Opportunity Quotes

There’s plenty of people who’ve never gotten the opportunity to wrestle at WrestleMania. To perform there and do that, I never thought it would ever happen. I had learned to live with it. So to say I did, that is a big notch in my belt.

— A.J. Styles

One third of the economy goes through ‘QuickBooks’ in terms of businesses invoicing other businesses. Each invoice contains a connection between vendors, suppliers, and customers, and also the price of that connection. Representing the payment graph is huge opportunity and something no other company can do.

— Aaron Patzer

When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope they are eager for opportunity they are ready for better days. And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed, all nations lose.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

For the last seven years, I have been racing the best in the world and making my way through the ranks. I am in that spot where I have got a real opportunity to produce something. I am not going to take it for granted because I know those guys will step it up.

— Adam Peaty

Make sure that your kids or the kids in your life have an opportunity to share their ideas, and to teach you something about what we know.

— Adora Svitak

There’s an opportunity to make your board – and your company – smarter by adding diversity, especially of gender.

— Aileen Lee

A product is most easily sold when it has an identity. So they wrap you all up and put a label on you. And then that’s what you have to be. But what I’m looking for is the opportunity to explore what I can do, probing the limits, learning.

— Alan Arkin

More people are listening to opera, and I’m happy – everybody must be given that opportunity.

— Andrea Bocelli

Winning isn’t everything, but playing and competing and striving and going through things can be a lot of fun and really important. As long as you’re doing it in a way that’s healthy, sports can be an incredible opportunity.

— Andrew Shue

I have committed my life to helping the poor, and I believe that if more companies followed Wal-Mart’s lead in providing opportunity and savings to those who need it most, more Americans battling poverty would realize the American dream.

— Andrew Young

When you have that window of opportunity called a crisis, move as quickly as you can, get as much done as you can. There’s a momentum for change that’s very compelling.

— Anne M. Mulcahy

Just in terms of the opportunity I’ve gotten is amazing. I consider myself super, super, super lucky.

— Ansel Elgort

Everywhere I go, I see incredible examples of communities that have a vision for transportation and how it will impact the quality of life, mobility, economics and opportunity.

— Anthony Foxx

Strictly’ is a bit like scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final or sinking the final putt in the Ryder Cup – only a few people get the opportunity to do it, and they have got to be famous.

— Anton du Beke

In the Iraq war, for instance, so much of the information is digitized and can easily be wiped out. That will make it very hard to write accurate histories. Also, there’s a much greater opportunity for suppression of information before it can even be archived.

— Antony Beevor

The last thing I want is for people to go through the motions in life. We’re all meant to do different things, but there’s a lot of opportunity for us to do some great things.

— Apolo Ohno

To the citizens of Israel, I say: we have passed difficult years, faced the most painful experiences and overcame them. The future lies before us. We are required to take difficult and controversial steps, but we must not miss the opportunity to try to achieve what we have wished for, for so many years: security, tranquillity and peace.

— Ariel Sharon

The opportunity to represent your country at the Olympic Games is earned, not given.

— Ashton Eaton

The right to choose to live or to die is the most fundamental right there is conversely, the duty to give others that opportunity to the best of our ability is the most fundamental duty there is.

— Aubrey de Grey

Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training.

— Abby Wambach

We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, ‘What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?’ She has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.

— Abby Wambach

For one who has an interest in the body as text, airports are treasure troves of information. It seems almost un-American to enjoy delays, and perhaps enjoy is not the best word, but certainly a delayed flight, if it does nothing else, allows one the opportunity to make prolonged observations about one’s fellow travelers.

— Abraham Verghese

I doubt I’ll be singing forever, because at some point people aren’t going to want to hear my music, and I hope that I’ll still get the opportunity to write songs.

— Adele

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 don’t think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You’ve got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.

— Al Pacino

So everything turned out fine, and we were given the opportunity to go to Washington and be briefed on the project of man in space, and given the opportunity to choose whether we wanted to get involved or not.

— Alan Shepard

Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.

— Aleister Crowley

I write books, I write for comic books, I give lectures… I live. And when the opportunity comes to do a picture, I do a picture.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

At school, a careers adviser asked me what I wanted to be, and I said ‘fashion journalist,’ so writing for ‘Vogue’ has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill a dream.

— Alexa Chung

At LearnVest, we’re working to make financial planning both accessible and affordable so that everyone has the opportunity to get on track financially.

— Alexa Von Tobel

You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don’t accept it, it’s their loss.

— Alice Walker

A lot of times I watch TV and I watch film and there’s so many things I’d love to talk about that I feel don’t get the opportunity to be shown. Sometimes things become very stereotypical and one-sided, and I feel like it’s such a colorful world.

— Alicia Keys

I’ve always valued the input of the people I love. So in the past, whenever I’d make a decision – what to wear to an event, whether to pursue a job opportunity – I’d consult those closest to me, like my mother, husband, or manager.

— Alicia Keys

So now is an opportunity for us to stand up and have a good, strong immigration policy to make sure that E- Verify becomes mandatory and we have got to train and properly equip our Border Patrol.

— Allen West

Of course, for me, having served 22 years in the military and to have the opportunity to continue to serve my country is a great honor and is a privilege. So that’s what makes it special each and every day.

— Allen West

Aviation offered such fun as crossing the continent in planes large and small, trying the whirling rotors of an autogiro, making record flights. With these activities came opportunity to know women everywhere who shared my conviction that there is so much women can do in the modern world and should be permitted to do irrespective of their sex.

— Amelia Earhart

I would rather be an aware citizen, and if an opportunity were to arise where I would have to make a statement, I would happily do that.

— Amitabh Bachchan

As a creative agency, the film industry is thinking great subjects, presenting them wonderfully well, and giving opportunity to new faces each day.

— Amitabh Bachchan

Let me tell you this: if Marco Rubio – even though he’s only been in the Senate for a very short period of time, that man has a huge, huge opportunity in this country, and I think he could be the president.

— Andrew Breitbart

Music is a great vehicle for communications, and I have a certain platform. I have an opportunity and I have to take it.

— Annie Lennox

If you get an opportunity to work with David Simon, anybody with good taste would.

— Anthony Bourdain

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I’m on the plane.

— Anthony Bourdain

There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth… It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.

— Arnold Palmer

Life can be a lot broader… when you realize one simple thing: And that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you. And you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one. Build one. Find your opportunity, and always be sexy.

— Ashton Kutcher

I guess I really haven’t thought much about winning an Oscar, but if I had the opportunity, I’m sure I would like it.

— Ashton Kutcher

Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about it.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

As technology evolves, it manipulates our culture, and there’s a huge opportunity to push ourselves further. I think it actually makes ourselves maybe more human, or at least human in a different way, that we can connect together in amazingly different ways and powerful new ways.

— Aaron Koblin

I believe in the old, because it shows us where we come from – where our souls have risen from. And I believe in the new, because it gives us the opportunity to create who we are becoming.

— Abigail Washburn

I have no great urge to be minister of this or minister of that, but instead would feel incredible blessed to have the opportunity to be a champion for a constituency and fight for their cause.

— Adam Rickitt

Don’t get me wrong, some of the mis-informed articles I have read over the last few weeks have been incredibly frustrating, but for my part I fully appreciate the opportunity I have been given and want to grasp it firmly.

— Adam Rickitt

Embrace every opportunity of exercising kind feelings and doing good to others, especially to the household of faith.

— Adoniram Judson

We respect the role of the Senate. We respect the authority of the Senate to look at the qualifications of Judge Roberts, and at the end of the day I’m optimistic that if given a fair hearing and a fair opportunity, that he will be confirmed.

— Alberto Gonzales

If people are given the opportunity to really make a difference in their own lives, their own communities, their own businesses and their own governments, then we can really transform the prospects of life on this planet. We can find ourselves living in a world that is more like the world that I think most of us want to be living in.

— Alex Steffen

There’s a lot of evidence that shows that if we push as hard as we need to for net-zero emissions, we’ll find ourselves with cities that are more secure, healthier, and have more economic opportunity – are frankly better cities to live in – than if we settle for the status quo.

— Alex Steffen

China is going to be one of Avon’s largest market opportunities. It has a large geographic expanse, with hundreds of thousands of women in small villages really striving to make an earnings opportunity for themselves.

— Andrea Jung

I don’t really have any regrets because if I choose not to do something there is usually a very good reason. Once I’ve made the decision I don’t view it as a missed opportunity, just a different path.

— Andrew Lincoln

One game, one pitch can change everything for a hitter. The way I like to approach it is that every at-bat is its own unique opportunity to go out there and do something really good.

— Anthony Rizzo

I don’t care what the depth chart is. I don’t care what I’m on. I’m going to enjoy it, and I’m going to seize every opportunity that I get, because that’s the most important thing.

— Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Before ‘Giant,’ I had only ever worked with Michael Greif, Michael John LaChiusa and Kate Baldwin in readings. It’s really exciting to be blessed with the opportunity to work with so many I would put in the ‘genius’ book.

— Aaron Lazar

If you think about the market that we’re in, and more broadly just the enterprise software market, the kind of transition that’s happening right now from legacy systems to the cloud is literally, by definition, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

— Aaron Levie

Each year on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, America has the opportunity to reflect on our nation’s progress towards the realization of his dream.

— Adam Schiff

There must be an opportunity that matches with our strategy. Just because we have a gap, we don’t want to go and acquire anything and everything. What we acquire should fit in with our strategy, human resources and market expectations.

— Adi Godrej

I’m for everyone having the opportunity to accept a $150,000 bribe.

— Al Lewis

I was well-dressed and good at firing people because I really did care. I cared about giving them the opportunity to talk through the situation and was always sincere. I would explain that ‘This was a bad match,’ and they were probably meant to do other things if they weren’t giving their all to this, which paid $10 a hour.

— Al Madrigal

Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

— Alcaeus

I feel blessed to have an opportunity to try out for a second Olympics team and if it doesn’t work out, hey I gave it my all.

— Alicia Sacramone

I have been waiting to win a world championship since 1985. I’ve had three cracks at a world title – in karting, I finished third at Le Mans that hurt because it was very close, but then in Formula One there wasn’t really an opportunity to finally crack it, so it’s third time lucky.

— Allan McNish

On the First Coast, there’s a team of individuals working extremely hard for the future of JAXPORT. On the road ahead, I look forward to working with them to see that the Port is afforded every opportunity to grow and expand. The challenge is large, but we are all up for it.

— Ander Crenshaw

I’m thinking about directing, but I know it’s a lot of work and I appreciate what directors do and I would like to be good at it. The opportunity has presented itself four to five times, and I usually said no because of the script.

— Angela Bassett

Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control.

— Angela Braly

I have an opportunity now with some of the projects I’ve done, i.e. the North Pole and the South Pole, to speak to a larger audience and talk about things that have nothing to do with physical education or special ed.

— Ann Bancroft

Be ready for when your time comes, you will have that window of opportunity, so seize the moment and capitalise on it.

— Anthony Anderson

Things are changing. I’ve been training since I was 9 years old to stretch my wings as an actor dramatically, but have never really been afforded the opportunity to show that.

— Anthony Anderson

So I feel like success is opportunity plus preparation, so work begets work, and as long as you’re prepared it’s going to continue to come your way.

— Anthony Mackie

As I have written before, one of my favorite parts of my job as CEO of Moda Operandi is the opportunity I get to explore international fashion scenes to discover new talent, and then being able to introduce these designers to our community of fashion-savvy customers worldwide.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

The opportunity to completely become someone else and inhabit them is something that has always fascinated me greatly as an actor. With a bit of fortune, a few more of those opportunities will lie waiting for me in the future.

— Adhir Kalyan

In my view, helping to feed a hungry world is Australia’s greatest responsibility and opportunity in the 21st century.

— Anthony Pratt

I’m interested in finding whether or not there is a really massive, what we like to call ‘super massive’ black hole at the center of our galaxy. And the reason this is interesting is that it gives us an opportunity to prove whether or not these exotic objects really exist.

— Andrea M. Ghez

And of course, we know that opportunity lies outside the reach of some of our people. We don’t need flowery words about inequality to tell us that, and we don’t need a party that has led while poverty and hunger rose to record levels to give us lectures about suffering.

— Artur Davis

The United States has the most sophisticated financial markets in the world, which does not leave much room to maneuver. But it also offers investors the greatest access to information and the ability to execute trades quickly and efficiently. So it is a mixed bag of opportunity.

— Andrew Lo

I think the World Cup is going to be bigger than what a lot of people are anticipating. At this stage in my career, when there is an opportunity, albeit a small one, of being on the team, what a great way to possibly end my career.

— Al Leiter

If there was any show I could guest star on, I would want to guest star on ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ because I am such a nerd and I love that show. If there was ever an opportunity to be on that, I would snatch it up.

— Atticus Shaffer

The more commercial work that is happening, the more people are operating cameras and are setting up studio lights, the greater the opportunity for drama production to happen.

— Ann Macbeth

What I believe in, in terms of getting our economy going again, is that we need to invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow.

— Ann McLane Kuster

In my opinion, a master is morally obliged to seize every sort of opportunity and to try to solve the problems of the position without fear of some simplifications.

