On its highest level man's contemporary desire to escape responsibility expresses itself not in emphasis on luck, or in emotional submission to fate, but in a thoroughgoing deterministic theory, ascribing all personal qualities to heredity and environment.
Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all thins to industry. Then plough deep while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell and to keep.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
He who attracts luck carries with him the magnet of preparation.
This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or another, we pay for her favors; or we go away empty.
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For it, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their "luck" arose from accidental dedication they had to an arena they enjoyed.
Hope nothing from luck, and probability is that you will be so prepared, forewarned, and forearmed, that all shallow observers will call you lucky.
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.
Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
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.
Luck relies on chance. Labor on character.
I am a great believer in Luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.
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.
Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.
The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Luck is the residue of design.
Luck never made a man wise.
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
Never underestimate luck – good or bad.