65 Surprise Quotes On Success In Life

These surprise quotes will inspire you. Surprise, an unexpected event, piece of information, etc., or denoting a class of complex methods of change-ringing.

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

Best Surprise Quotes

  1. “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” ~ Boris Pasternak
  2. “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ~ Ashley Montagu
  3. “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.” ~ Charles Morgan
  4. “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” ~ Henry Ford

  5. “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” ~ Alice Walker
  6. “God is mighty. God is caring. God is worthy of praise. God is loving. God is able. God is in control. Nothing takes God by surprise. Some sweet reminders to soak in before falling asleep tonight.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst
  7. “The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.” ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
  8. “Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” ~ Thomas Hardy

  9. “Perhaps the safest prediction we can make about the future is that it will surprise us.” ~ George Leonard
  10. “Life is full of surprises.” ~ John Major
  11. “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ~ George S. Patton
  12. “I believe such illumination comes if you’re open to the surprises the universe throws at you. You must be able to let go of the past, whatever success you may have seen, whatever your comfort, whatever your habits. To me, that’s the key to loving life: Enabling yourself to step bravely into the unknown. Only there will you find yourself again.” ~ Juliette Binoche
  13. “Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

  14. “Practise wonder today – be present, begin again, know nothing, and allow everything to surprise you, inspire you, excite you, entertain you, teach you. Be fully open to life, today, and let yourself live wonderfully.” ~ Robert Holden
  15. “If you weren’t surprised by your life you wouldn’t be alive. Life is surprise.” ~ William S. Burroughs
  16. “Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” ~ Julia Cameron
  17. “The secret to humor is surprise.” ~ Aristotle

  18. “The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.” ~ Voltaire
  19. “The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.” ~ Carl von Clausewitz
  20. “The last thing people want is a surprise, these days.” ~ Gregory Heisler
  21. “There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.” ~ Henry James
  22. “A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.” ~ Robert Baden-Powell

  23. “Art must take reality by surprise.” ~ Francoise Sagan
  24. “Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.” ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset
  25. “A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates

  26. “A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.” ~ Francis Bacon , Surprise quotes unexpected
  27. “Love withers with predictability; its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
  28. “If you train your mind to search for the positive things about other people, you will be surprised at how many good things you can observe in them and comment upon.” ~ Alan Loy McGinnis

  29. “The joy of living, its beauty, is all bound up in the fact that life can surprise you.” ~ Frank Herbert
  30. “I’m not making any plans. I’m just going to let the universe surprise me.” ~ John Cusack
  31. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  32. “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
  33. “When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.” ~ Will Rogers

  34. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ~ Robert Frost
  35. “What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” ~ Ellen Burstyn
  36. “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

  37. “Always mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy, if possible.” ~ Stonewall Jackson
  38. “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
  39. “Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  40. “Nature is full for us of seeming inconsistencies and glad surprises.” ~ Margaret E. Barber
  41. “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
  42. “I’ve been around a long time, and life still has a whole lot of surprises for me.” ~ Loretta Lynn

  43. “I am the spirit of the morning sea, I am the awakening and the glad surprise.” ~ Richard Watson Gilder
  44. “A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.” ~ Charles de Gaulle
  45. “I love surprises and coincidences. I love them, even more, when I don’t pass them off as luck, but rather recognize them as a sign that my life’s course is right on track.” ~ Jason Mraz , Surprise quotes love
  46. “A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.” ~ Chevy Chase

  47. “My people – before I was changed – they exchanged this as a sign of devotion. It’s a Claddagh ring. The hands represent friendship; the crown represents loyalty… and the heart… Well, you know… Wear it with the heart pointing towards you. It means you belong to somebody. Like this.” ~ Joss Whedon
  48. “Maybe I don’t like people as much as the rest of the world seems to…But occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I’ll fall in love with them, so go figure.” ~ Mark Oliver Everett
  49. “The exciting part of acting, I don’t know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.” ~ Tom Cruise

  50. “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.” ~ John Keats
  51. “There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.” ~ Josh Billings
  52. “My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That’s what happens when you haven’t been home in eighteen years.” ~ Lee Trevino

  53. “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.” ~ Patrick Ewing
  54. “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
  55. “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
  56. “At the age of 19, you always think you are prepared for everything and you think you have the knowledge of what’s coming ahead.” ~ Princess Diana

  57. “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
  58. “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
  59. “I don’t repeat that many styles if I can help, although some have become classics. I try not to repeat. I’d rather surprise people.” ~ Christian Louboutin
  60. “Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.” ~ Jane Austen

  61. “Which death is preferably to every other? ‘The unexpected’.” ~ Julius Caesar
  62. “A rule of thumb for a warrior is that he makes his decisions so carefully that nothing that may happen as a result of them can surprise him, much less drain his power.” ~ Carlos Castaneda
  63. “Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.” ~ James Huneker

  64. “It is still a surprise when people tell me that I’ve had an influence on them, particularly when it’s someone I really respect.” ~ Bonnie Raitt
  65. “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

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