Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as the thought of sorrow coming. Airy ghosts that work no harm do terrify us more than men in steel with bloody purposes.
It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.
Nothing is so good as it seems before hand.
All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
Among so many sad realities we can but ill endure to rob anticipation of its pleasant visions.
To tremble before anticipated evils, is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasant than those crowned with fruition. In the first case we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the last it is cooked for us.
We part more easily with what we possess than with our expectations of what we hope for: expectation always goes beyond enjoyment.
The worst evils are those that never arrive.
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow's burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
Why need a man forestall his date of grief, and run to meet that he would most avoid?
He who foresees calamities, suffers them twice over.
Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering.
The joys we expect are not so bright, nor the troubles so dark as we fancy they will be.
Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
We often tremble at an empty terror, yet the false fancy brings a real misery.
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes.—What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
All things that are, are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.
In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation.
It is expectation makes blessings dear. Heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were.
Be not looking for evil.—Often thou drainest the gall of fear while evil is passing by thy dwelling.