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





When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.


Janet Erskine Stuart


We must open the doors of opportunity.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.


Thomas Jones


Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.


Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967, American industrialist)


Take a lesson from the mosquito. She never waits for an opening -- she makes one.


Kirk Kirkpatrick (Canadian teacher, track athlete)


Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.


Sally Koch


When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.


Rama Krishna


In great affairs we ought to apply ourselves less to creating chances than to profiting from those that are offered.


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


In great matters, we should not try to create opportunities as much as we should utilize those opportunities that offer themselves.


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


Opportunity makes us known to others, but more to ourselves.


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


Some say opportunity knocks only once, That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


When you have the opportunity, you strike.


Rod Laver (1938-, Australian tennis player)


To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.


Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990, British novelist)


I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.


Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980, American author, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt)


You can't make souffle rise twice.


Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980, American author, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt)


What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live -- with your self-respect alive and growing.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


It is the youth who sees a great opportunity hidden in just these simple services, who sees a very uncommon situation, a humble position, who gets on in the world.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


Equality of opportunity means equal opportunity to be unequal.


Fiona McLeod


Not being beautiful was the true blessing... Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


I have always been waiting for something better -- sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me.


Dorothy Reed Mendenhall


If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


You decide you'll wait for your pitch. Then as the ball starts toward the plate, you think about your stance. And then you think about your swing. And then you realize that the ball that went past you for a strike was your pitch.


Bobby Murcer


Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own "acres of diamonds."


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Men never moan over the opportunities lost to do good, only the opportunities to be bad.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Black goats must be caught early, before it gets dark.


Nigerian Proverb (Sayings of Nigerian origin)


Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


These are indeed grave times, difficult times, complex times, for your institution. But there have never been more opportunities. And there has never been a more exciting time to be a volunteer for a good cause.


Jerold Panas


If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost possible achievement -- these are the martial virtues which must command success.


Austin Phelps


If you see the bandwagon… you've missed it.


James Phillips


Know thine opportunity.


Pittacus (650-570 BC, Greek statesman)


Opportunity rarely knocks until you are ready. And few people have ever been really ready without receiving opportunity's call.


Channing Pollock (1946-, American actor)


Just breathing isn't living!


Eleanor H. Porter


The opportunity of a lifetime is seldom so labeled.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, ad the neglected opportunity.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


One door is shut, but a thousand are open.


Argentine Proverb


The gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.


Cuban Proverb (Sayings of Cuban origin)


Opportunity creates desire.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


When fortune knocks open the door.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


If God shuts one door, He opens another.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


If Fortune calls, offer him a seat.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Where one door closes, another opens.


Don Quijote


We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen.


Maria Rilke Rainer


I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.


Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1979, American statesman)


What you don't do can be a destructive force.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Few cases of eyestrain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things.


Author Unknown


My private measure of success is daily. If this were to be the last day of my life would I be content with it? To live in a harmonious balance of commitments and pleasures is what I strive for.


Jane Rule


Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity…


Helen Schucman


How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes deeds ill done!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


Welcome every problem as an opportunity. Each moment is the great challenge, the best thing that ever happened to you . The more difficult the problem, the greater the challenge in working it out.


Grace Speare


Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.


Joseph Sugarman (American businessman)


Opportunity is lost by deliberation.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Show me a person who is not an extremist about some things, who is a "middle-of-the-roader" in everything, and I will show you someone who is insecure.


Aiken G. Taylor


I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.


Sara Teasdale (1884-1933, American poet)


Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Galatians 6:10


Born often under another sky, placed in the middle of an always moving scene, himself driven by the irresistible torrent which draws all about him, the American has no time to tie himself to anything, he grows accustomed only to change, and ends by regarding it as the natural state of man. He feels the need of it, more he loves it; for the instability; instead of meaning disaster to him, seems to give birth only to miracles all about him.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A sign on the door of Opportunity reads Push.


Author Unknown


A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, he creates the right opportunity.


Author Unknown


Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.


Author Unknown


Between tomorrow's dream and yesterday's regret is today's opportunity.


Author Unknown


Don't think problem, think opportunity.


Author Unknown


Every minute starts an hour and every minute is a new opportunity. Each time the clock ticks you have a chance to start over, to say, do, think, or feel something in such a way that you and the world are better for it.


Author Unknown


Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm -- it was gone.


Author Unknown


Many people seem to think that opportunity means a chance to get money without earning it.


Author Unknown


Opportunities comes from knocking on doors until they open.


Author Unknown


Opportunities neglected can never be recovered.


Author Unknown


Opportunity always looks better going than coming.


Author Unknown


Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let your hook be ever hanging ready, the fish will be in the pool where you least imagine it to be.


Author Unknown


Opportunity is no more than a better way of serving and providing for humanities needs.


Author Unknown


Opportunity knocks but once.


Author Unknown


Some people steer by the light from the stars, while others steer by the lights from each passing ship.


Author Unknown


The back of one door is the face of another.


Author Unknown


The door of opportunity is wide open if you are prepared.


Author Unknown


There are those who see an opportunity, and those who SEIZE an opportunity.


Author Unknown


To recognize an opportunity and use it is the difference between success and failure.


Author Unknown


Why are there so many people who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity?


Author Unknown


With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun.


Author Unknown


Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.


Author Unknown


It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.


Arthur Vandenberg


The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


The opportunity to practice brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.


Jane Wyman


Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected.


John Wicker


One of the earliest lessons I learned as a child was that if you looked away from something, it might not be there when you looked back.


John Edgar Wideman (1941-, American writer, educator)


He's got the whole world at his feet and he can't find his shoes.


John Williamson


Times of stress and difficulty are seasons of opportunity when the seeds of progress are sown.


Thomas F. Woodlock


Arrange whatever pieces come your way.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.


Whitney Young Jr.


Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up.


Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon leader)


There's often no way you can look into the game of life and determine whether or not you'll get that big break tomorrow or whether it will take another week, month, year or even longer. But it will come!


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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