OPPORTUNITY

is a situation favorable for attainment of a goal.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

Sarah Caldwell (1924-2006); opera conductor, impresario, stage director of opera

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

Lao Tzu (600-531); philosopher

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle (1908-2002); comedian, actor, author

“They who know how to employ opportunities will often find that they can create them; and what we can achieve depends less on the amount of time we possess than on the use we make of our time. ”

John S. Mill (1806-1873); British philosopher

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (born 1925); former professional baseball player and manager

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940); American author

“May the spirit of the season be with you today and throughout the new year! ”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce English poet

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Laozi Chinese philosopher, Central figure in Taoism

“All endings are beginnings, we just don't know it at the time.”

Mitch Albom (born 1958); Author, screenwriter, musician

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce English poet

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950); playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.”

Larry King (born 1933); Television talk show host

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972); 33rd President of the United States

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. ”

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626); English statesman, scientist, author

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900); novelist, playwright

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. ”

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997); marine biologist, diver, explorer

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931); inventor, businessman

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. ”

Oprah Winfrey (born 1954); American television host, publisher

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones come daily.”

Ivy Baker Priest (1905-1975); politician

“People will try to tell you that all of the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours. ”

Ken Hakuta American inventor

“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. ”

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); poet

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950); playwright, Nobel Prize winner

“No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1879-1969); clergyman

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626); English statesman, scientist, author

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922); inventor

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977); author, diarist

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else. Remember that Columbus was looking for India when he found America.”

Sir Tom Stoppard (born 1937); British playwright

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

Margaret Drabble (born 1939); English novelist, biographer and critic.

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Your Comments

The opportunity may come more than once but we must never lose it, especially if it benefits us.
Anderson over 2 years ago from Colatina-ES, Brasil

This site is great, it's really inspiring!
Reva Peryini over 3 years ago from 6th Ring of Jupiter

An opportunist is ever-rising, whereas a pessimist has difficulties in identifying opportunities for rising.
Lazarus Musonda about 4 years ago from lazarousmuso@gmail.com

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