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Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist.

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

A man surprised is half beaten.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.