Luck Proverbs

By | February 1, 2014

Sayings about Luck

Luck that lasts is always suspected. ~ Tibetan Proverb

Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him.  ~ German Proverb

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it. ~ German Proverb

You don’t need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence.  ~ Jewish Proverb

You can give a piece of advice, but not good luck along with that.  ~ Norwegian Proverb

When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns.  ~ Zambian Proverb

When luck joins in the game, cleverness scores double.  ~ Yiddish Proverb

When ill luck falls asleep, let none wake her. ~ Italian Proverb

When God throws the dice, they are loaded. ~ Greek Proverb

What is bad luck for one man is good luck for another.  ~ Ghanaian Proverb

To wait for luck is the same as waiting for death. ~ Japanese Proverb

To be lucky you need a little wit. ~ Italian Proverb

Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

Third time lucky.  ~ Traditional Proverb

There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so. ~ German Proverb

There is no luck except where there is discipline. ~ Irish Proverb

The person afraid of bad luck will never know good. ~ Russian Proverb

The more you know, the luckier you get. ~ Myanmar Proverb

The lucky fellow loses his wife; the unlucky fellow loses his horse.  ~ Georgian Proverb

The luckiest dies in his cradle. ~ Turkish Proverb

The luck of idle men sits next to them.  ~ Romanian Proverb

The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.  ~ Japanese Proverb

Substance is not enough, accident is also required. ~ Italian Proverb

Seven trades but no luck. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, you’ll want a pin before you die.  ~ Traditional Proverb

Parents can give their children everything except good luck. ~ Yiddish Proverb

One ounce of good luck is better than a ton of brains.  ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

Nothing falls from heaven. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.  ~ Traditional Proverb

Luck stops at the door and inquires whether prudence is within.  ~ Danish Proverb

Luck seeks those who flee and flees those who seek it. ~ German Proverb

Luck never gives; it only lends. ~ Swedish Proverb

Luck is the residue of design. ~ Arabian Proverb

Luck is the idol of the idle. ~ Traditional Proverb

Luck is loaned, not owned. ~ Norwegian Proverb

Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth.  ~ Japanese Proverb

Luck is infatuated with the efficient. ~ Persian Proverb

It is better to be born lucky than rich. ~ Traditional Proverb

In bad luck, hold out; in good luck, hold in. ~ German Proverb

If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. ~ Russian Proverb

If you are looking for bad luck, you will soon find it. ~ Japanese Proverbs

If bad luck is asleep you must not awaken it. ~ German Proverbs

He that has the luck leads the bride to church. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Guests bring good luck with them. ~ Kurdish Proverb

Good luck comes in slender currents, misfortune in a rolling tide.  ~ Irish Proverb

Good luck beats early rising. ~ Irish Proverb

Good looking and good luck don’t always walk the same road. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

Go and wake up your luck. ~ Persian Proverb

Fortune is with you for an hour and against you for ten! ~ Arabian Proverb

Each man’s character shapes his fortunes. ~ Latin Proverbs

Change yourself, and your luck will change. ~ Portuguese Proverb

Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Bad luck is fertile.  ~ Russian Proverb

Bad luck for one man is good luck for another. ~ African Proverb

After bad luck comes good fortune.  ~ Gypsy Proverb

A person does not seek luck; luck seeks the person.  ~ Turkish Proverbs

A lucky person is someone who plants pebbles and harvests potatoes.  ~ Greek Proverbs

Saying about Luck


Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it.

Today, well lived, will prepare me for both the pleasure and the pain of tomorrow.

The wise don’t expect to find life worth living; they make it that way.

Success is just a matter of luck, all you need to do is ask a failure.

Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.

Luck is good planning, carefully executed.

Luck is a very good word if you put a P before it.

Luck is a disease for which hard work is the only remedy.

Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don’t depend on it.

Good luck is the twin brother of hard work.

Good luck is often with the man who doesn’t include it in his plans.

Good luck is a lazy man’s estimate of a worker’s success.

Combine common sense and the Golden Rule, and you will have very little bad luck.

