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"Art must take reality by surprise." - Francoise Sagan

"Miracles are experiences that take us by surprise." - Karan Casey

"Take by surprise and the world gives up resistance." - Tennessee Williams

"Don't let your imagination take you by surprise." - Jimi Hendrix

"Machines take me by surprise with great frequency." - Alan Turing

"I keep my clocks a little fast / so time won't take me by surprise." - Ruth Whitman

"Faith in God - life can never take you by surprise again." - James Dobson

"It will happen when you're not looking for it. Love likes to take you by surprise." - Elizabeth Berg

"Disaster can take a nation by surprise, slowly, and then all at once." - David Remnick

"Do not always expect good to happen, but do not let evil take you by surprise." - Proverbs

"My own words take me by surprise and teach me what to think." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"We will not take this nation by storm or by stealth or by surprise. We will win it by work." - Joe Clark

"If you take a man by surprise, and behave with sufficient arrogance, he will generally do what you ask. -Emerson" - Barbara Mertz

"To elevate and surprise is the great art of quackery and puffing; to raise a lively and exaggerated image in the mind, and take it by surprise before it can recover breath." - William Hazlitt

"War always takes you by surprise." - Marjane Satrapi

"...there is one thing that all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise - an undivided will." - Soren Kierkegaard

"She waits for me, my lady Earth, Smiles and waits and sighs; I'll say her nay, and hide away, Then take her by surprise." - Mary Mapes Dodge

"If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door." - Lois Mcmaster Bujold

"My songs can make you cry, take you by surprise at the same time, can make you dry your eyes with the same rhyme" - Eminem

"You never want your second act or the whole movie to just be this relentless march towards its goal. You want things to take the audience by surprise." - Michael Arndt

"If you know from history the danger, then part of the danger is over because it may not take you by surprise as it did your ancestors." - Simon Wiesenthal

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." - Ashley Montagu

"Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never." - Jane Austen

"I like to surprise people. I try to take risks." - Carine Roitfeld

"There's some [films] where I do a lot of homework and then there's some, where it's supposed to take you by surprise. So you kind of just want to get in there and have everything take you by surprise rather than just have him tell you how everything went down." - Ron Livingston

"I think most films are too predictable. They follow familiar patterns. I suppose audiences like to know where they stand but I like films that take me by surprise, take unexpected turns and twists." - John Boorman

"Art must take reality by surprise. It takes those moments which are for us merely a moment, plus a moment, plus another moment, and arbitrarily transforms them into a special series of moments held together by a major emotion." - Francoise Sagan

"However desperate the situation and circumstances, don't despair. When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When surrounded by dangers, fear none of them. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness. When surprised, take the enemy by surprise." - Sun Tzu

"Go and surprise the whole country by doing something right." - Mark Twain

"See, the SAG awards caught me totally by surprise." - Patricia Clarkson

"He knows bad days. Bad days take him completely by surprise. They make him not trust the good days because it's likely something is lurking twenty-four hours away." - Melina Marchetta

"Is Tyson okay?' I asked. The question seemed to take my dad by surprise. 'He's fine. Doing much better than I expected. Though 'peanut butter' is a strange battle cry." - Rick Riordan

"Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid." - Muriel Spark

"Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little." - Stephen Levine

"A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy attentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take man by surprise." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I find mirrors detestable; I dislike seeing myself. Of course, there's a mirror in the bathroom, but it's a magnifying one for shaving. Photographs are fine, but I don't like mirrors because they take you by surprise." - Ericemmanuel Schmitt

"We like to kidnap them in a van, and take then somewhere dangerous... SURPRISE!!" - Gerard Way

"God loves to take people from broken backgrounds and surprise them with possibilities." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Surprise! The returns reported by mutual funds aren't actually earned by mutual fund investors." - John C. Bogle

"I think what people really hate is to be caught by surprise by criticism." - Lena Dunham

"That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration." - Agnes Martin

"Love' is finding the familiar dear. / 'In love' is to be taken by surprise." - Mona Van Duyn

"If you weren't surprised by your life you wouldn't be alive. Life is surprise." - William S Burroughs

"Cowardece is often just another name for being taken by surprise." - Gregory David Roberts

"I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five, Sidewalk Sundae Strawberry Surprise." - Tom Waits

"The shot will go smoothly only when it takes the archer himself by surprise." - Eugen Herrigel

"Saturday afternoon, although occurring at regular and well-foreseen intervals, always takes this railway by surprise." - W. S. Gilbert

"There are no guarantees, but being ready sure beats being taken by surprise" - Donald Trump

"Faithfulness had taken me by surprise. I wondered how long the phase would last." - Orson Scott Card

"Just like the breakthroughs, the bad stuff always takes you by surprise. (121)" - Gail Giles

"Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go." - Jean De La Fontaine

"Nor count compartments of the floors, But mount to paradise By the stairway of surprise." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No surprise here: Pop music is by far the most conservative art form there is." - Russell Smith

"Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The best way to achieve surprise quality is by avoiding cliches." - Alexey Brodovitch

"Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn't fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will - with luck - come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise" - V S Naipaul

"What do you think dignity's all about?' The directness of the inquiry did, I admit, take me rather by surprise. 'It's rather a hard thing to explain in a few words, sir,' I said. 'But I suspect it comes down to not removing one's clothing in public." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"Computers get better, faster than anything else ever. A child's PlayStation today is more powerful than a military supercomputer from 1996. But our brains are wired for a linear world. As a result, exponential trends take us by surprise. I used to teach my students that there are some things, you know, computers just aren't good at like driving a car through traffic." - Erik Brynjolfsson

"Being a unique superpower undermines the military intelligence of strategy. To think strategically, one has to imagine oneself in the enemy's place. If one cannot do this, it is impossible to foresee, to take by surprise, to outflank. Misinterpreting an enemy can lead to defeat. This is how empires fall." - John Berger

"The longer I've been doing this, the more I've realized that you have no idea what kinds of roles are possible for you - dream roles can take you by surprise. That being said, I need to play Hamlet one day. I'd also love to be in a play that I have written myself." - Jake Epstein

"Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn't fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will - with luck - come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise." - V S Naipaul

"In general, the men of lower intelligence won out. Afraid of their own shortcomings and of the intelligence of their opponents, so that they would not lose out in reasoned argument or be taken by surprise by their quick-witted opponents, they boldly moved into action. Their enemies,on the contrary, contemptuous and confident in their ability to anticipate, thought there was no need to take by action what they could win by their brains." - Thucydides

"My characters surprise me constantly. My characters are like my friends - I can give them advice, but they don't have to take it. If your characters are real, then they surprise you, just like real people" - Laurell K Hamilton

"I think its one of the great principles. The element of surprise, I mean, you could take a force that's not nearly as strong and with the element of surprise you could wipe out a much more powerful force." - Donald Trump

"My characters surprise me constantly. My characters are like my friends - I can give them advice, but they don't have to take it. If your characters are real, then they surprise you, just like real people." - Laurell K Hamilton

"Oh, if I had had a friend at this moment, a friend in an attic room, dreaming by candlelight and with a violin lying ready at his hand! How I should have slipped up to him in his quiet hour, noiselessly climbing the winding stair to take him by surprise, and then with talk and music we should have held heavenly festival throughout the night!" - Hermann Hesse

"The best surprise is no surprise." - Kemmons Wilson

"Outlandish lyrics sung by smiling people in perfect harmony. Has that edge of surprise...a little nuts and really funny." - Mick LaSalle

"That's the thing with suicide pacts. Sometimes they only really work if they catch you by surprise." - R. K. Milholland

"No, thank you, I don't mind the rain,' I said. I always lacked common sense when taken by surprise." - Anne Bronte

"You're never ready for the truth. No matter how much you think you know, it always takes you by surprise." - Kirsten Miller

"Unfamiliarity lends weight to misfortune, and there was never a man whose grief was not heightened by surprise." - Seneca the Younger

"There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for." - Charles Baudelaire

"Surprise me! Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried" - Yogi Berra

"Nothing takes God by surprise. He knows the future and can therefore guide us through its trackless ways." - W. T. Purkiser

"Great fashion is all about surprise. It should always be about doing something that isn't by the book." - Reed Krakoff

"To conclude, the tragedy of March 25 [1969] caught me by surprise. Yahya Khan fooled even me." - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

"That's the thing with suicide pacts. Sometimes they only really work if they catch you by surprise." - Randy K. Milholland

