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There is an hour in each man's life appointed to make his happiness, if then he seize it.

There is need of a sprightly and vigilant soul to discern and to lay hold on favorable junctures; a man must look before him, descry opportunities at a distance, keep his eye constantly upon them, observe all the motions they make toward him, make himself ready for their approach, and when he sees his time, lay fast hold, and not let go again, till he has done his business.

There sometimes wants only a stroke of fortune to discover numberless latent good or bad qualities, which would otherwise have been eternally concealed; as words written with a certain liquor appear only when applied to the fire.

To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall.

To be a great man it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities.

To choose time is to save time.-There be three parts of business-the preparation, the debate or examination, and the perfection; whereof if you look for dispatch let the middle only be the work of many and the first and last the work of few.

To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.

To see a shadow and think it is a tree-that is a pity; but to see a tree and to think it a shadow can be fatal.

Turning, for them who pass, the common dust of servile opportunity to gold.

Unless a man has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him ridiculous.

Unless a man has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him ridiculous. A great occasion is worth to a man exactly what his antecedents hive enabled him to make of it.

Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost of possible achievement - these are the martial virtues which must command success.

Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost possible achievement-these are the martial virtues which must command success.

We are a free nation, where men and women have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. No matter your background or circumstance of birth, in America you can get a good education, start a business, raise a family, worship freely and help elect the leaders of your community and country.

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

What is opportunity to the man who can't use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.

What the student calls a tragedy, the master calls a butterfly.

When heaven half opens its arms, he who is faint-hearted, deserves not anything. - It is this want of faith that often keeps heaven from bestowing its blessings; and even when they come clown, it is apt to send them away.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.


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