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Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932

A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford.

—Christina Stead, 1938

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

Luck is believing you’re lucky. 

—William Carlos Williams, 1947

It is so difficult not to become vain about one’s own good luck.

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

When the abbot throws the dice, the whole convent will play.

—Martin Luther, c. 1540

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

We do not suffer by accident. 

—Jane Austen, 1813

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

Luck, in the great game of war, is undoubtedly lord of all.

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899