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





If you real desire is to be good, there is no need to wait for the money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


You can't always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every manager's got some sphere of autonomy. Don't pass the buck up the line.


Bob Anderson (1947-, American dart game champion)


I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization


Detronius Arbiter


Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them.... To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully, and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised.


Maltbie D. Babcock


The successful man is one who had the chance and took it.


Roger Babson (1875-1967, American statistician, columnist)


What the student calls a tragedy, the master calls a butterfly.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Opportunity makes a thief.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


To a great experience one thing is essential, an experiencing nature. It is not enough to have opportunity; it is essential to feel it.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity that was at hand.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


A door that seems to stand open must be a man's size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922, Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone)


Opportunities are everywhere.  The recession might be drawing to a close, but its continuing legacy is employers' reliance on short-term staff.  There may be fewer jobs for life, but there are more jobs in a lifetime.


Lucy Benington (British journalist)


If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.


Milton Berle (1908-2002, American actor, entertainer)


Lack of opportunity is often nothing more than lack of purpose or direction


Best of Bits and Pieces


Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.


Richard Branson (American businessman, chairman of the Virgin Group)


Opportunity is a moving target, and the bigger the opportunity, the faster it moves.


Richard Gaylord Briley


Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.


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


Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.


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


Today's opportunities erase yesterday's failures.


Gene Brown


If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.


Kyle Chandler


Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.


Jeremy Collier (1650-1726, British clergyman, conjuror)


As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!


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


When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


This American system of ours. call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.


Al Capone (1899-1947, American gangster)


Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: "Are your ready?"


Johnny Carson (1925-, American TV personality, businessman)


Right now a moment is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate. Given the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time.


Paul Cezanne (1839-1906. French painter)


Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.


Roy D. Chapin Jr.


The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.


Jacqueline Cochran


We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.


Walter E. Cole


Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.


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


You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.


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


Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Many of us spend our lives searching for success when it is usually so close that we can reach out and touch it.


Russel H. Conwell (1843-1925, American lawyer, Baptist minister, lecturer)


Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.


Rita Coolidge (1944-, American singer)


I wish I could tell you that the Children's Television Workshop and Sesame Street were thanks to my genius, but it really was a lucky break.


Joan Ganz Cooney


Probably any successful career has X number of breaks in it, and maybe the difference between successful people and those who aren't super achievers is taking advantage of those breaks.


Joan Ganz Cooney


The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in.


William Taylor Copeland (1797-1868, British china manufacturer)


There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.


George W. Crane


Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you're only looking for a lucky break.


Monta Crane


Make the iron hot by striking it.


Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658, British Parliamentarian General)


Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.


Demosthenes (c.383-322 BC, Greek orator)


Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.


Catherine Deneuve


Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.


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


Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.


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


Luck is largely a matter of paying attention.


Susan M. Dodd


Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Opportunity knocks at every man's door once. On some men's door it hammers till it breaks down the door and then it goes in and wakes him up if he's asleep, and ever afterward it works for him as a night watchman.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


There is far more opportunity than there is ability.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


You will have many opportunities in life to keep your mouth shut: You should take advantage of every one of them.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Be an opener of doors.


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


Every wall is a door.


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


If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.


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


Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it is a cup of blessing.


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


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Where will you be a few years down the line. Will it be everything you dreamed of. We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take.


Gloria Estefan (1958-, Cuban-born American singer, "Miami Sound Machine")


It was my tongue that swore; my heart is unsworn.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Little opportunities should be improved.


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?


Harvey Fierstein


Every conversation is an opportunity for success.


Debra Fine (American speaker, author of "The Fine Art of Small Talk")

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Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.


Alberta Flanders


Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity.


B.C. Forbes


Opportunity can benefit no man who has not fitted himself to seize it and use it. Opportunity woos the worthy, shuns the unworthy. Prepare yourself to grasp opportunity, and opportunity is likely to come your way. It is not so fickle, capricious and unreasoning as some complain.


B.C. Forbes


Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.


B.C. Forbes


How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world!


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


Plough deep while sluggards sleep.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


I think the young actor who really wants to act will find a way... to keep at it and seize every opportunity that comes along.


John Gielgud


Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it


Eli Ginzberg


The century is advanced, but every individual begins afresh.


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


The right man is the one that seizes the moment.


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


If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.


John B. Gough (1817-1886, British-born American temperance orator)


You must make your own opportunities.


John B. Gough (1817-1886, British-born American temperance orator)


One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.


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


You can't wait for the phone to ring. You have to ring them.


Lord Lew Grade


Was a great high wall there that tried to stop me. Was a great big sign there said private Property but on the back side it didn't say nothing. That side was made for you and me.


Woody Guthrie (1912-1967, American folksinger and songwriter)


Look for opportunity.You can't wait for it to knock on the door.... You might not be home.


Jinger Heath


Some people expect the door of opportunity to be opened with an electric eye.


Howard Hendricks


A chip on the shoulder indicates that there is wood higher up.


Jack Herbert


Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back.


Don Herold


Ask the next ten people whom you meet why they have not accomplished more in their respective lines of endeavor, and at least nine of them will tell you that opportunity does not seem to come around their way.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


About the time we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


Let us my friends snatch our opportunity from the passing day.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page.


Mark Houlahan


We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


Now I am steel-set: I follow the call to the clear radiance and glow of the heights.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906, Norwegian dramatist)


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