Chance Quotes

Starbucks did this magical thing where it took a product that people didn’t really care that much about and made it this treat. It makes you feel better about your day and gives you a chance to reflect, makes you feel a little special.

— Aileen Lee

Did anyone in the White House or the N.S.A or the C.I.A. consider flying to Hong Kong and treating Mr. Snowden like a human being, offering him a chance to testify before Congress and a fair trial?

— Alex Berenson

One of the Internet’s highest-profile companies, Priceline once dreamed of transforming the way consumer goods are bought and sold by offering customers the chance to ‘name your own price’ for a variety of products, including airline tickets.

— Alex Berenson

The first time I went to New York, it was really exciting, and I thought, given half the chance, it would be nice to live there – the same with London.

— Alex Turner

I used my captors’ names every chance I had. It was intentional, a way of reminding them that I saw them, of pegging them, of making them see me in return.

— Amanda Lindhout

I think even back as far as ‘Lord of the Rings,’ there was always the chance that ‘The Hobbit’ would be made, even way back then. Of course at that point, Peter Jackson didn’t probably think at that point that he’d be directing it.

— Andy Serkis

If ‘The Hobbit’ happens – and there’s reason to believe that it will – then I think I’m in with a chance! Gollum is very much part of ‘The Hobbit,’ after all.

— Andy Serkis

Whooping cough is not a mild disease. Whooping cough, before the vaccination, could make you very, very sick. First of all, there was a chance you could die from it – small chance, not a big chance. You would be coughing and coughing. It wouldn’t last for a few days, like a cold.

— Anthony Fauci

Whether it’s in an inner-city school or a rural community, I want those students to have a chance to take A.P. biology and A.P. physics and marine biology.

— Arne Duncan

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.

— Abigail Adams

If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.

— Abraham Lincoln

We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

When I was younger, I would go to auditions to have the opportunity to audition, which would mean another chance to get up there and try out my stuff, or try out what I learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get an audience?

— Al Pacino

I’ve never watched any of the adaptations of my books. I’ve never wanted to, and there’s absolutely no chance of me doing so in the future.

— Alan Moore

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.

— Aldous Huxley

An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ‘Gentlemen’ to the person with whom he is conversing.

— Alexis de Tocqueville

I think a lot of times, when people who get a chance to meet me and be around me, they understand that I’m not the person that the media make me out to be.

— Allen Iverson

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!

— Anatole France

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

— Andy Rooney

For a filmmaker, it’s a rare chance to do a personal film on a big canvas.

— Ang Lee

I hope people don’t compare 2D and 3D because 3D’s new, it’s unfair to compare to 2D which is really sophisticated, even when we’re jaded about it. 3D just began, give it a chance, let the equipment and projection system catch up and be better, let the price go down, let more filmmakers get a hold of it more easily.

— Ang Lee

I haven’t had the occasion to meet Adele. She lives in England. So when I’m flying, or when she comes over here, perhaps we’ll have a chance. I think she’s a very fine singer, a very strong writer and performer.

— Aretha Franklin

Increasingly, staying in the middle class – let alone aspiring to become middle class – is becoming a game of chance.

— Arianna Huffington

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

— Aristotle

I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

— Arnold Palmer

Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

— Ayrton Senna

If one has curiosity, then one stands the chance of attain a high level of scientific inquiry.

— Ada Yonath

I’ve got to worry about Alonzo Mourning, because a year or two ago there was a chance that Alonzo Mourning wouldn’t be standing here talking to you. That’s the cold reality of it.

— Alonzo Mourning

I definitely feel sorry more people don’t get to see my films. They aren’t inaccessible, and if people got the chance to see them, I know they’d like them.

— Andrea Arnold

I always knew I wanted to be in front of the camera. But even after 10 years behind the scenes at CBS News producing live segments, celebrity profiles, and breaking news, I still hadn’t been given the chance to be on TV.

— Andy Cohen

Every Shania Twain interview ends with someone asking, ‘Which Beatles album have you always wanted to cover, given the chance?’

— Antony Johnston

Boxing is made for film – there is corruption, violence, tragedy and the chance that the underdog can catch the champion with one lucky punch.

— Asif Kapadia

If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery, a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.

— A. R. Ammons

I just picked up golf, it was good, give me a chance to play golf.

— Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

When I started working on my own music, I didn’t have the chance to record in a big music studio, so I had to record everything myself.

— Agnes Obel

So, I was just a young guy, maybe with an idea, and Cecil Taylor, himself a rebel, would take a chance on a guy like me. It turned out to be a very symbiotic partnership. I learned a lot from him.

— Archie Shepp

Growing up, I always wanted to always be something new. I thought if I was an actress, I would have a chance at doing it all. What’s incredible about this profession is every role you play you learn a different skill set. That really appealed to me.

— Ashley Bell

I was lucky enough, when I was younger, to have the chance to do as much as possible, and I found what I wanted to do. I did swimming, gymnastics, kickboxing and the one that took off more than the others was acting.

— Aaron Johnson

A show that no one thought had a chance has just finished its fifth year: Charmed. I think it’s tougher for the younger networks, so I think they have a little more patience for the sake of the show. But who knows?

— Aaron Spelling

I think in the case of horror, it’s a chance to confront a lot of your worse fears and those fears usually have to do, ironically, with powerlessness and isolation.

— Adam Arkin

When I have a chance to make some movies, I am 200 percent to concentrate about my works.

— Andrew Lau

I had a chance to do acting again, and, I don’t know, this has always been my plan of what I wanted to do.

— Ashley Thomas

But, in the name of the experimental method and out of our poor knowledge, are we really entitled to claim that everything happens by chance, to the exclusion of all other possibilities?

— Albert Claude

If what I do prove well, it won’t advance. They’ll say it’s stolen, or else it was by chance.

— Anne Bradstreet

I’ve always felt that if something is polarizing, that’s usually the stuff I like the most. If something is taking a chance and is willing to be weird, that’s my favorite thing. I know there’s somebody out there who hates it.

— Andy Samberg

Once in a while, I have the chance to speak to students. I learn from them as much as they learn from me. It’s a great dialogue to create.

— Ann Callis

I’ve never had a chance to go to the Finals, and I don’t have a ring – and that would be the only thing that would get me to think about it.

— Antonio Davis

We now consider as fundamental economic functions of the state, many duties that were left a generation ago to chance.

— Arthur Capper

If I get lucky and I can choose, I would always choose a really good story and screenplay, even if I don’t know the director. If there’s a good screenplay, there’s a chance that something good is going to happen.

— Ayelet Zurer

The declaration of love marks the transition from chance to destiny, and that’s why it is so perilous and so burdened with a kind of horrifying stage fright.

— Alain Badiou

I’m always looking for a chance to play somebody who’s completely opposite of me, just because I find it more interesting.

— Alex Breckenridge

If I get a chance to act, I will act. And then I’m usually the happiest person around.

— Anne Archer

Genre stuff is the most exciting stuff for an actor to play. I get to try new things, do things I would have never got the chance to do.

— Amy Acker

What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

— Barack Obama

I worked at a local television station and I got a chance to direct and do all those things – worked kiddie shows, Ranger House show with the hand puppets and things like that.

— Barry Levinson

First of all, just to get Diner made would have been an achievement in that I got a chance to direct.

— Barry Levinson

People saw the Depression as a necessary thing – a chance to squeeze out the excesses, get back to Puritan morality. That just made things worse.

— Ben Bernanke

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.

— Benjamin Disraeli

With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.

— Beverly Cleary

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.

— Bill Gates

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.

— Bill Cosby

Each year, at the typical nuclear reactor in the U.S., there’s a 1 in 74,176 chance of an earthquake strong enough to cause damage to the reactor’s core, which could expose the public to radiation. No tsunami required.

— Bill Dedman

If you’re low-income in the United States, you have a higher chance of going to jail than you do of getting a four-year degree. And that doesn’t seem entirely fair.

— Bill Gates

My son likes to go see mines and electric plants, or the Large Hadron Collider, and we’ve had a chance to see a lot of interesting stuff.

— Bill Gates

If a candidate for office starts talking about thinning the deer population or investing in barriers to reduce the number of deer on the highways, the other side will probably just ignore him, because they’re not going to know what to say about it. But there is a chance that the issue will resonate with voters in an unexpected way.

— Bill James

When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle. I take my chances on a job or a person as opposed to a situation. I don’t like to have a situation placed over my head.

— Bill Murray

I really don’t like the gym. I like experiences, so I take any chance I get to go on a bicycle or on a hike.

— Blake Lively

Somebody will come on TV singing, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God! I mean, they suck! You know, who signed them?’ Well, it’s just because she’s good lookin’, or it’s because he’s takin’ his shirt off and he’s muscley or something, or else he wouldn’t have gotten his chance.

— Blake Shelton

Usually when I’m out doing stuff, I’m just out in the wild, doing the wild thing. I don’t really get a chance to just chill out until I come here, in my creative space.

— Bootsy Collins

Before there was any chance to go to England, I changed schools, and it was rugby from there on in.

— Brian O’Driscoll

When it comes to luck, you make your own.

— Bruce Springsteen

Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she’s a versatile actor.

— Brad Pitt

My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.

— Bruce Springsteen

If something is well-written, it has a chance to be good and if it’s not well-written, it will not be good. It could even become popular, but it won’t be good.

— Bryan Cranston

And unless you think there is a serious chance you’re going to jail, don’t listen to your lawyer.

— Barney Frank

I’m actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.

— Brian Eno

I had a chance to choose a couple different places and, well, I grew up – I was a small-town kid from Illinois, so No. 1, just trying to win a championship for my home state.

— Ben Zobrist

So when you get a chance to look at things and chill and relax, it makes you want it more, and that’s why I’m so happy to be back!

— Brandy Norwood

The guy comes up to the plate, there’s always a chance where he can get a grand slam and everybody forgets about all the times he missed.

— Brian McKnight

When it’s your chance to step up to the plate, just hit it out of the park, and everybody will forget about everything that came before.

— Brian McKnight

What’s been nice is that I’ve been able to direct from a very idealistic place. I’ve never had to make my living as a director, which gave me a chance to choose material I feel passionate about. The directing allows me to not have to grab any acting role that comes along. I can pick and choose a little bit.

— Bill Paxton

You’re always frustrated, you don’t have the chance to do a song on the album, like the Beatles did with Ringo and George, or like Led Zeppelin, where everybody was given a chance to contribute. There never is a chance with the Stones.

— Bill Wyman

We try to create a situation where we’re the casino. It’s like how an actuary would set insurance rates. Predictability, predictability, predictability. What’s the path to least risk? What’s the greater chance of getting some return on this asset?

— Billy Beane

I had to wait my turn. I had to learn that even when you’re sitting behind somebody, you still have a chance to learn something every single day.

— Brock Osweiler

I guess it is ironical that I have a chance to say to Jesse Jackson, ‘You need to be mature. You need to be positive. You need to be bigger than the folks who are trying to tear you down.’

— Bert Lance

Walking at random through the streets, we came by chance upon the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I shall long remember my first impression of the scene within. The lofty gothic ceiling arched far above my head and through the stained windows the light came but dimly – it was all still, solemn and religious.

— Bayard Taylor

When I started out, even though you had your rhythm section, they were big horn sections, strings, live people laying on every part of the floor in the studio waiting for their chance to get on that one little track.

— Betty Wright

At home I mostly stick to online Scrabble, or chess or Risk – games I find far less addictive than the spectacular games created for consoles these days. But, whenever I get the chance, I head over to my friend Kyri’s house to play his PS3.

— Beau Willimon

Just to be around that, to feel a part of it and be able to integrate the experience while I was with the Messengers, of going and playing gigs with other drummers, gave me the chance to realize that it was not just me that was making it happen.

— Benny Green

If someone gave me the chance to create something, I put myself into it. I just want to try to do something that will last forever and that won’t leave people saying, ‘Gee, it could have been better, it could’ve been this, it could’ve been that.’

— Billy West

I do a lot of performing, but don’t get a chance to go to the studio and write good music.

