81+ Best Unexpected Quotes You Need To Remember

If an event or someone’s behavior is unexpected, it surprises you because you did not think that it was likely to happen. Profoundly inspirational unexpected quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Unexpected Quotes

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

Many are the strange chances of the world, said Mithrandir, and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter. J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. Diane Ackerman

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

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

By looking for the unexpected and discerning the surreptitious features in the scenery within us, we apprehend our personality, find out our identity and learn how to cultivate it. Taking care of our fingerprints will be an enduring endeavor. Erik Pevernagie

Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them. Leo Rosten

Happiness is not an unexpected jackpot nor a monolithic cluster but a forbearing casting and a daily discovery process. Why has shé got stars in the sky? Erik Pevernagie

There are uses to adversity, and they don’t reveal themselves until tested. Whether it’s serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths. Sonia Sotomayor

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

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

Family was even a bigger word than I imagined, wide and without limitations, if you allowed it, defying easy definition. You had family that was supposed to be family and wasn’t, family that wasn’t family but was, halves becoming whole, wholes splitting into two; it was possible to lack whole, honest love and connection from family in lead roles, yet to be filled to abundance by the unexpected supporting players. Deb Caletti

Life is all about the unexpected. Vernon Davis

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

Sometimes life takes you on unexpected paths, and those paths aren’t always in the same direction. Jonathan Scott

I have to smile. He’s such a dork. But I’m starting to realize the one good thing that’s happened he’s my dork. Ally Carter

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. Doris Lessing

The expected always happens. Benjamin Disraeli

The inspiration came suddenly again to surrender to the Mother. It was quite unexpected And so somehow I made a surrender to the Mother. Then I had an experience of overwhelming love. Waves of love sort of flowed into me. Bede Griffiths

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

The gift of writing is to be self forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself. Seamus Heaney

It was such an unexpected and genuine smile that if I only had a soul I’m sure I would have felt quite guilty. Jeff Lindsay

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory. Gary Zukav

I always tell my students, about the biggest baddest things in life you must try to write small and light, save the big writing for the unexpected tiny thing that always makes or breaks a story. Pam Houston

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man. James Thurber

The truth is that we don’t want to be saved by in the way God has chosen; we want to keep absolute control over our every step, to be fully conscious of our decisions, to be capable of choosing the object of our devotion. It isn’t like that with love it arrives, moves in, and starts directing everything. Paulo Coelho

Life just doesn’t care about our aspirations, or sadness. It’s often random, and it’s often stupid and it’s often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought. Khaled Hosseini

Being positive reckons the unexpected. Toba Beta

It’s always better to shock people and change people’s expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do. It’s not unexpected for me to be in a comedy film anymore; I’m no longer the underdog in that world. Not that I’m great or good at it or anything, it’s just that I’ve done a bunch of them, so you’re not shocked. Jonah Hill

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

I just want to see what life’s going to throw my way. So far, it’s been very unexpected. I’m kinda on a roller coaster and want to enjoy that. Anya Taylor Joy

It happened so fast. No one had time to do anything, but watch. Jason Medina

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

Mind you, I’m a fine one to talke. I mean, I killed myself and just look at me now I’m a qualified pilot, I can escape from a cockpit in five metres of water and I’m halfway up a mountain with a nutty gymnast who wants to chuck herself off the edge. Steve Voake

An effective public health response requires that those leading the response pivot when new information comes out and change course when unexpected circumstance arise. Leana S. Wen

We can prevent anger to a very large extent by anticipating its causes and planning in advance. A person who gets angry frequently is a person who has not planned well enough to tackle any unexpected situations from cropping up. The better your planning is, lesser the chances of you having to face any unexpected situations and lesser becomes the chance of your getting angry. Awdhesh Singh

Often the most unexpected, unpredictable moments in life are the ones that leave the biggest impression and that teach us to roll with the punches. Natalya Neidhart

The structure was like an aquarium filled with air instead of water, and Dani and Zephyr were the fish inside, there for the enjoyment of the Water People, or for whatever other purpose their captors had in mind. Steven Decker

