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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

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

—Martin Luther, c. 1540

Luck is believing you’re lucky. 

—William Carlos Williams, 1947