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

—Thomas Browne, 1642

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Luck takes the step that no one sees.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

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

—Cormac McCarthy, 2005

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

—Christina Stead, 1938

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

—Joan Didion, 2005

We do not suffer by accident. 

—Jane Austen, 1813

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

—Calvin Coolidge, 1932

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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

Some folks want their luck buttered.

—Thomas Hardy, 1886

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

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

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899
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