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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.

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The quotes:

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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