Russian Proverb

Quotations about Luck

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

What is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there, and taking it when it comes. ~ Natasha Josefowitz

A man forgets his good luck next day, but remembers his bad luck until next year. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Luck is what a capricious man believes in. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

I believe in luck. The harder I work the luckier I get. ~ Sam Shoen

Luck is being in the right place at the right time, but location and timing are to some extent under our control. ~ Natasha Josefowitz

I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Luck is not the hand of God…. Luck is the way the wind swirls and the dust settles eons after God has passed by. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Luck? 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 opportunity is and what isn’t. ~ Lucille Ball

I find I’m luckier when I work harder. ~ Dr. Denton Cooley

Good and bad luck is but a synonym, in the great majority of instances, for good and bad judgment. ~ Paul Chatfield

Luck. Take a second look at what appears to be someone’s “good luck.” You’ll find not luck but preparation, planning, and success-producing thinking. ~ David J. Schwartz

I think the harder you work the more luck you have. ~ David Thomas

The lucky have whole days which still they choose; the unlucky have but hours, and those they lose. ~ John Dryden

I have been extraordinarily lucky. Anyone who pretends that some kind of luck isn’t involved in his success is deluding himself. ~ Arthur Hailey

To believe in luck… is skepticism. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent. ~ Langston Coleman

You must always be open to your luck. You cannot force it, but you can recognize it. ~ Henry Moore

People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have. ~ Anne Tyler

You don’t just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities. ~ Barbara Bush

Luck is believing you’re lucky. ~ Tennessee Williams

Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. ~ Mary Pickford

Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson

Luck always seems like it belongs to someone else. ~ David Levien

Luck has a way of evaporating when you lean on it. ~ Brandon Mull

Motivation triggers luck. ~ Mike Wallace

Luck is everything…. My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

Luck, good or bad, is the invisible play of mind upon affairs, the effect of mental aptitudes and habits which are not in sight, but which work and bring forth their due issues. ~ James Vila Blake

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. ~ Brian Tracy

I would rather have a lucky general than a smart general…. They win battles, and they make me lucky. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

I’ve had bad luck and I’ve had good and neither one lasted long enough to dry spit. ~ Jo Clayton

As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for. ~ Josh Billings

Lady Luck generally woos those who earnestly, enthusiastically, unremittingly woo her. ~ B.C. Forbes

Luck is a discernible, if mysterious, pattern of influences on your life path. ~ David Kennedy

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? ~Jean Cocteau

Lucky people are usually bad players when it comes to correcting their faults; they always believe that they are right when chance backs up their vice or folly. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Luck is a combination of confidence and getting the breaks. ~ Christy Mathewson

No luck was dumb because luck was just another name for miracle. ~ Margaret Atwood

Luck is not as random as you think. Before that lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it. ~ Vera Nazarian

I always think luck’s a bit like splitting a log. You’re much more likely to succeed if you read the grain and look for flaw-lines. ~ K.J.Parker

If the influence of luck is a delusion, then all I can say is that the delusion is virtually universal. ~ Felix Dennis

Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Luck implies an absolute absence of any principle. ~ Chuang Tzu

What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us. ~ Robertson Davies

You can create your own luck just like a cloud can create its own rain. You create your own luck by the way you act, think, feel, and talk. ~ Mark Benedict

It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Get as much experience as you can, so that you’re ready when luck works. That’s the luck. ~ Henry Fonda

I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Ill luck, you know, seldom comes alone. ~ Miguel De Cervantes

You’ve got to be in a position for luck to happen. Luck doesn’t go around looking for a stumblebum. ~ Darrell Royal

Destiny is the invention of the cowardly, and the resigned. ~ Ignazio Silone

Luck, mere luck may make even madness wisdom. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

A man never has good luck who has a bad wife. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. ~ Flora Whittemore

Everything that happened to me happened by mistake. I don’t believe in fate. It’s luck, timing and accident. ~ Mery Griffin

The lucky fellow is the plucky fellow who has been burning midnight oil and taking defeat after defeat with a smile. ~ James B. Hill

Virtue without success is a fair picture shown by an ill light; but lucky men are favorites of heaven; all own the chief, when fortune owns the cause. ~ John Dryden