— Bobby McFerrin

I haven’t had a chance really to do a martial arts role, but I really want to. I want to act like Jackie Chan in a movie.

— Brett Dier

I don’t know if I was a poseur – I really did love metal, always – but I gave a lot of other things a chance. I wanted to meet, um, girls, so I would check out ‘Depeche Mode.’

— Brian Posehn

Chance leads to discoveries, and mutagenesis is a way to enhance one’s chances of finding a surprise. Often it is the exceptional observations that lead to advances once you understand exceptions, you understand the whole picture.

— Bruce Beutler

It would be a pity if, frustrated by the price of travel, we elected to become a society that never made contact, that never gave SETI a fair chance.

— Barney Oliver

I watch movies, and if I get the chance to watch television, I’m usually prone to watching something completely mindless and mundane that I don’t have to follow so closely.

— Billy Burke

I had a good chance when I went to Beijing and the guy who beat me, I’d beaten him three weeks before and he went on to win silver.

— Billy Joe Saunders

I know I can get laughs anywhere, in front of any crowd, if I’m given the chance.

— Bobby Lee

Unless you burst into movies as a sex goddess, you’re likely to play wives and mothers. I came into movies as a teenager in ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They’ (1969) playing a pregnant waif from the Ozarks. I didn’t get a chance to burst into movies in ‘Body Heat.’ My career isn’t based on having a 23-inch waist and a big bust, though I do.

— Bonnie Bedelia

I’m very passionate about art, music, drawing, acting, so I’d like to have the chance to get the larger choice regarding acting.

— Berenice Marlohe

I totally heard by chance that they were doing the casting for a James Bond movie, and that one of the auditions was taking place in Paris. So I tried myself to contact every name involved in the movie I could possibly find on the IMDb!

— Berenice Marlohe

From time to time, just about every ‘Vanity Fair’ writer has a chance to sell rights to an article or a book to Hollywood.

— Bryan Burrough

We’d dub the one that came off best into the final transcription. It gave us a chance to ad lib as much as we wanted, knowing that excess ad libbing could be sliced from the final product.

— Bing Crosby

Networks decide who will have a chance to do shows, but it is the viewers who make the final decision of who stays and who goes. I am very fortunate, in that the television viewers of our country have decided that Bob Barker can stay.

— Bob Barker

If you look closely enough, amid the merciless and the bitter, there is always the chance that you may find comfort and the promise of something good.

— Bob Greene

I wouldn’t miss this opportunity for anything. For the chance to work on these conservation issues, to serve my country, to work for this president, I’d do it all over again, every single minute.

— Bruce Babbitt

This isn’t just about today, this about generations to come. And you’ve got a chance to be the greatest conservation President since Theodore Roosevelt, and I think he’s done it.

— Bruce Babbitt

When in doubt, wear a suit. Look at male politicians: you see them in a suit, and they look fine. But if you see a picture of them on the weekend or on vacation, there’s a good chance they look terrible and unstylish.

— Carine Roitfeld

You’re not going to get a chance to vote for me on the ballot, but you can actually vote for what I believe in.

— Carl Lewis

The downside of videos is that it will put my vision in front of other people, so they might not get the chance to create their own.

— Carole King

You gotta learn that if you don’t get it by midnight, chances are you ain’t gonna get it, and if you do, it ain’t worth it.

— Casey Stengel

I am a firm believer that upon release, ex-offenders should be afforded a second chance to become productive citizens by providing rehabilitation and education that will help them join the workforce.

— Charles B. Rangel

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

— Charles Kettering

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

— Charles Kettering

Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship.

— Charles Kuralt

If there is one phrase or action that every person on the planet would like to erase from his or her memory or have the chance to undo, it would be, ‘Let’s do it again.’

— Cheech Marin

I’ve always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me.

— Cher

I’ve had a chance to fly a lot of different airplanes, but it was nothing like the shuttle ride.

— Chris Hadfield

Sometimes you have to stop to think, regroup and regather yourself and realize how lucky you are to still be living and to still be breathing and still be able to even have a chance.

— Ciara

According to a new survey, 40 percent of adults in Mexico say they would move to the United States if they got a chance. The number would have been higher, but the other 60 percent already live here.

— Conan O’Brien

I think my father thought I might be president of the United States. I think he would’ve been satisfied with secretary of state. I’m a foreign policy person, and to have a chance to serve my country as the nation’s chief diplomat at a time of peril and consequence, that was enough.

— Condoleezza Rice

Things happen to us in unpredictable ways, but the effect that that has on the kind of people who we become actually is not only open to chance – we can influence it in pretty profound ways.

— Clayton M. Christensen

I just do whatever it is that I believe I should do, regardless of the risks to my life.

— Corazon Aquino

Hey, you got something going here. I think we’ve got a chance for some progressive policy that actually focuses on poor and working people.

— Cornel West

I never sympathise with the accused unless there’s a chance the accused is not guilty, but I certainly don’t ever sympathise with the criminal.

— Clint Eastwood

Look for inspiration in books, magazines, and even other people’s homes – then be brave and take a chance with a room in your home.

— Candice Olson

There’s only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn’t give you a chance there is nothing you can do.

— Charlize Theron

As much as you may be sitting in the top five or the top 10, sometimes you just don’t get that chance to get to the top.

— Charlotte Dujardin

This almost never happens, but what is really relaxing is just being in this house all by myself, sitting quietly and watching TV. But I basically never get that chance.

— Chris O’Donnell

I always sort of thought, ‘I’m probably going to get breast cancer. There’s a really good chance.’

— Cynthia Nixon

When I teach seminars, I tell people, ‘Your stuff has to look like something that’s out there, because otherwise nobody will take a chance on you.’

— Christopher Moore

If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them.

— Carl Levin

I took physics, and lo and behold, there’s a lot of physics in ‘Lost.’ I think for most people, liberal arts educations are more abstract, but for me, it’s been a chance to apply the things I’ve learned more directly. I also took some Folklore and Mythology classes, and I think that a lot of that influenced me.

— Carlton Cuse

I know if I had the chance of going aboard the Titanic in those days, I would have gone – I know I would have. I adore going on the Queen Mary – I think it’s the only way to travel from New York.

— Celia Imrie

I never got a chance to take advantage of ‘Superbad’ at school because I graduated before it came out, so I never got to use any of my fame to pick up girls and go to cool parties.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

You never know what can happen. I feel like I have a pretty good chance, but you never know.

— Carly Patterson

One of the reasons you take a role is because it’s something you always wanted to do, from going to the movies as a kid. I always wanted to do a 1950s movie, for example. And I got a chance to be in ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ I would have taken only one line of dialogue to be in that.

— Catherine Hicks

We didn’t have a garage to rehearse in. We had to aggravate the folks in the house. But I got a chance to play in a beer joint, and that’s how it started.

— Charlie Daniels

I would definitely return to ‘Neverland’ for a sequel if there was the chance again because we all got on so well, and I think it will be great.

— Charlie Rowe

He had a way with him. Before you had a chance to say no, he was there and done. That only happened to me once before, with a duke, who literally swept me off my feet, and before I knew what was happening, we’d done it. Another terrible mistake.

— Christine Keeler

We need to keep this Labour government, it has a good chance of another term.

— Clare Short

Hopefully, my teammates will say that I was important and that I gave it everything and I didn’t leave anything to chance my whole career. To be mentioned as Hall-worthy is a great thing.

— Curtis Joseph

I’ve never played Scots or got the chance to do my Scottish accent. I’m always trying it out in auditions, but they always say no. I’d love to act in a Scottish accent for once.

— Callum Keith Rennie

Any of the the 30 ball clubs have a chance at success, and the fans know that. It keeps everything exciting.

— Curtis Granderson

The Stooges’ used to be ubiquitous, back in the ’60s and ’70s. They were on TV all the time, but they’re not on so much anymore. Kids aren’t getting the chance to watch them, not to mention the fact that kids don’t really necessarily relate to black-and-white stuff.

— Chris Diamantopoulos

I was a military spouse, and I lived on military pay. It is very difficult to do that. But we do that with honor and with gratitude for the chance to serve this country.

— Carol Shea-Porter

I was on the sideline with a knee injury and when I came back, I wanted to play at the best level I could. And that’s the case for a lot of players, they want the chance to play against the best competition.

— Claudio Reyna

I’m happy to have a physical part in ‘High Tension,’ in ‘Hereafter,’ and in a lot of French movies and Belgian movies. But its not by chance directors choose me for physical parts. I like to do that. I like to tell a story also with the body. It’s important, because you can tell a lot of things.

— Cecile de France

Always stay grounded and enjoy everything that comes your way, whether it’s the chance to go for a opportunity or getting one.

— Chandler Canterbury

The more facts you tell, the more you sell. An advertisement’s chance for success invariably increases as the number of pertinent merchandise facts included in the advertisement increases.

— Charles Edwards

The public airwaves provide a chance to affirm we want to be a good, decent people a good, decent nation.

— Charles W. Pickering

I feel very responsible for my brother, and I try and protect him every chance I get.

— Charlie Tahan

Publishers love to compartmentalize, and ‘Second Chance’ was not an easy novel to define.

— Chet Williamson

Indy, I have lots of great memories from there, and probably the part of me that doesn’t feel quite as longing for it is that there is still a chance that I could do it again. It’s not gone.

— Danica Patrick

It’s funny, because in 1970 I met the Beatles quite by a chance at a party. It was the Beethoven bicentenary, and I was then also playing the Beethoven Sonatas. And that’s all they wanted to hear about – I wanted to talk about them, and all they wanted to talk about was Beethoven.

— Daniel Barenboim

At some point in your life, if you’re lucky, you get to design the way in which things evolve.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

If people take an interest in you and they think there’s half a chance, they might hang on. It’s dreadful.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

I don’t like rats, but there’s not much else I don’t like. The problem with rats is they have no fear of human beings, they’re loaded with foul diseases, they would run the place given half the chance, and I’ve had them leap out of a lavatory while I’ve been sitting on it.

— David Attenborough

I feel the only way I can survive is to spend a lot of time writing songs. I have to have incredible, killer songs that also are hits, or I just don’t have a chance.

— Dan Hill

A lot of people, given the chance, would blow up everything, and you and me.

— David Hockney

My favorite fruit is grapes. Because with grapes, you always get another chance. ‘Cause, you know, if you have a crappy apple or a peach, you’re stuck with that crappy piece of fruit. But if you have a crappy grape, no problem – just move on to the next. ‘Grapes: The Fruit of Hope.’

— Demetri Martin

Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!

— Davy Crockett

You still find a great sense of possibility here, and I want to make sure that Arizona stays that way. I want us to be the welcoming, job-creating state we’ve been from the start, a place where everybody’s got a chance.

— Doug Ducey

It’s about taking advantage of the opportunities you have right now, and right now we’re in a position where you call somebody and they’re willing to pick up and take the call because they’re a fan, you have to take advantage of that and have a chance to capitalize on your ideas.

— Dwyane Wade

Whether or not your person wins or loses, give him a chance.

— D. B. Sweeney

I have to admit, like so many women, I always knew there was a chance. But like so many women, I never thought it would be me. I never thought I’d hear those devastating words: ‘You have breast cancer.’

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I always think I have a chance, and I always give it all I’ve got.

— Dan Webster

It’s difficult for democracy to function properly under the most favorable circumstances, but it has no chance at all when millions of voters are divorced from objective reality and incapable of understanding what is going on in Washington.

— David Harsanyi

If you push down that pyramid of power and spread out the base, every member gets a chance to file their bill and have it heard and file their amendment and have it heard, as opposed to the system that we have now, which closes out, closes down bills, limits debate, and so forth.

— Dan Webster

When people come to see my stand-up, they get a chance to see my characters interact with each other. I enjoy pushing my characters to the limit. No matter how far out there I go, I look for things that make the characters human.

— Dana Carvey

I used to sneak up to the 8th floor and watch Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo rehearsing ‘Saturday Night Live’ and could only wonder if I would ever have the chance to be funny. It took me five years to go up the two stories, but it is such a sense of fulfillment to be able to show what I can do on national television.

