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Quotations for Motivation #9 --- Opportunity

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Opportunity

There is a deplorable tendency among many people to wait for a particular favorable opportunity to declare themselves in the battle of life. Some people pause for the rap of opportunity when opportunity has been playing a tattoo on their resonant skulls for years.

—Russell H. Conwell, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, April 1916.

Opportunity is the favorable or suitable conjuncture of circumstances for the accomplishment of a particular purpose. It stands in respect to time, where time stands in respect to eternity. It is the small moment, the critical point, the favoring breeze to waft the ready vessel onward into port. Opportunity is the strategic crises in the life of every young man when the tide taken at its flood leads on to the fortune.

—Robert Carrol, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 6, 1913.

Opportunities may help small men; great men are not made by opportunities; they make them.

—Moses Thatcher, The Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., April 22, 1899.

If you think your opportunities are not good enough, you had better improve them. As a general rule, those who have no opportunities despise small ones. And those who despise small opportunities never get large ones.

—Wilfred G. Hurley, Intermountain Catholic, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 12, 1931.

Opportunity is not so much in the situation as in the enthusiasm, the intelligence, the judgment, courage and dedication that one brings to the situation.

—Dale R. Curtis, Op Klompen, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 1966.

Our opportunity is the measure of our responsibility.

—Willard J. Hamilton, Christian Advocate, New York, N.Y., May 23, 1889.

Opportunities don’t make men; it is the making of opportunity that makes men.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 24, 1928.

A big man is usually a little man who took advantage of a big opportunity.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., May 9, 1935.

Opportunities simply open little gates into vast gardens of toil. In the gardens men must sow the seeds of initiative with the drill of inspiration, cultivate them with the plow of perseverance and water them with the dew of sacrifice. Then will come the harvest time of satisfaction.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Jan. 21, 1927.

Opportunities you make pay higher dividends than opportunities that just happen.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., Aug. 5, 1940.

To a lazy man, opportunity is an importunity.

—Owen McKeage, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., April 13, 1922.

Never waste time worrying over opportunities you have missed; while you’re worrying you might miss some more.

—Hamilton G. Park, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 3, 1950.

Opportunity means an opening for service.

—L. Cline Sears, The Bison, Searcy, Ark., Feb. 2, 1937.

Our opportunities are often overlooked because they dress in working clothes.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 22, 1937.

Success is not the size of one's achievements but the extent one uses and develops his opportunities. The man who doesn't use his abilities and power to their maximum is seriously wrong.

—Grant A. Stucki, Motivator, Portland, Ore., February 1971.

To keep growing you must be larger than your opportunities.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 12, 1928.

The trouble with some of us is that we expect opportunity to wind the alarm clock.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 30, 1936.

The opportunity presented by an occasion is in proportion to the acuteness of the occasion.

—J.H. Gambrell, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., July 5, 1894.

One general flaw in the eyesight of most men is that opportunities look larger going than they do coming.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., May 12, 1971.

A wise man makes more opportunities than he finds.

Christian Advocate, New York, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1878.

Every opportunity is coupled with a responsibility.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Dec. 17, 1893.

Opportunities are the wings of plenty.

Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Ill., April 22, 1920.

Opportunity and Duty are twins–shirk either and you have neither.

Preston Citizen, Preston, Idaho, June 6, 1946.

Embracing an opportunity isn't enough. The idea is to continue to hold hands with it.

Utah Farmer, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 10, 1937.

The gate of opportunity is a revolving gate. If we enter by it, we must slip through promptly.

Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., May 16, 1900.


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