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

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

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

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

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

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

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

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

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

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

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938
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