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Quotations about Opportunities

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. ~Hugh Allen

When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break. ~William Hale White

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards. ~William Arthur Ward

Opportunity is a bird that never perches. ~Claude McDonald

Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it. ~Doc Sane

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. ~Maltbie Babcock

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. ~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Flawed past is history; flawed present is opportunity. ~Terri Guillemets

Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken. ~Robert Brault,

There are lots of opport♯nities o♯t there. And yo♯ know what's missing. ~Terri Guillemets

Ability is of little account without opportunity. ~Napoleon

Overlooking an opportunity is different from looking it over. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you miss. ~Author Unknown

Opportunity is a parade. Even as one chance passes, the next is a fife and drum echoing in the distance. ~Robert Brault,

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. ~Harry Truman

Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock. ~Woody Allen, "My Speech To the Graduates," 1979

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle

If Opportunity has shut One Door,
Resolve can open Thrice a Hundred More.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Indomitability," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Some people miss opportunity when it knocks because they haven't push enough to get a door open. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because, when opportunity knocks, they are out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Walter P. Chrysler

If I were Opportunity, I wouldn't just knock, you'd have to sign. ~Robert Brault,

It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips

Opportunity knocks once; incompetency knocks all the time. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Opportunity knocks at the door; importunity comes right in. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

What I do know is that if one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river. ~Anchee Min, Becoming Madame Mao

Sometimes God throws a handful of glittering opportunity into the air. If it falls upon you, dance! Then get to work. ~Terri Guillemets

As you seek new opportunity, keep in mind that the sun does not usually reappear on the horizon where last seen. ~Robert Brault,

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. ~Hazel Lee

The man who makes the best of opportunities is apt to get the best of obstacles. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, George Horace Lorimer, editor, 1906

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~Author Unknown

The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity. ~Helen Rowland

All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen. ~Sidney Lumet

I've got the tools... There's my training... and my determination. I've no illusions about what I'm taking on... There'll be hurdles and a lot of serious problems at first. But you know my motto — problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind, 1987

Over time, the hurt doesn't hurt — only regret does. ~Terri Guillemets

The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work. ~Author unknown

Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone. ~Jerome K. Jerome, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, 1889

An aging man cannot rewrite his youth but a youth may rewrite his own future. ~Terri Guillemets

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