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.

We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure. John Dryden
There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. William Shakespeare
Never the time and the place / And the loved one altogether. Robert Browning
My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters. Boris Johnson
He that will not when he may, when he will he shall have nay. English Proverb
He is a good time-server that finds out the fittest opportunity of every action. Thomas Fuller
While we stop to think, we often miss out opportunity. Publilius Syrus
The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity. Philarete Chaskes
The wise will make more opportunities than they find. Sir Francis Bacon
To be a great man it is necessary to turn to account all opportunities La Rochefoucauld
Every opportunity presents an obligation. John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. Disraeli
To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach is the great art of life. Samuel Johnson
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed. William James
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment. It is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. Orison S. Marden
There are two kinds of opportunities: one which we chance upon, the other which we create. In times of great difficulty, one must not fail to create his opportunity. Takamori Saigo
I had to make my own living and my own opportunity...Don't sit down and wait for opportunities to come ; you have to get up and make them. Madame C.J. Walker
For the highest task of intelligence is to grasp and recognize genuine opportunity, possibility. John Dewey
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. Emerson
Present opportunities are neglected and attainable good is slighted, by minds busied in extensive ranges and intent upon future advantages. Samuel Johnson
Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, will be fish. Ovid
Take advantage of this human boat; / Free yourself from sorrow's mighty stream! / This vessel will be later hard to find. / The time that you have now, you fool, / Is not for sleep. Shantideva
Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know they have met them. A.E. Dunning
When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. Alexander Graham Bell
Take advantage of every opportunity; where there is none, make it for yourself. Marcus Garvey
How singular, in the vastness of creation, is the richness of our opportunity. John Cheever
What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems. John William Gardner
Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler
Opportunities are often things you haven't noticed the first time around. Catherine Deneuve