Quotes of the Day for 11 January 2003 – Chance
The first government-sponsored lottery was held on this day in 1569, with tickets on sale at the West Door of St Paul's Cathedral at London. Ever since, lotteries have been a tax on the innumerate, and the last quote below is mathematically accurate to at least six decimal places. (Of course, I blow five bucks on tickets when the pot gets much over $10 millions, that's enough cash to change your life.) In honor of the first lottery, today's quotes are on Chance.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
- Anatole France, 1844 - 1924
Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.
- Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886
No man ever became wise by chance.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, c. 4 BC - AD 65
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
- Ovid, 43 BC - AD 17
Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
- Louis Pasteur, 1822 - 1895
I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.
- Fran Lebowitz
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