— Dana Carvey

When people come to see my stand-up, they get a chance to see my characters interact with each other.

— Dana Carvey

I remember when I first came to Los Angeles being staggered by the range of roles open to me. These were leading parts in shiny new projects, and what always excited me was knowing there was a possibility that I could actually get these parts. I always had the impression that I had a chance.

— David Harewood

Considering that I’m British and I talk the way I do, I love it when a director takes a chance on me.

— David Oyelowo

If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either.

— Dick Cavett

I had a kind of meandering little career, and then I was given a chance to play one of the bottom six in The Dirty Dozen.

— Donald Sutherland

I got interested in decathlon because a coach that I had was a big fan of Bruce Jenner, and he just saw the ability in me – but when it came down to it, I knew my best chance at a college scholarship would be in track and field.

— Dan O’Brien

The horror genre gets you in touch with our primal instincts as a people more than any other genre I can think of. It gives you this chance to sort of reflect on who we are and look at the sort of uglier side that we don’t always look at, and have fun with that very thing.

— Drew Goddard

I think the harder you work, the more luck you have.

— Dave Thomas

When I get moved to write a story, I don’t question the story. I dive right in, and I try to ignore the voices that are chattering away at me: ‘You can’t do that’, ‘You shouldn’t do that’. I just sort of leap and take a chance and go for it.

— David Bergen

Comedy can always be taken the wrong way. If I do a bit that is meant to diffuse racism or sexism, I’m not going to avoid it on the chance that a small portion of the audience might take it the wrong way.

— Doug Stanhope

So, whenever Scooter was the Pilot, he never had a chance to fly the orbiter. So, the joke is: I’m going to have a chance to fly it first and hand it over to him.

— Duane G. Carey

Liverpool has always made me brave, choice-wise. It was never a city that criticised anyone for taking a chance.

— David Morrissey

Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.

— David Packard

A script is so word-heavy, after trying to communicate so much verbally, I think you need a different outlet to give the verbal centre of your brain a chance to cool off.

— David Alpay

I think that’s what all New Zealanders who are fair-minded want – a good chance for everybody to get ahead, whether it’s education or housing.

— David Cunliffe

I think the inspiration came from the fans. Whenever I’m online or whenever I get a chance to really communicate with the fans and the audience, they always say that they would love to have all of the remixes on one CD.

— Deborah Cox

I came into my teens unaware that most Americans, blacks as well as whites, were ignorant of the main facts of Negro history. And so it was the facts of other histories that I found most intriguing. I fell into a U.S. history major by chance late in my second year at Fisk University.

— David Levering Lewis

Stargate’ has always had this empty hole. When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at ‘Stargate’ and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.

— Dean Devlin

Now, I had been drawing all this time – especially in France of course – so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published.

— Dick Bruna

While we are deploying troops in their thousands, we lose the chance to build up their basic skills.

— Des Browne

Trouble is part of your life – if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.

— Dinah Shore

I figured that pitchers had a better chance of getting drafted than fielders, so I decided I should be a pitcher. But I never expected to be picked in the first round. I wasn’t even sure I’d get picked at all.

— Dwight Gooden

I don’t think we can go back to the old days. But I think that what the government needs to do is it needs to make sure that the pricing is fair, that you don’t have monopolies out there, so that people don’t have a chance to compete fairly.

— Dan Glickman

They did offer me a chance of being a V in the crowd, but it’s not my scene. I think they just thought it would be fun for me to do that, but I don’t know. I heard that Stan Lee appears in every movie of his.

— David Lloyd

They do think it is a big summer movie and that’s why they want to give it a great chance, but they don’t want to go up against Spider-Man 2 or some of the other big movies, the $100 million films that are coming up.

— David R. Ellis

I want to encourage the non-star, low-profile film, and maybe we’ve got a chance.

— David Seltzer

I’ve always believed that the facts about dancing are more interesting than the myths, and this was a great chance for me to explore how the human body does such incredible things.

— Deborah Bull

I got into politics a little bit by chance, as a person from the first generation of the Solidarity movement.

— Donald Tusk

I don’t claim to be some Aaron Sorkin expert, but it is like a Camelot. His shows are a place where people are trying to reach their highest potential. And I think we miss that sometimes. If I got a chance to do ‘The Newsroom,’ I would have done it yesterday.

— Dule Hill

I’m particular about the projects that I’ve chosen. Each one of them, I’ve taken a step up, like climbing a ladder. Before, it was baby-steps, up to ‘Riddick.’ Then I took this huge leap onto ‘Guardians!’ It was such a higher level, this huge project which originally I never thought I’d have a chance in hell of getting.

— David Bautista

Movies are such an integral part of American culture. We’re so spread out in this country, and movies offer us a chance to come together and have a communal experience.

— David Call

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.

— David Elkind

I got a chance to act, and I have to say that acting is extremely fun and vital.

— David Labrava

When I was young, I overheard a Brit say Canada wasn’t a real country because it doesn’t have any poets. Even then, I kind of knew that was wrong, but I still thought, ‘Wow, here’s my chance to do something, to be of service to my country.’

— David McFadden

I am really looking for a chance to direct. I feel like that’s kind of the next frontier for me. I know that it’s really hard to do, but I feel like I want to have a chance to try and translate something I’ve written and try and get a tone across.

— Dana Fox

If you look at the heritage of the cable business, if you can own a niche, you have a good chance of succeeding.

— David Zaslav

To be honest, I really enjoy the chance to meet the fans because I’ve found with ‘The Hobbit,’ the fans are all really lovely and enthusiastic.

— Dean O’Gorman

Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The world has conducted a massive macro-economic experiment since the cataclysm of 2008. In Europe, the fans of austerity have had their chance, and the results have been a disaster.

— Eliot Spitzer

If somebody has a chance to put my food in their mouth, that tells the story.

— Emeril Lagasse

Luck is not chance, it’s toil fortune’s expensive smile is earned.

— Emily Dickinson

Americans are fighters. We’re tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one – no one can stop us.

— Elizabeth Warren

Games of chance often involve some amount of skill this does not make them legal. Good poker players often beat novices. But poker is still gambling, and running a poker room – or online casino – is illegal in New York.

— Eric Schneiderman

I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You’re grateful for these different chances.

— Ernest Hemingway

When I started to pick up the bass, it was purely by random chance.

— Eberhard Weber

I don’t think people were betting on me, but they were giving me a chance. I think I rode a wave there, by being different in appearance than the girls who preceded me.

— Elisabeth Rohm

The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial, conviction, and jail.

— Elliot Richardson

I need to make sure that when I’m running out to the drugstore I’m not wearing a Biore strip or something. Not that I expect anyone to recognize me, but on the off chance they do, I just don’t want to embarrass myself.

— Ellie Kemper

Ah yes, the paradox of publicity is that even as we do it, we know it’s killing off the chance of another reader happening across our book in the ideal state of innocence.

— Emma Donoghue

I’ve never been someone that’s had a five-year plan, or a three-year plan. That just seems to lead to a lot of disappointment, and doesn’t give you the chance to be flexible.

— Eric Bana

It’s a pity that if someone who has a really profoundly potent art to share chooses not to or doesn’t fit into this very thin slice of what’s desirable and marketable, chances are the public will never get a chance to hear what they’re doing.

— Esperanza Spalding

I know I can serve Hawaii and our country well in the U.S. Senate, know we can mount a solid statewide campaign, know we have a good chance of prevailing.

— Ed Case

I am thrilled to get the chance to write comics – and to tell Forgotten Realms tales, to boot!

— Ed Greenwood

The 13-episode model lends itself to a more serialised format, which is nice and gives writers a chance to breathe some space into it.

— Eddie Cahill

At about twelve I just knew, something clicked, and I knew I wanted to be an actor and my parents, to their credit, granted this 12 year old girl a chance to give it a try.

— Erika Christensen

Obviously, it gave me a chance to see Barcelona. I won’t deny that. But I also had a chance to see something in another country in terms of recycling and reusing nuclear material.

— Ed Pastor

Why if I had half a chance, I could make an entire movie using this stock footage. The story opens on these mysterious explosions. Nobody knows what’s causing them, but it’s upsetting all the buffalo. So, the military are called in to solve the mystery.

— Ed Wood

Every movie that I do, if you analyze the stories, you can notice that in each story, that within the movie after the first 15 minutes, it could fall apart. Or every 10 minutes it has the chance that you lose the thread. On the other hand, if you succeed in putting them together, then the movie looks spontaneous and more like cinema.

— Emir Kusturica

I was born in 1960 and can still tell you the name of every astronaut from Mercury to Apollo. If I had a chance, I’d love to go into space on one of the privately developed space crafts.

— Eric Betzig

You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there’s never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild.

— Eric Betzig

I would recommend anybody who gets a chance to see short track skating, make it a point to go out there when Apolo is skating because you won’t see anybody better.

— Eric Heiden

We had a party with the rest of the skaters in our trailer and then the next day we were off to see Jimmy Carter. And then we had the World Championships the next weekend, so not a lot of chance to catch up.

— Eric Heiden

We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.

— Ezra Stiles

If by chance people would still offer me roles, I’d still like to do them. But if not, that’s OK.

— Emmanuelle Riva

Being a woman, an actor in Hollywood, I know that there are certain parts I won’t often get a chance to do.

— Erin Way

When I was in the gunner’s bubble of a B25 bomber, taking off from an aircraft carrier 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, I remember saying to myself how amazing it was to get the chance to do that.

— Eric Christian Olsen

Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.

— Frank Moore Colby

In order to be rated as good as a good man in the field of her earnings, she must show herself better than he. She must be more steady, or more trustworthy, or more skilled, or more cheap in order to have the same chance of employment.

— Florence Kelley

I think we should look forward to death more than we do. Of course everybody hates to go to bed or miss anything, but dying is really the only chance we’ll get to rest.

— Florynce Kennedy

However, I had a chance encounter with an admissions officer of Stevens Institute of Technology, who so impressed me by his erudition and enthusiasm for the school that I changed course and entered Stevens Institute.

— Frederick Reines

Straight Outta Compton’ is my first biopic, my first period piece, and I got a chance to kind of get out there like some of my idols, you know, like Scorsese, Spielberg, Spike Lee, the guys who came before me. You know, I’m feeling good about it.

— F. Gary Gray

For those who turn to literary biography for salacious details, ‘Flannery’ will disappoint. It is the biography of someone who had very little chance to live in the conventional sense, to experience events.

— Floyd Skloot

I love my fans, so when I get the chance to interact with them, it’s beautiful.

— Flo Rida

From the ashes of a financial crash, there is a chance to create a new economic settlement that is more equal, sustainable and democratic.

— Frances O’Grady

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

— Francesco Guicciardini

When I got out of the army, I had the G.I. Bill. Since I had no high school education or anything like that, I came to NYU, and they took a chance on me and let me in.

— Frank McCourt

You know, I think I did originally have some sort of idea of maybe a Where Eagles Dare kind of mission against impossible odds, but it really sort of died before I had a chance to really go anywhere with it, and then just doing the book was out of the question.

— Garth Ennis

If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record.

— Gary Cherone

When you have the chance to play a Champions League final, you have to win it.

— Gianluigi Buffon

For me it was just more important to get the cancer out. With the double mastectomy I now have less than one per cent chance of getting it back, otherwise it was 20, 30 or 40 per cent chance and for me it wasn’t worth it.

— Giuliana Rancic

Sometimes there are things worth risking your life for. It was Jesus who said if you want to save your life, you have to lose it.

— Gene Robinson

For centuries, the world has heard the oppressed, the downtrodden and the vulnerable cry out for their freedoms, for their rights and for a chance to emerge from the shadows of the tyranny and bloodshed that they had lived with.

— Ginny Brown-Waite

When given the chance, women have proven they will participate in the electoral process.

— Ginny Brown-Waite

He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.

