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A good character, good habits, and iron industry are impregnable to the assaults of all the ill-luck that fools ever dreamed of.
- Joseph Addison
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, Good Luck
A man never has good luck who has a bad wife.
- Henry Ward Beecher
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.
- Hector Berlioz
Hope nothing from. luck; and the probability is that you will be so prepared, forewarned, and forearmed that all shallow observers will call you lucky.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
They say you have to be good to be lucky, but I think you have to be lucky to be good.
- Rico Carty
When good luck knocks at the door, let him in and keep him there.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
As ill-luck would have it.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. I, ch. II)
Good and bad luck is but a synonyme, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment.
- Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)
Luck is ever waiting for something to turn up. Labor, with keen eyes and strong will, will turn up something. Luck lies in bed, and wishes the postman would bring him the news of a legacy. Labor turns out at six o'clock, and with busy pen or ringing hammer lays the foundation of a competence. Luck whines. Labor whistles. Luck relies on change. Labor on character.
- Richard Cobden
The lucky have whole days which still they choose; the unlucky have but hours, and those they lose.
- John Dryden
Virtue without success is a fair picture shown by an ill light; but lucky men are favorites of heaven; all own the chief, when fortune owns the cause.
- John Dryden
I do not believe that the Good Lord plays dice.
- Albert Einstein
As they who make
Good luck a god count all unlucky men.
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I)
Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: It was somebody's name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect. The man was born to do it, and his father was born to be the father of him and of this deed, and, by looking narrowly, you shall see there was no luck in the matter, but it was all a problem in arithmetic, or an experiment in chemistry.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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, The Lucky Horseshoe
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
- James Abram Garfield
Now for good lucke, cast an old shooe after mee.
- John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. IX)
I heard someone tried the monkeys-on-typewriters bit trying for the plays of W. Shakespeare, but all they got was the collected works of Francis Bacon.
- Bill Hirst
Luck cannot change birth.
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
- Thomas Jefferson
Luck, mere luck may make even madness wisdom.
- Douglas William Jerrold
Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.
- Douglas William Jerrold,
Jerrold's Wit--Meeting Trouble Half-Way
A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.
[Lat., Felix ille tamen corvo quoque rarior albo.]
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
There are no chances so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage, and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn to their own disadvantage.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
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