To choose time is to save time; and an unseasonable motion is but beating the air.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
There is an hour in each man's life appointed to make his happiness, if then he seize it.
There are no times in life when opportunity, the chance to be and do, gathers so richly about the soul as when it has to suffer. Then everything depends on whether the man turns to the lower or the higher helps. If he resorts to mere expedients and tricks the opportunity is lost. He comes out no richer nor greater; nay, he comes out harder, poorer, smaller for his pain. But, if he turns to God, the hour of suffering is the turning hour of his life.
Genius and great abilities are often wanting; sometimes, only opportunities.—Some deserve praise for what they have done; others for what they would have done.
The public man needs but one patron, namely, the lucky moment.
"You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the matter of ages.
The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.
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.
The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity.
Every one has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.
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.
How often do we sigh for opportunities of doing good, whilst we neglect the openings of Providence in little things, which would frequently lead to the accomplishment of most important usefulness!
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
The secret of success in life, is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know they have met them.—The only preparation to take advantage of them, is simple fidelity to what each day brings.
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
What is opportunity to the man who can't use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.
Occasion may be the bugle call that summons an army to battle, but the blast of a bugle can never make soldiers nor win battles.
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 some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.
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.
It is common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed on something remote. In the same manner present opportunities are neglected and attainable good is slighted by minds busied in extensive ranges, and intent upon future advantages. Life, however short, is made shorter by waste of time.
To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.
Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.
Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her, but, if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again.
Who makes quick use of the moment, is a genius of prudence.
He who has opportunities to inspect the sacred moments of elevated minds, and seizes none, is a son of dullness; but he who turns those moments into ridicule, will betray with a kiss, and in embracing, murder.
For truth and duty it is ever the fitting time; who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking, will never accomplish anything.
Our opportunities to do good are our talents.
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.
A philosopher being asked what was the first thing necessary to win the love of a woman, answered: "Opportunity."
If sorrow could enter heaven, if a sigh could be heard there, or a tear roll down the cheek of a saint in light, it would be for lost opportunities, for the time spent in neglect of God which might have been spent for his glory.
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.
No man possesses a genius so commanding that he can attain eminence, unless a subject suited to his talents should present itself, and an opportunity occur for their development.
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
Chance opportunities make us known to others, and still more to ourselves.
To be a great man it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities.
The May of life blooms only once.
If we do not watch, we lose our opportunities; if we do not make haste, we are left behind; our best hours escape us, the worst are come. The purest part of our life tuns first, and leaves only the dregs at the bottom; and that time which is good for nothing else we dedicate to virtue, and only propose to begin to live at an age that very few people arrive at.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries; and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds, makes deeds ill done!
Take all the swift advantage of the hours.
Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis offered, shall never find it more.
Opportunity, sooner or later, comes to all who work and wish.
I can not commend to a business house any artificial plan for making men producers—any scheme for driving them into business-building. You must lead them through their self-interest.
Opportunity to statesmen, is as the just degree of heat to chemists; it perfects all the work.
Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.
Turning, for them who pass, the common dust of servile opportunity to gold.
Miss not the occasion; by the forelock take that subtle power, the never-halting time.