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Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
      - Oliver Cromwell

Our great social and political advantage is opportunity.
      - George William Curtis

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
      - Demosthenes

Great men should think of opportunity and not of time. That is the excuse of feeble and puzzled spirits.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

It often requires more strength and judgment to resist than to embrace an opportunity. It is better to do nothing than to do other than well.
      - Sydney Thompson Dobell

Thou strong seducer, opportunity! of womankind, half are undone by thee.
      - John Dryden

Nothing is so often irrevocably neglected as an opportunity of daily occurrence.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

When the time comes in which one could, the time has passed in which one can.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
      - Thomas Alva Edison

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
      - Thomas Alva Edison

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

What is opportunity to the man who can't use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true scholar grudges every opportunity of action passed, by, as a loss of power.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little opportunities should be improved.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

"Oh, ship ahoy!" rang out the cry;
  "Oh, give us water or we die!"
    A voice came o'er the waters far,
      "Just drop your bucket where you are."
        And then they dipped and drank their fill
          Of water fresh from mead and hill;
            And then they knew they sailed upon
              The broad mouth of the Amazon.
      - Sam Walter Foss, Opportunity

Seek not for fresher founts afar,
  Just drop your bucket where you are;
    And while the ship right onward leaps,
      Uplift it from the exhaustless deeps.
        Parch not your life with dry despair;
          The stream of hope flow everywhere--
            So under every sky and star,
              Just drop your bucket where you are.
      - Sam Walter Foss, Opportunity

Opportunity is the great bawd.
      - Benjamin Franklin

One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship.
      - Milton Friedman

Yet he who grasps the moment's gift,
  He is the proper man.
    [Ger., Der den Augenblick ergreift,
      Das ist der rechte Mann.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 4, 494)

Give me a chance, says Stupid, and I will show you. Ten to one he has had his chance already, and neglected it.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
      - John Hamilton, Lord Belhaven,
        in the Scottish Parliament, Nov. 2, 1706, protesting against union of England and Scotland

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