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To hold a throne is luck; to bestow it, virtue.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.

—E.B. White, 1944

To put one’s trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

We do not suffer by accident. 

—Jane Austen, 1813

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.

—Mark Twain, 1897

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

Misfortune, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

’Tis not a ridiculous devotion to say a prayer before a game at tables?

—Thomas Browne, 1642