— George Savile

If I stay healthy, I have a chance to collect 3,000 hits and 1,000 errors.

— George Brett

Sometimes, by using the most over-the-top, ridiculous plot device you can imagine, you get some interesting little conflicts and cool things that you might not otherwise have a chance to explore.

— G. Willow Wilson

We really only have two choices. Play it safe, or take a chance. For me, pulling back because of fear has always made me feel worse.

— Gail Sheehy

There’s a good chance that if you’re talking to me when I’m snoring, it means I’m bored.

— Garry Shandling

The football playoffs feature one-off affairs, without bad feelings building from weekend to weekend. In addition, football uses platoons for offense and defense and kicking, so only the interior linemen have a chance to really get up close and personal with one another.

— George Vecsey

I have a novel that I can write. It’s about three soldiers from Somalia. Some babies have been disappearing up on 144th Street, and I speculate later on what happened to them and how they might have been got back. These guys are dead, all three, and they have a chance in the afterlife to do something they should have done when they were alive.

— Gil Scott-Heron

When you’re a chef, you graze. You never get a chance to sit down and eat. They don’t actually sit down and eat before you cook. So when I finish work, the first thing I’ll do, and especially when I’m in New York, I’ll go for a run. And I’ll run 10 or 15k on my – and I run to gain my appetite.

— Gordon Ramsay

Joe DeGuardia, I love that guy. He’s not a superstar promoter yet, but he will be. He was a fighter himself he’s staying the course with these guys. He’s developing some good fighters out there. I really applaud him whenever I get a chance to.

— Gerry Cooney

But I was very disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to go overseas with that group, might not have gotten back but I wanted very much to go because there’s not much of a record of the exploits of the first Negro fighter group.

— Gordon Parks

If you have a chance of working for a healthy company or a sick one, choose the sick one. The sickest ones need the best doctors and it’s a lot easier to stand out in a company that needs help.

— Greg Brenneman

My grandfather died before I was born, so I never had the chance to speak with him about his father. But I learned about him from books.

— Greg Rutherford

Better that you should take the chance of trying something that is close to your heart, you think is what you want to write, and if they do not publish it, put it in your drawer. But maybe another day will come and you will find a place to put that.

— Gay Talese

I have never, ever, had an acting partnership that was a safe, as full, and as exciting as the one I had with Tony. I didn’t want to go through life without having a chance to taste it again.

— Genie Francis

Still, we view that old material very much like we view the new material so if this gives us a chance to go out and promote it then, yes we will go out and do that.

— Geoff Downes

All the principal people in the town are concerned in the slave trade, and their chief wealth consists in the number of slaves they possess therefore there is little chance of the trade being, for many years, totally abolished.

— George Grey

When Hank Jones had his night off, I would get somebody to take my place as intermission pianist and I’d play the show with Ella, so I would get a chance to play with Ray Brown and Charlie Smith as well.

— George Shearing

Every child, and every person, deserves a chance to make something of themselves.

— Gever Tulley

Every year you suit up, you play for a championship. Some years, some teams… it was very few times I think I played on that realistically had a chance.

— Grant Hill

The Round-Up is a wonderful community celebration, and I greatly enjoy the chance to visit with residents and see so many families enjoying the festivities offered throughout the week.

— Greg Walden

Well I guess I like variety pretty much, but I do enjoy this work very much. Particularly with Buddy on the gig, we get a chance to knock each other out It’just wonderful.

— Gene Krupa

I don’t care if we’re out of it or not, if I’ve got a chance to pitch, I want to.

— Greg Maddux

Hold puppies, kittens, and babies anytime you get the chance.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The great thing about suicide is that it’s not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.

— Harvey Fierstein

However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.

— Havelock Ellis

Whether I’ll get the chance to write fiction, I don’t know. I could do political conspiracy thrillers, couldn’t I? With an investigative journalist as the heroine.

— Heather Brooke

I had never done any serious acting before, but I decided that it was a chance that I should take.

— Helena Christensen

Not so many Armenian players are given the chance to play in the Champions League, and this is really important for me, because I want to do everything to impress the children who are watching me playing.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.

— Henry Miller

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

— Henry David Thoreau

I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.

— Henry Rollins

When I read that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had disappeared – a state-of-the-art Boeing 777, said to be an incredibly safe way to travel – I waited patiently for the chance to learn what happened.

— Henry Rollins

So I picked a field where I had a little exposure. Where I thought I could have an enormous challenge, and have a chance to really do some good, to be a pioneer in an area, and not just be like everyone else.

— Henry Kravis

My presence in the social media and on the Internet is much bigger than many of the other candidates, including Mitt Romney. So, when you take the social media and you take the Tea Party citizens movement, you have a combination there that, quite frankly, 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have had a chance.

— Herman Cain

There was a phase in my career in my late 20s and 30s when I was doing strange, arty-farty Euro films that were, you could tell, never had much chance of any release anywhere in the world.

— Hugh Grant

If you get depressed, you can be stuck for months if you have an analyst, you at least have a chance of getting out of it faster.

— Hanif Kureishi

One of the fantastic things about books, fiction or non-fiction, is the way they give you a chance to look into different lives.

— Gillian Cross

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Across our country, social enterprise partnerships between the public and private sectors are providing millions of Americans – young and old – a second chance.

— George R. Roberts

I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. In other words, I lead with my heart and not my head. That’s the only chance we have against George Bush.

— Howard Dean

A rematch is one of those things that will always be there when you remove a champion, and it’s something you definitely need to give them – that chance for a rematch. That’s the only way to do it.

— Holly Holm

If you want to make pictures and enjoy making them, you better go out and make something that a lot of people want to see. And then they’ll turn you lose and let you make what you want. And then maybe you can do some of the things that you want to do. But as a beginner, you haven’t got a chance.

— Howard Hawks

When I first heard Wallace Stevens’ voice, it was by chance: a friend wanted to listen to the recording he had made for the Harvard Vocarium Series.

— Helen Vendler

For me it’s even more interesting, because my character comes out of the shadow. It’s a chance to really act emotionally, because the situation is an extreme one.

— Ian McDiarmid

I have little routines in the theater. Once I’ve established something, like the order of putting on makeup and a costume, I have to invariably do it in the same order every time, even if I only did it by chance the first time round.

— Ian Mckellen

These syllables, about 2,300 in number, were mixed together and then drawn out by chance and used to construct series of different lengths, several of which each time formed the material for a test.

— Hermann Ebbinghaus

I’ve got a place in Portugal, which I like very much, but I’ve just been working in Malaysia for five weeks. My family had a chance to come over and we really loved it, particularly the island of Pangkor.

— Ian Rush

There’s a lot of potential that goes unused in places like South Central L.A., a lot of brilliant, smart people who just don’t have that chance to show it.

— Ice Cube

But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it.

— Ian Hamilton Finlay

The whole force of the respectable circles to which I belonged, that respectable circle which knew as I did not the value of security won, the slender chance of replacing it if lost or abandoned, was against me.

— Ida Tarbell

If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

Working with Yahoo! allows us to give our fans a chance to listen to our songs, check out the video, purchase our new album, win tickets to our show, and chat with us all in one place.

— Isaac Hanson

The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success.

— Jack Canfield

The longer you play, the better chance the better player has of winning.

— Jack Nicklaus

I love to sleep late, and I rarely have the chance to.

— Izabel Goulart

I don’t read ‘chick lit,’ fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill.

— J. K. Rowling

The circle of the return to birth can only remain open, but this is a chance, a sign of life, and a wound.

— Jacques Derrida

The insurance of working with a big, already successful franchise just gives you the chance to do other things on a more personal level.

— Jason Statham

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

— Jim Rohn

Given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. Never. Never. Ordinary people like us. Who do extraordinary things.

— Joe Biden

A diplomatic solution that puts significant and verifiable constraints on Iran’s nuclear program represents the best and most sustainable chance to ensure that America, Israel, the entire Middle East will never be menaced by a nuclear-armed Iran.

— Joe Biden

If you give me the chance, I’ll destroy America for you.

— John Lydon

It seems like the richer you are, the more chance you have of paying less tax.

— John McEnroe

I just remember watching Federer the first year he won Wimbledon. He was struggling with his back problem. I remember it vividly. It looked like there was a chance he was not going to finish. He had that look in his eye. Then, somehow, he found the wherewithal to dig a little deeper, and suddenly he wins the thing, and he’s a different player.

— John McEnroe

More than 150 heads of state attended the UN Summit, giving New Yorkers a chance to get in touch with prejudices they didn’t even know they had.

— Jon Stewart

The team is completely close. Anything you say outside, there is no chance it will go inside. So the team is really strong and compact. We know what we want and how to achieve it on the pitch.

— Jose Mourinho

If you succeed with your first dream, it helps. You know, people trust you, possibly, for the second one. They give you a chance to play out your second one.

— James D. Watson

When it comes to the American dream, no one has a corner on the market. All of us have an equal chance to share in that dream.

— J. C. Watts

Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.

— Joyce Meyer

If you work for Google or Apple, stock options give you a chance to share in the increasing value of the company. In the N.F.L., nothing like this happens the players, though rich, are just working stiffs like the rest of us.

— James Surowiecki

I use myself as the barometer to gauge what is scary. I like to think if something scares me, then there’s a very good chance an audience will feel the same way.

— James Wan

I like to think if something scares me, then there’s a very good chance an audience will feel the same way. The key is creating scenarios that people can relate to.

— James Wan

Every company, regardless of size, is competing for the same pool of talent, which is why top recruiters can even command equity for finding key hires. Internships give startups a chance to hire the best and brightest from our universities at a fraction of the cost that these same minds will command when they receive their degrees.

— Jay Samit

When the purse strings tighten up at museums, the institutions usually cut back and cancel shows. That’s exactly the wrong reaction. In fact, now is a good time for them to loosen up – a chance to breathe and experiment a little – and go for the juicy solution lurking in their own basements.

— Jerry Saltz

With two small children, I haven’t had a wash since 2001 so the chance to go shopping is way down the list. It is something I do intend to get.

— Jo Brand

Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?

— Jimmy Johnson

This ultimate fighting stuff is something I don’t agree with. Once a man is down, you have to let him have a chance to prove how good he is.

— Joe Frazier

As a quarterback, there’s no better way to finish your year, in winning a Super Bowl, than with a touchdown pass. The chances of that happening, by the looks of most of the Super Bowls, is a very rare chance. Fortunately for me, I had an opportunity.

— Joe Montana

There’s a short chain between field and fork, and the shorter that chain is – the fresher, the more transparent that system is – the less chance there is of anything from bio-terrorism to pathogenicity to spoilage.

— Joel Salatin

When I teach the formal curriculum, I have the chance to think about it ahead of time. I can rehearse it. I can illustrate it with self-deprecating humor and humble-sounding personal disclosure. I can try to make it comes out just right.

— John Ortberg

Chance doesn’t mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that’s the way that novelty, new things, come about.

— John Polkinghorne

I totally understand that I am a little outrageous in some ways… I’m a little un-P.C., but I really wish I had the chance to perform for the American fans.

— Johnny Weir

I come from nothing. When I got a chance to make some money, I was like, ‘Man, I’m not ever going back.’

— Juicy J

I also really liked playing Mr. Tumnus in ‘Narnia’. I got to play my favorite character in children’s literature, which I loved. You don’t get the chance to do that in other jobs.

— James McAvoy

There are a lot of guys who play in the NBA. There aren’t a lot of guys who have a chance to win a gold medal, too.

— James Harden

I wanted to – any chance I had to dress up as a boy, like Halloween, I would be a pirate or a ghost that wore a tie. A hobo.

— Jane Lynch

I was heartbroken at the end of that, because I thought that was going to be it for me. Somehow I had worked my way into this movie and it had exposed me to people and I had a chance to be an actor, which I loved, but I didn’t think it was ever going to happen again.

— Jason Schwartzman

I would say if you want to write, write what you care about. I think that’s the most important thing. I think if you write what you care about, you stand a better chance of having the reader care about your story.

