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Quotes for
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Opportunity is as scarce
as oxygen; people fairly
breathe it and do not know it.

Doc Sane


I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it.  Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities.  People who can smile at their breaks and grab their chances get on.       -Samuel Goldwyn


People do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.        -T. Jones

We are always surrounded by doors of opportunity.  Thatís the way life is.  Often, opportunities do not come in packages wrapped in the colors we expected.  When an unexpected surprise happens, we refuse to see it and so we miss the opportunity.  Sometimes we are so focused on a goal far out in the future that we do not see what is right in front of us, or we get so busy hurrying and rushing around that we lose all perspective.        -Anne Wilson Schaef

A wise person will make more opportunities than he or she finds.       -Francis Bacon

Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.  No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.       -Horace  Mann
Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost of possible achievement--these are the martial virtues which must command success.
-Austin Phelps

The best picture has not yet been painted; the greatest poem is still unsung; the mightiest novel remains to be written; the divinest music has not been conceived even by Bach.  In science, probably ninety-nine percent of the knowable has not yet been discovered.       -Lincoln Steffens
I was thinking, accidentally, of my own unsatisfactory life, doing as others do; and with that vision of the [gold] diggings still before me, I asked myself, why I might not be washing some gold daily, though it were only the finest particles,--why I might not sink a shaft down to the gold within me, and work that mine. . . . I might pursue some path, however solitary and narrow and crooked, in which I could walk with love and reverence. Whenever a person separates from the multitude, and goes his or her own way in this mood, there indeed is a fork in the road, though ordinary travelers may see only a gap in the paling. His or her solitary path across-lots will turn out the higher way of the two.        -Henry David Thoreau
We need you, we need your youth, your strength, and your idealism, to help us make right what is wrong.  I know you have been critically looking at the mores and customs of the past and questioning their value.  Every generation does that. But don't discard the time-tested values upon which civilization has been built just because they are old. More important, don't let the doom criers and the cynics persuade you that the best is past--that from here it's all downhill.  Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.       -Ronald Reagan
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by--
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost
The secret of success in life is for one to be ready for one's opportunity when it comes.       -Benjamin Disraeli
The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.        -L.P. Jacks

Always keep your eyes open for the little task, because it is the little task that is important to God.  The future of the Kingdom of God does not depend on the enthusiasm of this or that powerful person; those great ones are necessary too, but it is equally necessary to have a great number of little people who will do a little thing in the service of God.  The great flowing rivers represent only a small part of all the water that is necessary to nourish and sustain the earth.  Beside the flowing river there is the water in the earth--the subterranean water--and there are the little streams which continually enter the river and feed it and prevent it from sinking into the earth.  Without these other waters-- the silent hidden subterranean waters and the trickling streams-- the great river could no longer flow.  Thus it is with the little tasks to be fulfilled by us all.       -Albert Schweitzer
The opportunity that God sends does not wake up those who are asleep.       -Senegalese proverb
To each one's life there comes a time supreme;
One day, one night, one morning, or one noon,
One freighted hour, one moment opportune,
One rift through which sublime fulfillments gleam,
One space when fate goes tiding with the stream,
One Once, in balance 'twixt Too Late, Too Soon,
And ready for the passing instant's boon
To tip in favor the uncertain beam.
Ah, happy one who, knowing how to wait,
Knows also how to watch and work and stand
On Life's broad deck alert, and at the prow
To seize the passing moment, big with fate,
From Opportunity's extended hand,
When the great clock of destiny strikes Now!

Mary A. Townsend

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There is no security on this earth.  Only opportunity.       -Douglas MacArthur
Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.     -Rita Coolidge


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We must use time creatively. . .  and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.     -Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.       -Arthur Vandenberg
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. . . . To face very opportunity of life thoughtfully, and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised.       -Maltbie D. Babcock
Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.       -Catherine Deneuve
The opportunities for enjoyment in your life are limitless.  If you feel you are not experiencing enough joy, you have only yourself to blame.       -David E. Bresler
When one door closes, another opens.  But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.       -Helen Keller
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more afraid of life than of death.
-James F. Byrnes

Now that I know how many opportunities I've let go by, it's up to me to teach myself how to recognize them and take advantage of them.  And the burden isn't completely on me--there are plenty of books and tape programs out there that can help us to learn to do these things.  This is material that should be taught in schools, but it isn't, so we have to find other teachers outside of the classroom who have focused on this sort of thing as their own area of expertise.       -tom walsh
Our opportunities to do good are our talents.       -Cotton Mather
It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.       -Frederick Phillips
Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected.  Life is a long line of opportunities.       -John Wicker
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.       -Benjamin Disraeli
Go around asking a lot of damn fool questions and taking chances.  Only through curiosity can we discover opportunities, and only by gambling can we take advantage of them.       -Clarence Birdseye
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.       -Henry J. Kaiser
There is a legend of an artist who long sought for a piece of sandalwood, out of which to carve a Madonna.  He was about to give up in despair, leaving the vision of his life unrealized, when in a dream he was bidden to carve his Madonna from a block of oak wood which was destined for the fire.  He obeyed and produced a masterpiece from a log of common firewood.  Many of us lose great opportunities in life by waiting to find sandalwood for our carvings, when they really lie hidden in the common logs that we burn.       -Orison Swett Marden
It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities.  A possibility is a hint from God.  One must follow it.       -Soren Kierkegaard

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