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Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

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

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899

Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

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

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

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

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

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932
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