Thank My Lucky Stars: Famous People's Quotes on Luck

On this St. Patty's Day, we looked at famous people's views on luck...and were surprised and amused at what they had to say.
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On this St. Patty's Day, we looked at famous people's views on luck...and were surprised and amused at what they had to say.

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Every year when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, green garbs, four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, pinch-happy fingers, comatose beer guzzlers, and the like come out. But if you look past all that, what is that one philosophical idea we're thinking about on March 17th? Luck. Do you believe in luck? And what is it anyway?

Merriam-Webster defines luck as "the things that happen to a person because of chance : the accidental way things happen without being planned."

We took an inventory of how some of the world's most famous people from past to present view the L-word, and we were surprised (and thoroughly amused) at what they had to say.

"Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish." – Ovid

"I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?" — Jean Cocteau

"Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." — Lucille Ball

"Luck is the idol of the idle." — Proverb

"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm." — Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned." — Emily Dickinson

"Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented." — Whoopi Goldberg

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” — Dalai Lama XIV

How do you view luck? Whose quote represents you the most?