An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Chance is the providence of adventurers.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


In practical life the wisest and soundest people avoid speculation.


George Earle Buckle (1854-1935, British journalist)


Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.


Bart Conner (1958-, American gymnast)


A fool must now and then be right, by chance.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.


Jacques Delille (1738-1813, French poet)


Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.


Jack Dempsey (1895-1983, American boxer)


Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.


Jack Dempsey (1895-1983, American boxer)


A wise man turns chance into good fortune.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Do not always prove yourself to be the one in the right. The right will appear. You need only give it a chance.


Charles H. Fowler


Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


The pseudonym for God when He did not want to sign.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


He who leaves nothing to chance will do few things poorly, but he will do few things.


Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British conservative statesman)


To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


People who come up with "It may not work" or "What are we going to do if it fails?" do not have the credentials to be businessmen. If there is only a 1 percent chance of success, a true businessperson sees that 1 percent as the spark to light a fire.


Woo-Choong Kim (1934-, Korean business executive, founder of the Daewoo Group)


Chance makes our virtues or our vices visible just as light does to objects.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


It is through chance that, from among the various individuals of which each of us is composed, one emerges rather than another.


Henry de Montherlant


Chance favors only those who court her.


Charles Nicolle (1866-1936, French physician, bacteriologist)


Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


One chance is all you need.


Jesse Owens (1913-1980, American Olympian)


Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind.


Louis Pasteur (1822-1895, French scientist who developed pasteurization)


If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't. The journey has been incredible from its beginning. So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.


Sidney Poitier (1924-, American actor, director, producer, ambassador)


Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for a might have been.


Arthur Mitchell Ransome


Sometimes I pause and sadly think of all the things that might have been. Of all the golden chances I let slip by, And which never returned again. It fills me with gloom when I ponder this, Till I look on the other side. How I might have been completely engulfed by misfortune's surging tide.


G.J. Russell


Venture upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


How often things occur by mere chance which we dared not even hope for.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


I do not give money for just mere hopes.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


A coincidence is a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.


Author Unknown


Every chance taken is another chance to win.


Author Unknown


I didn't ask for it to be over. But then again, I didn't ask for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunset


Author Unknown


If you want to be successful, you must either have a chance or take one.


Author Unknown


How come "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?


Ziggy (American cartoon character)


Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


Chance favors only the prepared mind.


Louis Pasteur (1822-1895, French scientist who developed pasteurization)


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