Quotes about Opportunity

"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience."

Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 - January 12, 1990) was an educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.


"Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good, try to use ordinary situations."

Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825) was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.


"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."

Flora Whittemore (-)


"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.


"In the field of obeservation, chance flavors only the prepared mind."

Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist born in Dole. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases.


"Destiny is no matter of chance. It as a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it's a thing to be achieved."

William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was an American politician in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.


"There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity."

Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army. He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.


"While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunities."

Publilius Syrus () a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him.


"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and if they cannot find them, make them."

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"Don't miss opportunities. They will never return."

Sima Qian (ca. 145 or 135 BC–86 BC) also called Ssu-ma Ch'ien , was a Prefect of the Grand Scribes of the Han Dynasty. He is regarded as the father of Chinese historiography because of his highly praised work.