a watched kettle never boils

a watched kettle never boils

When you want something to happen, paying too much attention to it will make the wait feel much longer. A variant of the more common expression "a watched pot never boils." Would you stop refreshing the page? The results will be posted soon enough, and a watched kettle never boils! You should do something with your time isntead of just sitting there waiting for the doctor to call. A watched kettle never boils, after all.
See also: boil, kettle, never, watch
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They say a watched kettle never boils - so what if you could bypass the whole kettle part and go straight to the boiled water?