OPPORTUNITY QUOTES

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Opportunity quote

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar

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If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes -- then learn how to do it later!

RICHARD BRANSON, attributed, Winning the Fight to be Happy

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A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

FRANCIS BACON, Advancement of Learning

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Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit.

RAFAEL SABATINI, Scaramouche

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Opportunity is latent in the very foundation of human society. Opportunity is everywhere about us. But the preparation to seize upon the opportunity, and to make the most of it, is to be made by every one for himself ... he will be self-made or never made.

ORISON SWETT MARDEN, The Hour of Opportunity

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For a lot of people, it seems that opportunity can be the most elusive event in the world. Indeed, I would argue that opportunity is elusive! By that, I don't mean to say that it never happens. In fact, the very opposite is true. Opportunity is always happening all around us, it is literally everywhere. But it is elusive in that, generally speaking, it is in disguise!

R. IAN SEYMOUR, Discover Your True Potential

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To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, address to the electors of Great Britain, 1774

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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Churchill By Himself

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It's them as take advantage that get advantage i' this world, I think: folks have to wait long enough afore it's brought to 'em.

GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

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I think everyone is an opportunist if they have an opportunity.

KATHARINE HEPBURN, Susan Crimp's Katharine Hepburn Once Said...

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There is a glass called opportunity
All pregnant with bright prophecies, if man
But read at the propitious moment.
But--let the fecund second slip and lo!
The globule tumbles from his coward's hands
Splintering a rain of lost forevers
Upon the sunless stretches of the world.

PHILIP MOELLER, The Roadhouse in Arden

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If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

MILTON BERLE, attributed, POWER Optimism

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When the iron is hot, strike.

JOHN HEYWOOD, Proverbs

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What is opportunity to the man who can't use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.

GEORGE ELIOT, Amos Barton

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Fools wait for opportunities in order to do everything; able men wait only for such chances as they themselves are unable to create.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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Opportunity is often dressed up in work clothes.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

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The very lack of opportunity the group faces creates a self-defeating cycle and puts pressure on members to limit their aspirations.

ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Men and Women of the Corporation

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The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of the weak.

ORISON SWETT MARDEN, The Hour of Opportunity

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Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected.

JOHN WICKER, Into Tomorrow

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Master of human destinies am I!
Fame, love and fortune on my footsteps wait,
Cities and fields I walk: I penetrate
Deserts and seas remote, and passing by
Hovel and mart and palace, soon or late
I knock unbidden once at every gate!
If sleeping, wake: if feasting, rise before
I turn away. It is the hour of fate
And they who follow me reach every state
Mortals desire and conquer every foe
Save death: but those who doubt or hesitate,
Condemned to failure, penury and woe,
Seek me in vain and uselessly implore--
I answer not, and I return no more!

JOHN J. INGALLS, "Opportunity"

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