— Alexander Alekhine

Our company has been very forward-thinking about digital technology and the opportunity that it gives us. As we move into a world where we have more and more devices at our disposal, that really means more and more opportunities for the Walt Disney Co. to reach you: through our entertainment, through all of our divisions.

— Anne Sweeney

To me, the most important thing is to wear something that I love and feel comfortable in, and Christmas is a great opportunity to get one of my old favourites out.

— Amber Le Bon

If our nation is to rebuild opportunity for future generations, it will require our elected leaders to realize that their responsibility lies not with their political party, but rather with the American people that they have been chosen to represent.

— Ami Bera

I felt I had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of great soul musicians of the past, who made a lot of social and political commentary through their music.

— Aloe Blacc

My opportunity to design school choice systems began in 2003 with a phone call from Jeremy Lack at the New York City Department of Education. He knew of my work on the medical match and wondered if similar efforts might help reorganize the dysfunctional, congested system then used to match students to high schools.

— Alvin E. Roth

When the Nobel award came my way, it also gave me an opportunity to do something immediate and practical about my old obsessions, including literacy, basic health care and gender equity, aimed specifically at India and Bangladesh.

— Amartya Sen

I prefer working on films. I like the variety. There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months, then playing someone sweet for the next two. Films give you this opportunity.

— Amy Weber

There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months, then turning around and playing someone sweet. Films give you this opportunity.

— Amy Weber

For me, every opportunity is a golden opportunity, so I just need to work as hard as I can to maintain credibility and respect and hopefully people enjoy watching me as an actor.

— Aneurin Barnard

Young men keep telling me they don’t ‘have it all’ either. And they may have a point. But if you define ‘having it all’ as the opportunity to have a successful career and a family, I’d say this. When a man tells his coworkers he’s going to have a child, no one asks him how he’ll manage or if he’ll be coming back to work.

— Anne-Marie Slaughter

I guess the reason that I’m a horror fan is that I think it gives people the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of being scared in a safe environment. I think that’s why, for all of human history, we’ve been telling each other scary stories: because it exorcises something that we need to exorcise in a safe place.

— Annie Parisse

Now the fact that terrorists throughout the world see this as an opportunity to defeat the United States, we have to be – and every Democratic candidate, even those who opposed us going in, now say we just simply can’t cut and run.

— Al D’Amato

When the opportunity to choreograph came up, it was nothing more in my head but an opportunity. Then it suddenly became a career very quickly.

— Adam Shankman

In Mexico, there are good filmmakers, but they didn’t always have the opportunity to show their work. But since ‘Amores Perros,’ many of these filmmakers had the opportunity to show their films, and they have a newfound energy for cinema.

— Adriana Barraza

My father is my father, and I am me. I have the advantage of this honest comparison, quiet, and the opportunity to share in his profession.

— Adriano Giannini

Whatever one wants to say about the conduct of the Iraq War, going to war to remove Saddam Hussein in 2003 was a necessary act. It should and could have been done earlier, had not the Clinton White House, which understood the need, not wasted the opportunity through timidity and bluster.

— Arthur L. Herman

I have a lot of disrespect for people who cheat. I feel like if you’re in a position in a relationship where you want to see other people, and the opportunity to cheat comes up, don’t.

— Avan Jogia

You get given an opportunity, and that is the jumping board from there you have to build your own path.

— Avan Jogia

If you had the opportunity to cast your vote for speaker, would you vote for Nancy Pelosi?

— Alan Nunnelee

Tonight, we reclaim our country so that we can pass on to future generations the freedoms and the opportunity that we have inherited from those who came before us.

— Alan Nunnelee

Anytime you have an opportunity as an actor to really grow along with your character, I think that’s a real gift.

— Alan Ritchson

In the old days, a TV sync was perceived as not so cool or whittling away at your indie cred. Now it’s seen as much more of an opportunity than a sellout, as a way to find fans who wouldn’t have ordinarily come across their genre of music.

— Alexandra Patsavas

I’m immensely fortunate to have been involved in the ‘Star Trek’ universe. It has been a lot of fun, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been part of something so important to so many people.

— Alice Krige

I had really great parents who always gave me lots of opportunity for choice, but I didn’t always realize how rare that was for a girl for them to say, ‘You can be a mom or have a career or do both or do something we haven’t thought of yet.’

— Ally Condie

A lot of British actors will look at America as such a land of opportunity. In England, there’s such a small pool of working actors of color. There’s such a small amount of work that is actually produced in the first place.

— Aml Ameen

To be recognized by a brand like Reebok and to know that the company is looking at mixed martial arts shows the growth of the sport. For me, it’s an amazing opportunity. I get to be the face of my own shoe, and it’s surreal.

— Anthony Pettis

I have had the opportunity to work with Andy Lincoln a lot. He’s got a remarkable process. He just has these ways of sinking into the scene and into character that are very physical. He’ll make these sounds and these grunts and these moans… I don’t know what it is that he’s channeling! It lets you know it’s okay for you to do that, too.

— Andrew J. West

Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.

— Barack Obama

What I believe unites the people of this nation, regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all – the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.

— Barack Obama

What we hear now is great-sounding records with great-sounding grooves and loops. And the sound of these records is irresistible, but the craft of songwriting is just about over. That’s why, whenever I get an opportunity to do an album full of standards, I jump at it because I miss it.

— Barry Manilow

God has opened many doors of opportunity throughout my lifetime, but I believe the greatest of those doors was allowing me to be born in the United States of America.

— Ben Carson

A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.

— Benazir Bhutto

The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress.

— Benazir Bhutto

I had the privilege of being able to choose, or at least have the opportunity to work at, being anything but an actor.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.

— Benjamin Disraeli

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.

— Benjamin Franklin

In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.

— Bernie Sanders

Most of us never stop to consider our blessings rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them.

— Bernie Siegel

When my body gets to the point where I can no longer function or feel gratitude, then I’ll leave it and become grateful again. But until then, I will appreciate what I have and not whine about what I don’t have. I will feel blessed by life and the opportunity to help others see that they are blessed, too.

— Bernie Siegel

The most interesting biofuel efforts avoid using land that’s expensive and has high opportunity costs. They do this by getting onto other types of land, or taking advantage of byproducts that aren’t used in the food chain today, or by intercropping.

— Bill Gates

Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration.

— Bill Frist

I had a great time in the NFL. To make it in the amount of time that I did was awesome it’s a dream come true, and hell, it gave me the opportunity to go wrestle.

— Bill Goldberg

I always wanted to become a good role model for kids as a professional football player. Unfortunately, I didn’t attain that through football, but I was smart enough to realize that professional wrestling provided another opportunity for that.

— Bill Goldberg

That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.

— Billie Jean King

I think seizing the opportunity and making the most of your time is very important, and loving life.

— Bindi Irwin

I had the opportunity to be around my kids a lot. I guess I could have kept working, but I had them when I was 47. You only get to see all this stuff once. I just chose to work at home and watch them.

— Bob Seger

Everybody has an opportunity in America. I don’t care if guys whine and complain about this or that. You know, no country affords its inhabitants the opportunities that the U.S.A. gives to its people.

— Bobby Knight

I want to say to you Indiana people that I owe you a big, big debt of gratitude because nowhere in the world is a sporting group followed more than this state follows basketball. And I just want to thank you for the opportunity that I had to coach in this state – it will always be something that I will cherish.

— Bobby Knight

Everyone should have the same opportunity, and in many areas that’s not the case because programs are built around the elite.

— Bobby Orr

When the Pixar people call, you jump at the opportunity.

— Bonnie Hunt

To my mind ClickThings, and John Underwood are world champion caliber, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to partner with them.

— Boomer Esiason

Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world. Other nations, the French, looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner we looked at it an saw an opportunity to play Wiff-waff.

— Boris Johnson

If we get outside the EU, if we leave the EU system, we will be relieved of a huge amount of unnecessary regulation that is holding this country back. We will be able to set our own priorities, make our own laws and set our own tax policies to suit the needs of this country. We have a huge opportunity also to make people’s votes count for more.

— Boris Johnson

I found in the past when I did a bit of punditry, I was very conscious of not saying anything negative about people I played against, because players are elephants and they remember when someone says something – I stored things for years and just waited for my opportunity.

— Brian O’Driscoll

So, practice, particularly after you’ve attained a job, any kind of job, like playing with a four piece band, that’s… an opportunity to develop.

— Buddy Rich

Well, I never really practiced because I never had the opportunity to practice.

— Buddy Rich

For me, ‘Room’ is an opportunity to relive an aspect of my childhood that I hadn’t put a ton of thought into.

— Brie Larson

I had a tough time fitting in, as I guess most kids do. I felt like school was kind of a grand opportunity to figure yourself out and to figure out what you wanted.

— Brie Larson

I am becoming more recognisable in some ways, and some aspects of my privacy are going. But there’s an upside: I have more opportunity to tell bigger stories and connect with more people. And I really relish that responsibility.

— Brie Larson

If I had a choice of educating my daughters or my sons because of opportunity constraints, I would choose to educate my daughters.

— Brigham Young

As my own boss, I have the opportunity to get to work with great brands like Old Navy, and I get to style some looks together that people can actually buy and afford.

— Brad Goreski

For only by nurturing the minds and strengthening the values of our children can we give them an opportunity to be full, productive citizens, to reach their God-given potential, and to have good jobs right here in Oklahoma.

— Brad Henry

We must give Oklahoma families the opportunity to thrive and prosper. We must give all Oklahomans the tools necessary to pursue the American dream. And then, we must get out of the way.

— Brad Henry

The latitude and longitudinal lines of where you are born determine your opportunity in life, and it’s not equal. We may have been created equal, but we’re not born equal. It’s a lot to do with luck and you have to pass that on.

— Brad Pitt

Maybe it was the challenge of flight, the opportunity to fly, the competition of summer camp and the inspiration and discipline of West Point. I think all of those things helped me to develop a dedication and inspired me to get ahead.

— Buzz Aldrin

Everyone who’s been in space would, I’m sure, welcome the opportunity for a return to the exhilarating experiences there.

— Buzz Aldrin

With the success of a show, you get an opportunity to call attention to things that you believe in.

— Bradley Whitford

When you’re an actor in grade school, high school, college, whatever, you start to realize what you’re really good at, what you’re kinda good at, what you’re okay at, and you start to compartmentalize. But if you know yourself and what you’re capable of, it’s just a matter of opportunity.

— Bryan Cranston

Import and substituting imports with domestic production are a big opportunity. With a devaluation of the rupee, imports get expensive, and for Indian manufacturers, this creates a huge opportunity.

— Baba Kalyani

If the songs I’m writing can offer anything to somebody, I’d like to give myself the opportunity to deliver that.

— Brantley Gilbert

Women leading means that Congress is working to create jobs, make quality child care more affordable and strengthen the middle class because we understand that America grows the economy and opportunity from the middle out, not the top down.

— Barbara Mikulski

This idea of the digital native in the bedroom taking down a fascist regime and building a billion-dollar company is a very attractive image, but actually, if you look at the research, young people are on the lowest rung of digital opportunity.

— Beeban Kidron

I look at the N.B.A. as a job, a great job to have, so I think, for me, I would have loved the opportunity to go to the N.B.A. out of high school. If you’re not ready, you’re not ready. If you are ready, I think you should be able to go.

— Ben Simmons

Knowing the opportunity to win a championship here in Chicago, right now, that’s the main motivation for me.

— Ben Zobrist

The United States exists as a sovereign nation. ‘America,’ in contrast, exists as a myth of democracy and equal opportunity to live by, or as an ideal goal to reach.

— Bharati Mukherjee

Herbalife: the customers are fictitious, the business opportunity is a scam, the university degree is a fraud.

— Bill Ackman

To be on this set today, I feel very blessed for the second chance and for the opportunity, my record company believing in me and everybody here just showing me so much love and support.

— Brandy Norwood

I wanted to have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and Sydney, and have the chance to work there.

— Brendan Fraser

We must never forget that it is the private sector – not government – that is the engine of economic opportunity. Businesses, particularly small businesses, flourish and can provide good jobs when government acts as a productive partner.

— Bill Richardson

My mother left Hungary as a refugee, and she is not nostalgic for the life that she had back in Hungary, and yet Cubans certainly want the economic opportunity in the United States, but they’re desperately homesick for the culture that they left behind.

— Brin-Jonathan Butler

It’s very exciting… what DeAndre brings to the game is truly special. To have the opportunity to play with a football player like that, that’s what gets a quarterback out of bed in the morning.

— Brock Osweiler

Drake was a fan before a friend. He already was a Cash Money millionaire. When opportunity came, maybe we put the most on the table. That was my thinking because I just thought that this was a very talented young man. We saw a future with him, so it was about him being comfortable.

— Birdman

Africa has lost its dream, and when people don’t have a dream and don’t pursue it, they flounder. People are shocked that I would move to Africa. But I say the place of greatest need is the place of greatest opportunity.

— Bruce Wilkinson

My parents were exactly like millions of other Americans who had a fire in their belly to build something of their own, and in so doing they exemplified the dignity of work, the opportunity available in this great nation to those willing to work, and they left the world a bit better than it was when they first showed up.

