Pico Iyer on Luck

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

Luck is more important than either. Talent is indispensable — and the discipline to make use of it. Ambition seems to me counter-productive — winning the battle to lose the war.

~ Pico Iyer / Financial Times, 06 September, 2019


Socrates on Misfortune

“If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

~ Socrates

Stephen King on Serenity

“God grant me to SERENITY to accept what I cannot change the TENACITY to change what I may and the GOOD LUCK not to fuck up too often.”

~ Stephen King / Salem’s Lot

Hunter Thompson on Luck

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”

~ Hunter Thompson

Prue Leith on Luck

“But the other thing I think of more and more — when people say, ‘You’re so jolly and cheerful,’ I think, well, that’s luck too, because it’s all to do with serotonin levels in your brain. It’s all chemical, it’s all luck.”

~ Prue Leith