Our bad luck is that our writing is linear, while we think circularly.
— Zygmunt Bauman
I have mad luck. I'm super-good at games like backgammon or anything that requires rolling dice.
— Zoe Kazan
I may have had a lot of luck in my life, but I still need to find a challenge in the game.
— Zinedine Zidane
Luck implies an absolute absence of any principle.
[It is hard to know what is good luck and what isn't and therefore whether we should be happy or sad about it. Only time will tell. For example...] The Talmud relates a story about two people who wanted to travel by boat. One broke his foot and was unable to make the trip, while his friend got on the boat. The one who missed the boat cursed his misfortune. A few days later, however, he heard that the boat sank and all the passengers drowned.
— Zelig Pliskin
A man who trusts in luck better have plenty of it.
Films are really cool because, every couple months, or however many times you can get a job because there's a lot of luck involved in that, you're playing a different character.
— Zachary Levi
Providence creates an unfolding situation that is exactly what the person needs, although not always what he may think he wants or desires. This is called luck by those who are unaware of the workings of higher Worlds. Providence also creates very difficult circumstances to reveal or dissolve a fixed situation ... This is called bad luck or later, A Blessing in Disguise.
— Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi
I don't believe in luck. There are things that you have to work hard for.
With luck we will be able to repulse the invaders before they land. At any rate, I can say that we will be able to destroy the major part of an invading force. That is, we will be able to inflict extremely heavy damage on the enemy.
— Yoshijiro Umezu
If I am 100% prepared for the fight, my opponent has no chance to win the fight. I am saying what I mean: He has a 0% chance to win the fight. There is going to be no luck involved; there is going to be nothing else to stop me from winning the fight.
— Wladimir Klitschko
Animation should be an art"what you fellows have done with it, making it into a trade"not an art, but a trade"bad luck.
— Winsor McCay
I have more dumb luck thank anybody I know. There must be a convey of guardian angels working twenty-four hours a day looking after me[...] Like the night I first got to Nashville that I laid down in the middle of Broadway, waiting to get run over. It didn't happen [...] I could swear they were keeping me alive just to see what I'd get next, I'm glad they feel that way. I'm trying to help them a little more this days.
— Willie Nelson
You could try to live monogamously. Good luck.
— Willie Nelson
I'm not a huge luck guy. I think you make your own luck. I don't really believe in some other force making your own luck.
— Willie Geist
We are sending out thoughts of greater or less intensity all the time, and we are reaping the results of such thoughts. Not only do our thought-waves influence ourselves and others, but they have a drawing power - they attract to us the thoughts of others, things, circumstances, people, 'luck', in accord with the character of the thought uppermost in our minds.
— William Walker Atkinson
Stoutly as we may affirm that our disasters and vices are chargeable to luck, we never dream of ascribing our meritorious deeds, in the slightest degree to its agency. In such cases we quite unconsciously blink out of sight the magic power of the latter principle, so wondrous and all-controlling in its influence at other times, and coolly appropriate to ourselves not merely the lion's share, but the whole glory of our position.
— William Matthews
So powerfully does fortune appear to sway the destinies of men, putting a silver spoon into one man's mouth, and a wooden one into another's, that some of the most sagacious of men, as Cardinal Mazarin and Rothschild, seem to have been inclined to regard luck as the first element of worldly success; experience, sagacity, energy, and enterprise as nothing, if linked to an unlucky star.
— William Mathews
If he ever had a bright idea it would be beginner's luck.
— William Lashner
For there 's nae luck about the house, There 's nae luck at a'; There 's little pleasure in the house When our gudeman 's awa'.
— William Julius Mickle
People who have expertise or the luck to have rehearsal time with cameras have it over people who don't.
— William Hurt
Well, if you're looking for me to lead a normal representative life, well good luck finding a foreign secretary who'd be like that - totally dependant on the political system and has never earned any money. Then you'll get the politicians you deserve.
— William Hague
Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.
— William Feather
How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us?
— William Dean Howells
Love itself draws on a woman nearly all the bad luck in the world
— Willa Cather
You make the world - with enough strength and enough luck you make the world that you live in. If you accept that there's participation to be done and an existence to be had - I tend to think there is only one way I want to go through this existence and that's with my eyes open and my chest out.
— Will Oldham
The Ancient Egyptians considered it good luck to meet a swarm of Bees on the road. What they considered bad luck I couldn't say.
— Will Cuppy
You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous, because that's luck.
— Whoopi Goldberg
Things happen to you out of luck, and if you get to stick around it's because you're talented.
— Whoopi Goldberg
Poor decisions and bad luck are contingencies of most horror films.
— Wesley Morris
Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault.
— Werner Herzog
Don't pray for the rain to stop; pray for good luck fishing when the river floods.
— Wendell Berry
I had a good few years where I was a little wild and off the leash. I don't really partake in drugs any more. I occasionally have a little dabble, very occasionally. I have no specific health routine. I'm vegetarian, my wife's nearly 20 years younger than me, good luck, good genes, sunshine.
— Wayne Hussey
I got very lucky that some of the things that I wanted to work did work. Not because I knew what I was doing, just through dumb luck, it just looked beautiful and sounded great and captured some magical mood. And you just have to hope that you get lucky when you do big things like making a movie, or something.
— Wayne Coyne
The difference between winning nineteen games and winning twenty for a pitcher is bigger than anyone out of baseball realizes. It's the same for hitters - someone who hits .300 looks back on the guy who batted .295 and says 'tough luck buddy.
— Warren Spahn
Foreshadowings of the principles and even of the language of [the infinitesimal] calculus can be found in the writings of Napier, Kepler, Cavalieri, Pascal, Fermat, Wallis, and Barrow. It was Newton's good luck to come at a time when everything was ripe for the discovery, and his ability enabled him to construct almost at once a complete calculus.
— W. W. Rouse Ball
Every cricketer knows that in the early stages of a batsman's innings i.e. before he gets his eye in - luck plays an important part.
— W. G. Grace
I started playing chess when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It is very good for children to learn to play chess, because it helps them to develop their mental abilities. It also helps to consolidate a person's character, because as it happens both in life and in a chess game we have to make decisions constantly. In chess there is no luck and no excuses: everything is in your hands.
— Vladimir Kramnik
Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.
— Virginia Graham
Luck is when skill meets opportunity.
— Vinnie Paz