— Bob Beauprez

Brooklyn is where I primarily developed. I had an opportunity to make records and perform in clubs here and there, and I started networking with the right people in the right places.

— Busta Rhymes

We went into that knowing that we were never going to sell a major record ’cause we didn’t sound like these bands, so I just thought this was an opportunity for us to make the kind of records that we wanted and make some money at the same time.

— Buzz Osborne

The reality is the world’s shifted the world’s evolved. We now measure ourself by total device space. We have a much bigger opportunity than we’ve ever had in the past to grow our business, but we have to rethink how we look at our business.

— B. Kevin Turner

When there’s an opportunity to do more, we must.

— Betty Buckley

In the statement accompanying the text of Lahore Conspiracy Case Ordinance, the Viceroy had stated that the accused in this case were trying to bring both law and justice into contempt. The situation afforded us an opportunity to show to the public whether we were trying to bring law into contempt or whether others were doing so.

— Bhagat Singh

The whole thing about acting, the draw for me, is the opportunity to do things you don’t get to do in real life.

— Benjamin Bratt

I think small business is struggling in New York City. It’s a fantastic market, it’s a very appealing market, there’s lots of opportunity, at the same time it’s a very difficult place to build a small business.

— Bill de Blasio

I have a bold plan to break from the Bloomberg years, and end the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ by providing real opportunity to all New Yorkers, no matter where they live.

— Bill de Blasio

I love a lot of reggae, but I’ve never had the opportunity to play with any reggae guys.

— Billy Sheehan

Each country is different. Keep an open mind, and you will able to find where the niche entry level lies – the areas where there are gaps. You have to keep an ear to the ground, and you can find a business opportunity.

— Binod Chaudhary

Now, would we like to have that super quarterback? Absolutely. And if we have the opportunity to get that person or develop that person, that’s what we’ll do.

— Bob McNair

Number one, it was a chance to thank my parents, because they passed away a couple of years ago. They gave me so much by giving me the opportunity to play soccer, and I wanted to share the story we had together.

— Brandi Chastain

Every day I would wake up and think, ‘Today is another missed opportunity to do something important.’ After enough days like this, you start feeling like you are getting old, even when you are relatively young. We are all natural entrepreneurs, and being manacled to a desk job is not for us.

— Brian Chesky

Something my mom and I have always said to each other is: ‘We’re not here for interviews. We’re not here to get your picture taken. We’re here to make a difference, and this is our opportunity to.’

— Bailee Madison

Damages’ was cool. It brought me back to New York for a little while, so that was a lot of fun, and I was obviously very excited about the opportunity to work with Rose Byrne and Glenn Close. I’d been a fan of that show before I started working on it.

— Bailey Chase

What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities.

— Ben Nelson

MyMusic’ is a great showcase of what we can do as creators on a modest budget when we’re given the opportunity to put together a television-sized project, and hopefully, whether it’s ‘MyMusic’ making that transition to television or having something sprout off from it, it’s an exciting time to be a creator.

— Benny Fine

So people ought to be free to leave here, but there ought to be opportunity for them to come home.

— Bill Janklow

If you knew the upward mobility that South Dakota’s kids have gotten from the opportunity to intern and to work and to be employed and to have upward mobility in that company and move on, it’s been phenomenal for South Dakota.

— Bill Janklow

I’ve gotten an opportunity to work with a lot of the people I’ve looked up to over the years, and I feel pretty grateful for it.

— Billy Burke

I’d always said that I’d like to have a title by the next Olympics, so this is a great opportunity, and could be the start of my climb to a world title.

— Billy Joe Saunders

I had an opportunity with Baltimore to make it to the World Series, and that didn’t happen.

— Bobby Bonilla

It’s a Fox thing, the bad-boy image. They’re trying to type me out. There are worse things in life, you know. I’m just really excited about the opportunity.

— Ben McKenzie

Sometimes those fears creep into the back of your head, but then you slap yourself and think, ‘Oh, woe is me! People actually like me.’ What a silly thing to worry about. This is a huge opportunity, and I’m excited.

— Ben McKenzie

The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.

— Ben Sweetland

People of substance may sin without being exposed for their stolen pleasure but servants and the poorer sort of women have seldom an opportunity of concealing a big belly, or at least the consequences of it.

— Bernard de Mandeville

Certainly I get a lot personally out of it as well, there’s the recognition and things like that but mostly I try to take that as an opportunity to explain why I hope we could see more projects like Apache out there and why it’s a good thing for society.

— Brian Behlendorf

I went to Dartmouth College, graduated, and had the opportunity to play two professional sports – I played for the New England Patriots in the NFL and professional lacrosse for the Boston Blazers. I had an injury, so I had to stop so I could heal. But when I was playing football, I wasn’t making a lot of money I wasn’t a superstar.

— Brian J. White

That’s always something that’s really important for an actor – to find an opportunity to do a scene where there is a moment like that, where you manage to connect with everyone.

— Bruce Davison

I loved the opportunity to play for the Yankees, too.

— Bert Campaneris

If you want to be an actor, you should just get out there and do it. I don’t go for the approach of first getting photos and an agent. I think you should start with the work, and the other stuff will follow. As with ‘opportunity knocks,’ you have to be ready.

— Bill Nunn

You can’t always wait for the guys at the top. Every manager at every level in the organization has an opportunity, big or small, to do something. Every manager’s got some sphere of autonomy. Don’t pass the buck up the line.

— Bob Anderson

People who want to express themselves need to be given an opportunity. For me, it’s a very fundamental premise: you break the law, you’re going to jail. Absent that, you’re entitled to say whatever you want to say within reason.

— Bob Buckhorn

When I joined ‘WhatsApp,’ I was 38 years old. Opportunity is available to us in all walks of life and at all ages.

— Brian Acton

More than anything else, we need in this society the opportunity for people to tell us what they think without being told that they’re either dumb, or stupid, or uninformed.

— Brian Lamb

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

I like to think that if it hadn’t gone as well as it has, if I wasn’t able to make a living off of playing music, I would still be playing the music. But, of course, I wouldn’t likely have had the opportunity to travel, and a lot of the places have inspired songs.

— Bruce Cockburn

Different people have different styles, but there is an opportunity as a director to be a writer in every moment, with every visual cue and every piece of production design. Everything is a decision, and everything can be obsessed over.

— B. J. Novak

Acting is an opportunity for me to try to explore and examine and expose humanity’s weaknesses that are intrinsic to our nature as humans and learn from them thereby, it’s like a sociological expose.

— Bokeem Woodbine

My district goes a long ways across the southern part of Ohio, so just the opportunity to get to know so many people is a highlight itself, win or lose.

— Brad Wenstrup

When you have a voice, and you have an opportunity at the world level to be able to speak, it has to be right.

— Caitlyn Jenner

Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do. So I take every opportunity.

— Cameron Diaz

Low interest rates are a big opportunity for investment. But the issue is that this money should go to the real economy, not the financial economy.

— Carlos Slim

I think we ought to ban earmarks. I think we ought to give citizens the opportunity to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax toward debt reduction. If we did that, we would reduce our debt by $95 billion a year.

— Carly Fiorina

Fashion never stops. There is always the new project, the new opportunity.

— Carolina Herrera

The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.

— Carter G. Woodson

Video games are so popular these days, getting the opportunity to star in one is something special. More people should do it.

— Carrot Top

Bottom 10 Percent progressives are not enthusiastic about concentrations of wealth. But that’s not what keeps them up at night. Their focus is on deprivation and lack of opportunity. They’re motivated by empathy for people who are suffering, rather than outrage over unjustified wealth.

— Cass Sunstein

As a high school dropout, I understand the value of education: A second chance at obtaining my high school diploma through the G.I. Bill led me to attend college and law school and allowed me the opportunity to serve in Congress.

— Charles B. Rangel

Teenagers ultimately don’t mind belonging to a group, because there’s always the opportunity to eventually become someone new. The elderly, by definition, are running out of opportunities for reinvention.

— Charles Duhigg

I believe that access to a university education should be based on the ability to learn, not what people can afford. I think there is no more nauseating a sight than politicians pulling up the ladder of opportunity behind them.

— Charles Kennedy

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

— Charles M. Schulz

May we do good everywhere as we have opportunity, and results will not be wanting!

— Charles Spurgeon

Every day we wake up, we have an opportunity to do some good, but there’s so much bad that you have to navigate to get to the good.

— Chesley Sullenberger

I almost feel more anxious lately about, ‘Here’s your opportunity, now you’ve got to make something of it.’

— Chris Hemsworth

I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.

— Christa McAuliffe

Social media has allowed fans and celebrities to really engage and have an organic interaction with each other. Ever since I’ve had the opportunity to use social media, all the way back to the days of chat rooms, I found I was able to really understand what the fans wanted, communicate with them, and share my lifestyle.

— Christina Milian

A great script might come my way, and I could be in the middle of music. So, it’s a huge choice that I have to make – if I’m going to go do a movie or if I’m going to turn it down – because it could be an opportunity that could send my career through the roof, and you never know.

— Christina Milian

By strengthening the economy, providing job opportunity and meeting the needs of working families, we can ensure the continued prosperity of our nation.

— Christopher Dodd

I’ve always acknowledged my debt to Hammer. I’ve always said I’m very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful.

— Christopher Lee

Our foreign policy needs to support our energy, economic, defense and domestic policies. It all falls within the arch of national interest. There will be windows of opportunity, but they will open and close quickly.

— Chuck Hagel

Many think of management as cutting deals and laying people off and hiring people and buying and selling companies. That’s not management, that’s deal making. Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it’s a magnificent profession.

— Clayton M. Christensen

The only way all people can have the opportunity to choose or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ is for us, without judgment, to invite them to follow the Savior.

— Clayton M. Christensen

Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it’s a magnificent profession.

— Clayton Christensen

If one lazily thinks of what a fashion designer might do if he’s going to conquer cinema next, it would be taking the opportunity to display his fashion sensibilities.

— Colin Firth

If someone has the opportunity to become a model, I would say, ‘Do it.’

— Cameron Russell

I’m known as a kind of dramatic, serious, almost humorless actor and the fact is, I’m a funny guy, and I spend most of my life trying to find a lighter side of things, and on stage was given plenty of opportunity to do that.

— Campbell Scott

Music saved my life. The voice you hear, the soul, the pain, is that of a person who deeply, deeply, deeply appreciates the opportunity they’ve been given.

— CeeLo Green

Generally my feeling is that I think women are just in a universal way coming out, coming to their own more. And they have more opportunity, and basically we’re equal.

— Chantal Kreviazuk

I only worked on Men of Honor for three weeks, but I walked away with so much. Because Bob is the kind of actor who gives you the opportunity to really go there. And we really had to go there. I mean, we were both playing drunks.

— Charlize Theron

The opportunity to create a small world between two pieces of cardboard, where time exists yet stands still, where people talk and I tell them what to say, is exciting and rewarding.

— Chris Van Allsburg

For me, I am still very happy to be able to do stage design as it’s an opportunity to express the extreme.

— Christian Lacroix

Education exposes young people to a broader world, a world full of opportunity and hope.

— Christine Gregoire

I had the opportunity to go to law school, and my dad, who was an accountant, couldn’t believe I wanted to walk away from that and start cooking.

— Curtis Stone

When I was very young, I got my first opportunity in television with a show called ‘Surfing the Menu,’ and it was myself and another buddy. We traveled around Australia and we surfed and cooked and drank too much wine. And we had a lot of fun.

— Curtis Stone

I think ‘Lost’ was really a pioneer in the use of the kind of connection between a television show and the Internet, and the Internet really gave fans an opportunity to create a community around the show. That was something that wasn’t really planned it just sort of grew up in the wake of the show.

— Carlton Cuse

There is no doubt that pollution contributes to the climate changing around us, but what I refuse to do is support a climate tax bill like Waxman/Markey put in place that would have cost farmers and ranchers in the state, that would cost small business the opportunity to grow, that would increase that bills that families pay, $1,700 a year.

— Cory Gardner

It’s a great honor to be an Under Armour All-American and to follow in the fast-growing tradition of this game. It’s a great opportunity to spend the New Year in Florida, which is going to be a little warmer than Buffalo.

— Chad Kelly

I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.

— Charles Dudley Warner

I make no secret of the fact that writing She-Hulk can serve as an opportunity for me to sneak in some really cool characters that I personally love. Some will be obvious fits, but others will come out of left field – but that’s what’s fun about the Marvel U – the bench is deep.

— Charles Soule

The Voice’ gave me the exposure that YouTube was never able to provide for me, just because I didn’t have a label or that kind of opportunity before. It also kind of trained me as person and performer with an audience.

— Christina Grimmie

When a new manager comes in, you need to show him what you can do, but that may mean waiting for your opportunity.

— Charlie Adam

If I was madly in love with someone who offered the opportunity to spend our lives together, I would love to have a child or adopt a child.

— Charlie Rose

If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

— Clay Aiken

Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a – it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.

— Clay Aiken

Going to Freedom’s Watch was a job opportunity that presented itself, so I jumped at it.