— Jerry Spinelli

Write what you care about. If you do that, you stand the best chance of doing your best writing.

— Jerry Spinelli

You can’t get so serious as to not realize that what we do is entertainment, but when you have the chance to provoke thought or advance discussion on a topic, it’s just the icing on the cake.

— Jimmy Smits

Of course you draw from yourself, but the artistic nourishment you want to get is be versatile, do something different, and I think I got a chance to do that in a lot of different ways.

— Jimmy Smits

I’ve certainly had to bite my tongue on occasion and live to fight another day, so to speak, on certain things. But when you’re new and fresh, you come out and think, ‘I don’t want to screw my chance up, so I’ll go along with what everybody else does.’

— Joe Nichols

I’m big into fishing, but I’ve never been much of a hunter. I never was really raised around it a whole lot, so I never got a chance to do it a whole lot.

— Joe Nichols

Growing up, I learnt to think, ‘Let’s make it a big night tonight, as you never know what’s going to happen next.’ So now I have enough, I take too much when I get the chance to have a fine dinner, I will. And it’s had an effect on my health.

— John Burnside

There are a lot of people who might not get another chance to win a Super Bowl, not just me.

— John Elway

My criteria when looking for a role is that I will do anything that stands the chance of succeeding on the level it is intended to. After that, if it’s a part I can do something personal with.

— John Hurt

When an animal dies, it gives you the chance to love another animal. That’s an insightful and profound way to look at it.

— Jon Katz

I really didn’t want to leave the show, but I got a chance to do a movie, which meant I would have had to miss two shows, and at the time Lorne had a policy where you can’t miss shows, so I left.

— Jon Lovitz

Well, painting is the one thing I do, that is just me. It’s me and easels, and the pencils. And as long as I don’t drool too much over the canvas, the colors come out pretty good. And it’s a chance to express all that I’ve got inside, that I sometimes keep hidden. And I think that’s why I paint big broad, wide open landscapes.

— Joni Eareckson Tada

Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.

— Jack Dempsey

For me, growing up in Los Angeles in the ’90s, Huell Howser was the most consistently watchable entertainer on TV. I was more of a radio geek as a teenager, but Huell I watched whenever I got the chance. A lot of us did.

— James Adomian

I felt like if I wasn’t sharing myself physically, I would actually get a chance to see the downfalls of my partner. I would be able to minimize my intake of being disappointed.

— Jessica White

I have questioned myself about the brutality in the last few novels. Actually in ‘The Leopard,’ in hindsight, I feel I went a little bit too far with screaming blood. There are a couple of scenes that I regret and wish I had the chance to rewrite. ‘Phantom’ has less blood.

— Jo Nesbo

I don’t know how much thought is behind it, but it seems to me highly effective the way that Facebook will let somebody tag a photo with a friend’s name, then others who are a friend of that friend can perhaps immediately see the photo, and the friend, in the meantime, has a chance to wander back and un-tag it.

— Jonathan Zittrain

I suppose that if I could have quit, I would have, because in those days I never wanted to be an actress, the acting was something to do while I waited for a chance to study writing and directing. But I guess I was just meant to be an actress. Because, here I am.

— Judy Holliday

Colorful garments – ball gowns, kimonos, evening pajamas – made from yards upon yards of iridescent silk or velvet. I own an unjustifiable number of such outfits and jump at the chance to wear them. Against the etiquette about which I am otherwise all too conscious, I frequently, and unrepentantly, overdress for the occasion.

— Julia Glass

Like books you will never have the chance to read, there are languages you do not know, and you’re not going to get a chance to learn, so you’ll never really know what was written, only the approximation.

— James Salter

The ego certainly is the biggest obstacle as an artist or performer, so any chance you get to destroy that is really healthy.

— James Van Der Beek

You get one chance to make an impression, and coasting through is a disservice.

— James Vincent McMorrow

When you’re an actor or actress in this business, usually the natural progression is to direct, but a lot of times, we don’t get a chance to get to it. Myself, I really want to get into it. I want to be the person who eventually doesn’t have to be in front of the camera.

— Jamie Foxx

I think that realistically we can shoot for the title this year. If we stay healthy and be persistent throughout the season, I think we have good chance to go all the way.

— Jason Kidd

Some quality performances and movies have a chance to be rewarded, but it’s not like it’s a bible.

— Javier Bardem

Football is in a guy’s DNA. A primal thing. You should play it so you can talk about the glory days when you get older and drink Bud with the guys from the office. Get it done when you’re young, while you have the chance.

— Jeanne Marie Laskas

There’s obviously a push to protect the quarterback, but you have to give the defensive players a chance. All of the quarterback has to do is pull the ball, and he’s a runner. How’s the defender going to know if the ball is pulled or not?

— Jeff Fisher

Michael Sam will help us, and we’ll give him every chance to succeed, and you know what? It’s gonna be pretty cool.

— Jeff Fisher

Women may not have it easy, but we are given a fairer chance to reach for the top.

— Jessica Savitch

As an actor, you don’t often get a chance to know exactly the impact of what the audience is seeing, even though you can ask where the frame is. A move that feels tiny can be huge, and vice versa.

— John Hawkes

After everyone has had a chance to bluster, posture, and pontificate, we are left with one basic question: under any foreseeable circumstance, would it be in our national interest to default on our debt? The answer is unequivocally no.

— John Sununu

I think one of the coolest things you can do is disappear for a while, because it gives you the chance to re-emerge. To sort of pounce out of the jungle.

— Josh Homme

My ex-boyfriend said, ‘You have a better chance of getting elected to Congress than getting on the staff of a television show.’ Which was the perfect thing for him to say, because my entire career is, ‘Well, screw you.’ And we broke up.

— Jenji Kohan

As white authors, bloggers, and readers, we must stop promoting diversity as a business opportunity or a chance to buy ally points with our disposable income.

— Jennifer Armintrout

If I get the chance to be philanthropic, I want to help kids and teachers.

— Jesse L. Martin

The records fell easily at first. Dozens of seconds peeled away with every running of a course, and I could hardly wait for the next chance to improve.

— Joe Henderson

If I put the script down more than once, there’s a good chance that I probably don’t want to play the part.

— Joe Lando

I will interview bigwigs if I get the chance, but you are seldom surprised by people in power – you’ve got to get awfully damn close to get anything new.

— Joe Sacco

If you can lessen the chance of a bad injury by being strong, you have to do it.

— Joel Parkinson

I think 2tor has a chance of remaking higher ed in a really great way. If we do that, those investors will do well.

— John Katzman

After that initial success, every chance we got we’d hire that remote recording truck and just record stuff at the Whisky because it was so inexpensive.

— Johnny Rivers

It’s truly gratifying to see my films reach beyond a familiar public, to get a chance to move new audiences. It’s nuts. It’s extraordinary.

— Jacques Audiard

As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I’ve created about my work and refine it.

— James Ellroy

And I thought, my God, there’s an off chance that they will say something that’s really worth preserving and there is one way to do that and I knew what it was because I come from television.

— James Lipton

I want the chance to play very different characters, and I’ve always wanted to do more films.

— Joanne Froggatt

When you have a deadline, or when you know that your equipment is about to go up in a rocket and you won’t have another chance to fix it, your mind works in a way that it otherwise never would.

— John C. Mather

I have found that I always learn more from my mistakes than from my successes. If you aren’t making some mistakes, you aren’t taking enough chances.

— John Sculley

Networks are reluctant to take a chance. They put on shows that they know will work on some level, but to get the innovative show, it’s very difficult.

— James Burrows

There’s talent on the streets, kids with ideas who have stories to tell and never get a chance.

— James Jannard

I had very strong feelings, so the chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high. It’s a really amazing thing to be able to do.

— Jonathan Demme

I grew up in the Bay Area until 1976, then I pretty much went all the way through primary and high school on Bainbridge, though like anybody who grows up on an island, I ran the first chance I got.

— Jonathan Evison

Songs like the Buck Owens tune, for example, are very simple and straightforward, and recording it really gave me a chance to get into and get a sense of Buck’s personality, a feel for that whole Bakersfield sound.

— Juice Newton

Paranormal fiction offers authors – and readers – the chance to answer the question, ‘What if?’ All the different ways that question can be answered make for extremely entertaining reading.

— Jeaniene Frost

We’re the country of movie stars because the stars, like ourselves, represent a kind of extended infantilism, beauties waiting for the big chance.

— Jerome Charyn

It’s nice because working in England I’m know for working in television and theater when you get a chance to come out, it is quite fun to be out from behind the mask. You need to let people know who you are.

— Jeremy Bulloch

I welcome every chance I get to interact with fans. I’ve made some very close friendships amongst fans, and I look forward to seeing them.

— Jim Beaver

I’ve always enjoyed interleague play. It gives you a chance to see different clubs, to go to different places. It gives you a good chance to see where you are, where you stand with other teams.

— Jim Thome

Every time I make a film, I feel it gives me the chance to learn something new.

— Joe Wright

I told everyone that acting’s for losers and I needed to get an education. But something kept telling me to give it one last chance. In the end, I lasted a month on the M.B.A. and then decided to quit, come back to L.A., and try again.

— Judi Shekoni

When you just arrive in L.A., you are in a great position, as you are ‘fresh meat,’ and people will meet you and give you a chance.

— Judi Shekoni

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.

— Jacques Delille

Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.

— Jacques Monod

I’m a huge Kentucky fan. So when there was a chance to do the John Wall dance, I went into character.

— Josh Hopkins

I would love to go into musicals. I got a chance to sing in ‘Big Momma’s House,’ and that’s something I would love to do more. But only in Broadway or in the movies. I don’t think I would ever seek a career as a singer.

— Jessica Lucas

In its brief 14-episode run, ‘Firefly’ gave viewers as much chance of witnessing a horseback chase or train robbery as a laser gun and spacefight in any given episode. Snappy one-liners and silly hats were a constant, of course.

— Jay Kristoff

If you want to treat China as an enemy, you have a much better chance of making them an enemy than if you treat them as a potential friend.

— Jim Sasser

I like to just hang out. My friends don’t like to do that, but I do. Because, a lot of times I’m busy, and I just kind of like to get a chance to just hang out.

— Jenna Boyd

I was privileged to know the late, great Miss Etta James, and I did get a chance to spend some time with her and hang out with her.

— Jennifer Holliday

When you’re in something like ‘Game of Thrones’ and get the chance to play a part like Bronn, with that cast and with Peter Dinklage, it’s wonderful.

— Jerome Flynn

Releasing a record is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the promotion of the product, but you have to play the game if you are to have a chance of competing in the market place.

— John Barrow

As athletes, we all have egos, we all think we can help, and when you’re not given that chance, it’s hard to watch.

— Landon Donovan

Psycho 11 and III say, in effect, there’s no way to survive with a psychological problem. If you’ve got it, the law can keep you locked up because there’s no chance for cure.

— Joseph Stefano

Whatever character you play, it gives you the chance to expose another side of yourself that maybe you’ve never felt comfortable with, or never knew about.

— Laura Dern

I always knew that I wanted to work and I knew I wanted to be a singer and an actor. I knew that every choice I made would help me get to that point. So the better the choices I made, the more of a chance I would have to get to where I wanted to be.

— Lea Michele

There’s nothing more exciting for an actor than a chance to lose, to be someone who has lost – especially if it’s someone who starts off with a veneer of control. To be broken is wonderful.

— Lena Headey

Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings.

— Letitia Baldrige

I continue to work on plays, but I’ve always felt that you could put a note in a bottle and send it offshore, and you’d have as much chance communicating with people.

— Lewis Black

If a startup stays in Microsoft, it does not have a chance, because all it tries to do goes against what Microsoft is about.

— Leroy Hood

Medicine will be personalized and preventive: Your genome might predict that you have an 80 percent chance of breast cancer by the time you are 50, but if you take a preventive drug starting when you are 40, the chance will drop to 2 percent.

— Leroy Hood

I don’t have a lot of time for television because I am making it, so it’s really hard for me to sit down. But when I do get a chance, I try to catch up on ‘Scandal,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘black-ish.’

