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If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Where will you be a few years down the line. Will it be everything you dreamed of. We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take.

Author: Gloria Estefan

Profession: Spanish American Singer, ''Miami Sound Machine''

Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.

Author: Alberta Flanders


Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.

Author: B. C. Forbes (1880-1954)

Profession: American Publisher

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.

Author: J. Paul Getty (1892-1976)

Profession: American Oil Tycoon, Billionaire

Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it

Author: Eli Ginzberg


The right man is the one that seizes the moment.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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 someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.

Author: John B. Gough (1817-1886)

Profession: British-born American Temperance Orator

You must make your own opportunities.

Author: John B. Gough (1817-1886)

Profession: British-born American Temperance Orator

One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

You can't wait for the phone to ring. You have to ring them.

Author: Lord Lew Grade


Was a great high wall there that tried to stop me. Was a great big sign there said private Property but on the back side it didn't say nothing. That side was made for you and me.

Author: Woody Guthrie (1912-1967)

Profession: American Folksinger and Songwriter

Some people expect the door of opportunity to be opened with an electric eye.

Author: Howard Hendricks