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Opportunity

  • ... for most of us the space between 'dreaming on things to come' and 'it is too late, it is all over' is too tiny to enter.

  • Taking the way that opens, even if it seems hardly more than a footpath, not infrequently leads to the highways of heart's desire, if not to fame and fortune.

  • I could never tell if it was Opportunity or the Wolf knocking.

  • I look at problems as opportunities and use every person, every incident, and every encounter as an opportunity to show a more loving part of myself.

    • Oprah Winfrey,
    • in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey ()
  • ... opportunity is a visitor that comes but once.

  • Nothing is so often irrevocably neglected as an opportunity we encounter every day.

  • Opportunities are not often wanting where inclination goes before ...

  • Give 'em an inch and they'll take an ell ...

  • One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.

  • Every door opens to something and it is better to go toward that something than to sit staring at the blank wall of time.

  • The doors of Opportunity are marked 'Push' and 'Pull.'

    • Ethel Watts Mumford,
    • in Oliver Herford, Ethel Watts Mumford, and Addison Mizner, The Complete Cynic ()
  • Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.

  • Fortunately for us, life's highway has as many on ramps as it does off ramps.

  • Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around.

  • Opportunity is responsibility. It is a fleeing conjunction of circumstances. It is a test as well as a privilege. To be always equal to the opportunity, — what more could be said of the highest success in life?