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  1. "Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement."
    -- George Burton Adams
  2. "Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity."
    -- Alcaeus
  3. "The door to opportunity is always labeled 'push'."
    -- Anonymous
  4. "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
    -- Moshe Arens
  5. "I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
    -- Lucille Ball
  6. "Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be."
    -- Daniel J. Boorstin
  7. "Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be."
    -- Daniel J. Boorstin
  8. "Some tension is necessary for the soul to grow, and we can put that tension to good use. We can look for every opportunity to give and receive love, to appreciate nature, to heal our wounds and the wounds of others, to forgive, and to serve."
    -- Joan Borysenko
  9. "Whatever we possess becomes of double value When we have the opportunity of sharing it with others."
    -- Bouilly
  10. "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death."
    -- James Francis Byrnes

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  11. "Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door."
    -- Kyle Chandler
  12. "The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves."
    -- William Ellery Channing
  13. "Be ready when opportunity comes...Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet."
    -- Roy D. Chapin, Jr.
  14. "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    -- Sir Winston Churchill
  15. "As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!"
    -- Robert Collier
  16. "An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success."
    -- M. Shawn Covey
  17. "Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity."
    -- Dan Custer
  18. "There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music."
    -- Jim Davis
  19. "If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd."
    -- Edward de Bono

    Sunset & Palm Tree
  20. "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
    -- Benjamin Disraeli
  21. "A good deal happens in a man's life that he isn't responsible for. Fortunate openings occur; but it is safe to remember that such "breaks" are occurring all the time, and other things being equal, the advantage goes to the man who is ready."
    -- Lawrence Downs
  22. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
    -- Thomas Edison
  23. "Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong."
    -- Albert Einstein
  24. "In the middle of difficulity lies opportunity."
    -- Albert Einstein
  25. "Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual."
    -- Albert Einstein
  26. "The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different—to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses."
    -- John Martin Fischer
  27. "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."
    -- Henry Ford
  28. "Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it."
    -- Dr. Viktor E. Frankl

    Opportunity - Sunset
  29. "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility; never an opportunity."
    -- Kahlil Gibran
  30. "Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient."
    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  31. "Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something."
    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  32. "I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."
    -- Samuel Goldwyn
  33. "No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be grasped by people who are in love with what they're doing."
    -- Samuel Goldwyn
  34. "If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence."
    -- John B. Gough
  35. "Opportunity knocks at the strangest times, It's not the time that matters But how you answer the door."
    -- Steve Gray
  36. "The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."
    -- Lewis Grizzard

    • "Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions..."
      -- Kenneth Hildebrand
    • "Like the number of apples Contained within a single apple seed Each opportunity that we seize Contains an untold number of benefits."
      -- Rick Irving

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  37. "Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact."
    -- Lyndon Baines Johnson 36th US President, Democrat
  38. "We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society."
    -- Lyndon Baines Johnson 36th US President, Democrat
  39. "Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best."
    -- Michael Johnson
  40. "When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity."
    -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy 35th US President, Democrat
  41. "Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity."
    -- Irving Kristol
  42. "I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know I held opportunity."
    -- Hazel Lee
  43. "Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important that television."
    -- Aldo Leopold

    Your Move
  44. "There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity."
    -- Douglas MacArthur
  45. "As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness."
    -- Thomas Mann
  46. "The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."
    -- Orison Sweet Marden
  47. "I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies."
    -- Christa McAuliffe
  48. "Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful."
    -- Margaret Mead
  49. "France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world ... that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history."
    -- François Maurice Mitterrand President of France
  50. "As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness."
    -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  51. "Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach."
    -- Roger von Oech
  52. "Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish."
    -- Ovid
  53. "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
    -- Neil Peart
  54. "If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade."
    -- Thomas Peters
  55. "Opportunity doesn't knock. You knock, opportunity answers."
    -- American Proverb
  56. "Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping."
    -- Latin Proverb

    Vietnam Reflections
  57. "Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary."
    -- Anthony Robbins
  58. "I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty."
    -- John Davidson Rockefeller, Jr.
  59. "I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity."
    -- John Davidson Rockefeller, Sr.
  60. "The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more."
    -- Dr. Jonas Salk
  61. "Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us."
    -- David Sarnoff
  62. "Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity."
    -- Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. President, Yale
  63. "Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity."
    -- Helen Schucman
  64. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness."
    -- Seneca
  65. "The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire."
    -- Brian Tracy
  66. "Prayer gives us the opportunity to speak to GOD, Meditation allows GOD to speak back to us."
    -- Unknown
  67. "Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers."
    -- Unknown
  68. "Through the doors of perception Down the corridors of uncertainty Into the room of self doubt Opens the window of opportunity."
    -- Unknown
  69. "The door to opportunity is always labeled 'push'."
    -- Unknown

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  70. "Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."
    -- Bobby Unser
  71. "Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them."
    -- Madame C. J. Walker
  72. "We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have."
    -- Basil S. Walsh
  73. "Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards."
    -- William Arthur Ward
  74. "It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."
    -- Whitney Moore Young, Jr.

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