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Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

Luck is believing you’re lucky. 

—William Carlos Williams, 1947

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

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

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

—E.B. White, 1944

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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