„To have success in science, you need some luck.
But to succeed in science, you need a lot more than luck.“
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
Context: To have success in science, you need some luck. But to succeed in science, you need a lot more than luck. And it's not enough to be smart — lots of people are very bright and get nowhere in life. In my view, you have to combine intelligence with a willingness not to follow conventions when they block your path forward.
— Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
„Little and hairy. But if [The New York Post] want to go with smart and stylish then hey, more power to them. Good luck.“
— Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962
Steppin' Out interview http://jon.happyjoyfun.net/tran/1990/93_1223steppingout.html, December 23, 1993, when asked how he would describe himself.
— Willy Brandt German social-democratic politician; Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany 1913 - 1992
government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 1, bwbs.de http://www.bwbs.de/UserFiles/File/PDF/Regierungserklaerung691028.pdf (PDF file).
— Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife
„There is such a thing as too much beauty in a woman and it is often a burden as crippling as homeliness and far more dangerous. It takes much luck and integrity to survive the gift of perfect beauty, and its impermanence is its most cunning betrayal.“
— Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
— Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941
„People think that creativity is largely a matter of talent, experience, or luck. They are wrong. Talent, experience, and luck are all key elements, but there is something more fundamental, accessible, and powerful that you can use to multiply your creative effect.“
— Richard Koch German medical historian and internist 1950 - 1949
Chapter: The 80/20 Principle Is at the Heart of Creation
— Stephen Leacock writer and economist 1869 - 1944
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Has been attributed to Stephen Leacock's "Literary Lapses" (1910), but the quote does not appear in the Project Gutenberg edition http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6340/6340.txt of this work. Variant: I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
„In practice, a good deal of the outcomes produced by the market reflect nothing more than luck - good or bad.“
— Robert Kuttner American journalist 1943
Chapter 1, Equality and Efficiency, p. 16