I think my mother made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. Caroline Kennedy

Another great Sufi Master, Bayazid Bistami, deliberately picked up and ate a piece of food, breaking his fast, during Ramadan the month of fasting, in order to scandalize his students, and cause the unworthy to leave him alone. Very many well read students of Sufism are highly familiar with stories such as this, but when they come across a Master who acts in unexpected and surprising ways, they run away. This is precisely the opposite of what all their reading taught them is the correct course of action in such situations. Laurence Galian

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

She sensed an ending, and she thought that Flint did too. But she also sensed a beginning. The post pandemic world would continue to unfold in many directions at once many of them troubling and disheartening, she imagined. She had to counteract even just a fraction of that negative energy. Amy L. Bernstein

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

I longed to have my mama come to me and sing me a song that settled me down while she rubbed my back, quieting my restless mind and pouting heart and helping me fall asleep, knowing I was loved. Steven Decker

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. Oscar Wilde

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

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

The world was becoming a very puzzling place for me. I didn’t understand why bad people were allowed to tell good people what to do. What kind of world would allow that to happen? Steven Decker

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

Love really was like a bird. You didn’t know where it might settle, or where. You couldn’t tame it, couldn’t force it. Couldn’t often predict it. You could call and call for it and never would it flutter down. Then, at the most unexpected time, in the most unexpected place, it was there. Roseanna M. White

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

You are my rainbow. You came unexpectedly into my life, as rainbows do. I know life is not rainbows and butterflies, but I would like to center all around my only rainbow, hoping for the butterflies to follow. Rolf van der Wind

Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means. P. T. Barnum

For now, I had escaped. I was free. And I wanted to know what freedom really felt like, at least for a while. Steven Decker

True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed. Tom Robbins

Pain comes strangely, but is never a stranger. Anthony Liccione

God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your house. That’s God shifting things in your favor. Joel Osteen

Even our most misguided adventures were some of the best experiences of my life. Darcy Luoma

If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance. Ralph Marston

What entertainment value is there in executions if not for the occasional surprise? Why does the public attend? For the unexpected! A condemned man who flails about, or launches into a final fiery tirade. But times are changing, indeed they are. Fabien Vehlmann

I tried out various experiments described in treatises on physics and chemistry, and the results were sometimes unexpected. At times, I would be encouraged by a little unhoped for success; at others, I would be in the deepest despair because of accidents and failures resulting from my inexperience. Marie Curie

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

There’s always going to be the circumstances you can’t plan for. There’s always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity. Jason Silva

And suddenly failing is not the act of getting it wrong, it’s the act of not even trying at all. Michelle Poler

Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps. Adam Grant

Choices which are made based upon guesswork or assumptions are likely to cause inconvenience or unexpected outcomes at some stage. Steven Redhead

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

Don’t say never say not yet. Some of the most amazing things in life happen unexpectedly. Brittany Burgunder

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

The worst is what happens when you’re blithely going about the dogged routine of your life, those moments when you’ve forgotten to have a guard up at all. Kristy McGinnis

Charm is a product of the unexpected. Jose Marti

They found a body in the Salford cemetery, but aboveground and alive. Elizabeth McCracken

I’ve found beauty in such unexpected places. I think the most beautiful thing you can do is be yourself and to own it. Shannon Purser

Olympic athletes are strong and fit and tough. But none of that matters if they’re not also resilient, capable of shaking off setbacks and adapting quickly to unexpected circumstances. Alex Hutchinson

Picking my topics is sort of a process of elimination for me. Most things don’t work for me. I like to cover science and unexpected things happening in labs. Also, theoretical research doesn’t work for my style. I need scenes and interactions. Then, humor. I’m having the most fun when I can have fun with my work. Mary Roach

Being able to accept that unexpected things can happen is important to managing our mindset. Sometimes adopting a fuck it attitude, as self diagnosed overthinker Steve Kerr did during his NBA career, can be important to help overcome an endless loop of debilitating thoughts and irrelevant distractions. Noel Brick

Life is not what you expect it is made up of the most unexpected twists and turns. Ilaiyaraaja