I think luck is the
sense to recognize an opportunity and
the ability to take
advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks,
also has opportunities. People who can smile
at their breaks and grab their chances get on.
do with opportunities as children do at
they fill their little hands with sand,
then let the grains fall through,
one by one, till all
are gone. -T. Jones
|We are always surrounded by doors of
the way life is. Often,
not come in packages wrapped in the colors
expected. When an
happens, we refuse to see it and so we
the opportunity. Sometimes
we are so focused
on a goal far out in the future that we do
what is right in front of us, or we get so busy
hurrying and rushing around that
we lose all perspective.
-Anne Wilson Schaef
person will make more
opportunities than he or she finds.
yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset,
golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.
reward is offered, for they are gone forever.
in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity;
force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost of
achievement--these are the martial virtues which must command success.
|The best picture has
not yet been painted;
the greatest poem is
remains to be
written; the divinest
music has not been
conceived even by Bach.
In science, probably
of the knowable has
not yet been discovered. -Lincoln Steffens
was thinking, accidentally, of my own unsatisfactory life,
doing as others do;
and with that vision of the [gold]
diggings still before me, I asked myself, why
I might not
be washing some gold daily, though it were only the
I might not sink a shaft down to
the gold within me, and work that mine. . . .
pursue some path, however solitary and narrow and crooked,
I could walk with love and reverence. Whenever a person separates from the multitude,
and goes his or her own way in
this mood, there indeed is a fork in the road, though
travelers may see only a gap in the paling. His or her solitary path across-lots
will turn out the higher way of
the two. -Henry
need you, we need your youth, your strength,
idealism, to help us make right what is wrong.
I know you
have been critically looking at the mores
and customs of
the past and questioning their value.
does that. But don't discard the
time-tested values upon
which civilization has been built
just because they are
old. More important, don't let
the doom criers and the
cynics persuade you that
the best is past--that from here
it's all downhill.
Each generation goes further than the
preceding it because it stands on the
of that generation. You will have opportunities
beyond anything we've ever known.
are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't
recognize them. -Ann Landers
biggest problems in life have come when I haven't
recognized opportunities. Because I haven't seen them
until too late so often, I haven't been able to take
advantage of them. I suppose many people would
say that I've had bad luck, but I don't see it that
way at all. I see it as having missed opportunities,
and I don't get down on myself for having missed them.
After all, there was no one around when I was growing up to
teach me to recognize and take advantage of opportunities.
several small opportunities may get us there
than waiting for one big one to come along.
opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
|Opportunities flit by
while we sit regretting the chances
we have lost, and the
happiness that comes to us
we heed not, because of the
happiness that is gone. -Jerome K. Jerome
written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
composed of two characters--one represents danger and the
shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by--
And that has made all the difference.
|The secret of
success in life is for one to be ready
for one's opportunity when it
off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you
enjoy it today, you can do it
again tomorrow. -James A. Michener
greatest achievement of the human spirit is
to live up to
and make the most of one's resources.
The ten most
powerful two-letter words:
If it is to be, it is up to me. -Anon
The hardest thing to
believe when you're young
is that people will fight to
stay in a rut,
but not to get out of one. -Ellen Glasgow
pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the
optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.
never walks except where
he or she sees other people's tracks will
make no discoveries. -Anon
lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity is where you are.
opportunities come to all, but many do not know
met them. The only preparation to take advantage
is simple fidelity to watch what each day brings.
Albert E. Dunning
the things worth doing in the world
had been declared
impossible before they were done. -Louis D.
keep your eyes open for the little task, because it is
the little task
that is important to God. The
future of the Kingdom of God does not depend
enthusiasm of this or that powerful person; those great
are necessary too, but it is equally necessary to
have a great number
of little people who will do a little
thing in the service of God. The great
represent only a small part of all the water that is
to nourish and sustain the earth. Beside the
flowing river there is
the water in the earth--the
subterranean water--and there are
the little streams
which continually enter the river and feed it and
it from sinking into the earth. Without these other waters--
the silent hidden subterranean waters and the
the great river could no longer flow. Thus it is with
the little tasks to be fulfilled by us
The opportunity that God sends
does not wake up those who are asleep.
|To each one's life there comes a time supreme;
One day, one night, one
morning, or one noon,
One freighted hour, one
One rift through which sublime fulfillments gleam,
One space when fate goes tiding with the stream,
One Once, in balance 'twixt
Too Late, Too Soon,
And ready for the passing
To tip in favor the uncertain beam.
