Opportunity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old opportunity quotes, opportunity sayings, and opportunity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A closed mouth catches no flies.      

Miguel de Cervantes

Aim for the stars.      


Aim high in your career but stay humble in your heart.      

Korean (on ambition)

Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.      


First come, first served.      


If the eyes didn't see, the hands wouldn't take.     

Yiddish (on opportunity)

Manana (tomorrow) is often the busiest day of the week.      


New day, new fate.     

Bulgarian (on opportunity)

No time like the present.      

Mary de la Riviere Manley

Once the rice is pudding, it's too late to reclaim the rice.      

Indonesian (on time and timeliness)

One who waits for chance, may wait a year.     

Yoruba (West African (on opportunity)

Opportunities come but do not linger.     

Nepalese (on opportunity)

Strike while the iron is hot.      


When one door shuts, another opens.      


Who waiteth for dead man's shoes will go long barefoot.      

John Heywood

Whoever wins the war gets to write the history.      


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.     

Thomas A. Edison

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.     

Milton Berle

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.     

Winston S. Churchill

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.     

Paulo Coelho

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.     

Abraham Lincoln

Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.     

S. Monson

Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability.... We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.     

Thomas A. Edison

Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.     

Julie Andrews Edwards

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time is limited and some opportunities never repeat themselves.     

Belle de Jour

Opportunity is a haughty goddess who wastes no time with those who are unprepared.      

George S. Clason

Opportunities will come and go, but if you do nothing about them, so will you.     

Richie Norton

There comes a moment in every life when the Universe presents you with an opportunity to rise to your potential. An open door that only requires the heart to walk through, seize it and hang on. The choice is never simple. It's never easy. It's not supposed to be. But those who travel this path have always looked back and realized that the test was always about the heart. ...The rest is just practice.     

Jaime Buckley

Opportunity never knocks. It hangs thick in the air all around you. You breathe it unthinking, and dissipate it with your sighs.     

Roy H. Williams