— Carl Forti

I don’t think Amber taped Scott or testified for money, but the opportunity certainly presented itself. It makes me a bit uncomfortable, but at least she never sold the story before trial to the tabloids.

— Catherine Crier

I understand a lot of celebrities lose weight because they have the opportunity to get in shape and become healthier, but when you get so polished, you can’t tell the story of a blue-collar family anymore.

— Cristela Alonzo

The Busted thing happened when I was 16. I saw an opportunity, took it and it was better than being at school. It was a fun job but I’d never claim Busted was anything other than a pop band.

— Charlie Simpson

The government needs to help those in need, but members of Congress shouldn’t take advantage of the situation and use a national tragedy as an opportunity to spend taxpayer dollars on their pet projects.

— Chris Chocola

Twilight’ has been a great opportunity, and it’s been great fun. Hey, if I’m 50, and someone still wants an autograph for ‘Twilight,’ OK, cool.

— Christian Serratos

As a kid, I said, ‘I want to write for movies.’ When I finally had that opportunity it was like I was able to exhale. ‘Wow, I’m finally doing this for real.’

— Cliff Burton

Bond’ was like Christmas: can’t wait for it to come around. Being in the films brought me to a global audience, and I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people.

— Colin Salmon

We feel really blessed to have been asked to come here, and to have the opportunity for our family to be able to look into the eyes of these people, and in some way help.

— Connie Sellecca

Every opportunity that comes your way, you can’t take lightly. You have to take it very, very seriously, because the opportunities are limited. If you want to keep working, you can’t be such an elitist, to say no, that’s not good enough, not big enough, not smart enough, whatever.

— Chris Klein

I love school, but when I was going to school, I sort of used it as an opportunity to figure out what I love to do.

— Christa B. Allen

For me, I’m just trying to be the best at what I do. I’ll wave an Asian American flag if I get that opportunity. I’m not hiding or trying to discredit my background or anything, I just haven’t had the opportunity.

— Chad Hugo

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

I still don’t consider myself as going Hollywood. I did a movie because the opportunity presented itself and it was fun. When everything stops being fun, I’ll go onto something else.

— Colleen Haskell

I am not interested in entertaining people. I think being an actor provides an opportunity to give people an experience they can connect to, reflect on, learn from, laugh at.

— Cory Michael Smith

I had the opportunity of making necropsies on patients dead from malignant fever and of studying the melanaemia, i.e., the formation of black pigment in the blood of patients affected by malaria.

— Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran

In movies, I have had the opportunity of working with some of the people that I respect very much.

— Chi McBride

And if you had an, an opportunity to have a hot meal, you did. That was the cook. But you didn’t stop and say, This is dinnertime and Oh wait it’s five o’clock, it’s time to eat for supper.

— Chingy

We in the network world are used to having time constraints and saying only what you have already thought through 150 times, because you don’t have that much expansive opportunity.

— Chris Cuomo

Growing up, my favorite group was New Edition. I loved the opportunity to do the remix to Bobby Brown’s song ‘Get Away’. I told myself that I would have my own group like New Edition one day.

— Chris Stokes

Honestly, there isn’t anywhere in the world that I can say I would never travel to, given the opportunity.

— Christie Laing

I love having the opportunity to perform, and I hate not being given the opportunity to perform.

— Christie Laing

The advice that I can give anyone wanting to be in the biz: do all the work, learn your craft. There are no shortcuts. If you stay with it, you will get an opportunity.

— Christopher Judge

Whether you make the most of an opportunity depends on if you are prepared. Learn your craft, every aspect of it. Eat it, drink it, sleep it, then when you are the most prepared, you can make the most of it.

— Christopher Judge

A college degree is the key to realizing the American dream, well worth the financial sacrifice because it is supposed to open the door to a world of opportunity.

— Dan Rather

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.

— Dave Barry

In the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations.

— Daisaku Ikeda

I was never really interested in an operatic post, but I took on the Bastille because it seemed a unique opportunity to build an opera ensemble from scratch, and to deal with all the disciplines that go into opera – the music, the staging and the singing – in an interrelated way.

— Daniel Barenboim

My dad used to tell me, ‘Look, son, opportunity does not come knocking.’ It’s usually running down the street, and you have to chase it down, you have to tackle it, and then you have to hang on to it.

— David A. Clarke, Jr.

Television provides the opportunity for an ongoing story – the opportunity to meld the cast and the characters and a world, and to spend more time there.

— David Lynch

When I went to college, I went to a junior college. I wanted to go to the University of Alabama but had to go to junior college first to get my GPA up. I did a half-year of junior college, then dropped out and had my daughter. College was always an opportunity to go back. But she, my daughter, was my support. I gave up everything for her.

— Deontay Wilder

Wrought upon at length, you may say, by an enthusiasm and frenzy that could brook no control – I burst the tyrant bands, which held my sex in awe, and clandestinely, or by stealth, grasped an opportunity, which custom and the world seemed to deny, as a natural privilege.

— Deborah Sampson

The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.

— Deepak Chopra

Athletics keeps us healthy, gets us up and running around. It also gives you an opportunity to meet a lot of different people, which is very important.

— Derek Jeter

President Bush gave me a tremendous opportunity to serve as the vice president. I enjoyed very much having the opportunity to be a part of his team. He told me at the outset, he wanted me to sign on to be a part of his team – and he was true to his word, kept it. He was tough. He was decisive. He was also a pretty good politician.

— Dick Cheney

The time has come to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It is the right thing to do. Every American should have the opportunity to serve their country, regardless of race, sex, creed, or sexual orientation.

— Dianne Feinstein

We need a system where all of our teams have the opportunity to compete and to make a few dollars. That’s not a bad desire for collective bargaining for a sports league, and it’s great for our fans.

— David Stern

Just as fossil fuels from conventional sources are finite and are becoming depleted, those from difficult sources will also run out. If we put all our energy and resources into continued fossil fuel extraction, we will have lost an opportunity to have invested in renewable energy.

— David Suzuki

Japanese people cut their energy use by 25 percent immediately after Fukushima. They showed there was huge opportunity there. And instead, the government simply wants to get those plants up and running again.

— David Suzuki

During my career as an airline pilot, I had the opportunity to be a check and training captain. Part of this job was to train and test experienced pilots to ensure that they had the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate those magnificent big jets.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We are not post-racial. And in many ways we don’t even know how to have a conversation about being post-racial. Until we get out of that old-school way of thinking about race and opportunity and the ability to transcend some of the past of this country, then we’re going to be stuck in the 20th-century conversation about race.

— Donna Brazile

As Democrats, we believe in giving every eligible citizen the opportunity to vote – whether it’s early because they can’t take off work on Election Day or absentee because they might have plans to be out of town.

— Donna Brazile

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, it’s time for us to take a hard look at the separate and unequal conditions that still exist in our schools and our communities and rededicate ourselves to fulfilling the promise of equal opportunity for all.

— Donna Brazile

Sometimes failure isn’t an opportunity in disguise, it’s just you.

— Douglas Coupland

It’s very interesting because as an actor, you play a litany of different roles, but to play both of them within the same day multiple times, in quick successions, it’s different and sort of a really rare opportunity that I was initially terrified by and a little bit daunted by.

— Dove Cameron

I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn’t open. The only thing I had was cracks. I’d do everything to get through those cracks – scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open, and it’s as big as a garage.

— Dwayne Johnson

As an undergraduate, I had an opportunity to go on a number of archeological digs. So I had experience excavating, digging up remains of ancient Indian villages in the Midwest and in the Southwest.

— Donald Johanson

But it really wasn’t until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons with other fossil discoveries, that we realized she was a new species of human ancestor.

— Donald Johanson

When I realized, in 1978, that Lucy did represent a new species of human ancestor, and that I had an opportunity to name this new species, I realized this was a revolutionary step in understanding human origins.

— Donald Johanson

We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.

— Dorothy Height

Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.

— Doug Larson

I don’t think people know how much time and effort truly goes into the game and goes into simply just scoring a touchdown. So when you get that opportunity, you should be able to be free and be relaxed from all the pressure that went into scoring that touchdown and have fun.

— Dak Prescott

A script like ‘Nightcrawler’ gives me an opportunity to truly realize a vision that’s mine, which is exciting.

— Dan Gilroy

With the recent news that the State of Florida has agreed to purchase 181,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land, we have an historic opportunity for our larger restoration efforts and for the people of Florida. This too will not come without difficult challenges, but it reminds us that anything is possible.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The term we use on our team is ‘reset’: when you go through, whether it’s a negative play or a negative drive, and you get your next opportunity – not focusing on the past, but going back into your attack mode.

— Dan Quinn

Unfortunately, I ended up kind of getting sadly duped, in a way. I haven’t had an agent in 10 years, and now I’m doing some of the most interesting films I’ve ever had an opportunity to play in.

— Daryl Hannah

I took a break from acting for four years to get a degree in mathematics at UCLA, and during that time I had the rare opportunity to actually do research as an undergraduate. And myself and two other people co-authored a new theorem: Percolation and Gibbs States Multiplicity for Ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller Models on Two Dimensions, or Z2.

— Danica McKellar

There are countless fantastic actors out there who are being denied the opportunity to play Broadway because they’re not a name, and I think that’s kind of wrong.

— David Harewood

If you’re the UFC champion, you’re the best in the world at what you do, and I get the opportunity to do that.

— Daniel Cormier

If there’s an opportunity for me to compete at something, I’m there.

— Daniel Cormier

The biggest opportunity in 2013 is in Africa. It has seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. In Nigeria alone there are 100 million people with mobile phones. In total, 300 million Africans – five times the population of Britain – are in the middle class.

— David Miliband

To have that opportunity to direct under my belt was fantastic, so I’m glad I did it.

— David Boreanaz

Making this movie was a great opportunity for me to explore high-definition. I’m glad I got to see what the challenges are, what makes it better. It works wonderfully.

— Debbie Allen

Why are people afraid of ghosts? ‘Ooh, no, I wouldn’t want to see one! I’d be too scared’ – accompanied by a tremolo of fear in the voice – is the common reaction. This puzzles me. I’d think anyone would welcome he opportunity. I’ve never heard of a ghost hurting anybody.

— Dick Cavett

Really, even in this whole Obama initiative, and everything that’s going on with the economy, the only way to jump start it is we have to give each other opportunity. That’s the only way to make it work.

— Doug E. Fresh

That said, I should also add that I learned a great deal from being allowed in these privileged circles and am grateful for the opportunity to have worked closely with some of the most powerful and successful people in the business including Steven Spielberg and Ted Turner.

— Douglas Wood

I had the opportunity to do a movie with Roger Daltrey of The Who. In the movie, I played a guitar student. Since I had to learn how to play somewhat for the movie, I was introduced to the guitar.

— Drake Bell

When I was 17, I studied at RADA in London for the summer. I wanted to live abroad and to pursue drama, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I thought I may as well throw myself in at the deep end. My first big role is in ‘Starlet.’

— Dree Hemingway

If I had the opportunity to buy the latest movie that’s out that month and watch it on the comfort of my big screen TV, I would pay for that.

— Dana Brunetti

It’s hard to get a film, you know, you need a very special film to be able to get that experimental. But, I would love to see that happen. I would love the opportunity to be more experimental than I am.

— Danny Elfman

A lot of times, that’s hard to capture: what you sound like in person versus what you sound like on record. If I had total control, I would do a lot of the old songs – not only my songs but Sam Cooke songs, Luther Vandross, melody songs. That’s what I would really do if I had an opportunity to do a record.

— Darlene Love

I’ve been on the board of UCLA Film and TV School, and I went to UCLA. I realized that the same movie theater that was there when I went to school, 30 years later is the same movie theater in the same condition. There was an opportunity to refurbish an existing room, and I jumped at the opportunity.

— Darren Star

Three and a half years in L.A. was enough for me. I would love to go back for short bursts if a film opportunity came up, but it’s a unique place, and you can reach saturation point. For me it was a place where creative desire and ambition meets desperation. It’s in the air it’s palpable – I just didn’t want to be around that.

— Darren Boyd

You want to hire great people and give them the opportunity to fail. You need to let them figure things out as they go along. If they fail repeatedly, then you probably have to find a different person, but if you don’t let people have that opportunity to fail, they don’t get to learn and grow and try things.

— Dave Goldberg

Above all, TRIBES is fun, and even kind of sexy… in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction, which is the main aim of the game, as it is in most of Nature.

— David Brin

I like to connect to people in the virtual world, exchanging thoughts and ideas, when in the physical world we might never have the opportunity to cross paths.

— Demi Moore

I’d like to have another opportunity to serve. I believe in service. I enjoy it. I also like coming and going, you know, because I think that my private-sector life has contributed to how I think about public-sector challenges and what I do in the public sector.

— Deval Patrick

So I went to George and told him I had the opportunity to become the figurehead of a government safety campaign, and he agreed to give me the week off and reschedule shooting!

— David Prowse

Sabotage’ was an opportunity. That was journeyman work, but the irony is I learned more off that movie on what filmmaking is and isn’t than everything else combined. A lot of lessons, and it will impact me for the rest of my career.

