A watched pot never boils – English proverb

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Example sentences from the web:

  •  Whoever said “a watched pot never boils” obviously didn’t own a microwave.
  • Jane was nine months pregnant and Tom hovered over her anxiously. She said, “You might as well go away and play some golf. A watched pot never boils, you know!”
  • There’s no point sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring. A watched pot never boils.

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