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Opportunity quotes and quotations

Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
Bulgarian Proverb

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.
Samuel Smiles

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. •Anonymous Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.
Doris Lessing

You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait.
Ellen Metcalf

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.
General Douglas MacArthur

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

This could but have happened once, And we missed it, lost it forever.
Robert Browning

He that will not when he may, When he will he shall have nay.
Robert Burton

Let nothing pass which will advantage you; Hairy in front, Occasion's bald behind.
Dionysius Cato

There is a nick in Fortune's restless wheel For each man's good.
George Chapman

Holding occasion by the hand, Not over nice 'twixt weed and flower, Waiving what none can understand, I make mine hour.
John Vance Cheney

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
Leonard Cohen

You create your opportunities by asking for them.
Patty Hansen

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Abraham Cowley

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.
Publilius Syrus

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

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

A thousand year a poor man watched Before the gate of Paradise: But while one little nap he snatched, It oped and shut. Ah! was he wise?
William R. Alger

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
John James Ingalls

There is an hour in each man's life appointed To make his happiness, if then he seize it.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Observe the opportunity.

Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find: Occasion once past by, is bald behind.
Abraham Cowley

"Oh, ship ahoy!" rang out the cry; "Oh, give us water or we die!" A voice came o'er the waters far, "Just drop your bucket where you are." And then they dipped and drank their fill Of water fresh from mead and hill; And then they knew they sailed upon The broad mouth of the Amazon.
Sam Walter Foss

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
John James Ingalls

They do me wrong who say I come no more, When once I know and fail to find you in; For every day I stand outside your door And bid you wait, and rise to fight and win.
Judge Walter Malone

Yet he who grasps the moment's gift, He is the proper man.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
John Hamilton, Lord Belhaven

I beseech you not to blame me if I be desirous to strike while the iron is hot.
Sir Edward Hoby

Let us seize, friends, our opportunity from the day as it passes.

The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.
Judge Walter Malone

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

It is the youth who sees a great opportunity hidden in just these simple services, who sees a very uncommon situation, a humble position, who gets on in the world.
Orison Swett Marden

Our opportunities to do good are our talents.
Cotton Mather

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.
Earl Nightingale

Even a blind dog can find a bone every so often.
Alexi Sayle

Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life They of a sudden greet us with a smile.
Gerald Massey

Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
Charles Caleb Colton

There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
Thomas A. Edison

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.
Alberta Flanders

Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it
Eli Ginzberg

Some people expect the door of opportunity to be opened with an electric eye.
Howard Hendricks

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.
Sally Koch

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
Ann Landers

One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.
Rosamond Lehmann

It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.
Harvey Mackay

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

Opportunities are everywhere. The recession might be drawing to a close, but its continuing legacy is employers' reliance on short-term staff. There may be fewer jobs for life, but there are more jobs in a lifetime.
Lucy Benington

If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.
Les Brown

Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised.
Warren Buffett

Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
Roy D. Chapin Jr.