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





Inspiration never arrived when you were searching for it.


Lisa Alther (1944-, American author)


The Goddess Fortune is the devil's servant, ready to kiss any one's ass.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


There are so many people with all kinds of lucky things happening to them, and they don't know how to use it.


Rocky Aoki (1938-, Japanese businessman, who had a meteoric climb to success in both the business and sports worlds)


Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may... meet with great misfortunes.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


They who await no gifts from chance have conquered fate.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


There is no such thing as making the miracle happen spontaneously and on the spot. You've got to work.


Martina Arroyo


Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


Fortune cannot be flattered by such fetish worship. But she can be wooed and won by hard work.


Lord Beaverbrook (British minister)


As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Good luck needs no explanation.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


Luck enters into every contingency.You are a fool if you forget it -- and a greater fool if you count upon it.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


It is one thing to be gifted and quite another thing to be worthy of one's own gift.


Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979, Conductor, composer, teacher)


Maybe I'm lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be Going in the wrong direction™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is living, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


I don't believe in luck. We make our own good fortune.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Those who have easy, cheerful attitudes tend to be happier than those with less pleasant temperaments, regardless of money, "making it," or success.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Luck marches with those who give their very best


H. Jackson Brown Jr. (1940-, American author, "Life's Little Instruction Book" series)


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 (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


You don't just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck -- who keeps right on going -- is the man who is there when the good luck comes -- and is ready to receive it.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Good and bad luck is a synonym, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment.


John Chatfield


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


Charles Victor Cherbuliez


Drama is very important in life:You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


Luck implies an absolute absence of any principle.


Chuang Tzu (c 369 BC-286 BC, Chinese philosopher)


It's hard to detect good luck -- it looks so much like something you've earned.


Frank A. Clark


Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck.


George S. Clason (1874-1940, American publisher, author)


Luck relies on chance, labor on character.


Richard Cobden (1804-1865, British radical politician)


We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


Talent on its own sat gracefully only on the very young. After a certain age it was what you did with it that counted.


Liza Cody


Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.


Langston Coleman


I find I'm luckier when I work harder.


Dr. Denton Cooley


What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There's too much work to do.


Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American religious leader)


Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Superiority to fate is difficult to gain, 'tis not conferred of any, but possible to earn.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Luck is what a capricious man believes in.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Luck is being ready for the chance.


J. Frank Doble (1888-1964, American author)


Chance is the one thing you can't buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time. You pay for it with time: not the wasting of time, but the spending of time.


Robert Doisneau (1912-1994, French photographer)


I would rather have a lucky general than a smart general.... They win battles, and they make me lucky.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Since luck's a nine days' wonder, wait their end.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


The man who glories in his luck may be overthrown by destiny.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no chance, and no anarchy, in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To believe in luck... is skepticism.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I think that one can have luck if one tries to create an atmosphere of spontaneity.


Federico Fellini


I'm hardnosed about luck. I think it sucks. Yeah, if you spend seven years looking for a job as a copywriter, and then one day somebody gives you a job, you can say, "Gee, I was lucky I happened to go up there today." But dammit, I was going to go up there sooner or later in the next seventy years.... If you're persistent in trying and doing and working, you almost make your own fortune.


Jerry Della Femina (American advertising executive)


Much of my good fortune was a matter of nothing more clever on my part than luck.


James Fixx


Get as much experience as you can, so that you're ready when luck works. That's the luck.


Henry Fonda (1905-1982, American movie & stage actor)


Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her.


B.C. Forbes


The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck.


B.C. Forbes


Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


You are no more exempt from time's inexorable passing than Macbeth. Whether time is your friend or foe depends on how you use it


Patricia Fripp (British-born American author, speaker)


A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.


James A. Garfield (1831-1881, American President (20th))


Woe to him who would ascribe something like reason to Chance, and make a religion of surrendering to it.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.


Amy Grant (1960-, American singer, song writer)


I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


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


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Everything that happened to me happened by mistake. I don't believe in fate. It's luck, timing and accident.


Mery Griffin


Ten years from now I plan to be sitting here, looking out over my land. I hope I'll be writing books, but if not, I'll be on my pond fishing with my kids. I feel like the luckiest guy I know.


John Grisham (1955-, American writer)


I have been extraordinarily lucky. Anyone who pretends that some kind of luck isn't involved in his success is deluding himself.


Arthur Hailey


When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky.


Dr. Armand Hammer (Business executive, president of Occidental Petroleum)


Some folk want their luck buttered.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


Some folk want their luck buttered.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.


Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908, American journalist)


The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.


Paul Hawken (American businessman, founder of Smith & Hawken)


I was born lucky, and I have lived lucky. What I had was used. What I still have is being used. Lucky.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Someone receives a promotion, gets an important assignment, makes a major discovery, or moves into the president's office. "He's lucky," an envious person remarks. "He gets the breaks; they're always in his favor." In reality, luck or the breaks of life had little or nothing to do with it. So-called "luck" usually is found at the exact point where preparation meets opportunity. For a time, an individual may get ahead by "pull," but eventually someone with push will displace him. Success is not due to a fortuitous concourse of stars at our birth, but to a steady trail of sparks from the grindstone of hard work each day.


Kenneth Hildebrand (1944-, American author)


The lucky fellow is the plucky fellow who has been burning midnight oil and taking defeat after defeat with a smile.


James B. Hill


The lucky fellow is the plucky fellow who has been burning midnight oil and taking defeat after defeat with a smile.


James B. Hill


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 (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


Luck is tenacity of purpose.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone, but is beyond control: luck.


John Jakes


Some people are so fond of bad luck they run half way to meet it.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


Luck is being in the right place at the right time, but location and timing are to some extent under our control.


Natasha Josefowitz


What is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there, and taking it when it comes.


Natasha Josefowitz


Chance usually favors the prudent man.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


Life is a narrative that you have a hand in writing.


Henriette Anne Klauser


People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others have idled, have persevered while others gave up in despair, and have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose. As a result, they enjoy in later life the success often erroneously attributed to good luck.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment, It is possible to "make" your luck by being always prepared.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.


Ray Kroc (1902-1984, American businessman, founder of McDonalds)


Luck's always to blame.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.


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


Lucky people are usually bad players when it comes to correcting their faults; they always believe that they are right when chance backs up their vice or folly.


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


Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Though men pride themselves on their great actions, often they are not the result of any great design, but of chance.


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


The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


You must always be open to your luck. You cannot force it, but you can recognize it.


Henry Moore


Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.


Elmer G. Letterman


Luck is a combination of confidence and getting the breaks.


Christy Mathewson


Unless a man has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him ridiculous.


William Matthews


It's funny, but... you're sort of a moving target for fortune, and you never know when it will befall you.


Thomas McGuane


Chance works for us when we are good captains.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


You have to be eligible for luck to strike, and I think that's a matter of education and preparation, and character and all the other solid attributes that sometimes people laugh at.


James A. Michener (1907-1997, American  writer)


Anyone who has gumption knows what it is, and anyone who hasn't can never know what it is.


Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, Canadian novelist)


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