watched pot never boils, a

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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.
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watched pot never boils, a

Anxious waiting does not speed up matters, as in Stop running downstairs for every mail delivery-a watched pot never boils, you know. This hyperbolic adage reflects the experience of anyone who has ever been in a hurry to bring water to a boil, which eventually occurs but can seem to take forever. [Mid-1800s]
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