— David Ayer

I believe comedy should be free to go anywhere. I believe that there is tasteful and untasteful, I think they’re very close to each other, and it’s how you handle it tonally. But I’m an equal opportunity offender.

— David Dobkin

I believe comedy should be free to go anywhere. I believe that there is tasteful and untasteful, I think they’re very close to each other, and it’s how you handle it tonally. But I’m an equal opportunity offender. I’m happy to go at anything that has a cause to be laughed at.

— David Dobkin

We have this myth that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. It’s not a very American thing to say, but I don’t think that’s true. It’s true for a lot of people, but you need other things to succeed. You need luck, you need opportunity, and you need the life skills to recognize what an opportunity is.

— David Lindsay-Abaire

I’ve always been a firm believer in local news, because it’s an opportunity to connect with the community where you live.

— David Shuster

I think that the most important thing we look for in partners is that they can help build companies and, you know, we have the – we have the opportunity to do that at different stages.

— David Sze

As far as being locked into one certain thing, that’s not what I want to do. I just want the opportunity to go off and do something else, whether it’s plays or musicals or whatever.

— Dominic Sherwood

A lot of times I go back to record and to make a tour, but I’m very happy to do it, because it gives me an opportunity to dig and hear what’s going on.

— Dexter Gordon

The 76ers hold a special place in my heart and I am intrigued by the opportunity to return to Philadelphia, where I was part of a rebuilding program, joining the team the year after it went 9-73 and going to the NBA Finals just four years later.

— Doug Collins

When I found this opportunity to answer the ad, I got the job and I’ve been there ever since.

— Dan DeCarlo

Times might be tough, your head and thoughts might be spinning, but I find it’s physically impossible to do that spiral thing when your mind is focused on giving and creating opportunity.

— Daryn Kagan

Ultimately, we have to decide, with the Legislature: Are we willing to take some bold steps to make us even more competitive in the future, competing in a global economy? I think Nebraskans are willing to listen to that discussion. They want an opportunity for their kids and grandkids to live here.

— Dave Heineman

What the war did was give me the opportunity of three years of continuous reading, and it was in the course of reading that I became convinced that I should become an economist.

— Douglass North

I’m certainly proud to be Cuban American, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for anybody – regardless of their ethnicity or nationality. It does carry a measure or pride to know where you’re from and to know what your roots are.

— Danny Pino

I do like to work on a Marvel method, so if I’ve got the opportunity, and the writer is happy to do it, I like to have a writer detail what happens on a page, but not saying what happens in every scene.

— David Lloyd

I would say if you do have ambitions, don’t just wait around. Go out and make yourself as well-qualified as possible so you can take that rare opportunity when it comes along.

— David Mackay

It’s very sad that there’s going to be a hiatus in manned space flight from the U.S. The Shuttle was a fantastic, hugely complex vehicle. It was inevitable it would come to an end, but this is the opportunity for the commercial world to get involved. As the Shuttle era ends, another window of opportunity opens.

— David Mackay

As awesome as it is to be with a big act and get three catered meals a day and get a dressing room with an actual shower in it, it’s hard sometimes as a new artist to come across in 25 minutes. You get 25 minutes to hopefully impress these people. I think the longer set is more suitable for us and gives us an opportunity to connect better.

— David Nail

Growing up the way I grew up, food was scarce. So when you had an opportunity to eat, you ate. When I graduated from high school and went to college, I weighed 160 pounds. So, I knew I had to put on the weight. I ate everything from fried food to fried chicken wings. When I came to Green Bay, I did the same thing because I was 172 pounds.

— Donald Driver

But, we have had the debate in our country now for a number of years as to whether or not free trade agreements are good for economic growth and economic opportunity in creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty.

— Donald Evans

No police department should hire more quickly than they can assimilate the people that they bring in, and we did. I take responsibility for it. It was the first opportunity I had to hire, and I wanted to do it, and I take responsibility.

— Daryl Gates

Our citizens and those who have gone before us charted the broad outlines of where we need to go, and they would envy our opportunity to translate those dreams into action. And I believe they will judge us very harshly should we fail to act.

— Dave Freudenthal

Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director. They had seen Scandal and liked it. I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin my project of American films.

— Douglas Sirk

When governments are selling, you should be buying. And when governments are defaulting, we should look at that as an opportunity.

— David Bonderman

The Australian film industry is a small industry, so you have to really be flexible within working in different mediums. A lot of actors work in theater, film, and television, because there’s not much opportunity in terms of employment there.

— Deborah Mailman

The Australian film industry is a small industry, so you have to really be flexible within working in different mediums. A lot of actors work in theater, film, and television, because there’s not much opportunity in terms of employment there. So you do have to be resourceful and be able to flex your muscles artistically.

— Deborah Mailman

If there is the right opportunity for us to have a big oil play in Congo or somewhere else, we will definitely go for it.

— Dan Gertler

I was a starter and did some good things there, and then I got a chance to prove myself as a closer. Because of that opportunity, I was blessed with the honor of being elected to the Hall of Fame.

— Dennis Eckersley

Every project is an opportunity to learn, to figure out problems and challenges, to invent and reinvent.

— David Rockwell

Cross platform, we have opportunity across all our businesses to not only take the most well-known and high-profile brands and bring them to life with the guidance of people who know them well, but to incubate new ones.

— Diane Nelson

The DC Universe animated made-for-videos are a great, specific opportunity to offer fans something that they might not have gotten otherwise it’s also proven to be a great business for Warner Video and Warner Premiere.

— Diane Nelson

Living in New Zealand, that’s something that you’d like to do as an actor, but very rarely do you get an opportunity to get such a good springboard as ‘The Hobbit’ to help you get international work.

— Dean O’Gorman

Going to Peru is, well, if you ever have an opportunity in your life to go there, you should do it because it is absolutely mind boggling.

— Dean Stockwell

The difficulty is, Pell Grants are an attempt to do the right thing, and that is to give the low-income student an opportunity to access higher education, and that’s a good thing. And welfare was an attempt to help those most in need. The difficulty is, often times a program is so successful that it grows and grows and grows and grows.

— Denny Rehberg

I don’t know about everyone else, but I really loved lunch and recess because it was an opportunity to get carried away with your imagination.

— Dichen Lachman

It… is the best opportunity we’ve had in the last 25 years to bring about a settlement in Northern Ireland, and I think we should leave no stone unturned to achieve that.

— Dick Spring

If you only do little clusters – three or four songs by one, and another, and then yet another – you lose the opportunity to think your way into the composer’s mind, since, after all, most of these pieces are quite brief.

— Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.

— Earl Warren

I saw an opportunity to use a restaurant to identify a lot of my issues and concerns with being an immigrant in America, and Asian in America, and a young person in America.

— Eddie Huang

If I don’t die in a plane crash or something, this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow.

— Eddie Murphy

For ‘The Theory of Everything,’ I was quite low down on a list of actors for the role, and I got the opportunity as a consequence of people saying no to it. So I have been very, very lucky.

— Eddie Redmayne

I really look forward to that opportunity to be a student and discover things. That keeps it interesting for me. And I sometimes get easily bored, and there are still some things I wanna talk about instead of repeating something.

— Edward Zwick

I want to arrive at the possibility of peace with the Syrians, and when I believe that the conditions are right, I will not miss the opportunity.

— Ehud Olmert

Every trial lawyer knows what it is like to sit patiently while the other side puts on its case. Inevitably they make a few points that appeal to the jury, and waiting for the opportunity to respond can be painful. The desire to jump up immediately – to point out the flaws in logic or the factual distortions – is often overpowering.

— Eliot Spitzer

We have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead our country to a better and brighter future, and I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and get back to work.

— Elizabeth Esty

If you are given only one opportunity to speak, be certain your voice is heard.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

And that’s how we build the economy of the future. An economy with more jobs and less debt, we root it in fairness. We grow it with opportunity. And we build it together.

— Elizabeth Warren

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.

— Elvis Costello

There is an opportunity to consolidate the North American region as a more competitive region, a more productive region that will be more competitive than other blocs that have integrated in the rest of the world.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

Once every 12 years there is a unique opportunity to reinforce the bonds between Mexico and the United States, when our presidential election cycles coincide.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

Without better economic opportunity, you can’t have better public security and vice versa.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

I’ve got the god given talent or the god given opportunity better put, to let that out in a harmless way you know, and I don’t know what it does to you, I don’t really know.

— Eric Clapton

For many oppositional movements, the Internet, while providing the opportunity to distribute information more quickly and cheaper, may have actually made their struggle more difficult in the long run.

— Evgeny Morozov

Well, if you look at all of the cultures in America, this is a great opportunity for us to really get acquainted with the rest of the world. America is the only place you can do that, but we don’t have sense enough to take advantage of that.

— Erykah Badu

There are few people who exemplify the ideals of opportunity, entrepreneurship and commitment to the collective good than the great New Yorker and the face of the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton.

— Eric Schneiderman

The more you see, the more you’re going to learn. Just got to take advantage of the opportunity and get ready to play ball.

— Ezekiel Elliott

Young adults enrolled in universities and colleges or other postsecondary training should avail themselves of the opportunity to take institute of religion courses or, if attending a Church school, should take at least one religion course every term.

— Ezra Taft Benson

I’m interested in giving business an opportunity by improving the tax environment to invest and grow with Pennsylvania, to expand and put more money in capital investment and creating jobs.

— Ed Rendell

When ye are prepared for a thing, the opportunity to use it presents itself.

— Edgar Cayce

When caught in the clutches of a predator, the jelly produces a light display that is a pinwheel of light that is basically a call for help. It serves to attract the attention of a larger predator that may attack their attacker, thereby affording them an opportunity for escape.

— Edith Widder

I strongly believe being mayor is the public post in which you have the greatest opportunity to change peoples’ lives for the better. People live in cities, not states or nations. As a mayor, you are connected directly to citizens.

— Eduardo Paes

Hosting the Olympic Games of course guarantees the world’s attention, but there is more to it than simply bathing in the global spotlight. Most importantly, host cities can use the opportunity to create a positive and lasting legacy, resulting in both tangible and intangible returns to local communities.

— Eduardo Paes

I have a growing resume, but it’s because I’m very selective. There are a lot of actors in my position that are like me: they have an opportunity to make a lot of money early in their career, and they do that, and after that, there’s nothing to sustain that. There’s no art or interest in your craft from the people that want to see you.

— Elijah Kelley

Almost six years ago, before I was given the incredible opportunity to be in ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ I was going through a long period of artistic confusion. I’d spent years doing work that hadn’t pushed me enough, and I was beginning to wonder if I had any talent.

— Elisabeth Shue

In digital world, sport provides opportunity to bring people together.

— Edwin Moses

I’m in the government to make sure that if there’s an opportunity to make peace, it won’t be missed.

— Ehud Barak

To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General’s office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it.

— Elena Kagan

Any opportunity to get into fashion and find a beautiful dress, I’m very definitely excited about that.

— Emilia Clarke

As co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus in the House, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with and hear from Iraqi women elected to serve in the new National Assembly.

— Ellen Tauscher

If a budget is designed to show our values, it’s clear where the majority stands: against opportunity, against education, and against America’s hard-working, tax-paying middle class.

— Ellen Tauscher

The President today once again took the opportunity to reiterate his old, failed national security strategies and present them to the American people as new, dynamic ideas intended to better protect the American people.

— Ellen Tauscher

Top Model’ is pretty good, because it gives these girls an opportunity to chase their passion and possibly get a contract.

— Erik Estrada

If you don’t already know about jazz music, how would you be exposed? How would get an opportunity to find out if it spoke to you? If you get exposed to it enough, you might find a taste for it.

— Esperanza Spalding

There are different ways to show and tell through Instagram. What’s right for one designer will be very different for another designer, and everyone’s going to be figuring things out, but it’s a great opportunity to use it for feedback.

— Eva Chen

Don’t stink up the place with bad acting, if an opportunity comes your way.

— Edie McClurg

The medical device tax repeal is the only proposal that had the most bipartisan votes coming out of the House and has the opportunity in the Senate to gain tractions, and it fixes a part of ObamaCare in terms of repealing an awful tax. And it’s got bipartisan support.

— Erik Paulsen

We will attract more people to Kentucky by lowering our income tax rate. In fact, lowering the income tax rate is the single most important thing we can do to create opportunity.

— Ernie Fletcher

My vision for Kentucky is a Commonwealth where there is so much economic opportunity, and our quality of life is so high, that people who are born here can stay here, and people who aren’t fortunate enough to be born in Kentucky, can look forward to locating here.

— Ernie Fletcher

Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to.

— Ethan Coen

Land of opportunity, land for the huddled masses where would the opportunity have been without the genocide of those Old Guard, bristling Indian tribes?

— Edward Hoagland

London has this culture of the theatre that is so big, it was a like a dream – but I never had a thought to be able to play here because my English was not very good. So being given the opportunity to come work here was like a gift.

— Elena Roger

I remember one director in Argentina said to me, ‘You are not going to have any opportunity to be a leading lady because of your height.’ And I didn’t care. I don’t have a complex.

