Opportunity is rare and a wise man will never let it go by him. - Bayard Taylor 


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Opportunity Quotations

Great opportunities come to all but many do not know they have met them. The only preparation to take advantage of them is simple fidelity to what each day brings.
A. E. Dunning

The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.
Victor Chasles

Opportunity, sooner or later, comes to all who work and wish.
Lord Stanley

Take all the swift advantage of the hours.
William Shakepeare

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Welcome every new and difficult problem in life as a new opportunity to wrestle and win and to gain new experience and new power.
L H. Murlin

Many 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.
Thomas Jones

The future is an opportunity.
J. F. Ware

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
Ecclesiastes 9:11

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

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon

Opportunities are on every hand; what we need is, not a new chance, but clearness of vision to discern the chance which at this very hour is ours, if we recognize it.
Katherine Krieger

A man in earnest finds means or, if he cannot find, creates them.
William Ellery Channing

Who seeks, and will not take, when once 'tis offered, Shall never find it more.
William Shakespeare

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
Time lyrics, Pink Floyd

When the time comes in which one could, the time has passed in which one can.
Marie Ebner Eschenbach

There's a time for all things.
William Shakespeare

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot

We have the power within, but the secret of success is to employ our power and talents and be prepared for opportunity when it comes.
Walter Matthews

We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.
Walter E. Cole

A good opportunity is seldom presented, and is easily lost.

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

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

Who cannot but see oftentimes how strange the threads of our destiny run? Oft it is only for a moment the favorable instant is presented. We miss it, and months and years are lost.
Ludwig Tieck

Present opportunities are not to be neglected; they rarely visit us twice.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
Virginia Woolf

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
John Burroughs

Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.
Janet Erskine Stuart

Occasions are rare: and those who know how to seize upon them are rarer.
H. W. Shaw

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.
Marquis de Vauvenargues

Chance is always powerful; let your hook always be cast in a pool where you least expect there will be fish.

How often events, by chance and unexpectedly, come to pass, which you had not dared even to hope for!

A stray, unthought-of five minutes may contain the event of a life, and this all-important moment who can tell when it will be upon us?
Dean Alford

Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.
Nicolas de Chamfort

Improve time in the present; for opportunity is precious, and time is a sword.


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