Luck relies on chance, labor on character. ~ Richard Cobden

No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone, but is beyond control: luck. ~ John Jakes

Hope nothing from. Luck; and the probability is that you will be so prepared, forewarned, and forearmed that all shallow observers will call you lucky. ~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

Much of my good fortune was a matter of nothing more clever on my part than luck. ~ James Fixx

They say you have to be good to be lucky, but I think you have to be lucky to be good. ~ Rico Carty

I’ve had bad luck and I’ve had good and neither one lasted long enough to dry spit. ~ Jo Clayton

Luck was something you either earned or invented through strength of character. You had to come by it honestly; you could not trick or bluff your way into it. ~ Patrick Dewitt

The powerless worship Luck and Fate. ~ Mason Cooley

I will ride my luck on occasion, but I like to pick the occasion. ~ Rex Stout

Luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in executing the correct course of action. ~ R.A.Salvatore

Luck marches with those who give their very best. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I was born lucky, and I have lived lucky. What I had was used. What I still have is being used. Lucky. ~ Katharine Hepburn

Some people are so fond of bad luck they run half way to meet it. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

The harder you work, the luckier you get. ~ Gary Player

All psychological studies indicate that a person’s luck is influenced by his state of mind. ~ June Sawyer

I think that one can have luck if one tries to create an atmosphere of spontaneity. ~ Federico Fellini

Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck. ~ George S. Clason

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck. ~ F.Scott Fitzgerald

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. ~ James A. Garfield

Luck’s always to blame. ~ Jean De La Fontaine

When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky. ~ Dr. Armand Hammer

The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. ~ Bret Harte

You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky…. ~ Tennessee Williams

When it comes to luck you make your own. ~ Bruce Springsteen

Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid. ~ John Dewey

Since luck’s a nine days’ wonder, wait their end. ~ Euripides

Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in life is luck. ~ Donald Trump

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. ~ Oprah Winfrey

When good luck knocks at the door, let him in and keep him there. ~ Cervantes

Don’t you know by now, luck don’t lead to anything or why you keep on moving. ~ Steve Winwood

Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves. ~ Larry King

The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck. ~ Hector Berlioz

Luck cannot change birth. ~ Horace

You don’t have to justify a beautiful stroke of good luck. Accept it. Smile and say thank you. ~ Garrison Keillor

Luck is tenacity of purpose. ~ Elbert Hubbard

It’s hard to detect good luck – it looks so much like something you’ve earned. ~ Frank A. Clark

Luck is the savior for the few but a demon for the masses. ~ Michael Titorenk

Luck enters into every contingency. You are a fool if you forget it — and a greater fool if you count upon it. ~ Phyllis Bottome

In the queer mess of human destiny, the determining factor is luck. ~ William E. Woodward

Luck generally comes to those who look for it, and my notion is that it taps, once in a lifetime, at everybody’s door, but if industry does not open it luck goes away. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? ~ Jean Cocteau

The man who glories in his luck may be overthrown by destiny. ~ Euripides

Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment; it is possible to “make” your luck by being always prepared. ~ Michael Korda

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

Good luck needs no explanation. ~ Shirley Temple Black

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more of it I have. ~ Stephen Leacock

Luck, be a lady tonight. ~ Frank Loesser

A rabbit’s foot may bring good luck to you, but it brought none to the rabbit. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Good luck is the willing handmaid of an upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty. ~ James Russell Lowell

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. ~ Brian Tracy

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. ~ Elmer G. Letterman

The profits of good luck are perishable; if you build on fortune, you build on sand; the more advancement you achieve, the more dangers you run. ~ Marquis de Racan

I don’t believe in luck. We make our own good fortune. ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself. ~ Douglas Macarthur

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~ Harry Golden

There are so many people with all kinds of lucky things happening to them, and they don’t know how to use it. ~ Rocky Aoki

Luck is being ready for the chance. ~ J. Frank Doble

Luck never made a man wise. ~ Seneca

The man who is intent on making the most of his opportunities is too busy to bother about luck. ~ B.C. Forbes

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act. ~ Barbara Sher

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