— Loni Love

All my mates are at university, and it’s a life I haven’t had a chance to enjoy, so it’s great to turn up and sample a bit of it.

— Louis Tomlinson

You can lay in bed and think you don’t stand a chance, that’s what all of us thought, and here we are. We ended up doing all right.

— Louis Tomlinson

If I saw my friend’s boyfriend flirting with someone else, I would definitely talk to him about what I saw. I would want to give him a chance to explain. However, depending on how major the flirting was, I would probably mention it to my friend – just to let her know what’s going on.

— Laura Marano

Sama means ‘equal’ in Sanskrit I chose ‘Samasource’ because I thought it really reflected a value that I had and that I wanted the company to have, which is that everyone has equal capabilities and deserves an equal chance.

— Leila Janah

We all know that players will hit a few more home runs than usual in some years and a few less in others. But the mathematics of chance also predicts that some years they’ll hit a lot more, and some years a lot less.

— Leonard Mlodinow

Tennis is best of three sets, so even if I lose the first set, I still have a chance.

— Li Na

I do think, oddly, that a comedic actor has a better chance of pulling off a dramatic role than a great dramatic actor has of being able to pull off a highly comedic role.

— Lizzy Caplan

When your parent is a public idol, you never really have a chance to lay that parent to rest.

— Lorna Luft

The actors I admire, like Ben Kingsley or Daniel Day-Lewis, they totally reinvent themselves in every part. I hope I get a chance to do that.

— Lucy Punch

I think a four-year ban would effectively rule out one Olympic games – a life ban is too harsh. I think everyone deserves a second chance. If you come back from missing one Olympic games and serving a four-year ban, you are a pretty determined and reformed character.

— Lynn Davies

Black Rock gives us all a chance to heal, to become ourselves.

— Larry Harvey

What you hope for, like Unforgiven did a lot to give you a chance to do it again sometime.

— Lawrence Kasdan

A lot of very, very big stars were going down and not being seen or heard from again. Kirk took a huge chance in putting a blacklisted writer’s name on the screen and somehow or other, he survived it, like he survives everything.

— Lee Grant

Creative non-fiction is such a liberating genre because it allows the non-fiction writer, whether he or she be journalist or essayist, to use all of the techniques of the fiction writer and all of the ideas, creative approaches, that fiction writers get a chance to use, but they have to use it in a true story.

— Lee Gutkind

It is true that the Puritans banned all recreation on Sundays and all games of chance, gambling, bear baiting, horse racing, and bowling in or around taverns at all times. They did so, not because they were opposed to fun, but because they judged these activities to be inherently harmful or immoral.

— Leland Ryken

So, I gave my belts out to others to give them a chance.

— Lennox Lewis

National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month is celebrated each May, and becomes a chance for our Nation to become more familiar with the effects of this disease, and about the preventable steps that we can take to deal with it.

— Lois Capps

I have as much input to the blues I just never got the chance, the opportunity or maybe the respect.

— Luther Allison

My parents played bridge, and I remember being fascinated watching them. I sometimes got a chance to sit in on a hand, which I loved. But then I didn’t actually play on my own for about 30 years.

— Louis Sachar

The only way you can obtain brood mares on a basis you can afford is to buy two or three yearling fillies every year and race them. The good ones, the ones that show potentialities, you keep, and the others you get rid of. In that way, you have a chance to build up a good brood mare band.

— Larry MacPhail

A 3-foot putt can be more nerve-racking than a 9-foot putt because a 3-foot putt you should be getting in. A 9-footer, there’s a chance it won’t go in.

— Lydia Ko

I have had close relationships with three species of wild pigs, each a chance encounter on a different continent, and all continue to enrich my life in surprising ways.

— Lyall Watson

Early stages’ is when the cancer is completely contained within the prostate. If it is detected when the cancer is entirely in the gland, the chance for full recovery is at its highest.

— Len Dawson

I never really had a chance to know the players individually… I thought when they were on the floor, they worked hard. But I never really got to know them.

— Lenny Wilkens

I’ve always looked at 2016, but 2020 is realistic for me. I’ll be 23 in 2016, but if I keep on progressing, hopefully 2016 will be a medal chance as well for me.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Very few athletes get to experience a home Games, and I don’t want to pass up the chance.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

There’s no second chance on stage, and I was trained to make the most of my first chance.

— Kate Smith

Everything in my career is my decision – every picture, every outfit. You get one chance at this, and I never saw myself as being a puppet.

— Katherine Jenkins

I understand the risks associated with being a soldier. But I think as members of Congress, we should not intensify the chance that we’ll have to commit troops to a military conflict unless it’s absolutely necessary to defend the nation.

— Keith Ellison

Many of us live in dysfunctional families, and so even if it’s in a fairy tale, or perhaps because it’s in a fairy tale, we have a chance to look at that side of our reflected lives differently.

— Kenneth Branagh

I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.

— Kevin Costner

All my collaborations happen in different ways. Sometimes it’s through a chance meeting at a festival or event, while others can happen just off the back of me liking their music and reaching out.

— Kygo

Despite what you hear about the publishing industry being a fixed game that you can only get in if you know somebody, I’m here in person to tell you it ain’t so. If your stuff is really any good, sooner or later some editor will take a chance on you.

— Kage Baker

With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never had a chance of world domination, but we didn’t know that then.

— Ken Follett

Teachers have a chance to mold someone, inspire them. I hope all teachers realize that.

— Kevin James

It was a chance encounter with a biotech entrepreneur from Ireland that got me started as an entrepreneur in India, because I partnered this Irish company in setting up India’s first biotech company.

— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

When you talk about the SEC, you never get a chance to rest.

— Kirby Smart

As the novelty of wearable tech gives way to necessity – and, later, as wearable tech becomes embedded tech – will we be deprived of the chance to pause, reflect, and engage in meaningful, substantive conversations? How will our inner lives and ties to those around us change?

— Klaus Schwab

I’m geeky about video games. I don’t stay inside a lot and just play them 24/7, but if I had the chance, I probably would.

— Kodi Smit-McPhee

The fact ‘Twin Peaks’ had a life at all took most of us in the cast by surprise. We thought it would be too unusual for network television. The original intention was that it would be a two-hour movie. If the network didn’t want to pick it up as a series, it could just show that. But ABC took a chance.

— Kyle MacLachlan

Realistically, the chance of any book becoming a film is slim.

— Kenneth Oppel

In a play, you only get one chance, and you have to get it perfect. In a film, you can change and fix it whatever way you want, so really, there’s a pretty big difference.

— Kara Hayward

When you have a chance to play a character people can relate to, it’s rewarding.

— Karine Vanasse

I remember I was supposed to take the bar exam that summer just when we got the chance to make our first feature. I told my parents I wasn’t going to take the bar exam, and they were pretty upset about it.

— Kevin Heffernan

Snowpiercer’ was out of this world. It gave me a chance to do something I’d never done before, to create a whole new world.

— Kelly Masterson

After five awful movies, I admitted failure and said I was not cut out to be an actor. But how many people get a chance to live their dream?

— Ken Bruen

Mankind can be very magnanimous, given the chance.

— Karin Fossum

It is important that carbon storage is carefully regulated, that the process is transparent to the public, and that there is a clear accounting of what happened to the CO2. This is particularly true of underground storage, where there is always a small chance that pressurized CO2 could escape.

— Klaus Lackner

I really feel that the thing that I love the most about my career is that it is so eclectic. You know, I’ve gone from so many genres and so many different mediums and I love that most – that people have always given me the chance to do vastly different things.

— Katie Finneran

The stuff I did in ‘Rescue Me’ was great. It gave me the opportunity to play comedy, and Denis Leary was the first one to take a chance with me. And from that experience, we had a comedy pilot that we did that I was going to play the lead in. And then ‘Person of Interest’ came along. They’re all new experiences.

— Kevin Chapman

I go to the pub, hang out with my family – that’s pretty much it. I also do a lot of sports when I get the chance. I’m actually a pretty mellow guy.

— Mads Mikkelsen

We have no chance to comprehend what goes on there – it’s so dramatic, and people are so poor. We all felt bad about being there. Filming in India felt like we were going to borrow something knowing that we were never going to give it back.

— Mads Mikkelsen

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

— Mae West

I’m the one who will take chances, not worry about the backlash.

— Magic Johnson

When I get the chance to make my favorite breakfast on the weekend, I often choose to make pancakes.

— Marcus Samuelsson

We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.

— Marcel Proust

I tend to feel if people say they’re going to do something, they will, if given the chance.

— Margaret Atwood

It should be remarked that, as the principle of liberty is better understood, and more nobly interpreted, a broader protest is made in behalf of women. As men become aware that few have had a fair chance, they are inclined to say that no women have had a fair chance.

— Margaret Fuller

If you’re so afraid of failure, you will never succeed. You have to take chances.

— Mario Andretti

I’m only 35, and I felt that the time was right to try to come back and have a chance for him to see me play.

— Mario Lemieux

If you enjoy math and you write novels, it’s very rare that you’ll get a chance to put your math into a novel. I leapt at the chance.

— Mark Haddon

There are so many people, deaf or otherwise abled, who are so talented but overlooked or not given a chance to even get their foot in the door.

— Marlee Matlin

Power is the chance to impose your will within a social context, even when opposed and regardless of the integrity of that chance.

— Max Weber

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.

— Mel Brooks

If Shaw and Einstein couldn’t beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.

— Mel Brooks

But we also believe in taking risks, because that’s how you move things along.

— Melinda Gates

For my very first movie, ‘Roger and Me,’ I made it as part of my deal with Warner Brothers that the four people that were evicted in that film, that Warner Brothers would house – would pay their mortgage or their rent for the next two years to give them a chance to get on their feet.

— Michael Moore

You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don’t know what I want. I don’t want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them.

— Michael J. Fox

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.

— Michel de Montaigne

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.

— Mignon McLaughlin

As a comedian, you want people to like you. That’s part of why you’re there in the first place: You have this unquenchable need to be liked, and then when you divert from that and take a chance at doing something that has moments of fierce unlikeability, you can hit some real low points.

— Mike Birbiglia

It’s a great experience. If you get a chance to run for president, do it.

— Mitt Romney

The only way to win the White House, in my view, is to become a nominee of either the Republican or the Democrat Party, and simply running to be a spoiler would not give the American people, I think, the chance to express their own views about Mr. Trump or about Secretary Clinton.

— Mitt Romney

All human beings are born entrepreneurs. Some get a chance to unleash that capacity. Some never got the chance, never knew that he or she has that capacity.

— Muhammad Yunus

I had a chance to go on the Supreme Court of the United States, and my whole family was more disappointed in my deciding not to do that than in my deciding not to run for president – much more.

— Mario Cuomo

Earmarks are almost always inserted by a member of Congress without any notice to other members, and without a chance for Congress as a whole to debate a particular earmark as they relate to national priorities.

— Marsha Blackburn

Any spending should be debated openly on the floor of the House and voted on in open session, with the American people having a chance to watch and listen.

— Marsha Blackburn

Risk it go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.

— Mary Quant

I don’t write on topics that require a lot of urgency. But in ‘Stiff,’ I wanted to change people’s hearts about organ donation. Whenever I get a chance, I try to talk about that.

— Mary Roach

In modern American politics, being the right kind of ignorant and entertainingly crazy is like having a big right hand in boxing you’ve always got a puncher’s chance.

— Matt Taibbi

I’ve always admired the kind of guy who moves into a place and restores it. Thanks to my efforts, the guy who moves into mine will have a chance to do just that.

— Michael Feldman

President-elect Trump wasn’t my choice, but I’m going to be like Dave Chappelle, and I’m going to give him a chance – but I think there are people out there with legitimate worries.

— Mick Foley

I think we still have a chance if we continue with our work, if Iraq provides full cooperation, we should still be able to avoid a war.

— Mohamed ElBaradei

Chance plays a powerful role in every life – our brains and personalities are just chemical soup, after all a few drops here or there matter enormously – but consequences often become more serious as income levels go down.

