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Quotes about Luck

Inspirational Quotes about Luck

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“Luck is not chance-
It’s Toil-
Fortune’s expensive smile
Is earned-”
– Emily Dickinson


“The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.”

– Channing Pollock

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

 “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

-Thomas Jefferson


“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”

– Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea


“Never forget, Caelius, that a great man makes his luck. Luck is there for everyone to seize. Most of us miss our chances; we’re blind to our luck. He never misses a chance because he’s never blind to the opportunity of the moment.”
– Colleen McCullough, Caesar


“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca


“Luck is the residue of design.”

– Branch Rickey


“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”

– E.B. White


“When I was a kid,” Warren would later say, “I got all kinds of good things . I had the advantage of a home where people talked about interesting things, and I had intelligent parents and I went to decent schools. I don’t think I could have been raised with a better pair of parents. That was enormously important. I didn’t get money from my parents, and I really didn’t want it. But I was born at the right time and place. I won the ‘Ovarian Lottery.’

– Warren Buffett, Schroeder, Alice (2008-09-29). The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (p. 30). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


“What luck for rulers that men do not think.”

– Adolf Hitler


“In short, they were gambling on their luck, and luck is not to be coerced.”

– Albert Camus, The Plague


“Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.”

– Iris Murdoch

Inspirational Quotes about Luck

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“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert


“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.”

– Anne Tyler


“Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it.”

– Brandon Mull, Keys to the Demon Prison


“When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.”

– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.”

– Steve Jobs, Wired, February 1996


“The gods throw the dice, and they don’t ask whether we want to be in the game or not. They don’t care if when you go, you leave behind a lover, a home, a career, or a dream. The gods don’t care whether you have it all, whether it seems that your every desire can be met through hard work and persistence. The gods don’t want to know about your plans and your hopes. Somewhere they’re throwing the dice — and you are chosen. From then on, winning or losing is only a question of luck.”

– Paulo Coelho 


“Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck.”

– Og Mandino


“There is no such thing as luck. It’s a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes.”

– Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 – 1873)


“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

– Dalai Lama XIV


“I do strongly feel that among the greatest pieces of luck for high achievement is ordeal. Certain great artists can make out without it, Titian and others, but mostly you need ordeal. My idea is this: the artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business: Beethoven’s deafness, Goya’s deafness, Milton’s blindness, that kind of thing.”

– John Berryman


“Above all, he liked it that everything was one’s own fault. There was only oneself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt. But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds, for, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared.”

– Ian Fleming, Casino Royale


“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

– Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men


“What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.”

– Victor Cherbuliez

“Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
– Ovid

“There are moments that define a person’s whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.”

– Jonathan Maberry, Rot and Ruin


“Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.”

― Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

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