— Elena Roger

Scientists have stated that embryonic stem cells provide the best opportunity for devising unique treatments of these serious diseases since, unlike adult stem cells, they may be induced to develop into any type of cell.

— Eliot Engel

I’m such a generalist. I love everything. If I had the opportunity, I think I would do about 10 different degrees, five different master’s degrees, probably as many Ph.D.s, and you can’t do that.

— Elise Andrew

Every little opportunity and chance that I get to be on a set, to be a director, to utilize the skill sets that I already have and to learn what I don’t know, and to see how I can improve upon that is just a really great opportunity for me.

— Eric Balfour

You’re always learning on different avenues and this is an opportunity for me to start on a fresh plate and start learning some other things that can really help me, that I need, and I want, to progress forward.

— Elvis Stojko

I’ve been on ‘Hollyoaks’ since I was 15, and I’ve grown up on the show. I’m so very fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn my craft in such a fantastic environment.

— Emma Rigby

I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates. I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes, but I was scared of flying.

— Florence Green

It would make me a lot happier if I could meet up again next year with as many friends as possible from all over the world who I’ve met during my career. That’s where the great opportunity lies, for me personally, in our role as World Cup host.

— Franz Beckenbauer

If my dramatic career doesn’t work out, I will go on to research and find cures for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s and other motor neuron diseases. It’s a very exciting field of research. But I’d like to continue in drama, so it wouldn’t be very smart of me if I blew this amazing opportunity with an inappropriate lifestyle.

— Freddie Stroma

When I joined Gucci in 2002, I immediately wanted to make a research trip into the archives because I’d heard about how incredible they were, but I never had the opportunity to visit them.

— Frida Giannini

People always ask why I stay in the online space versus going to TV or film, like most people would do, and the answer is that there’s opportunity for innovation online – not only innovation in storytelling, but also innovation in how you interact with your audience and that is very fulfilling to me personally.

— Felicia Day

My agent called me up and said, ‘There is a tremendous female lead in the new ‘Star Wars’ film, and I think you’re really going to like it.’ The opportunity to play someone determined, who’s trying to find her skills as a leader to be in a fantasy movie to be able to do a leading female role in a film of that scale – that’s very, very rare.

— Felicity Jones

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.

— Florence Nightingale

I’m just trying to work out how to write music now, because I’ve never had the opportunity where my number-one priority is writing music. I don’t know how my brain works yet.

— Flume

In the U.S. the powerful critics of austerity such as Paul Krugman and Robert Reich rightly identify the decline of ‘labor’ as a problem, and renewing trade unionism part of the solution. Our opportunity is to make the same case in the UK.

— Frances O’Grady

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

— Francis Bacon

For me, in my Christian belief, prayer is not an opportunity to manipulate God into doing what you want him to. Prayer is an opportunity to have a conversation with God to try to get in tune with what his will is.

— Francis Collins

Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.

— Francis Ford Coppola

I always appreciated that connection between a parent and a kid because I yearned for it so much. Growing up, I wanted a father, and because I’ve had this idea of what a father should be, it’s exciting to finally have the opportunity to try and be that guy, to see if I can actually do it.

— Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Shooting on location and dressing locations in Los Angeles is shockingly expensive, especially when you’re talking about webseries-level budgets, so the opportunity to build our sets in YouTube’s space gives us a lot more room in our budget in being able to create the world of ‘VGHS’ properly.

— Freddie Wong

One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so.

— Franz Kafka

Model S has, really, the ready-to-wear elements. Gen 3 has the opportunity to be more couture.

— Franz von Holzhausen

We have an opportunity with the Model S to refine the design language, the surfacing, and all aspects of functionality.

— Franz von Holzhausen

Higher unemployment generally bodes well for franchising. People are looking for a new opportunity, and people who have jobs are a little less confident they’ll always have a job.

— Fred DeLuca

From my point of view, what I really like, what I think is really terrific about my work, is that the company’s had the opportunity to train literally thousands and thousands of brand new franchisees to successfully run their very first business.

— Fred DeLuca

The developers, if they decide to move a tortoise, have to pay the long-term costs for enhancing the areas that take care of the tortoise, and it gives us the opportunity to manage an area that is going to be protected.

— Gale Norton

For generations, people have come to U.S. shores to seek opportunity. It’s what my grandfather did a century ago, when he came to Seattle, and worked as a houseboy just one mile from the Washington State governor’s mansion that I was privileged to inhabit for eight years.

— Gary Locke

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.

— Gary Ryan Blair

The arts can play a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, using and improving vacant space, bringing new jobs and new sense of opportunity, and improving public safety by generating more foot traffic and more eyes on the street.

— Gavin Newsom

Novels give you the opportunity to create a whole world. Because you create people, you make them talk… You decide who they are, whether they live or die. It’s the closest thing to feeling like a god that you can come to.

— Gioconda Belli

I’m from Naples. I was born in a poor neighborhood and I always, in my heart, felt like it would be amazing to be able to adopt a child from Naples. I could give someone the opportunity I had. I would love to give back in that way and pay it forward.

— Giuliana Rancic

If the spectrum linking everyday depression to Major Depression sometimes hinders understanding of it, it also offers an opportunity for empathy. Because almost everyone, at some point, experiences feelings of sadness, of hopelessness, of emptiness, not to mention lethargy and irritability.

— Gayle Forman

If a woman did not work and have the opportunity to save and invest on her own throughout her lifetime, she is often totally reliant on her family and Social Security for her retirement years.

— Ginny Brown-Waite

I do believe that, under the law, under the Constitution of the United States, and under our public policy, that women deserve and should have a right to enjoy equal employment opportunity.

— Gloria Allred

This Budget reflects a choice – not an easy choice, but the right choice. And when you think about it, the only choice. The choice to take the responsible, prudent path to fiscal stability, economic growth and opportunity.

— George Pataki

You grow up in America and you’re told from day one, ‘This is the land of opportunity.’ That everybody has an equal chance to make it in this country. And then you look at places like Harlem, and you say, ‘That is absolutely a lie.’

— Geoffrey Canada

Because of my life experiences, I understand that I have an opportunity to help other women. I have the desire and the ability.

— Gloria Allred

The only way to ensure that our promise to provide every opportunity for students with disabilities, and help them achieve their full potential, is to give our schools the dollars they need.

— Gordon Smith

We have a rare and perhaps small window of opportunity to set partisan differences aside, and attempt to achieve what many in recent years have felt was unreachable – greater retirement security for ourselves and our children.

— Gordon Smith

What an amazing opportunity to do something like direct a movie and step out of your creative comfort zone and yet do something that is also so familiar at the same time. I was also just excited to have the chance to direct, which I may never get to do again.

— Georgina Chapman

The millennial generation and a growing number of employees are looking for more than just a paycheck. If a nonprofit could make that easy for me, they are doing me a favor. It’s not just a one-way value exchange it is an internal morale building opportunity.

— Gerald Chertavian

I never gave up on that idea, you know, that jazz musicians have the same opportunity as everybody else and that it’s what you put on that record that makes the difference whether you sell it or not or are able to get it into people’s households.

— George Benson

When it comes to expanding opportunity, businesses and young adults are not the sources of the problem – they are a substantial part of the solution.

— Gerald Chertavian

I do this profession. I’m an actor. And it is, for me, an opportunity to meet people.

— Gerard Depardieu

I’m an actor. And it is, for me, an opportunity to meet people. One of the advantages of my profession is I come into contact with many people.

— Gerard Depardieu

Well, I want to do The Music Man. I think it’s an amazing opportunity, but I think that they are probably looking at major movie stars right now, and I don’t blame them.

— Gregory Harrison

You will also allow me to thank the Academy for inviting me to lecture in Stockholm, for its hospitality, and for the opportunity afforded me for admiring the charm of your people and the beauty of your country.

— Guglielmo Marconi

It is important for women to have a choice, to have an opportunity to plan their families, because if they don’t, the Republicans have said this is an ownership society. You are on your own, and they’re going to begrudge that child everything, from WIC to a Pell Grant to health insurance.

— Gwen Moore

When we launched the WineLibrary website in 1996, I didn’t even own a computer yet. I just understood that there was an opportunity here to market in a different way.

— Gary Vaynerchuk

There are a lot of people in Congress who would never have made a great career or fortune in any other profession. But after they spend a while hanging out with the rich guys, they begin to feel they’ve been undervalued, and that an eventual seven-figure income as a lobbyist isn’t just an opportunity, it’s their due.

— Gail Collins

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself it only requires opportunity.

— George Eliot

We have lots of students graduating from our high schools, and you import the labor, then we’re not giving that opportunity to our own folks.

— Gene Green

Though I was not a belligerent kid, I do not think I ever passed up a good opportunity to fight.

— Gene Tunney

I would probably, in my 60s, be ready to start having kids, as long as I was spared all the stuff about it that doesn’t appeal to me. By then, I’d have lost interest in practically everything, so there’d be no opportunity cost involved.

— Geoff Dyer

Greece has given Europe the opportunity to fix a defect in the euro zone, that is the fact that we did not have a fiscal union. Now steps have been taken to begin that process. And there is more solidarity from nation to nation, and that is a good thing. That has been Greece’s gift to Europe.

— George Papandreou

We have to remember that Putin was a member of the KGB. He has already demonstrated that kind of macho, dictatorial attitude. Russia has breached their pledge to uphold the Olympic charter. This is a great opportunity for the IOC to say we cannot, given the situation that exists currently, allow the Olympics to take place in Russia.

— George Takei

Optimism is infectious, and opportunity irresistible. Progress follows progress. Someone, even government, just has to get it started.

— Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Study a foreign language if you have opportunity to do so. You may never be called to a land where that language is spoken, but the study will have given you a better understanding of your own tongue or of another tongue you may be asked to acquire.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

In the underdeveloped countries, we have young men and women, many of them of capacity but without opportunity to improve themselves. They cannot do so without help.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

If you have the talent, you should have the opportunity.

— Gina Raimondo

To me, every kitchen appliance is useful and nothing’s overrated. When I look at my little espresso machine, I don’t see coffee. I see a steaming valve as an opportunity to make amazing creme brulee.

— Grant Achatz

First of all, I want to thank the Buccaneers for giving me the opportunity and for picking me in the draft. This is the nature of the beast, though, and this is a new start for me. I wish them the best of luck, and I am just glad to be a Bear.

— Gaines Adams

I would love to get back to the big leagues as a coach, possibly a manager. I would love that opportunity.

— Gary Carter

Sundance is going to be a defining moment in my life. But the unfortunate thing about Sundance is, when you have a film there, you can’t have the opportunity to see other films.

— Gavin O’Connor

The opportunity to be a star chef, to imagine it would be here in Las Vegas, I couldn’t comprehend it.

— Guy Fieri

If you are doing what everyone else is doing, there is probably not an opportunity there.

— George Kaiser

Our planes should be full, which among other things means we have a golden opportunity… to build on the momentum reflected in the financial results we are reporting today.

— Gerard Arpey

From these inconsiderable attempts, some idea may be formed with what success, should Fortune afford an opportunity, I am likely to treat matters of greater importance.

— Giraldus Cambrensis

We all have a responsibility, and since I’ve been so wonderfully blessed, I really want to share and to make life at least a little better. So every chance I get to share the gospel or uplift people, I will take full advantage of that opportunity.

— Gladys Knight

To me, entrepreneurship means something different. I think of it as identifying and valuing opportunity.

— Glenn Hubbard

Aeroplanes interested me, and at the outbreak of the Second World War, I joined the RAF as a volunteer reservist. I took the opportunity of studying the books which the RAF made available for radio mechanics and looked forward to an interesting course in radio.

— Godfrey Hounsfield

I never had the opportunity to pick up a golf club in school, and I think it is a cool thing for kids. Getting clubs in kids’ hands is the only way to grow this game.

— Graham DeLaet

I had the opportunity at Duke to start doing things in the community, and it’s something I continue to do even 20 years later.

— Grant Hill

When my brother and me got into performing in the late ’40s and early ’50s, it was a sensational opportunity to learn from our elders. Every show we played had a dancer, a comic, a juggler, a singer, an acrobat. I came to appreciate virtuosity in all forms of the business.

— Gregory Hines

I think the Miss Universe title not only gives me the opportunity to become a role model for Latina girls around the world, but to show that beauty isn’t just about the outside.

— Gabriela Isler

Every time you get into a new job, new location, you have an amazing opportunity in front of you. You get to play dumb for as long as people will allow you to play dumb. You get to ask all the dumb questions, you get to ask multiple people the dumb questions, and you get to make mistakes. That’s how you stand out in the crowd.

— Gary Cohn

Really, what education does is it gives opportunity, but it also gives hope.

— Greg Mortenson

Acting is always something I thought I could do, and I thought I would be pretty good at it, but I thought that I missed the opportunity, that it was too late.

— Greg Poehler

I’ve been part of a team and leader of the team. But wherever I’ve been, I’ve worked as if that was the only opportunity I had. I’ve never looked beyond that.

— Guler Sabanci

America’s Next Shuffle Cat contest proved to be not only entertaining, but a rare chance for me to have an opportunity to host and judge some of the nation’s cutest cats as they strutted the catwalk.

