Quotes about a chance

A collection of quotes on the topic of chance, doing, can, use.

Best quotes about a chance

Arthur Conan Doyle photo

„The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle, book The Hound of the Baskervilles

Source: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Démosthenés photo

„Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.“

—  Démosthenés ancient greek statesman and orator -384 - -322 BC

Francis Bacon photo

„A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.“

—  Francis Bacon, book Essays

Of Ceremonies and Respect
Essays (1625)
Variant: Wise men make more opportunities than they find.
Source: The Essays

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„Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 BC

Has been attributed to Seneca since the 1990s (eg. Gregory K. Ericksen, (1999), Women entrepreneurs only: 12 women entrepreneurs tell the stories of their success, page ix.). Other books ascribe the saying to either Darrell K. Royal (former American football player, born 1924) or Elmer G. Letterman (Insurance salesman and writer, 1897-1982). However, it is unlikely either man originated the saying. A version that reads "He is lucky who realizes that luck is the point where preparation meets opportunity" can be found (unattributed) in the 1912 The Youth's Companion: Volume 86. The quote might be a distortion of the following passage by Seneca (who makes no mention of "luck" and is in fact quoting his friend Demetrius the Cynic):<blockquote>"The best wrestler," he would say, "is not he who has learned thoroughly all the tricks and twists of the art, which are seldom met with in actual wrestling, but he who has well and carefully trained himself in one or two of them, and watches keenly for an opportunity of practising them." — Seneca, On Benefits, vii. 1 http://thriceholy.net/Texts/Benefits4.html</blockquote>

Franz Liszt photo

„Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.“

—  Franz Liszt Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist 1811 - 1886

Albert Einstein photo

„In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Abraham Lincoln photo

„I will prepare and some day my chance will come.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

Attributed in Laura Haddock (1931), Steps Upward in Personality
Variant: I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.

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Milton Berle photo

„If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door“

—  Milton Berle American comedian and actor 1908 - 2002

Variant: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Seneca the Younger photo

„No man was ever wise by chance.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 BC

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Bob Marley photo

„Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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Cristiano Ronaldo photo

„One chance, bang!“

—  Cristiano Ronaldo Portuguese association football player 1985

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„I don’t think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don’t give mathematics a real chance.“

—  Maryam Mirzakhani Iranian mathematician 1977 - 2017

Interview with Research Fellow Maryam Mirzakhani | january 2008

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„The chance to overcome another challenge is simply, as I always feel, a blessing.“

—  Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese figure skater (1994-) 1994

Other quotes, 2014
Original: (ja) 次のもう一個の課題を克服するチャンスが来たっていうのは、それはもうただただ、いつも思うように、こんな恵まれたことはないですよ。
Source: Interview with Shuzo Matsuoka, aired 9 December 2014 in 報道ステーション (Hodo Station) on TV Asahi.

Jimmy Carter photo

„I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924

Variant: My faith demands - this is not optional - my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

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Tupac Shakur photo
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Will Rogers photo

„Never miss a good chance to shut up.“

—  Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935

The Manly Wisdom of Will Rogers (2001)

Béla Lugosi photo
Suman Pokhrel photo

„Chance of source language influencing the target language and that of the translator intervening onto the style of original writer are major challenges in literary translation.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> Foreword, 'Tales of Transformation: English Translation of Tagore's Chitrangada and Chandalika', Lopamudra Banerjee, (2018). https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DQPD8F4/</span>
From Prose

Dmitri Mendeleev photo

„I wish to establish some sort of system not guided by chance but by some sort of definite and exact principle.“

—  Dmitri Mendeleev Russian chemist and inventor 1834 - 1907

An Outline of the System of the Elements

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Joe Hill photo

„Was there any human urge more pitiful-or more intense- than wanting another chance at something?“

—  Joe Hill Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World 1879 - 1915

Source: NOS4A2

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William Makepeace Thackeray photo

„Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.“

—  William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

Source: Vanity Fair

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Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach photo

„Chance is necessity hidden behind a veil.“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916

Der Zufall ist die in Schleier gehüllte Notwendigkeit.
Source: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 20.

