Opportunity Sayings and Quotes

A closed mouth catches no flies.
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Aim for the stars.

Aim high in your career but stay humble in your heart.
Korean (on ambition)

Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

First come, first served.

If the eyes didn’t see, the hands wouldn’t take.
Yiddish (on opportunity)

Manana (tomorrow) is often the busiest day of the week.
ish (on procrastination)

New day, new fate.
Bulgarian (on opportunity)

No time like the present.
Mrs. Mary De La Riviera Manley (1663-1724)

Once the rice is pudding, it’s too late to reclaim the rice.
Indonesian (on time and timeliness)

One who waits for chance, may wait a year.
Yoruba (West African (on opportunity)

Opportunities come but do not linger.
Nepalese (on opportunity)

Strike while the iron is hot.
Chaucer (c.1343-1400)

When one door shuts, another opens.

Who waiteth for dead man’s shoes will go long barefoot.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Whoever wins the war gets to write the history.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Milton Berle

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston S. Churchill

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.
Paulo Coelho

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Abraham Lincoln

Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.
S. Monson

Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Thomas A. Edison

Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.
Julie Andrews Edwards

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time is limited and some opportunities never repeat themselves.
Belle de Jour

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.
George S. Clason

Opportunities will come and go, but if you do nothing about them, so will you.
Richie Norton

There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It’s never easy. It’s not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. …The rest is just practice.
Jaime Buckley

Opportunity never knocks. It hangs thick in the air all around you. You breathe it unthinking, and dissipate it with your sighs.
Roy H. Williams

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.
Hugh Allen

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.
William Arthur Ward

Opportunity is a bird that never perches.
Claude McDonald

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.
Author Unknown

All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.
Sidney Lumet

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.
Author Unknown

Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone
Jerome K. Jerome

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.
Mignon McLaughlin

Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.
Brian Tracy

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francois Bacon

Opportunity -Often it comes in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Napoleon Hill

Opportunities? They are all around us – there is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.
Orison Swett Marden

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Author Unknown

A man who misses his opportunity, and monkey who misses his branch, cannot be saved.
Hindu Proverb

Teachers open the doors, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.
Author Unknown

Opportunity comes like a snail, and once it has passed you it changes into a fleet rabbit and is gone.
Arthur Brisbane

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
H.Jackson Brown JR.