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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

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

—Martin Luther, c. 1540

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

Good fortune is light as a feather, but nobody knows how to hold it up. Misfortune is heavy as the earth, but nobody knows how to stay out of its way.

—Zhuangzi, c. 300 BC

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 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

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.

—Oscar Wilde, 1895