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Suman Pokhrel photo

„On translating text into the new language as it is in source language, there is a chance of it being emerged as an absurd sentence in the target language making no sense at all. In the attempt to make the translation meaningful to the target language, there exists a risk of the original work getting meddled by the translator’s style.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

<span class="plainlinks"> Foreword, 'Tales of Transformation: English Translation of Tagore's Chitrangada and Chandalika', Lopamudra Banerjee, (2018). https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DQPD8F4/</span>
From Prose

T. B. Joshua photo

„Each day has its own destiny. Yesterday is history, today is opportunity while tomorrow is mystery.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

On destiny - "The Shock Of Reality" http://allafrica.com/stories/200908240244.html All Africa (August 24 2009)

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Leonardo DiCaprio photo

„I'm probably not going to get married unless I live with somebody for 10 or 20 years. But these people (Romeo and Juliet) took a chance and they did it. We don't have the balls that Romeo did.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974


Harry Schwarz photo

„I must and will work to ensure that the new democratic South Africa has a fair chance to succeed economically as well as politically, and to try to assist in fulfilling at least a part of the dream of the oppressed and deprived when the new South Africa is born.“

—  Harry Schwarz South African activist 1924 - 2010

Speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C, April 1991.
As ambassador to the United States
Source: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1991-05-16/news/1991136167_1_south-africa-schwarz-frances-academy

Leopold II of Belgium photo

„I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.“

—  Leopold II of Belgium King of the Belgians 1835 - 1909

Thomas Pakenham, The Scramble for Africa: White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent From 1876 to 1912, New York: Avon Books, 1992, 22.

Emma Watson photo

„All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.
And having seen what I’ve seen — and given the chance — I feel it is my responsibility to say something.“

—  Emma Watson British actress and model 1990

The "Burke quote" she uses here is a common but disputed attribution.
UN Speech on the HeForShe campaign (2014)
Context: You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing speaking at the UN. And it’s a really good question. I've been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.
And having seen what I’ve seen — and given the chance — I feel it is my responsibility to say something. Statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”
In my nervousness for this speech and in my moments of doubt I’ve told myself firmly — if not me, who, if not now, when. If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope that those words might be helpful.

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„It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book All Quiet on the Western Front

Source: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), Ch. 6
Context: It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dugout I might have been smashed to atoms, and in the open survive ten hours' bombardment unscathed. No soldier survives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.

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Al Capone photo

„Every challenge is a chance to succeed.“

—  RJ Intindola (Gandolfo)


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William Jennings Bryan photo

„Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.“

—  William Jennings Bryan United States Secretary of State 1860 - 1925

"America's Mission", speech delivered by the leader of the Democratic Party at the Washington Day banquet given by the Virginia Democratic Association at Washington, D.C., (22 February 1899), as published in The Book of Public Speaking (Vol. 2) http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/The_Book_of_Public_Speaking_v2_1000538531/149

Steve Jobs photo

„Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011

A comment he made in persuading John Sculley to become Apple's CEO, as quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple: A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne

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Alexander Pope photo

„You got to be ready to die every day - then you got a chance.“

—  Daniel Woodrell Novelist 1953

Source: Winter's Bone

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„The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment

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„Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.“

—  Aristotle, Rhetoric

Book I, 1369a.5
Variant: All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire
Source: Selected Works

Terry Pratchett photo
Paul Theroux photo

„Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.“

—  Paul Theroux American travel writer and novelist 1941

New York Times (July 28, 1976).

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Louis Armstrong photo

„Seems to me it ain't the world that's so bad but what we're doing to it, and all I'm saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love, baby - love. That's the secret.“

—  Louis Armstrong American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer 1901 - 1971

Spoken intro to "What a Wonderful World" (1970 version)
Context: Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.
Context: Some of you young folks been saying to me, "Hey Pops, what you mean 'What a wonderful world'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either." Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.

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Marjane Satrapi photo

„In any case, it's the cowardice of people like you who give dictators the chance to install themselves!“

—  Marjane Satrapi Artist 1969

Source: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Jimmy Carter photo

„Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.“

—  Frances Mayes, book Under the Tuscan Sun

Source: Under the Tuscan Sun

John Keats photo
William Shakespeare photo

„You must take your chance.“

—  William Shakespeare English playwright and poet 1564 - 1616

Dr. Seuss photo

„And when you're alone there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Source: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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Sylvia Plath photo

„I suppose if I gave myself the chance I could be an alcoholic.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

