After hard work, the biggest determinant is being in the right place at the right time.

Newsweek (1997)
I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It's seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It's seeing what other people don't see And pursuing that vision.
I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.
You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

No Country for Old Men
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it
I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?
A sly piece of good luck, which nobody knows of is delightful
Diligence is the mother of good luck


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."