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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

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

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

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

—E.B. White, 1944

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

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

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610