Source: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

David Lynch photo

„Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire walk with me!“

—  David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946

Robert Frost photo

„Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.“

—  Robert Frost, In the Clearing

"Forgive, O Lord," In the Clearing (1962)
First published in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin (12 November 1960), p. 157 http://books.google.com/books?id=9J_lAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Forgive+O+Lord+my+little+jokes+on+Thee+And+I'll+forgive+Thy+great+big+one+on+me%22&pg=PA157#v=onepage
Variant: Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Harlan Coben photo
Stephen King photo
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Greg Egan photo

„Everyone here would die for the sake of truth. Everyone here lies constantly for the tiniest chance of personal gain. This is what it means to be a scientist.“

—  Greg Egan Australian science fiction writer and former computer programmer 1961

The Demon's Passage http://eidolon.net/?story=The%20Demons%20Passage

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„The Law teaches that the universe was invented and created by God, and that it did not come into being by chance or by itself.“

—  Averroes, book On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy

Part 1: The Creation of the Universe; Opening sentence
On the Harmony of Religions and Philosophy

Sukirti Kandpal photo

„It’s an honour to get a chance to represent my country on an international level. I will be wearing a sari in during the Indian round. Winning or losing the crown is immaterial for me as participating itself in such a coveted pageant is an achievement.“

—  Sukirti Kandpal Indian actress 1987

On participating in Miss India Worldwide 2011 pageant https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/hindi/Sukirti-took-part-in-a-beauty-pageant/articleshow/8556405.cms/
On participating in Miss India Worldwide 2011 pageant Part-2 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/hindi/Sukirti-From-vampires-to-beauty-pageants/articleshow/8187416.cms/

Pink (singer) photo
Alan Parsons photo

„While the children laughed
I was always afraid
Of the Smile of the clown
So I close my eyes
Till I can't see the light
And I hide from the sound

We're two of a Kind
Silence and I
We need a chance to talk things over
Two of a kind
Silence and I“

—  Alan Parsons audio engineer, musician, and record producer from England 1948

"Silence and I", from the album Eye In The Sky. (Written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.)
Quotes from songs

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Ursula K. Le Guin photo

„A profound love between two people involves, after all, the power and chance of doing profound hurt.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle

Source: Hainish Cycle, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), Chapter 18 “On the Ice” (p. 249)

Ted Bundy photo

„In my opinion, the best chance you have of catching this guy is to get a site with a fresh body and stake it out.“

—  Ted Bundy American serial killer 1946 - 1989

1984 interview with Detective Robert Keppel (regarding the Green River Killer)

Elon Musk photo

„This is the chance to fulfill a dream.“

—  Elon Musk South African-born American entrepreneur 1971

Conversation: Elon Musk on Wired Science (2007)

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Cate Blanchett photo

„I think marriage is all about timing. Getting married is insanity; I mean, it's a risk – who knows if you're going to be together forever? But you both say, 'We're going to take this chance, in the same spirit.“

—  Cate Blanchett Australian actress 1969

Cate Blanchett: 'Getting Married Is Insanity', People Magazine, 12 January 2007 http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20008317,00.html,

Nikos Kazantzakis photo

„The more devils we have within us, the more chance we have to form angels.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book The Last Temptation of Christ

Source: The Last Temptation of Christ (1951), Ch. 10

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce photo
Ted Bundy photo
Allen Ginsberg photo

„I smoke marijuana every chance I get.“

—  Allen Ginsberg American poet 1926 - 1997

America (1956)

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Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned photo

„To give every child the chance to be educated is a gift of promise. A gift of wonderment. A gift that opens up possibilities that can transform lives and develop thinkers, leaders, and creators of great art.“

—  Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani 1958

Speech at Jazz at Lincoln Centre; quoted on official website http://www.mozabintnasser.qa/en/Pages/ArticlePreview.aspx?ArticleGuid=de04d373-9eaa-46c8-9f4d-033ff7b8fe1f&Type=Speech# (May 16 2013)

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Conor McGregor photo

„I make no excuses. It is what is it. I came up short. I took a chance, it didn't pay off. I'll be back.“

—  Conor McGregor Irish mixed martial artist and boxer 1988

"UFC 196 post-event press conference" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfu31-vEwgo (March 2016), Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa, LLC
2010s, 2016

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Edward Snowden photo

„Hi and Merry Christmas. I’m honored to have a chance to speak with you and your family this year. Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of mass surveillance watching everything we do. Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information.“

—  Edward Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor 1983

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/edward-snowden-after-months-of-nsa-revelations-says-his-missions-accomplished/2013/12/23/49fc36de-6c1c-11e3-a523-fe73f0ff6b8d_story.html 2013 Christmas Message