Opportunities

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
It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity. ~Frederick Phillips
Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. ~Bulgarian Proverb
I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. ~Mark Twain
Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken. ~Robert Brault
Ability is of little account without opportunity. ~Napoleon
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ~Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625
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,” Side Effects, 1980
[I]f one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river. ~Anchee Min, Becoming Madame Mao
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
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
When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959
Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind
Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. ~Author Unknown
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
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
If I were Opportunity, I wouldn’t just knock, you’d have to sign. ~Robert Brault
Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

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