— Mohsin Hamid

I don’t know Hollywood very well. I’ve never lived in Los Angeles or New York. But what I can see in Paris, where I live, is that actresses like Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Charlotte Rampling, still get the chance to play strong, sexy roles even though they’re not 20.

— Monica Bellucci

As Bill Clinton said so eloquently at the convention, during Vietnam there was a chance to serve there was a chance not to serve.

— Mark Shields

I think my thing is I grew up in the ghetto, and I was able to get a second chance. That’s what I’m trying to tell kids.

— Master P

I did a film which was considered an independent movie with Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia called Confidence, and that’s the type of film I was willing to take a chance on that because of the caliber of people involved with the film.

— Morris Chestnut

I would have loved to paint Eartha Kitt, but she’s no longer here. I’m so glad I had the chance to meet her.

— Mickalene Thomas

When I get the chance, I’m at the theaters all the time, trying to check out the latest movies.

— Michael Clarke Duncan

What is overriding that and most important is that readers generally are interested in a good character. They might be more comfortable with Harry because they think they know him, but they always seem willing to give somebody new a chance.

— Michael Connelly

Don’t listen to anybody. Nobody knows the magic bullet. If they did, they’d sell it and make a fortune. Follow your gut. Follow your instincts. Every once in a while, take a chance.

— Michael Cudlitz

Lance Armstrong, the famous cyclist and more importantly, cancer survivor, has said ‘if you ever get a second chance for something, you’ve got to go all the way.’

— Michael N. Castle

I could not agree more. The students of Delaware State often looked to the school as their chance, their hand up, their hope. And they gave their all.

— Michael N. Castle

It was only after I made my Duleep Trophy debut did I think I had a realistic chance to play for India. I scored a double hundred, and I realised that I had the potential to play for my country because I played the best bowlers in the country at that time.

— Mohammad Azharuddin

Luckily, I have been offered the chance to play a South American, Hispanic and even a character from the Middle East in films. There are also a lot of TV series in the U.S. that have a strong presence of actors from India.

— Madhur Mittal

We determine whether a book is for boys or girls long before the reader gets a chance to decide: we package them with soldiers and ballet slippers on their covers, war machines and glittering gowns.

— Marie Lu

Alabama farmers want a chance to complete fairly in Japan, but they can’t if the Japanese won’t let us in.

— Mike Rogers

I’m not saying I’m something special. I might play a little better tennis than other people, but it is because I was given the chance, and not many people are.

— Martina Hingis

When I think of the artists I admire and seek out musically. It’s because I’m curious about where they’re going to go the next time they have a chance to put a record out. It’s not about where I find them on the radio dial, or how many records they’re selling.

— Mary Chapin Carpenter

In using chance operations, the mind is enriched.

— Merce Cunningham

I use the computer as a tool. Like chance or the camera or the other tools I’ve used, it can open my eye to other ways of seeing or of making dances. It’s not simply to do a trick.

— Merce Cunningham

I had so many offers after ‘True Blood’ for things that were someone in the same vein, but nowhere near Alan Ball’s vision. Or something that was over-the-top and fantastical. And I’ve always wanted to play the regular, working-class mom, and I’ve never really had the chance to do that.

— Michelle Forbes

Film line is all about chance. I don’t think much, I just like to take chances.

— Mithun Chakraborty

Even of if a certain backlash is unavoidable, we must make the most of the momentous chance with which history has presented us so swiftly and so unexpectedly.

— Moshe Sharett

Ages ago, when I published ‘Amelia’s Notebook,’ I’d sent it to traditional publishers I’d been working with, but nobody knew what to do with it. Tricycle was this small publisher who didn’t know any better, and they took a chance.

— Marissa Moss

It perhaps has a chance, a commercial chance, this film. It’s funny, it’s charming, the idea is original, it’s unusual and it makes fun of the movie industry in a way that it needs to be poked fun at.

— Mark Rydell

I can go to a movie theater and watch a movie I was in with an audience… but with television, the opportunity to meet the fans at Comic Con or any other situation, it’s a chance to enter that circle it’s that sharing.

— Mark Sheppard

A well known director wouldn’t take the chance on casting me for an American role after he discovered that I was English. Some time later, he expressed his regret that he hadn’t taken the chance with me.

— Marsha Thomason

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.

— Marya Mannes

My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition, here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition, that the composition moved towards perfection with the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation.

— Maurice Ravel

The point is, when you have a chance to have a big adventure, especially if, like in your case, it doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s just plain foolish not to take it.

— Mink Stole

I couldn’t beat Michael Phelps. A couple of years ago, I was racing against him and it just kinda dawned on me during the race that there was no chance I was gonna beat this guy. And so I said, if you can’t beat him, find a race that he won’t swim.

— Mark Warkentin

I don’t go to a psychiatrist. I don’t go to a gym. I run away from my accountant, I run away from my dentist. They are all supposed to help you, but I like to stay in bed, where I have a chance to reflect, like Rossellini.

— Marlene Dumas

Although idea and form are ultimately paramount in my work, so too are chance, accident, and rawness.

— Martin Puryear

I have a manuscript that I’m almost done with, but I’ve been saying that forever. I’m on what I think will be the second-to-last chapter. It’s a story about chance and coincidence.

— Mary E. Pearson

I went to theater school but never really got the chance to do theater, and it’s always been a dream of mine.

— Matthew Settle

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.

— Neil Simon

I tried to be just a singer of standards when I was starting out. And there was nothing special enough about my voice to make it that far. So I feel a bit like Rod Stewart. Once you’ve had that rock career, people will give you that chance where otherwise they might not.

— Nellie McKay

One reason citizens, politicians and university donors sometimes lack confidence in the social sciences is that social scientists too often miss the chance to declare victory and move on to new frontiers.

— Nicholas A. Christakis

I always wanted to play with Kobe Bryant. I used to tease him all the time. Every time I was a free agent, I was like, ‘What’s up, bro? You got a chance to get the pit that you need. You feel me? This is your chance.’

— Nate Robinson

I always say that polo, for you to pursue a career, mainly any sport, you have to be born in the right place. If you’re born in Hawaii, you surf. If you’re born in Austria, you probably will ski. If you’re born in Argentina, you most likely ride horses and have a chance to play polo.

— Nacho Figueras

If we can contain and monitor animal viruses at an earlier stage – when they’re first entering human populations, preferably before they’ve had a chance to become human-adapted, certainly before they’ve had a chance to spread – we can head off pandemics altogether.

— Nathan Wolfe

Starting in music, where I get a chance to connect with the lyrics of a song, I learned so much about performing on stage and connecting to your audience and to what you’re singing about. Singing is very emotional. Every song has its own purpose.

— Naturi Naughton

When I was I kid, there were so many different things that I wanted to be. As an actor, I get a chance to be all of those things, at least for a couple of days, which is fun.

— Navid Negahban

I’m attracted to Ferraris and Bentleys, but I don’t know if I’ll ever have a chance to own one of those.

— Ndamukong Suh

Until now, I’ve not done a project where the produce, rapper and singer has never worked together like this before, and I had a chance to try a variety of styles.

— Namie Amuro

For my 23rd birthday, I received a nylon string guitar. I told myself that if I could play Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears In Heaven,’ then I could play the guitar. I practised every chance I got, driving my housemates insane, until several weeks later I had a shaky version of the song down. I wrote my first song on the guitar a few weeks after that.

— Neil Jackson

Being a writer – even a best-selling one – is usually not anywhere near as public as being a movie star, at least not when I’m out in ‘real life’ like this. Not that I don’t use what fame I have, every chance I get, to help sell more books.

— Nancy Pickard

I’ve always found that once you’re in the door of a place and you have the chance to show how you operate and how talented you are, then anything can happen.

— Nancy Gibbs

If you call yourself a leader, then you have to be decisive. If you’re decisive, then you have the chance to be a leader. These are two sides to the same coin.

— Narendra Modi

After we were hit on September 11, 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on October 26 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it many said that they scarcely had time to read it.

— Naomi Wolf

There is a one-in-300 chance that Earth will be struck on March 16, 2880, by an asteroid large enough to destroy civilization and possibly cause the extinction of the human race. But, on the bright side, Prince could re-release his hit song with the new refrain ‘We’re gonna party like its twenty-eight seventy-nine.’

— Nathan Myhrvold

It’s good to have a lot of once-in-a-lifetimes in your lifetime. If you get the chance to skydive, go skydiving. If you’re offered a part in a weird Shakespeare play in San Diego, slap on some tights and rock out some iambic pentameter.

— Neil Patrick Harris

When we give ourselves the chance to let go of all our tension, the body’s natural capacity to heal itself can begin to work.

— Nhat Hanh

Both sides in Syria are bad. One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance.

— Newt Gingrich

Birth is violent, and out of that violence is our only chance of rebirth.

— Nick Nolte

The last thing I ever wanted to get involved with is Hollywood. The way it works is that people get an idea you could possibly do something, but there’s a one-in-a-hundred chance that it could get made.

— Nick Cave

Soon, the Obama presidency will end, and America will have the chance to turn in a new direction.

— Nikki Haley

If a sufficient number of management layers are superimposed on top of each other, it can be assured that disaster is not left to chance.

— Norman Ralph Augustine

After taking office, I heard from so many constituents who said Kirkpatrick was never available, failed to respond and accomplished nothing of value… Kirkpatrick had her chance, and she blew it.

— Paul Gosar

If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will.

— Paul Harvey

The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.

— Paul Auster

The Polynesians used to have a system where they proclaimed a fishing area as ‘taboo.’ If any fisherman was caught fishing in a taboo area, they would be killed. The Polynesians understand that the fish had to be given a chance to recover.

— Paul Watson

I still love playing music. It was all I ever wanted to do, and I got the chance to do it.

— Paul Weller

I am not driven by any bitterness by what happened in Athens. I learnt a lot of lessons from it and probably came through it a stronger person in the end. There have been a lot of near misses, and that’s taught me to keep persevering and that there is a chance it can come right.

— Paula Radcliffe

Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.

— Pauline Kael

If you like the stuff I do, my chances of liking you go up.

— Penn Jillette

If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.

— Pete Rose

There are bands that I got into when I was 15, when I was mad at my dad and just wanted to be different. I don’t think I’d give those bands half a chance now. But I hold some kind of nostalgia for them that I won’t let go. Bands like Minor Threat and Black Flag.

— Pete Wentz

When you take a year off from football, you come back for all the enjoyable moments. When you’re not playing, you miss out on all the highs, but you also miss these disappointments. But I would rather be in the arena to be excited or be disappointed than not have a chance at all. That’s football. That’s why everybody plays it.

— Peyton Manning

Democrats like to picture us as pushing grandmother over the cliff or throwing someone under the bus. In either one of those scenarios, at least the senior has a chance to survive.

— Phil Gingrey

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

— Phyllis Diller

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

— Plutarch

You get one chance to do something about native title. You get perhaps one chance in your life to do something about a republic. You get one chance, your chance, to build a piece of the political architecture in the Pacific. I wasn’t going to give those up.

— Paul Keating

You come to the city, and you have a chance to find out who you really are.

— Patti Scialfa

The worst part about being married is when you’re not connecting. Your partner is going out the door when you’re coming in, and you don’t have a chance to debrief on the day. That’s the worst.

— Patrick Dempsey

I think the big thing is you really have one chance to do this… to play hockey for a living, you have one chance at your career, and you have to take full advantage of it.

— Patrick Kane

It sometimes seems to me that the whole course of English history was one of accident, confusion, chance and unintended consequences – there’s no real pattern.

— Peter Ackroyd

I have never done Cult TV before, the convention was good. It gives the fans a chance to meet the celebrities. Connect with the guy that used to be a bunch of coloured dots on your TV screen.

— Peter Tork

The Internet is just a chance to do something. Nowhere else can you go, ‘I have an idea, I can write this idea, and I can execute this idea.’

— Paul Scheer

If you go in and audition for roles rather than just be offered them, then you kind of get a chance to kind of discover that you can do something that you didn’t think you could do.

