Sunday, March 30, 2008 – Opportunity


We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. ~ Charles R. Swindoll


Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom. ~ Mignon McLaughlin


I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. ~ Mark Twain


This American system of ours … call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.” ~ Al Capone


Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand, and when there is an opportunity, I do not hit – it hits all by itself. ~ Bruce Lee


There is a nick in Fortune’s restless wheel For each man’s good. ~ George Chapman, Bussy d’Ambois


Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find: Occasion once past by, is bald behind. ~ Abraham Cowley, Pyramus and Thisbe (XV)


Let nothing pass which will advantage you; Hairy in front, Occasion’s bald behind. [Rem tibi quam nosces aptam dimittere noli; Fronte capillata, post est occasio calva.] ~ Dionysius Cato, Disticha de Moribus (II)


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


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


Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations. ~ Jean Paul Richter


If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle


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


All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen. ~ Sidney Lumet


Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it. ~ Danny Kaye


In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt


If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. ~ Jonathan Winters


The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year. ~ Voltaire


Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing are not to be trusted with the management of any great question. ~ William Hazlitt


Opportunity makes a thief. ~ Sir Francis Bacon


I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both. ~ Soren Kierkegaard


The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity. ~ Helen Rowland


One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead. ~ Oscar Wilde


My biggest regret in life is that I didn’t hit John Denver in the mouth while I had the chance. ~ Denis Leary