Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

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

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

—Martin Luther, c. 1540

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

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847