— Peter Sarsgaard

In front of us was not a line but a fortress position, twenty miles deep, entrenched and fortified, defended by masses of machine-gun posts and thousands of guns in a wide arc. No chance for cavalry!

— Philip Gibbs

So, it takes a lot of chance and luck. I mean I was lucky enough to get in the program where people with the same skills never made it to the program. So keep trying.

— Philippe Perrin

I said if I ever conducted, I would always give myself the best chance to succeed – though sometimes, despite everything, you still fail.

— Pierre Boulez

If a pitcher sees you fiddling with the bat, he’ll stall until your arms are tired before you even get a chance to hit.

— Paul Waner

I looked for acting classes in Paris just to do something different than modeling. And then one day I just thought, ‘Okay, that’s enough, I have to start doing something.’ I went to the acting agency and I just told them I wanted to act and asked them if they would give me a chance, and they did.

— Olga Kurylenko

The great opportunity belongs to him who can see it, to him who can grasp it. The better part of your chance is right inside of you.

— Orison Swett Marden

Most go to prison not on account of their irreducible uniqueness as people but because they are part of a marginalized sector of the population who never had a chance, who were slated for it early on.

— Rachel Kushner

In Peru, if you gave somebody a little chance to do something, they took it to the furthest extent. They took nothing for granted. And here in L.A., you kind of get caught up in your own little dilemmas and your own little life.

— Q’orianka Kilcher

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.

— Ovid

The one person whom I would like to be is Meryl Streep. Even at her age, she sits alongside the younger heroines at the Oscars with her name in the nominee list, and others around her wonder whether they still stand a chance.

— Rani Mukerji

So when I got the chance to do my first talk show, 50 years ago last month, I never had any writers. There was no budget – it was just me and the camera and my friend who was the director. I talked about what I’d done that week.

— Regis Philbin

I had my years of struggling. Some of my shows failed miserably, and I was upset by it, and it dented my confidence. But I never stopped. I kept going for it. And when I returned to New York from Los Angeles, I mean, it was make it or not – that was my last chance. And what a great chance it was, to make it in my own hometown.

— Regis Philbin

I have the freedom to take chances, to say no. I have the freedom to be who I really want to be, rather than have to conform to this or that just to stay alive.

— Robert Redford

Trajectories aren’t linear. Life’s just a roller coaster. If you’re getting a chance to do cool stuff, and it’s varied stuff, just enjoy it. I guess I’m a believer in the randomness of life rather than it being a linear trajectory or an arc, a consistent smooth arc, towards anything.

— Riz Ahmed

What the experts are telling me is that there’s very little chance that Ebola is going to mutate into something that could spread directly through the air. The real concern is not whether Ebola could go airborne, but whether it could spread faster.

— Richard Preston

The chance you passed up or missed could have had any number of different outcomes, and it’s easy to fantasize about how much better every one of those outcomes would have been.

— Robin Marantz Henig

My main concern is when it’s 2-0, I’ve got to keep it at 2-0. It gives us a little more of a chance. To give up four more runs, that isn’t going to get it done. I don’t care who you’re facing or who you’re playing, it’s not going to get it done.

— Roger Clemens

I’m really into sci-fi. The reason I’m an actor is because of ‘Star Wars’ – I saw that and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. But most of the projects I’m offered as an actor are straightforward dramas, so I haven’t really been given a chance to do that kind of role.

— Ricky Schroder

If we want to defeat Hillary Clinton and have a chance to change the trajectory of our country, we need to unite behind the Republican ticket this November.

— Ron DeSantis

Going into auditions, there is a wonderful butterfly feeling in your stomach – an equal balance of being utterly terrified and exhilarated that this is your chance.

— Rose Leslie

St Paul, in his second letter to Corinth, spells this out further in the important eighth and ninth chapters, where he urges some of the Christian communities to be generous to others so that they may also have the chance to be generous in return.

— Rowan Williams

I’m not questioning Dick Cheney’s motives. There’s a chance for a conflict of interest. At one point in time, he was opposed to going into Baghdad. Then he was out of office and involved in the defense industry, and then he became for going into Baghdad.

— Rand Paul

We’ve gotta become the Martians. I’m a Martian – I tell you to become Martians. And we’ve gotta go to Mars and civilize Mars and build a whole civilization on Mars and then move out, 300 years from now into the universe. And when we do that, we have a chance of living forever.

— Ray Bradbury

A complaint is a chance to turn a customer into a lifelong friend. I say that seriously, not as some press release baloney.

— Richard Branson

When exploring London, you will come across lots of excitement by chance, so try to take everything in rather than just rushing around to all of the major tourist haunts.

— Richard Branson

If you are worried about what people think of you, you should go into politics. Real actors take chances.

— Rob Lowe

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories.

— Richard M. Nixon

People are always asking for the latest developments in the unification of this theory with that theory, and they don’t give us a chance to tell them anything about one of the theories that we know pretty well. They always want to know things that we don’t know.

— Richard P. Feynman

I was a freshman All-American, and I tore my ACL in the third game. But God has a plan for everything. I had a chance to turn away from Him in that situation or draw closer to Him. I decided to draw closer to Him, and came back stronger from it.

— Robert Griffin III

If I get to be president, what can I do anyway? With Congress and the press, what chance do I have to make basic changes?

— Robert Kennedy

The only thing that I could get with chance, and I never was able to use it, was that I would end up with something quite geometric or the spirit that I was interested in, indulging in, was gone.

— Robert Rauschenberg

I think maybe chance works better in a situation like music because music exists over a period of time, and you don’t maintain constantly the you can’t refer back from one area to another area.

— Robert Rauschenberg

It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?

— Ronald Reagan

It is not like I have gone crazy, I just don’t want to take any chances. You never know what could happen.

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It’s not like I’m looking for a blonde or a brunette, light-skinned or dark-skinned. I feel like I give any girl a fighting chance.

— Ryan Lochte

Everybody takes breaks, and I decided to take mine. I wanted a chance to wake up at two in the afternoon and not be a subject of entertainment. I wanted to be a human being. At certain times and certain years, I felt like the Energizer bunny. That gets old very quickly.

— Raven-Symone

If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight, fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and reality the chance to be exotic.

— Richard Eyre

It’s luck that one thing works out and one doesn’t, it’s sort of happenstance.

— Richard Linklater

If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen.

— Richard M. DeVos

I grew up not far from where Motown was founded, maybe 300 miles from Detroit and I’ve always liked – I used to like the way they made records. I still do, I just haven’t had a chance to hear as much. They used to entertain me.

— Rick Danko

I’m a working class lad. So at 25, and with no-one in our family having any theatrical inclination, when I said, ‘I’m going to scratch all that and become an actor,’ I may as well have said I was going to be a Premiership footballer for the chance I’d have.

— Rob James-Collier

I also got a chance to go to the American Museum in New York, which helped my interest.

— Robert T. Bakker

I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct it – and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if given the chance, can do style as well as anybody and speak as well as anybody.

— Rod Steiger

Some people figure that if they’re part of a gang then they have less of a chance of being killed, because they are in larger numbers. But the problem with this is that it will lead to people doing stuff that they wouldn’t usually do.

— Ross Kemp

Fight Master’ is a proving ground for young, aspiring fighters who want a chance to play on a bigger stage. That’s something it has in common with ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ which has always been like a farm league for the UFC, a place to develop new talent.

— Randy Couture

We were given no chance against them, but we held our own and we will be trying to do the same this summer.

— Robbie Keane

Sooner or later, you will see a China-based company that really has a global impact, and I think Baidu has a chance to become one of those companies. We should be able to compete on a global basis.

— Robin Li

I was really a nerd, and I was really more of a jazz nerd. So when I had my chance to put on something, most of the time it was going to be jazz, or gospel, or something like that.

— Robert Glasper

In many museums, you see one of this and one of that. You gain an understanding of what Abstract Expressionism or Minimalism is, but you aren’t given the chance to appreciate the mind of an artist.

— Robert J. Fisher

I figured, ‘If I ever get offered a chance to sign a deal, I’ll only do it if I got to do it how I want.’ So my contract is structured in such a way that I’m really protected.

— Regina Spektor

Luck relies on chance, labor on character.

— Richard Cobden

But the irony is that because the band isn’t the focus any more, it allows me the chance to enjoy being a member of Def Leppard much more.

— Rick Allen

This business is always changing. If you’re going to be a leader, you’ve got to take chances.

— Ronnie Milsap

As Asian-Americans, we just don’t often get the chance to tell the story from a leading person’s perspective. And so I took jobs where they came, and they were always in the ensemble, and if it required me to play multiple instruments I did that, and if it was as a puppeteer, I did that. That’s just how I was cast that’s how I was employed.

— Ruthie Ann Miles

If you begin feeling beaten, you will achieve nothing. If you fight, you will perhaps have a chance of achieving something.

— Raymond Aubrac

Chance is the one thing you can’t buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time.

— Robert Doisneau

Charlton are a team who play well on the ball, but they found it hard to break us down, they didn’t really have an out and out chance in front of our goal.

— Robert Laurent

If you turn a smiling face on the world, you’ve got a chance of finishing up a good-looking old person.

— Rolf Harris

The more completely we focus our attention on our Creator and Lord, the less chance there is of our being distracted by creatures.

— Saint Ignatius

How a piece ends is very important to me. It’s the last chance to leave an impression with the reader, the last shot at ‘nailing’ it. I love to write ending lines usually, I know them first and write toward them, but if I knew how they came to me, I wouldn’t tell.

— S. E. Hinton

If everybody is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.

— Sam Walton

People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.

— Samuel Butler

I like Las Vegas because it kind of gives me a chance to gauge my material in front of a very diverse group of people. There are a lot of different people in the audience, and you can kind of get a barometer for how your material plays throughout the country.

— Sebastian Maniscalco

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

— Samuel Johnson

I’m really happy to have the chance to talk about the editing process. It’s something that I think doesn’t get the weight it deserves, especially with the rise of self-publishing.

— Sarah Dessen

Fans made me. The fans gave me a chance, and they made me. Beyond that, my career has been trials and tribulations and ups and downs, so I have to have true fans riding with me.

— Sean Combs

I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations – that’s why we got married really quickly.

— Sean Connery

Realise when you are ‘middle aged’ you have a chance for a whole second career, another love, another life.

— Sharon Stone

I’m not too proud of the movies I made as a grownup except for ‘That Hagen Girl’, which nobody remembers but which gave me a chance to act.

— Shirley Temple

The more you hesitate in a game, the more your chance of getting hit. Your focus isn’t there. When you hesitate, usually you’re in trouble.

— Sidney Crosby

In my situation there are often things I need to do for the team, so when I get the chance to relax it’s all I want to do.

— Sidney Crosby

As for Guns N’ Roses, I don’t think there’s ever a chance of a reunion.

— Slash

I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience’s ear a chance to understand what’s going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra.

— Stephen Sondheim

We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.

— Steve Jobs

Part of the bargain of being alive is that one takes a chance at dying a premature or painful death, be it from violence, accident, or disease.

— Steven Pinker

Cell phones tend to bring us more inside of our lives whereas movies offer a chance to escape, so there are two competing forces.

— Steven Spielberg

But you’ve reached them, and I’ve always wanted to reach people. I’m the first one to say I love my fans because they love that I took a chance.

— Steven Tyler

People asked if I could have played the Terminator. Are you kidding? Not a chance, I never could have played the Terminator.

— Sylvester Stallone

I’m one of the most optimistic persons in the world. I always believed that – there’s another shot, another chance. In boxing, I never gave up. I kept trying, kept trying. Even when things seemed so dim, I continued to push forward to make something happen in my favor.

— Sugar Ray Leonard

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

— Suge Knight

We do a lot of bird-watching up in the country, but we almost never have a chance to people-watch. There simply aren’t enough human beings up here: there is nowhere you can park yourself with a cup of coffee and observe the species on parade.

— Susan Orlean
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