a watched pot never boils

a watched pot never boils

When you want something to happen, paying attention to it will make the wait feel much longer. The doctor is never going to call with your test results if you sit by the phone. A watched pot never boils, after all.
See also: boil, never, pot, watch

watched pot never boils

Prov. Something you are waiting for will not happen while you are concentrating on it. Don't just sit there staring at the phone while you wait for Lucy to call. A watched pot never boils. I'd better do something besides look out the window waiting for Emily to drive up. A watched pot never boils.
See also: boil, never, pot, watch
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