"Unfamiliarity lends weight to misfortune, and there was never a man whose grief was not heightened by surprise." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"You're never ready for the truth. No matter how much you think you know, it always takes you by surprise." - Kirsten Miller

"Surprise me! [Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried]" - Yogi Berra

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

"The terrorist uses surprise and stealth, and the only way to defeat that is by having accurate and timely intelligence." - Bill Nelson

"Unfinished Poem I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding." - John O'Donohue

"I find myself eating different kinds of chicken each and every day, even if it's by surprise." - Ludacris

"We had avoided discovery by the Sioux scouts, and we were confident of giving them a complete surprise." - Buffalo Bill

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

"I worked half my life to be an overnight success, and still it took me by surprise." - Jessica Savitch

"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future." - Adolf Hitler

"If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs." - Muriel Spark

"Playing villains is very liberating because unlike the leading man, nothing is expected of you. Leading men have to look good, they have to behave in a certain way, they have to fulfill an audience's expectations. But as a bad guy, you have free license to take the audience by surprise. And that's what audiences want - they want unpredictability from their villains. The villain's job is to subvert it." - Alfred Molina

"The difference between "winners" and "losers" is not whether they face obstacles and setbacks - we all do, and it is inevitable that plans do not unfold exactly as imagined or that unexpected events surprise us or that a few mistakes happen. The real difference is that "winners" bounce back from a fumble or a loss by refusing to panic, analyzing the situation and looking for positive actions they can take to correct the problem, and then go on to resume winning." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"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

"Never take your eyes off your opponent. And never think you do' have to work for a victory. Even now, you could surprise me. (Takeshi)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Never take your eyes off your opponent. And never think you don't have to work for a victory. Even now, you could surprise me. (Takeshi)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"When conventional tactics are altered unexpectedly according to the situation, they take on the element of surprise and increase in strategic value ." - Sun Bin

"I don't like the phrase shock value. Surprise is essential in comedy, and if people are shocked by what I consider merely surprising, then that's their shock. But there is no joke without surprise." - George Carlin

"Take Time by the forelock." - Thales

"The great and merciful surprise is that we come to God, not by doing it right, but by doing it wrong." - Richard Rohr

"The drab brown front of the house made it look as if it had been built from rusty spare parts. Someone always put lace curtains in the windows of dreary houses, and Nick was unsurprised to see the curtains making their attempts in every window of this place. There was a china garden gnome on the doorstep, wearing a desperate, crazy smile. "It's not so bad," Alan said. "You never take me nice places anymore, baby." said Nick, and was mildly gratified by Alan's ring of laughter, like a living bell that had been caught by surprise when it was struck." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority." - Bill Gates

"With some basic skills, ambition and persistence, then there is little limit to what you can achieve, and by trying you can often surprise yourself." - Joe Gold

"No sin which we are capable of committing has ever taken God by surprise for He knew we were just like that." - Alan Redpath

"Whatever professes to benefit by pleasing must please at once. The pleasures of the mind imply something sudden and unexpected; that which elevates must always surprise." - Samuel Johnson

"Life catches you by surprise. It always does. But there's good mixed in with the bad. It's there. You just have to recognize it." - Susan Beth Pfeffer

"Institutional United Methodism in America has given up on cities and given up on young people, so no surprise we are declining by nearly 100,000 annually." - Mark Tooley

"The odd thing about recurring dreams is that, no matter how many times you dream the same thing, it always takes you by surprise." - David Small

"Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart." - Edith Wharton

"Extinction catches Man by surprise because no one can even imagine that such a catastrophe can happen to an intelligent species." - Bill Gaede

"I was eleven years old when I saw a woman for the first time, and I was seized by such sudden surprise that I burst into tears." - Mia Couto

"Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures." - Bob Kerrey

"Rain never understands why people hide under their umbrellas! Let us make a surprise to the rain by closing our umbrellas!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"God often does His best work in us when He catches us by surprise and introduces a change that is completely against our own desire." - Charles R Swindoll

"Evil did not catch God by surprise. He had a rescue plan, and He's still in the process of working out His plan." - Greg Koukl

"I climbed down the outside of a Holiday Inn once just to surprise one of my crew by getting on his balcony and knocking on his window." - Lemmy Kilmister

"Frankly, neither president [Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter] was an inspiring figure; so, maybe their lack of inspiration by the founders shouldn't surprise us." - Paul Kengor

