Quotations on Luck

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It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.
- James Agee
(Keywords: Lie, Adventure, Luck, Play)

But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Leadership, Success, Opportunity, Development, Achievement, Survival, Luck, Nation)

This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.
- Amelia Barr
(Keywords: Favors, Fortune, Luck, World)

O, once in each man's life, at least, Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the flitting guest Need never hunger more. But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire, The bold heart storms at fortune's gates, And conquers its desire.
- Lewis J. Bates
(Keywords: Life, Heart, Desire, Fire, Fortune, Guest, Hunger, Luck, Man, Storms, Wit)

I'm done with men... I'm going to be alone. I have no luck with relationships. I don't think I'm made for marriage.
- Halle Berry
(Keywords: Marriage, Men, Luck, Relationships)

Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody.
- Eubie Blake
(Keywords: Birds, Hate, Luck, Mind)

Thanking you once more, I want to wish you the best of luck for your future life and to conclude by saying to you: Dream your dreams and may they come true!
- Felix Bloch
(Keywords: Dreams, Life, Future, Luck, May, Saying, Want)

I've had a little bad, bad media luck the new year. Well, apparently I'm dating Bill Clinton, which makes me nervous. I didn't know, though.
- Julie Bowen
(Keywords: Dating, Luck, Media, New year)

There is an element of luck, there is an element of trial and error, sometimes you fail, sometimes you succeed. It's not as beautifully simple as it may seem when we are talking about it.
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Keywords: Error, Luck, May, Succeed, Talking)

Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates.
- Bill Brandt
(Keywords: Hope, Effect, Luck, Patience, Waiting)

If it turns out to be a hit, well, good luck dealing with fame. And if it's not a hit and you can still survive and make music you believe in, well, then you're truly blessed. I think that's where we are now.
- Edie Brickell
(Keywords: Music, Fame, Luck, Now)

Outside of dumb luck, the number one way serial killers are caught is through the help of the public.
- Pat Brown
(Keywords: Dumb, Help, Luck, Public)

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 G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Time, Being, Duty, Fancy, Luck, Name)

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
(Keywords: Love, Habit, Detail, Foresight, Luck, Mind, Vanity)

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Heart, Luck, Nation, Race)

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again.
- Paula Cole
(Keywords: Anger, Music, Compassion, Luck, Pain)

Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.
- Emily Dickinson
(Keywords: Chance, Fortune, Luck, Smile)

Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.
- William Feather
(Keywords: Betrayal, Luck, Right)

A farmer travelling with his load Picked up a horseshoe on the road, And nailed if fast to his barn door, That luck might down upon him pour; That every blessing known in life Might crown his homestead and his wife, And never any kind of harm Descend upon his growing farm.
- James Thomas Fields
(Keywords: Life, Wife, Harm, Luck, Road)

I thought I would reflect here on a theme most scientists enjoy recalling: the part luck played in their accomplishments.
- Edmond H. Fischer
(Keywords: Thought, Accomplishments, Luck, Scientists)

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: People, Luck, Nothing)

There is much good luck in the world, but it is luck. We are none of us safe. We are children, playing or quarrelling on the line.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Children, Luck, World)

My dad was very successful running midgets in Texas. Then, his two drivers ran into some bad luck. People started saying that Daddy had lost his touch. That it was the cars and not the drivers. I wanted to race just to prove all those people wrong.
- A. J. Foyt
(Keywords: Dad, People, Successful, Luck, Race, Running, Saying, Wrong)

I haven't done a marathon for a long time. So we'll see. I will need good luck.
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Keywords: Time, Luck, Marathon, Will)

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
- Samuel Goldwyn
(Keywords: Opportunity, Ability, Luck, Man, Sense, Smile)

The visa lottery system poses a national security threat. Under the program, each successful applicant is chosen at random and given the status of permanent resident based on pure luck.
- Bob Goodlatte
(Keywords: Successful, Luck, National security)

Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.
- Virginia Graham
(Keywords: Hell, Luck, Tennis, Words)

Some folk want their luck buttered.
- Thomas Hardy
(Keywords: Folk, Luck, Want)

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
- Bret Harte
(Keywords: Change, Luck, Will)

Playing good girls in the 30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.
- Olivia De Havilland
(Keywords: Girls, Luck, Play)

Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.
- Joseph Heller
(Keywords: Destiny, Injustice, Luck, Treachery)

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: Time, Luck, Now)

The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.
- Herodotus
(Keywords: Fortune, Luck, Man, May)

Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Keywords: Life, Fear, Film, Luck, Suspense)

A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Time, Luck, Man, Right)

When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck.
- Edgar Watson Howe
(Keywords: Trust, Luck, Man, Reason)

My teeth have never been touched. Why did I tell you that? Knock on wood. I've got a few scars over the eyes, a couple on the chin, a few on the beak and one across the cheek. But my luck is running out.
- Brett Hull
(Keywords: Eyes, Luck, Running, Wood)

I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages. With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian.
- Michelle Hunziker
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Language, Luck, Parents, School)

The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape.
- Alice James
(Keywords: Success, Life, Lie, Failure, Luck, Posterity, Right)

The people have spoken. Their decision is sovereign. We all respect it... I wish good luck to those who will now govern France.
- Alain Juppe
(Keywords: People, Decision, France, Luck, Now, Respect, Will)

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
- Garrison Keillor
(Keywords: Thought, Lies, Luck, May)

Luck can often mean simply taking advantage of a situation at the right moment. It is possible to make your luck by being always prepared.
- Michael Korda
(Keywords: Being, Luck, Right)

Yes, I've had some pretty good luck finding wonderful talent.
- Gene Krupa
(Keywords: Talent, Luck, Pretty)

I recognize that I had a good deal of good luck in my life. I came along at a time when it was pretty easy to get a job in journalism. I went to work at CBS News when I was about 22, and within a year or so was reporting on the air.
- Charles Kuralt
(Keywords: Time, Work, Life, Job, Journalism, Luck, News, Pretty)

Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship.
- Charles Kuralt
(Keywords: Heroes, Luck, Worship)

I'm really proud of Blair Witch Project as a film, but as far as the cultural phenomenon of it - that was just weird luck.
- Joshua Leonard
(Keywords: Film, Luck, Project)

I've had the odd good luck of starting slowly and building gradually, something few writers are allowed anymore. As a result I've seen each of my books called the breakthrough. And each was, in its way.
- Jonathan Lethem
(Keywords: Books, Building, Luck, Result, Writers)

But I got drafted out of high school, and my mother wasn't having it. She was like, you're not about to think that you can just play ball, because if you get hurt, you're going to be out of luck.
- Shemar Moore
(Keywords: Mother, Hurt, Luck, Play, School)

Well, it is certainly not by choice at this time you don't see or hear about me. This business is very unpredictable. A lot of it is luck and being in the right place at the right time.
- Erin Moran
(Keywords: Business, Time, Being, Choice, Luck, Right)

I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me and the second one didn't.
- Patrick Murray
(Keywords: First, Luck, Wives)



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