— Hannah Simone

The reality is we talk a lot about it, but we really don’t give everyone an opportunity to buy into it, and this combines both the best of Republican and Democratic ideals.

— Harold Ford, Jr.

To me, success is choice and opportunity.

— Harrison Ford

I was raised in the environment where it really wasn’t about sittin’ around dreaming all the time, it was about practicing and workin’ really hard and if a dream ever came to you, you’d be prepared for that opportunity.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

A lot of the music that you listen to now is because of the things that the Meters did, the Neville Brothers did, and they’re there, the guys who invented those beats that the guys sample today. Such an enormous opportunity.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

I had three very successful years in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, but I had the opportunity to move to one of the biggest clubs in the highest-profile league in the world.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

I was always taught by my father to challenge myself and to continue to evolve in my career, and I saw the move to Manchester United as an opportunity to grow as a player and as a person.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Every person has to keep in mind that they can grow up and reach the top, no matter where they are born, whether it’s in Russia, in Ukraine, in Europe they’ve still got the opportunity to show their talent and the culture of their people.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

I am very excited – it’s a big opportunity for me to play for Manchester United, a new challenge for me. I will try to do my best.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

God’s purpose in creation was to let us prove ourselves. The plan was explained to us in the spirit world before we were born. We were valiant enough there to qualify for the opportunity to choose against temptation here to prepare for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.

— Henry B. Eyring

When tragedy strikes, or even when it looms, our families will have the opportunity to look into our hearts to see whether we know what we said we knew. Our children will watch, feel the Spirit confirm that we lived as we preached, remember that confirmation, and pass the story across the generations.

— Henry B. Eyring

A city is a state – of mind, of taste, of opportunity. A city is a marketplace – where ideas are traded, opinions clash and eternal conflict may produce eternal truths.

— Herb Caen

To the European immigrant – that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life – the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.

— Herbert Croly

Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil.

— Herbert Hoover

Whenever there’s an opportunity to celebrate the written word and celebrate the folks that read the written word, and, I think, to encourage other writers to write and encourage folks to read more and get connected to it in a personal way, it’s a positive thing.

— Hill Harper

I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity – using clean, renewable energy as the key – into coal country, because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.

— Hillary Clinton

I lived with a coffee farmer called Dukale on a trip I made with World Vision to Ethiopia, and realised there’s no good reason for the disparity in opportunity around the world.

— Hugh Jackman

My parents were drawn to the idea that there was space and opportunity in Australia. For the meagre sum of £10, you could sail your entire family out to Australia, so that’s what my father chose to do.

— Hugh Jackman

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

— Hippocrates

Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.

— Ho Chi Minh

The world is full of challenges, but with those come opportunity, and I’m an opportunist.

— Homaro Cantu

When we make mistakes, say, I’m blessed that I have an opportunity to learn from this.

— Holly Near

I would love the opportunity to create my own program. I feel like a TV show with a format of monologue with lots of sketches thrown in could be really fun. But you know, that may never happen. Minimally, I just want to keep making stand-up.

— Hari Kondabolu

My federal, state, and local experience will allow me the opportunity to effectively represent the constituents of the Fourth District.

— Gloria Negrete McLeod

I think every athlete has their window of opportunity, and you just have to jump on it. You never know when it can end. So I’m just trying to live large while I have the opportunity.

— Hope Solo

With engineering, I view this year’s failure as next year’s opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.

— Gordon Moore

My vision is to hire qualified employees that may have not yet had the opportunity to create a better life for themselves, or did have one but might have came down on hard times and need a hand.

— Grace Hightower

Any opportunity I can get to showcase different characters, I absolutely love.

— Greg McHugh

We live in a democracy. We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and say what we think, speak as we think. Sometimes what we say is objectionable to other people. But that is part of a free society.

— Hal Holbrook

With a population of more than 600 million people, an emerging middle class that is driving strong consumption, and a robust and resilient economy, Southeast Asia presents a compelling growth opportunity for Starbucks.

— Howard Schultz

As we abide in sleep, intuitively resonating with the sum of all our experiences – this life and beyond – we gain refreshing perspective on our efforts and have an opportunity to remember what we know.

— Henry Reed

One Tree Hill’ was a great learning opportunity for me, and I’m excited to go and apply that elsewhere and see where I end up.

— Hilarie Burton

Obviously, every child should be given the best possible opportunity to acquire literacy skills.

— Hugh Mackay

But it’s been a great, humbling – and I’ve been very honored to have the opportunity to serve and to lead and to be the representative of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are in Washington. And it’s been the greatest honor of my life.

— Hugh Shelton

I saw the prospect of serving as labor secretary as a wonderful opportunity to further the policies that I have been fighting for my whole life, and I had to seize it.

— Hilda Solis

There’s no one actor in particular that I want to model my career after, except for the people who have been able to keep their career varied and who choose things that interest them. That opportunity is all I really want.

— Hugh Dancy

I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society – and well worth fighting for.

— Helen Suzman

But what sets Europe apart is we insist on a social model that consists of solidarity, equal opportunity and a certain amount of redistribution.

— Helle Thorning-Schmidt

At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession.

— Henry Bessemer

Well, I think when you come here and wave a Mexican flag in our face in a country that’s giving a lot of these people an opportunity that they’ve never had before, I think a lot of Americans are insulted, whether they’re first-, second-, third-, fourth- or fifth-generation Americans.

— Henry Bonilla

To go to the White House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In fact, the building is not that big.

— Hugh Bonneville

To meet the expectations of the majority of our people, and to open up new vistas of economic opportunity so that the aspirations of Nigerians can stand a fair chance of being fulfilled in a lifetime, there must be a truly committed leadership in a democratic Nigeria.

— Ibrahim Babangida

I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but I love doing them because your character arc gets condensed, and everything is elevated, and so you kind of have this amazing opportunity to go in many different places.

— Imogen Poots

As I began to take risks, leaving my very comfortable and secure job and taking this first leap into fashion, every subsequent risk became easier to take because I began to see the kind of opportunity and excitement that risk-taking offered.

— Imran Amed

I got into filmmaking in order to tell very personal stories, and in this day and age, the opportunity seems all the more precious.

— Ira Sachs

I first heard African drum rhythms and chants at the movies. Then, when I had the opportunity to go to Africa and visit the villages, I heard the real, raw, true rhythms and realised the origins of the old Negro spirituals I grew up with in the South.

— Isaac Hayes

All the time I was writing hit songs with my partner David Porter, I always had the yen to perform. Sure did. And when the opportunity came, I took it. The first album, ‘Presenting Isaac Hayes,’ didn’t do so hot, but it was like a prelude for what was to come.

— Isaac Hayes

Teaching is really very, very important. I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself.

— Itzhak Perlman

Tennis is basically a game where you try to create an opportunity for yourself to finish the point, because you can’t wait for the opponent to miss anymore. Well, if you create an opportunity and don’t take advantage of it, you let the opponent back to even, then you are just starting the point over, so you have to take advantage of them.

— Ivan Lendl

It’s been about 15 years, and I’ve never really worked seriously in CGI and I thought that here was an opportunity to do the kinds of things that I was not able to do on Ghostbusters.

— Ivan Reitman

I have a daily message, ‘Stimumail,’ which I use to stimulate the mind and heart. I have the opportunity to touch over 60,000 people I have never met. I also use Twitter and Facebook.

— Iyanla Vanzant

We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.

— Isadora Duncan

I just hate meetings. Though it’s true that once you’ve made a lot of money, people around you might be full of ideas about ways to make lots more money and might be disappointed that you don’t want to seize every opportunity to do so.

— J. K. Rowling

The Senior Tour is a good concept, although frankly I’m not astounded at its continued success. It gives a lot of guys an opportunity to extend their careers.

— Jack Nicklaus

The proper study of Man is anything but Man and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

— J. R. R. Tolkien

When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

If we look upon fulfilling of assignments as building the kingdom of God and as being an opportunity as well as a privilege and an honor, then assignments and challenges should certainly be given to every member of the quorum.

— James E. Faust

Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed.

— James E. Faust

It is true that too many people are not getting a fair opportunity to get ahead. We must find ways to help them move up the economic ladder, and everyone – business, government, and nonprofits – needs to play a role.

— Jamie Dimon

I got to Africa. I got the opportunity to go and learn, not about any animal, but chimpanzees. I was living in my dream world, the forest in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. It was Tanganyika when I began.

— Jane Goodall

Some degree of inequality in income and wealth, of course, would occur even with completely equal opportunity because variations in effort, skill, and luck will produce variations in outcomes.

— Janet Yellen

The Bank Job,’ for me, was a great opportunity for me to do some good acting, you know?

— Jason Statham

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.

— Jim Rohn

Just strengthening that theme that America is a place of opportunity and hoping to inspire people to fulfill those opportunities, and to want more, and to want better, and to see the places we can go. So many people identify with me because of the place that I come from.

— Jay-Z

I still consider it a summer job, though. So, I try to maintain that summer job as long as I can. But it’s exciting to be able to have the opportunity to do things I always dreamed of as a kid.

— Jimmy Buffett

What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.

— Jesse Jackson

When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.

— Jesse Jackson

I still think there are some pitches in this pitching arm, so I will continue playing with USA Softball, but knowing that this could be the last time a softball player stands on the Olympic podium and has the opportunity of experiencing this – it was emotional.

— Jennie Finch

A woman is more than the sum of her parts. So I had an opportunity to present some work at the White House. I chose not just to talk about the sky, the planet, love or heartache. I wanted to actually be there, to place a mark on that moment.

— Jill Scott

Mos Def is one of the most creative, intelligent human beings I’ve had the opportunity to work with. He is fun. The entire time, he would go in and out of different characters, just for the fun of it. Awesome energy.

— Jill Scott

You’re president, if you conclude my judgment is not the right judgment, I abide by that, but I want an opportunity to have an input.

— Joe Biden

Stand-up is still my favorite, but the podcast is a close second. It’s so fun, and it’s given me the opportunity to have three-hour conversations with people I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to talk to. When I talked to Maynard Keenan from Tool, I almost couldn’t believe it was happening.

— Joe Rogan

God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your house. That’s God shifting things in your favor.

— Joel Osteen

The ‘Sisters’ phenomenon was a byproduct of the ‘Trainwreck’ deal. I had to do the normal auditioning process for ‘Trainwreck’. I was extremely nervous for it, because you plan for this one event, and you get the opportunity.

— John Cena

I believe that every right implies a responsibility every opportunity, an obligation every possession, a duty.

— John D. Rockefeller

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

— John D. Rockefeller

Every right implies a responsibility Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

— John D. Rockefeller

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.

— John Dewey

Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today, tomorrow, and every day thereafter. I don’t know why they hate us, and I frankly don’t care, but they do hate us and are driven irrationally to our destruction.

— John F. Kelly

I was honored to have an opportunity to speak on August 28th, 1963.

— John Lewis

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

— John F. Kennedy

Al Davis has been the biggest influence in my professional football life. I mean, he was a guy that gave me an opportunity, one, to get into professional football in 1967 as an assistant coach, and then at the age of 32, giving me the opportunity to be the head coach.

— John Madden

One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.

— Jose Rizal

I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with many wonderful people from many walks of life. I have known rich and poor, famous and modest, wise and otherwise.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.

— Jack Kemp

Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation’s pockets of poverty.

— Jack Kemp

When you share work, and you have the opportunity of seeing people you like doing what they do best, and you also interchange socially with them, it’s very addictive.

— Jacqueline Bisset

We’ve forgotten how to remember, and just as importantly, we’ve forgotten how to pay attention. So, instead of using your smartphone to jot down crucial notes, or Googling an elusive fact, use every opportunity to practice your memory skills. Memory is a muscle, to be exercised and improved.

— Joshua Foer

Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.

— Julie Andrews

Stuff doesn’t matter – boats, cars, fancy things don’t matter. What matters, what will matter to me, is the love of the people around me, and did I take a chance? Did I seize an opportunity to do something for people with the talents that I was lucky enough to be given? Did I make a difference in the lives of people who needed me?

— James Comey

I just love language. I mean, I love it. I love stage directions. Any opportunity to write. I hadn’t written in so long, I get very crazy and miserable. I – it’s like not seeing my kids: I can’t do it for very long.

— Joss Whedon

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.

— James M. Barrie

While I have some regrets that this is my last opportunity to deliver a State of the State address, I appreciate and am humbled by the opportunities this great state has given me.

— Jane D. Hull

I think women think a lot about cycles, biological and personal. This year another cycle came around: my contract was up. It seemed an opportunity to take a life audit.

— Jane Pauley

I have always loved clothes, and the opportunity to design my own line could not be missed. It’s a dream job.

— Jasmine Guinness

A lot of people who start work at a very young age never grow up because they never got that opportunity to be a child, so they hold on to that and still do a lot of childish, silly things.

— Janet Jackson

I had an opportunity to play baseball in college, but I just didn’t want to go to school. I started focusing on my music and it was game over!

— Jason Aldean

It is important for people to be able to read all sides of every question for a feeling of national unity does not come from one-sided or inadequate information, but from a sense of freedom impartially secured and of opportunity equalized by a just government.

