Good Luck!

“Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.” Ovid, Roman poet
“It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck.” Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness
“When you get as lucky as I got, you have to work as hard as possible to earn that luck.” Daniel Radcliffe, actor in Harry Potter movies
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“…it is human nature to secretly suspect that the things that happen to people are really their own fault in some way. That we bring our misfortunes upon ourselves. Even if the bad things that happen to us are clearly just a case of bad luck, there’s a kind of underlying belief that there’s a certain amount of bad luck in the world and it attaches to people who are less deserving.” Polly Horvath in One Year in Coal Harbor (p. 80)
“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.” E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web
“…a powerful religious belief that success comes to the virtuous and failure to the undeserving….a just world in which the rich are worthy and the poor are not.” William Marsden, Postmedia News in The Vancouver Sun, Mar. 15, 2014
“What’s important is to be able to see yourself, I think, as having commonality with other people and not determine, because of your good luck, that everybody is less significant, less interesting, less important than you are.” Harrison Ford, actor in Ender’s Game
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

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 Muth, Jon. Zen Shorts. New York: Scholastic Press, 2005.
Includes the Zen story of ‘The Farmer’s Luck’.

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” Lemony Snicket in The Beatrice Letters

So Good-luck came, and on my roofe did light,
Like noyse-lesse Snow; or as the dew of night:
Not all at once, but gently, as the trees
Are, by the Sun-beams, tickel’d by degrees.
Robert Herrick, 1591-1674

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