Chance Quotes

The happiest thing that can be said about democracy... is that it is one of the few systems that has been willing to risk a long period of confusion and mixed purposes for the sake of giving man a chance to grow up in mind and responsibility

H.A. Overstreet

At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

Friedrich Nietzsche

When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night.


A game of great charm in the adoption of mathematical measurements to the timing of human movements, the exactitudes and adjustments of physical ability to hazardous chance. The speed of the legs, the dexterity of the body, the grace of the swing, the elusiveness of the slide - these are the features that make Americans everywhere forget the last syllable of a man's last name or the pigmentation of his skin

Branch Rickey

In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.

Ansel Adams

The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it.

Roger Babson

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.

Mary Pickford

Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Luck is being ready for the chance.

J. Frank Doble

Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?

Jimmy Johnson

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.


A problem is a chance for your to do your best.

Duke Ellington
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