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Luck is a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person's control, and can be referred to as "good luck" or "bad luck".
- Alphabetized by author
- Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.
- Roald Amundsen, in The South Pole (1912).
- No amount of careful planning can beat pure luck.
- I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.
- 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.
- In my experience, there's no such thing as luck.
- No one I met at this time — doctors, nurses, practicantes, or fellow-patients — failed to assure me that a man who is hit through the neck and survives it is the luckiest creature alive. I could not help thinking that it would be even luckier not to be hit at all.
- The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
- Luck is the residue of design.
- Branch Rickey, as quoted in Psychology Applied to Work : An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1982) by Paul M. Muchinsky, p. 482; this has often become paraphrased as : "Luck is the residue of hard work and design".
- As Bob Dylan forgot to say, "To live outside the law, you must be lucky."
- Spider Robinson, in Callahan's Key (2000).
- I don't need luck, Sarge. I was born lucky!
- Luck can only get you so far.
- Good luck in most cases comes through the misfortune of others.
- Sir John Young “Jackie” Stewart (b. 1939), Scottish racing driver, businessman. From his interview with Martyn Lewis, in Lewis’ book, Reflections on Success (1997), p. 938.
- The only thing I ever learned was that some people are lucky and other people aren't and not even a graduate of the Harvard Business School can say why.
- Kurt Vonnegut, as quoted in "The Sirens of Titan" by character Noel Constant.
- We are all vainer of our luck than of our merits.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 484.
- O, once in each man's life, at least,
Good luck knocks at his door;
And wit to seize the flitting guest
Need never hunger more.
But while the loitering idler waits
Good luck beside his fire,
The bold heart storms at fortune's gates,
And conquers its desire.
- Lewis J. Bates, Good Luck.
- As ill-luck would have it.
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Part I, Book I, Chapter II.
- As they who make
Good luck a god count all unlucky men.
- George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book I.
- A farmer travelling with his load
Picked up a horseshoe on the road,
And nailed it fast to his barn door,
That luck might down upon him pour;
That every blessing known in life
Might crown his homestead and his wife,
And never any kind of harm
Descend upon his growing farm.
- James T. Fields, The Lucky Horseshoe.
- Now for good lucke, cast an old shooe after mee.
- John Heywood, Proverbs, Part I, Chapter IX.
- Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.
- Douglas Jerrold, Jerrold's Wit, Meeting Trouble Half-Way.
- Felix ille tamen corvo quoque rarior albo.
- A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.
- Juvenal, Satires, VII. 202.
- Happy art thou, as if every day thou hadst picked up a horseshoe.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847), Part I, Stanza 2.
- "Then here goes another," says he, "to make sure,
For there's luck in odd numbers," says Rory O'More.
- Samuel Lover, Rory O'More.
- Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth
The fairy ladies danced upon the hearth.
- John Milton, At a Vacation Exercise in the College.
- By the luckiest stars.
- When mine hours were nice and lucky.
- As good luck would have it.
- Good luck lies in odd numbers * * * They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
- And wheresoe'er thou move, good luck
Shall fling her old shoe after.
- Alfred Tennyson, Will Waterproof's Lyrical Monologue, Stanza 27.