I always lacked common sense when taken by surprise.
~ Agnes Grey
by Anne Bronte
"Better to put things at the worst at first," replied the engineer, "and reserve the best for a surprise."
~ The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
by Jane Austen
Maggie said that love was the flower of life, and blossomed unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it was found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
~ The Rainbow
by D. H. Lawrence
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.
~ Ethan Frome
by Edith Wharton
But Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly--something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates.
by George Eliot
Surprises, like misfortunes, seldom come alone.
~ Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
The unexpected has happened so continually in my life that it has ceased to deserve the name.
~ The Stark Munro Letters
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle