Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.
— Garrison Keillor
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
— Thomas Jefferson
Don’t count on luck to get you out of a tight spot.
— Harvey Penick
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
— Darrell Royal
Luck means the hardships which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep, the airplanes you never failed to catch.
— Margaret Clement
Having a good attitude can keep you moving forward no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
— Pat Williams
Changing your attitude is always more successful than changing your circumstances. When your attitude is positive and determined, the task at hand is fifty percent completed.
— Greg Quinn
Attitude is the mother of luck.
— Pat Riley
We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude.
— Alfred Montapert
The single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. The attitude I choose keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.
— Charles Swindoll
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
— Pat Riley
The harder you work, the luckier you will get. Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still beat the pack.
— Gerald Ford
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’re got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
— William James
Some days, doing “the best we can” may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
— Fred Rogers
My father always emphasized maximizing my ability in anything I do, whether it is academics, music or sports. “There are a lot of talented people in the unemployment line,” he told me when I was giving less than my best at anything. “Naturally ability can only carry you so far,” he said. “Making the most of your talent is the yardstick for success in this family.”
— Jim Courier
The successful person has the habit of doing the things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either, but they subordinate their disliking by the strength of their purpose.
— Albert Gray
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
— Joseph Joubert
I was once asked if there were such a thing as luck in trial law. “Yes,” I replied, “but it only comes in the library at three o’clock in the morning.”
— Louis Nizer
I am only an average man, but I work harder at it than the average man.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The greatest part about receiving the blessings is the process that you went through to gain it. The endurance, perseverance and hard work necessary for success prepare you to plant and receive multiple harvests.
— T.D. Jakes