Seneca on Fortune

“That which Fortune has not given, she cannot take away.”

~ Seneca / Letters to Lucilius 59

Guillaume Faury on Luck

“My motto is, ‘You can never escape luck’ ”

~ Guillaume Faury/ Times, 24th November 2019

Penelope Lively on Contingency

“Life as lived is disordered, undirected, and at the mercy of contingent events.”

Penelope Lively / Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Pico Iyer on Luck

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

Luck is more important than either. Talent is indispensable — and the discipline to make use of it. Ambition seems to me counter-productive — winning the battle to lose the war.

~ Pico Iyer / Financial Times, 06 September, 2019


Socrates on Misfortune

“If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

~ Socrates

Stephen King on Serenity

“God grant me to SERENITY to accept what I cannot change the TENACITY to change what I may and the GOOD LUCK not to fuck up too often.”

~ Stephen King / Salem’s Lot

Mary Oliver on Grace

“You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.”

~ Mary Oliver

Seneca on Luck

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

~ Seneca

Cormac McCarthy on Luck

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”

~ Cormac McCarthy / No Country For Old Men

Hunter Thompson on Luck

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Prue Leith on Luck

“But the other thing I think of more and more — when people say, ‘You’re so jolly and cheerful,’ I think, well, that’s luck too, because it’s all to do with serotonin levels in your brain. It’s all chemical, it’s all luck.”

~ Prue Leith

Ranulph Fiennes on Ageing

“You realise that if you’d reached the ripe old age of, shall we say, over 50 without some dreadful sickness or disease or accident or something like that, and you’ve never wanted for food other than through your own fault, and you’ve never suffered from war other than your own fault, you’re incredibly lucky and therefore you shouldn’t allow negative thoughts [about ageing].”

~ Ranulph Fiennes