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Quotes About Chance

It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.

Jean Nidetch

Cultivate your curiosity. Keep it sharp and always working. Consider curiosity your life preserver, your willingness to try something new. Second, enlarge your enthusiasm to include the pursuit to excellence, following every task through to completion. Third, make the law of averages work for you. By budgeting your time more carefully than most people you can make more time available. Does the combination of curiosity, enthusiasm, and the law of averages guarantee success Indeed it does not … Success in the final analysis always involves luck or the element of chance. Louis Pasteur grasped this well when he said that chance favors the prepared mind.

John W. Hanley

Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they’ll be called on to do before the next chance.

Lois McMaster Bujold

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur

No man ever became wise by chance.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.

Maurice Maeterlinck

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 others it is in yourself alone.

Orison Swett Marden

That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.

Paul Valery

The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.

Robert Hutchins

Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut.

Robert Newton Peck

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill

Reason means truth and those who are not governed by it take the chance that someday the sunken fact will rip the bottom out of their boat.

Sri da Avabhas

You never have a chance for your luck to operate if you don’t take risks.


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