We cannot bear to regard ourselves simply as play-things of blind chance; we cannot admit to feeling ourselves abandoned.
He who distrusts the security of chance takes more pains to effect the safety which results from labor. To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.”
Chance is a word devoid of sense, nothing can exist without a cause.
Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Chance has something to say in everything, even how to write a good letter.
True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table: Luckiest he who knows just when to rise and go home.
Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend on such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man’s hands to set the tables, still he would not be certain to win the game.
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
There are no chances so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage; and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn them to their own disadvantage.