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Quotations about Opportunities

Opportunity is something a Fool waits for while the Wise Guy runs down the road to meet it. ~Noah Lott (George V. Hobart), The Silly Syclopedia, 1905

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. ~Hugh Allen, in Knoxville News-Sentinel, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1971

Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it. ~Doc Sane, as quoted in Changing Times, 1952

A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised. ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858–1901)

Opportunities are easily lost, with difficulty found. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. ~Marie, Baroness von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916)

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. ~Mark Twain

Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken. ~Robert Brault,

Yes, opportunity is here, there, everywhere. ~Charles F. Raymond, "The Call to the Young," Just Be Glad, 1907

Overlooking an opportunity is different from looking it over. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you miss. ~Author unknown

Opportunity is a parade. Even as one chance passes, the next is a fife and drum echoing in the distance. ~Robert Brault,

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock. ~Woody Allen, "My Speech To the Graduates," 1979

Some of us have no vision past the next meal. Let us be men and women of sight, for opportunity is knocking everywhere. ~Charles F. Raymond, "This Banner Year," Just Be Glad, 1907

If opportunity doesn't knock… build a door. ~Milton Berle, as quoted in Arthur Pine and Julie Houston, One Door Closes, Another Door Opens, 1993

If Opportunity has shut One Door,
Resolve can open Thrice a Hundred More.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Indomitability," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Some people miss opportunity when it knocks because they haven't push enough to get a door open. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because, when opportunity knocks, they are out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Walter P. Chrysler

If I were Opportunity, I wouldn't just knock, you'd have to sign. ~Robert Brault,

It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips, as quoted by The Reader's Digest

Opportunity knocks once; incompetency knocks all the time. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Opportunity knocks at the door; importunity comes right in. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858–1901)

It is not that I am so wise that I can predict that will happen next. What I do know is that if one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river. ~Anchee Min, Becoming Madame Mao, 2000

Flawed past is history; flawed present is opportunity. ~Terri Guillemets

As you seek new opportunity, keep in mind that the sun does not usually reappear on the horizon where last seen. ~Robert Brault,

The man who makes the best of opportunities is apt to get the best of obstacles. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, George Horace Lorimer, editor, 1906

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~Author unknown

There  are  lots  of  opport♯nities  o♯t  there.  And  yo♯  know  what's  missing.  ~Terri  Guillemets

I've got the tools... There's my training... and my determination. I've no illusions about what I'm taking on... There'll be hurdles and a lot of serious problems at first. But you know my motto — problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind, 1987

The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work. ~Author unknown

Sometimes the universe tosses handfuls of glittering opportunity. If it falls upon you, dance! Then get right to work. ~Terri Guillemets

Let us have done with vain regrets and longings for the days that never will be ours again. Our work lies in front, not behind us; and "Forward!" is our motto. Let us not sit with folded hands, gazing upon the past as if it were the building: it is but the foundation. Let us not waste heart and life, thinking of what might have been, and forgetting the may-be that lies before us. 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, "On Memory," The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow: A Book for an Idle Holiday, 1890

Over time, the hurt doesn't hurt — only regret does. ~Terri Guillemets

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