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an-tic-i-pa-tion, noun.

  • a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen
  • the act of preparing for something

Anticipation is such a great word, great feeling.  Better than hope because it is more immediate, more likely to really bring about action.  Better than a surprise, but it is not so unexpected.  Anticipation says you are on the threshold of something you are longing for.

Now, that’s pretty good.


I’m anticipating a good week, month, summer, year!  How about you?  What are you looking forward to with excitement and expectation?

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“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”   Alfred Hitchcock

“Why, for example, do the great writers use anticipation instead of surprise?  Because surprise is merely an instrument of the unusual, whereas anticipation of a consequence enlarges our understanding of what is happening.”  Roger Rosenblatt

“But is we learn to think if it as anticipation, as learning, as growing, if we think of the time we spend waiting for the big things of life as an opportunity instead of a passing of time, what wonderful horizons open out!”  Anna Neagle

“Conscience is most mean, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.”   Jeremy Taylor

“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change; the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.”  Samuel Johnson

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.”   Norman Cousins

“People don’t realize that now is all there ever is: there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”  Eckhart Tolle

“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living.  In anticipating of tomorrow, it loses today.”  Seneca

“Most travel is the best of all in the anticipation of the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.”  Regina Nadelson

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.”  Samuel Smiles

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”   A. A. Milne

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”   Dr. Seuss

“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”   Khaled Hosseini

“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.”   Nicholas Sparks

“The pleasure isn’t in doing the thing, the pleasure is in planning it.”   John Green“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”   Andy Warhol

Comments on: "Anticipation" (8)

  1. Didn’t realize it. I like the sound of that word.

  2. Jean Albert said:

    Is that your cat ?     aj

  3. No. This gorgeous cat is Sydney–and he was owned by friends years ago. Now, Syd is in kitty-cat heaven. But when alive, he and his cat siblings always monitored the chipmunks and birds who regularly enjoyed the treats provided out on the balcony. I was sorting through some old photos the other day and rediscovered this one.

  4. So funny … As soon as I saw the title, Carly Simon’s song came to mind (thus anticipating leaving it) … but then you end the post with it … so you shot down my balloon. 😉 … I don’t anticipate much because I’m fairly even keeled. It drives my wife crazy, such as “Are you excited to leave for vacation?” … or just fill in the blank. … but I have been thinking about Skyline Chili for lunch the past few days.

  5. Great. About the only problem I can see about anticipating some great food treat–like knowing some special dessert is waiting at home at the end of a long day–is when you get home and someone else has eaten it! OMG. The anticipation makes that reality worse, but most times it’s good. ; )

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