Lucky is he who has been able to understand the causes of things.
Virgil (Publius Virgilius Maro) 70-19 B.C.
There is much good luck in the world, but it is luck. We are none of us safe. We are children, playing or quarrelling on the line.
E. M. Forster 1879-1970
Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.
Douglas Jerrold 1803-57
We can’t all be happy, we can’t all be rich, we can’t all be lucky—and it would be so much
Less fun if we were…Some must cry so that others may be able to laugh the more heartily.
Jean Rhys “Good Morning, Midnight” (1939) pt. 1
The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
Tom Stoppard 1937—
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.
Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.
Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
Go and wake up your luck.
Luck never made a man wise.
Seneca, Letters to Lucilius
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
A business like acting is 90% luck. You can be a star one minute and out of work the next.
A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.
A great man’s greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
A lot of it just has to do with luck, serendipity.