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Happy art thou, as if every day thou hadst picked up a horseshoe.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. I, st. 2)

"Then here goes another," says he, "to make sure,
  For there's luck in odd numbers," says Rory O'More.
      - Samuel Lover, Rory O'More

Good luck is the willing handmaid of upright, energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
      - James Russell Lowell

Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth
  The fairy ladies danced upon the hearth.
      - John Milton,
        At a Vacation Exercise in the College

You can take it as understood that your luck changes only if it's good.
      - Ogden Nash

Things unhoped for happen oftener than things we desire.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Luck is the residue of design.
      - Branch Rickey

The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.
      - Anthony (Tony) J. Robbins

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Never have anything to do with an unlucky place, or an unlucky man. I have seen many clever men, very clever men, who had not shoes to their feet. I never act with them. Their advice sounds very well, but they cannot get on themselves; and if they cannot do good to themselves, how can they do good to me?
      - Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild

Good luck lies in odd numbers * * * they say, there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
      - William Shakespeare

There's something in't
  More than my father's skill, which was the great'st
    Of his profession, that his good receipt
      Shall for my legacy be sanctified
        By th' luckiest stars in heaven; and would your honor
          But give me leave to thy success, I'd venture
            The well-lost life of mine on his grace's cure
              By such a day and hour.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Helena at I, iii)

I will be treble-sinewed, hearted, breathed,
  And fight maliciously; for when mine hours
    Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives
      Of me for jests; but now I'll set my teeth
        And send to darkness all that stop me.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at III, xiii)

Farewell, good Salisbury, and good luck go with thee!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Bedford at IV, iii)

As good luck would have it, comes in one Mistress Page, gives intelligence of Ford's approach, and in her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at III, v)

This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. Away; go. They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merry Wives of Windsor
         (Falstaff at V, i)

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.
      - Samuel Smiles

God's dice always have a lucky roll.
      - Sophocles

Yes, there's a luck in most things; and in none more than being born at the right time.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

Wheresoe'er thou move, good luck shall fling her old shoe after.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

And wheresoe'er thou move, good luck
  Shall fling her old shoe after.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Will Waterproof's Lyrical Monologue
         (st. 27)

Pitch a lucky man into the Nile, says the Arabian proverb, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth!
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

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