I have known him [Micawber] come home to supper with a flood of tears, and a declaration that nothing was now left but a jail; and go to bed making a calculation of the expense of putting bow-windows to the house, in case anything turned up, which was his favorite expression. DickensDavid Copperfield. Ch. XI.
Since yesterday I have been in Alcalá. Erelong the time will come, sweet Preciosa, When that dull distance shall no more divide us; And I no more shall scale thy wall by night To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now. LongfellowSpanish Student. Act I. Sc. 3.
Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed. PopeLetter to Gay. Oct. 6, 1727. Called by Pope and Gay The Eighth Beatitude. Bishop Heber refers to it as Swifts Eighth Beatitude. Also called The Ninth Beatitude.
Promising is the very air o the time; it opens the eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is quite out of use. Timon of Athens. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 24.