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Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

- Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

We do not suffer by accident. 

- Jane Austen, 1813

Misfortune, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.

- Ambrose Bierce, 1906

It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. 

- Charlotte Brontë, 1847

’Tis not a ridiculous devotion to say a prayer before a game at tables?

- Thomas Browne, 1642

To put one’s trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.

- Samuel Butler, c. 1890

Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.

- Calvin Coolidge, 1932

It is so difficult not to become vain about one’s own good luck.

- Simone de Beauvoir, 1963

Survivors look back and see omens, messages they missed.

- Joan Didion, 2005

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1938

Luck, in the great game of war, is undoubtedly lord of all.

- Arthur Griffiths, 1899

Some folks want their luck buttered.

- Thomas Hardy, 1886

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

- David Hume, 1742