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107 Opportunity Quotes

The man who grasps an opportunity as it is paraded before him, nine times out of ten makes a success, but the man who makes his own opportunities is, barring an accident, a sure-fire success

Dale Carnegie Quotes

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I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John D. Rockefeller Quotes

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The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

Henry Kissinger Quotes

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Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.

François de la Rochefoucauld Quotes

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Most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.

Thomas Alva Edison Quotes

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Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

Francis Bacon, Sr. Quotes

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A thousand year a poor man watched Before the gate of Paradise: But while one little nap he snatched, It oped and shut. Ah! was he wise?

William R. Alger Quotes , Source: Oriental Poetry--Swift Opportunity

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Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Bible Quotes , Source: Ecclesiasticus (ch. IV, v. 20)

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Let nothing pass which will advantage you; Hairy in front, Occasion's bald behind. [Lat., Rem tibi quam nosces aptam dimittere noli; Fronte capillata, post est occasio calva.]

Dionysius Cato Quotes , Source: Disticha de Moribus (II)

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There is a nick in Fortune's restless wheel For each man's good.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: Bussy d'Ambois

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Holding occasion by the hand, Not over nice 'twixt weed and flower, Waiving what none can understand, I make mine hour.

John Vance Cheney Quotes , Source: This My Life

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Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen Quotes , Source: Anthem

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Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find: Occasion once past by, is bald behind.

Abraham Cowley Quotes , Source: Pyramus and Thisbe (XV)

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"Oh, ship ahoy!" rang out the cry; "Oh, give us water or we die!" A voice came o'er the waters far, "Just drop your bucket where you are." And then they dipped and drank their fill Of water fresh from mead and hill; And then they knew they sailed upon The broad mouth of the Amazon.

Sam Walter Foss Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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Seek not for fresher founts afar, Just drop your bucket where you are; And while the ship right onward leaps, Uplift it from the exhaustless deeps. Parch not your life with dry despair; The stream of hope flow everywhere-- So under every sky and star, Just drop your bucket where you are.

Sam Walter Foss Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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Yet he who grasps the moment's gift, He is the proper man. [Ger., Der den Augenblick ergreift, Das ist der rechte Mann.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust (I, 4, 494)

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Man's extremity is God's opportunity.

John Hamilton, Lord Belhaven Quotes , Source: in the Scottish Parliament, Nov. 2, 1706, protesting against union of England and Scotland

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I beseech you not to blame me if I be desirous to strike while the iron is hot.

Sir Edward Hoby Quotes , Source: To Cecil

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Let us seize, friends, our opportunity from the day as it passes. [Lat., Rapiamus, amici, Occasionem de die.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epodon (XIII, 3)

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The actual fact is that in this day Opportunity not only knocks at your door but is playing an anvil chorus on every man's door, and then lays for the owner around the corner with a club. The world is in sore need of men who can do things. Indeed, cases can easily be recalled by every one where Opportunity actually smashed in the door and collared her candidate and dragged him forth to success. These cases are exceptional, usually you have to meet Opportunity half-way. But the only place where you can get away from Opportunity is to lie down and die. Opportunity does not trouble dead men, or dead ones who flatter themselves that they are alive.

Elbert Hubbard Quotes , Source: in "The Philistine"

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I knock unbidden once at every gate-- If sleeping, wake--if feasting, rise before I turn away--it is the hour of fate, And they who follow me reach every state Mortals desire, and conquer every foe Save death, but those who doubt of hesitate, Condemned to failure, penury and woe, Seek me in vain and uselessly implore, I answer not, and I return no more.

John James Ingalls Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

John James Ingalls Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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

John James Ingalls Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.

Judge Walter Malone Quotes , Source: Opportunity

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Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life They of a sudden greet us with a smile.

Gerald Massey Quotes , Source: Bridegroom of Beauty

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