19. “When I needed to overcome the low expectations of others or the bias that would be expressed in one circumstance or another, I’d keep on keeping on. And I climb over the obstacle, go around it, dig under it, fly over it. That’s what kept me going. Otherwise I would have never been an astrophysicist.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
  20. “Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating” ~ Wayne Dyer

  21. “Americans are in serious intellectual trouble – in danger of losing our hard-won cultural capital to a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations.” ~ Susan Jacoby
  22. “The first discipline modernity’s originators imposed upon themselves was that of self-restraint, learning to live with vulgarity. Their high expectations for effectiveness were made possible by low expectations of what was to be.” ~ Allan Bloom
  23. “That is still the case in this country for too many students, the soft bigotry of low expectations. If you don’t expect them to learn, if you don’t expect them to succeed – then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” ~ Tavis Smiley
  24. “Its a call-to-action to rise from the dead and actually live. Were born spiritually dead, and Im calling for everyone to become spiritually alive. Secondly, dont wait until later to live the way you were created. God created you to honor Him, find joy, and serve others. Dont sleep on that. Lastly, rise above the low expectations people have.” ~ Trip Lee
  25. “The secret to true happiness is low expectations and insensitivity.” ~ Olivia Goldsmith

  26. “The way we make money as a group is that we don’t pay a lot for anything, and most of the stocks we buy have low expectations.” ~ Joel Greenblatt
  27. “I don’t want to be someone that you’re settling for. I don’t want to be someone that anyone settles for. Marriage is hard enough without bringing such low expectations into it, isn’t it?” ~ Nora Ephron
  28. “I’ve always found that one of the biggest benefits of being a girl is that most people refuse to take you seriously. While boys must be constantly monitored and are always the first suspects when anything goes wrong, everyone expects girls to do what they’re told. It may seem a little insulting at first, but low expectations can be a blessing in disuise. If you’re smart, you can use people’s foolishness to your own advantage. It’s amazing what you can get away with when no one bothers watching.” ~ Kirsten Miller
  29. “I still think in this country, and this might surprise you, the one thing that George Bush said as president that I do agree with, I love that phrase, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”” ~ Tavis Smiley
  30. “The one thing I’ve always had going for me was people’s low expectations. Nobody ever expects a whole hell of a lot from me.” ~ Chris Isaak

  31. “I don’t really distinguish between a fictional hero and a real-life hero as a basis for any comparison. To me, a hero is a hero. I like making pictures about people who have a personal mission in life or at least in the life of a story who start out with certain low expectations and then overachieve our highest expectations for them. That’s the kind of character arc I love dabbling in as a director, as a filmmaker.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  32. “One can fall into the soft bigotry of low expectations.” ~ Gerald Chertavian
  33. “A married guy is responsible for everything, no matter what. Women, thanks to their having been oppressed all these years, are blameless, free as birds, and all the dirt they do is the result of premenstrual syndrome or postmenstrual stress or menopause or emotional disempowerment by their fathers or low expectations by their teachers or latent unspoken sexual harassment in the workplace, or some other airy excuse. The guy alone is responsible for every day of marriage that is less than marvelous and meaningful.” ~ Garrison Keillor
  34. “I’ve been awkward forever. I have really low expectations for myself. When I do perform to some sort of social standard, I leave feeling really comfortable. I’m either so awkward that I look retarded or I’m so awkward that everyone else feels retarded.” ~ Earl Sweatshirt
  35. “Compassionate conservative soft bigotry of low expectations.” ~ George W. Bush

  36. “We’ve been sold this lie that disability makes you exceptional and it honestly doesn’t. … I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning.” ~ Stella Young
  37. “I could hardly be responsible for my actions when everyone around me gave me every opportunity to sink to their low expectations.” ~ Darynda Jones

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