"You are a surprise for me./ Every moment./ You are unpredictable in your love./ You cannot be controlled by my love." - Kuruvilla Pandikattu

"Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain - your life will never be the same." - Catherine Jones

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." - P.Z. Pearce

"Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown - even when we don't want to and when we think we don't need to." - Paulo Coelho

"Pass in, pass in, the angels say, In to the upper doors; Nor count compartments of the floors, But mount to Paradise By the stairway of surprise." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I understand that this has taken a lot of politicians by surprise. But we believe that this is an important and right step for the steel industry." - Lakshmi Mittal

"Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown -even when we don't want to and when we think we don't need to." - Paulo Coelho

"Every year, dads will dress up as Santa and try to surprise their kids by coming down the chimney, and every year, a dad gets stuck and dies." - Kyle Dunnigan

"The essence of analysis is surprise. When people are themselves surprised by what they say, that's when they are really making some progress." - Sigmund Freud

"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character." - Camille Pissarro

"Every moment of my life has a soundtrack, so I never know when some song is going to jump me by surprise and bring the memory alive." - Rob Sheffield

"I believe that, by and large, people are good and everybody you meet is more likely to surprise you in a positive way than in a negative way." - Anthony Horowitz

"It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us." - Andrew Greeley

"Around every corner is another gift waiting to surprise us, and it will surprise us if we can achieve control over our natural tendencies to make comparisons [to things that are better rather than things that are worse], to take things for granted [rather than imagining how much worse things would be if they weren't there and so feeling grateful], and to feel entitled!" - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways. When we find new eyes, the unsuspected blessing in work we have done for many years may take us completely by surprise. We can see life in many ways: with the eye, with the mind, with the intuition. But perhaps it is only those who speak the language of meaning, who have remembered how to see with the heart, that life is ever deeply known or served." - Rachel Naomi Remen

"Is Tyson okay?" I asked. The question seemed to take my dad by surprise. He's fine. Doing much better than I expected. Though "peanut butter" is a strange battle cry. "You let him fight?" Stop changing the subject! You realize what you are asking me to do? My palace will be destroyed. "And Olympus might be saved." Do you have any idea how long I've worked on remodeling this palace? The game room alone took six hundred years. "Dad-" Very well! It shall be as you say. But my son, pray this works. "I am praying. I'm talking to you, right?" Oh . . . yes. Good point." - Rick Riordan

"The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man's self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought." - Francis Bacon

"I need to talk to you. I had a weird dream." "Let me guess. You got tied up by lady ninjas. With big hooters." "Uh, no." I take a sip of coffee and wince. It was ridiculously strong. My grandfather shoves a strip of bacon in his mouth with a grin. "Guess it would have been kind of weird if we'd had the same dream." I roll my eyes. "Well, you'd better not tell me anything else. Don't ruin the surprise in case I have it tonight." - Holly Black

"Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience." - Robert South

"Surprise your doubts with action." - Danielle LaPorte

"Surprise comes from defying expectations." - Seth Godin

"Always stay open to surprise." - Martin Scorsese

"Creativity is a continual surprise." - Ray Bradbury

"Love is the one surprise." - Madeleine L'Engle

"I think I surprise myself." - Robert Plant

"Take things always by their smooth handle." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight." - Seneca the Younger

"It is only the surprise and newness of the thing which makes that misfortune terrible which by premeditation might be made easy to us. For that which some people make light by sufferance, others do by foresight." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Surprise me, Atlantean. Attack. This is' a dance party. (Takeshi) You know, this is' building my confidence. In fact, I think I'm just going to lie here for a bit and take in some sun. (Acheron)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Surprise me, Atlantean. Attack. This isn't a dance party. (Takeshi) You know, this isn't building my confidence. In fact, I think I'm just going to lie here for a bit and take in some sun. (Acheron)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"We told them this morning and I think they (reacted) like you would expect. It was a surprise and the reality of this is very sobering for everybody. I don't take this lightly at all not at all." - Mike Jackson

"We must pray constantly for His enabling grace to say no to temptation, of choosing to take all practical steps to avoid known areas of temptation and flee from those that surprise us." - Jerry Bridges

"We burden ourselves with useless ideas which we carelessly take as facts. Instead of letting reality come as a new surprise, we insist that it conform to our habitual concepts, and thus, we spoil everything." - Vernon Howard



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