This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!


“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Opportunity Quotes

1. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. - George Bernard Shaw

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

3. The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves. - Garth Henrichs

4. Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them. – Unknown

5. Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. – Demosthenes

6. A wise man makes more opportunity than he finds. - Francis Bacon

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

8. When opportunity knocks, you'd better have your bags packed. - Ancient proverb

9. Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them. - Colton

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

11. When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. - John F. Kennedy

12. A man must make his opportunity as oft as he finds it. - Francis Bacon

13. The secret of success in life: Prepare for opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

14. The door of opportunity is always knocking, open it. - Unknown

15. The Land of Opportunity is an attitude. - BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt

16. An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. - Winston Churchill

17. The door of opportunity won't open unless you do some pushing. - Unknown

18. The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

20. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. - Alexander Graham Bell

21. There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity. - Douglas MacArthur

22. Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor. - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

23. Opportunities multiply as they are seized. - Sun Tzu

24. Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity’s door if you ardently wish to enter. - B. C. Forbes

25. Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. - Napoleon Hill

26. Do each daily task the best we can; act as though the eye of opportunity were always upon us. - William Feather

27. Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. - Frank Tyger

28. If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it! - Jonathan Winters

29. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Unknown

30. 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

31. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

32. We do not need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have. - Basil S. Walsh

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