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Quotations about Opportunities


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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021


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


When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break. ~William Hale White


Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards. ~William Arthur Ward


Opportunity is a bird that never perches. ~Claude McDonald


Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it. ~Doc Sane


Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. ~Maltbie Babcock


Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. ~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


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


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


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


Ability is of little account without opportunity. ~Napoleon


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


The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. ~Harry Truman


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


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


If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips


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


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


Sometimes God throws a handful of glittering opportunity into the air. If it falls upon you, dance! Then get to work. ~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, rbrault.blogspot.com


I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. ~Hazel Lee


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


The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity. ~Helen Rowland


All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen. ~Sidney Lumet


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


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


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


Opportunities fly 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, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, 1889


An aging man cannot rewrite his youth but a youth may rewrite his own future. ~Terri Guillemets



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