Ah, happy one who, knowing how to wait,
Knows also how to watch and
work and stand
On Life's broad deck alert,
and at the prow
To seize the passing moment, big with fate,
From Opportunity's extended
When the great clock of
destiny strikes Now!
Mary A. Townsend
is no security on this earth.
Only opportunity. -Douglas MacArthur
|We must use time creatively. . .
forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
secret of success in life is for a person to be ready
for his or her opportunity when it comes.
|It is less important to redistribute
than it is to redistribute opportunity.
|Opportunities do not come with their
values stamped upon them. . . .
To face very opportunity
of life thoughtfully, and ask its meaning
earnestly, is the only way to meet supreme opportunities
when they come, whether open-faced or disguised.
-Maltbie D. Babcock
something to be
carve a statue,
and so to
make a few
it is far more glorious
to carve and paint
which we look. To
affect the quality of
that is the
arts. -Henry David Thoreau
that seems to stand open must be a person's size,
or it is
not the door that Providence means for him or her.
-Henry Ward Beecher
|Opportunity can benefit no
people who have not fitted themselves
to seize it and use it. Opportunity woos the worthy,
shuns the unworthy. Prepare
yourself to grasp opportunity,
and opportunity is likely
to come your way. It is not so fickle,
unreasoning as some complain. -B.C. Forbes
are told that talent creates it own opportunities.
sometimes seems that intense desire creates
not only its
own opportunities, but its own talents.
is so irretrievably missed
as a daily opportunity. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
seldom labeled. -John A. Shedd
beckons more surely when misfortune comes upon a person
than it ever does when that person is riding the crest of a wave
of success. It sharpens a person's wits, if that person will let
enabling him or her to see more clearly and evaluate situations
with a more knowledgeable judgment.
|No great person
of want of opportunity. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Opportunities are often things you
haven't noticed the first time around.
|The opportunities for enjoyment in
your life are limitless.
If you feel you are not
experiencing enough joy,
you have only yourself to blame. -David E. Bresler
door closes, another opens. But we often look so long
so regretfully upon the closed door that
we do not see
the one which has opened for us. -Helen Keller
|Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity;
they seem more afraid of life
than of death. -James F. Byrnes
that I know how many opportunities I've let go by,
it's up to me to teach myself how to recognize them
and take advantage of them. And the burden isn't
completely on me--there are plenty of books and tape
programs out there that can help us to learn to do
these things. This is material that should be taught in
schools, but it isn't, so we have to find other teachers
outside of the classroom who have focused on this
sort of thing as their own area of expertise.
|Our opportunities to do good
are our talents. -Cotton Mather
often hard to distinguish between
the hard knocks in life
and those of opportunity. -Frederick Phillips
|Opportunities multiply as they
are seized; they die when neglected.
Life is a long line
of opportunities. -John Wicker
|Next to knowing when to
seize an opportunity,
the most important thing in life is to know when
to forego an advantage. -Benjamin Disraeli
around asking a lot of damn fool questions and taking chances.
Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities,
and only by
gambling can we take advantage of them.
are only opportunities
in work clothes. -Henry J.
|As adults, we tend to overthink and overanalyze. We also
forget to pay attention.
Before we know it, an opportunity is gone. A friend gets tired
of waiting for you
to respond to an invitation. Your child's impromptu,
can't compete with your need to clean up the kitchen. In the
opportunities come and go in a heartbeat. . . . Certainly, careful
essential in many situations. But it's not always possible to
know what's around the next corner.
|There are such wonderful
possibilities in the life of each man and woman!
No human being
is unimportant. My inspiration comes in opening
that all alike may be free to live life to the fullest.
continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised
as insoluble problems. -Anonymous
are only opportunities with thorns on them.
is a legend of an artist who long sought for a piece of sandalwood,
out of which to carve a Madonna. He was about to give up in
leaving the vision of his life unrealized, when in a dream
he was bidden to carve his Madonna from a block of oak wood
which was destined for the fire. He obeyed and produced
a masterpiece from a log of common firewood.
Many of us lose great opportunities in life by waiting to find
for our carvings, when they really lie hidden in the common logs that
we burn. -Orison
|It is very dangerous to go into eternity with
possibilities which one has
oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a
God. One must follow it. -Soren Kierkegaard
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