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It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. 

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

Luck is believing you’re lucky. 

—William Carlos Williams, 1947

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

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

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932

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