Luck

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nature creates ability: luck endows it with opportunities.

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone.

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application

When ill luck besets us, to ease the tension we have only to remember that happiness is relative. The next time you are tempted to grumble about what has happened to you, why not pause and be glad that it is no worse than it is.

Some people are so fond of ill luck that they will run halfway to meet it.

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

To talk of luck and chance only shows how little we really know of the laws which govern cause and effect.

Trusting to luck is only another name for trusting to laziness.

No luck is so good that you can't find some complaint.

Although most of us probably attribute our problems to other people or to bad luck or to the circumstances around us, the truth is that we create our own success or failure.

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: it was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect. The man was born to do it, and his father was born to be the father of him and for this deed, and, by looking narrowly, you shall see there was no luck in the matter, but it was all a problem in arithmetic, or an experiment in chemistry.

Ultimately, this is what you go before God for: You’ve had bad luck and good luck and all you really want in the end is mercy.