„… you are an Englishman, and have subsequently drawn the greatest prize in the lottery of life.“

said by Rhodes to Lord Grey. [Lewis, Michell, The Life and Times of the Right Honourable Cecil John Rhodes 1853-1902, Volume 2, 178, New York and London, Mitchell Kennerly, 1910, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc2.ark:/13960/t5m90j14v?urlappend=%3Bseq=194]
Often quoted in variant forms such as "To be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life".

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Gründer des Staates Rhodesien 1853 - 1902

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„Life…is an enormous lottery: the prizes are few, the failures innumerable. Out of the sighs of one generation are kneaded the hopes of the next. That's life.“

—  Machado de Assis Brazilian writer 1839 - 1908

A vida...é uma enorme loteria; os prêmios são poucos, os malogrados inúmeros, e com os suspiros de uma geração é que se amassam as esperanças de outra. Isto é a vida.
"Teoria do medalhão" (1881), first collected in Papéis avulses (1882); Jack Schmitt and Lorie Ishimatsu (trans.) The Devil's Church, and Other Stories (London: Grafton, 1987) p. 113.

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„It has appeared that from the inevitable laws of our nature, some human beings must suffer from want. These are the unhappy persons who, in the great lottery of life, have drawn a blank.“

—  Thomas Robert Malthus British political economist 1766 - 1834

Quelle: An Essay on The Principle of Population (First Edition 1798, unrevised), Chapter X, paragraph 29, lines 12-15

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„Writing is all a lottery -- I have been a loser by the works of the greatest men of the age.“

—  Tobias Smollett, buch The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771).

„The first-known public lottery was sponsored by Augustus Caesar to raise funds for repairing the city of Rome; the first public lottery awarding money prizes, the Lotto de Firenze, was established in Florence in 1530.“

—  Richard Arnold Epstein American physicist 1927

Quelle: The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic (Revised Edition) 1977, Chapter Four, Coins, Wheels, And Oddments, p. 119

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„I have a form of ESP that allows me to consistently pick losing lottery numbers, and generally make poor life choices.“

—  Joey Comeau, buch Overqualified

Letter to Nova Magnetics, pg 59.

„Some places have already quit lotteries.“

—  Shirley Jackson, buch The Lottery

Mrs. Adams said.
"Nothing but trouble in that," Old Man Warner said stoutly. "Pack of young fools."
The Lottery (1948)

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„What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?“

—  Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918 - 2018

a university student asked me several years ago.
"Its brevity" I replied without hesitation. … Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, "As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work" (John 9:4). … Life is short, and every day is a gift from God.

Just As I Am : The Autobiography of Billy Graham (1997), co-written with Cliff Barrows

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„Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.“

—  Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936

Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
Variante: All the people, all the events in your life are put there for a reason. What you choose to do with them is up to you

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„People are always annoyed by men of letters who retreat from the world; they expect them to continue to show interest in society even though they gain little benefit from it. They would like to force them be present when lots are being drawn in a lottery for which they have no tickets.“

—  Nicolas Chamfort French writer 1741 - 1794

On se fâche souvent contre les Gens de Lettres qui se retirent du monde. On veut qu'ils prennent intérêt à la Société dont ils ne tirent presque point d'avantage. On veut les forcer d'assister éternellement aux tirages d'une loterie où ils n'ont point de billet.
Maximes et Pensées (Van Bever, Paris :1923), #447

„When you buy a lottery ticket, you don't know how tickets have been sold. But sold they have been. And there is an underlying distribution for the game.“

—  Robert Haugen American economist 1942 - 2013

Quelle: The Inefficient Stock Market - What Pays Off And Why (1999), Chapter 3, Estimating Portfolio Risk and Expected Return with Ad Hoc Factor Models, p. 29

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„Insight is the booby prize of life.“

—  David H. Levy Canadian astronomer 1948

Tools of Critical Thinking: Metathoughts for Psychology (1997)

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„Life ends with the previous thought
It is resurrected with the subsequent One“

—  Frederick Franck Dutch painter 1909 - 2006

Quelle: Echoes from the Bottomless Well (1985), p. 143

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„It's so overwhelming. It's almost better than winning the lottery, because you worked for it. It's like something you want all your life, but you never thought it would happen, and all of a sudden it did.“

—  Ronnie Coleman American bodybuilder 1964

On his reaction being named the top professional bodybuilder in the world — reported in Nancy Kruh (October 3, 1999) "Ronnie Coleman- Nobody messes with this Arlington cop, a.k.a. Mr. Olympia", The Dallas Morning News, p. 1E.

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„Lotteries are a tax on ignorance.“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790


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