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Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

We do not suffer by accident. 

—Jane Austen, 1813

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

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

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

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

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742