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Quotations about Luck



Our lucky star is the one that happens to be in sight when we are having a bit of luck. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Luck and Chance," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Luck never gives; it only lends.  ~Swedish proverb


I broke a mirror in my house and was supposed to get seven years bad luck but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985, stevenwright.com


Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer'd. ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, c.1609  [IV, 3, Pisanio]


Luck has a longer reach than wisdom. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Go and wake up your luck. ~Persian saying


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish blessing


Those who have succeeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves. ~Larry King, unverified


Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck. ~Author unknown


It's hard to detect good luck — it looks so much like something you've earned. ~Frank A. Clark, Al Smith Feature Service, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1989


I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have. ~Coleman Cox, 1922  [quoteinvestigator.com]


If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909–1966)  [In the 1962 English translation by Jacek Gałązka of Unkempt Thoughts from the Polish, here's the actual wording: "is he entitled to happiness?" –tg]


Spencer:  I'm looking for a four-leaf clover so I can be lucky.
God:  Why don't you just staple a leaf onto a three-leaf clover?
Spencer:  You're saying I should cheat?
God:  No. I'm saying in this world, you have to make your own luck.
~Tommy Blaze, "Over the Four-Leaf Clover," Knocking on Heaven's Door, 2014, KOHD.org


What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? You get a rash of good luck. ~Laughs, Hoots & Giggles by Joseph Rosenbloom, 1984


You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. ~Proverb


Luck has a peculiar habit of connecting with the man on the move... ~L. W. Allwyn-Schmidt, 1919


May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow, and beyond.
~Irish blessing


Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: It was somebody's name, or he happened to be there at the time, or, it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect. The man was born to do it, and his father was born to be the father of him and of this deed, and, by looking narrowly, you shall see there was no luck in the matter, but it was all a problem in arithmetic, or an experiment in chemistry. The curve of the flight of the moth is preordained, and all things go by number, rule, and weight. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I was... blaspheming my luck in a way that made my breath smell of brimstone. ~Mark Twain, 1913


Guests bring good luck with them. ~Turkish proverb


When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you're really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!
~Dr. Seuss, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, 1973


I remembered Tucker telling me that luck was no lady; luck was a mean drunk who didn't know when to stop punching. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018


Child, when hard luck fall it just keep fallin'. ~Alice Childress, Wine in the Wilderness, 1969 [Oldtimer –tg]


I heard a fellow say, this morn, "I've had hard luck since I was born." Yet he was fixed with hands and feet, and health so good 'twas hard to beat. While he bemoaned his gloomy fate, and tried to keep his grouch on straight, and while some maudlin tears he shed, an ailing cripple forged ahead, ambition glowing in his eyes, and gathered in a handsome prize. A blind man, groping in the dark, in human annals made his mark. A sick man, toiling with his pen, produced a book that drew from men so loud a burst of honest praise, as cheered the balance of his days. A thousand brave, undaunted chaps, borne down by grievous handicaps, were struggling up life's rugged steep, too full of hopeful plans to weep. How pitiful the man who stands, with active lungs and idle hands, complaining of the luck he's had, since he was but a knee-high lad! ~Walt Mason (1862–1939), "The Luckless Man"


No one will dispute me when I say that the only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~Harry Golden


If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


[I]t may interest those who wish to marry to know that the luckiest day and month for marriages is by superstitious people held to be the thirty-first of December. ~"All the Year Round: December," All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens, 1887


I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.... They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death. ~William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, c.1600  [V, 1, Falstaff]


When strolling through the garden,
If you should chance to see
A ladybug out walking,
Please say "hi" for me!
For ladybugs are good bugs,
They help the garden grow
They will bring you good luck,
So always say "hello!"
~Author unknown


Ilse and I hunted all over the old orchard to-day for a four-leaved clover and couldn't find one. Then I found one in a clump of clover by the dairy steps to-night when I was straining the milk and never thinking of clovers. Cousin Jimmy says that is the way luck always comes, and it is no use to look for it. ~L. M. Montgomery, Emily of New Moon, 1923


One leaf is for hope, and one is for faith,
And one is for love, you know,
And God put another one in for luck —
If you search you will find where they grow.
~Ella Higginson (1861–1940), "Four-Leaf Clover"


Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck. ~Mary Wilson Little, Reveries of a Paragrapher, 1897


Fortune is a centaur —
half man, half luck.
~Terri Guillemets, "Hoofprints," 2019


In science as in the lottery, luck favors he who wagers the most — that is... the one who is tilling constantly the ground in his garden. If Pasteur discovered bacterial vaccines by accident, he was assisted by genius. ~Santiago Ramón y Cajal, "What Newcomers to Biological Research Should Know," Advice for a Young Investigator, 1899, translated by Neely Swanson and Larry W. Swanson, 1999


Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~Garrison Keillor





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