— Jeannette Rankin

Go! Go! Go! It makes no difference where, just so you go! Go! Go! Remember, at the first opportunity, go.

— Jeannette Rankin

I have the opportunity to do that right now, to try to work as hard as I can to really leave my footprint in this game that has given me so much.

— Jason Day

As every entrepreneur and investor sifts through year-end data to predict the next trend or opportunity for financial success, there is a much easier way to accurately predict the future: hang out with those who are creating it.

— Jay Samit

Every batch of sperm represents an opportunity for genetic typos – called de novo mutations – to be passed on. A 20-year-old man and woman will each pass on about 20 de novo mutations to a baby they conceive. By the time the couple is 40, a woman’s total has remained at 20, while a man’s has jumped to 65 – and it keeps climbing from there.

— Jeffrey Kluger

To compete in a global economy, our students must continue their education beyond high school. To make this expectation a reality, we must give students the tools they need to succeed, including the opportunity to take a college entrance exam.

— Jennifer Granholm

If you opened up every single potential drilling opportunity in the United States, it would have the effect of lowering gas prices three cents, maybe. And that’s because, of course, oil is traded on a global market.

— Jennifer Granholm

I had always fancied a go at the comedy and when it started to go reasonably well and the opportunity arose for me to move into it full time, I just couldn’t turn it down. I just took the risk, and I just wanted to see if it would work and thankfully it did.

— Jo Brand

When it became clear that I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id software, I decided to not renew my contract.

— John Carmack

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

If we want to deliver opportunity for all, we need an economy that delivers jobs for the future.

— John Major

Belize is so raw and so clear and so in-your-face. There’s an opportunity to see something about human nature that you can’t really see in a politer society, because the purpose of society is to mask ourselves from each other.

— John McAfee

If you are not egotistical, you will welcome the opportunity to learn more.

— John Templeton

As legal residents, immigrants would contribute more in taxes, spend more at our businesses, start companies of their own and create more jobs. Immigration is not a problem for us to solve but an opportunity for America to seize.

— Jose Andres

America gave me the opportunity to open successful restaurants, start a TV show, and write books. I can even fill an auditorium when I give a speech, which in America is rare for a chef.

— Jose Andres

Superhero stories are kind of in my DNA from childhood on, so I think I’m genetically drawn to playing in the genre when the opportunity presents itself.

— J. Michael Straczynski

I generally get challenged I haven’t been typecast, which is really, really, nice. It’s not something that every actor gets, really. It’s luxury. Most actors are capable of it, but they aren’t afforded the opportunity to express their variety.

— James McAvoy

The Arab Spring, nobody’s in the streets demonstrating for radical Islam they’re in the streets with a window of democracy. They want our political reform, our social justice, and our economic opportunity.

— Jack Keane

Afghanistan remains an opportunity to deal al Qaeda a vital strategic blow, especially since we have abandoned all operations – including counterterrorism operations – in Iraq.

— Jack Keane

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood.

— Jack Prelutsky

You just need an opportunity and then you yourself have to do a good job, and then you hope that people go, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about her.’

— Janeane Garofalo

If you had to pick the values that would be held dear to a broad number of Hispanic voters, access to opportunity would be a higher value than guarantee of security, particularly amongst the newly arrived, meaning the last 20 years.

— Jeb Bush

I love acting because you don’t have to do the same thing over and over again, every day, and that’s what attracted me to wanting to do this for a living. So to be given an opportunity to create something completely different and live that out is the dream. It’s incredibly rewarding.

— Jennifer Morrison

For me, in general, it’s always about the material. Obviously, it’s about the material and hoping that someone wants to hire me for a job, too, but I’ve certainly seen films like ‘Orphan’ and movies like that where I know that if I had had the opportunity to read that script or had an opportunity to do it, I would have wanted to do it.

— Jennifer Morrison

I remember, years ago, if I had had an opportunity to leave the Lakers, I would have left for one reason: because I did not like an owner that was not telling me the truth. And it would have made no difference what they would have offered me I would have left.

— Jerry West

I like driving I don’t drive since I live in New York. I don’t have an opportunity to drive, like, ever.

— Jesse Eisenberg

If you open up the mind, the opportunity to address both profits and social conditions are limitless. It’s a process of innovation.

— Jerry Greenfield

I feel a responsibility to try and give back. I see young people out there who are trained, and any way I can help them and give them an opportunity is gratifying.

— Jimmy Smits

We started CapitalSource because large banks were ignoring small to mid-sized businesses, and we saw a big business opportunity as a result.

— John Delaney

If done correctly, dynamic scoring will provide a more complete picture of Congress’s actions. This is exactly the type of modeling the private sector uses, and advances in data collection and analysis create an opportunity for it to be employed accurately.

— John Delaney

I’m a big believer in pairing classics with contemporary literature, so students have the opportunity to see that literature is not a cold, dead thing that happened once but instead a vibrant mode of storytelling that’s been with us a long time – and will be with us, I hope, for a long time to come.

— John Green

One quality of a good songwriter is to be vague. A vague notion, a vague image, but enough to give the listener the opportunity to make more out of what’s being said than is there. That’s the great thing about Bob Dylan’s songs: We the listeners have made more out of them than he ever intended.

— John Mellencamp

We feel like if we miss a Sunday at church, that’s one thing, but we can’t miss an opportunity to help.

— John Tesh

Shutterstock has evolved from an image-based marketplace for small businesses to a much broader platform, with a large and expanding addressable market opportunity.

— Jon Oringer

I have an interesting perspective on depending on others. I think it gives people a chance to serve. And I’m not so much big on independence, as I am on interdependence. I’m not talking about co-dependency, I’m talking about giving people the opportunity to practicing love with its sleeves rolled up.

— Joni Eareckson Tada

Prayer provides an opportunity to remind oneself of how one should be living, our responsibilities to others, our own failings, and our relative good fortune, should we have it. This is, I think, a pretty worthwhile practice and it is not something you can only do if you believe you are talking to an unseen creator.

— Julian Baggini

With film, so much is in the director’s hands. Once something is cut together – unless you’re in the editing room – you don’t really remember what the alternatives are. The exercise in theater is night after night, you are doing the same play, but you have another opportunity to explore.

— Julia Stiles

From a monarchy followed by suffering under Communism, Ethiopians must be given the opportunity to flourish under the greatest of systems – democracy.

— Jack Kingston

My personal style changes wherever I am. When I’m in Ibiza, I’m a bit girlier because there’s an opportunity to be more romantic and dress up for the beach scene. Whereas in New York, I tend to go for suiting and tailoring that almost feels like weaponry for the city – but I think I’m quite playful no matter what.

— Jade Jagger

I think people get excited about summer wardrobes and what they will wear on holiday, and people have an opportunity to wear things that they don’t normally wear when they’re in the city.

— Jade Jagger

But I am committed to keeping this city a strong and viable center for commerce and industry, for continuing to make it a place of opportunity for its citizens.

— Jane Byrne

If I had the opportunity to speak to a young immigrant girl that just arrived to the U.S. the advice I would have for her would be: ask, speak, search because there are opportunities out there. And, know that you aren’t the only immigrant or the last to come to this country. Many that have come before you have succeeded. It is possible.

— Jenni Rivera

Before I started Code for America, I spent my career around startups. First it was game developers, small teams trying to make hits in a tough business. Then, when I started working on the Web 2.0 events, it was web startups during times of enormous opportunity and investment.

— Jennifer Pahlka

We in the NFL unquestionably are in sports and competition, but we’re also in entertainment, and that’s the entertainment capital of the world. It just bowls you over when you see the opportunity in L.A.

— Jerry Jones

By limiting or denying freedom of speech and expression, we take away a lot of potential. We take away thoughts and ideas before they even have the opportunity to hatch. We build a world around negatives – you can’t say, think, or do this or that.

— Jill McCorkle

I regret I didn’t ever learn how to fly a plane. I had the opportunity when I started to make some money, and I regret I didn’t really take the time out and put the effort in and do that.

— Jimmy Cliff

I have a famous brother, and I see what his life’s like. He can stay places 15 minutes, and then he’s got to leave. So I’ve seen what it’s like to be famous, and I haven’t really aspired to be a huge mega-star – not that I’ve had that opportunity.

— Joel Murray

I don’t feel sorry for myself, because I’m living my dream. Even when I was a little boy I used to stand in the playground and pretend I was on ‘Opportunity Knocks.’

— John Barrowman

Now is the time to draw a clean, clear, bright line and say if you are engaging in speech over the Internet you do not have to check with your lawyer or your accountant. You are a free American, and you have the opportunity to engage in free speech over the Internet.

— John Doolittle

China and the Asian territory is an incredible opportunity. We spend a lot of time looking at it, looking for the right partners.

— Jon Feltheimer

I’m proud of ‘Black Hawk Down’ because I think it told a provocative story and it was honest. It could have had more opportunity to tell both sides of the story, but I’m still proud of it.

— Josh Hartnett

I decided that I was going to leave State House, and I was going also to step up and step aside so that I give President Peter Mutharika an opportunity to run the country without my interference.

— Joyce Banda

Sixty felt like a big landmark. Not in a dreadful sense, but none of the other birthdays have bothered me. It’s got labels on it – OAP, retirement – and I just wanted to take stock. I wanted to be in my greenhouse at home and at least give myself the opportunity of not working again.

— Julie Walters

Right now people are interested in genetic engineering to help the human race. That’s a noble cause, and that’s where we should be heading. But once we get past that – once we understand what genetic diseases we can deal with – when we start thinking about the future, there’s an opportunity to create some new life-forms.

— Jack Horner

The whole joy of writing comes from the opportunity to go over it and make it good, one way or another.

— James Salter

Our team has always believed that neither cost and distance should ever prevent people from connecting with their friends and loved ones, and won’t rest until everyone, everywhere is empowered with that opportunity.

— Jan Koum

I, also, found the opportunity to work with the actors extremely gratifying and rewarding.

— Janine Turner

This is a tremendous opportunity to be named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and it’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days.

— Jason Kidd

I talked to Grant Hill, and I told him, ‘I played against you a lot, and now, hopefully, I’m getting to coach a player like you. Jabari has the opportunity to be a special player in this league. But it’s not handed to you. He’s going to work, and our jobs are to make him better each day.’

— Jason Kidd

I think everyone at some point in their career would like the opportunity to go back to their alma mater, but from a timing standpoint, it’s just never worked.

— Jeff Fisher

Women are such incredible people. We’re so multifaceted, we’re so interesting, and any opportunity to celebrate that – because there’s been many years of not being able to – and expose what it’s like to be female and how we can be whoever we want to be, and do whatever we want to do, is great.

— Jillian Hervey

The value of the majority lies not in the opportunity to wield great power, but in the chance to use power to do great things.

— John Boehner

For me, getting married doesn’t mean we should limit ourselves to some pre-defined idea. Rather, it’s an opportunity to explore new things in life.

— Jessica Biel

In any business opportunity, you’d be looking, probably, primarily at the risk and return. Some business can be very risky with a low return what you want is the lowest risk with the biggest return.

— John Caudwell

Where terrorists offer injustice, disorder and destruction, the United States and its allies stand for freedom, fairness, equality, hope, and opportunity.

— John O. Brennan

Jam Cruise is actually a comfortable place for me. My jamming skills and my improvisational skills have improved immensely as I’ve gone more solo, because I’ve had this opportunity.

— John Oates

There’s a massive opportunity as more and more millennials and others in cities switch over from car ownership to transportation as a service. They are picking Lyft, and we want to stay focused on that big opportunity.

— John Zimmer

There’s a large opportunity for Bon Iver to be a special thing, even from a business standpoint – just trying to do cooler things. Every band sells t-shirts and plays certain auditoriums, but I’m sick of being like everyone else, because I’m not.

— Justin Vernon

Opportunity today, prosperity tomorrow.

— Julian Castro

Now, in Texas, we believe in the rugged individual. Texas may be the one place where people actually still have bootstraps, and we expect folks to pull themselves up by them. But we also recognize there are some things we can’t do alone. We have to come together and invest in opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow.

— Julian Castro

You know, Arabs are critical of United States foreign policy, but they also associate the U.S. with democratic principles and opportunity.

— Jehane Noujaim

Idol’ was more of a competition, and that was more of a platform that I wanted to get a hold of and get on top of. And I finally got that opportunity, and now it’s more like, I just gotta show and prove myself to everybody that I’m not just the ‘balladeer.’

— Jessica Sanchez

It’s quite normal to hear of a change and see it as a problem, but it’s probably an opportunity, depending on how quickly you can adjust.

— Jim Pattison

And then I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to China in 1980, which was quite early.

— John Pomfret

Besides infrastructure, there is a huge opportunity in housing and urbanisation of cities – not only building new ones, but also renewing the infrastructure of old cities to make them more livable. This provides tremendous scope for large investments to fuel growth.

— Jamshyd Godrej

I’m really happy with Elektra, I don’t have anything bad to say about them at all. I always knew a major label was the right place for me to be. I never really had an opportunity to go to an independent label anyway.

— Jon Crosby

For the pageants, it was my mother who got me involved in Miss America. It really gave me the opportunity to sing all around New Hampshire. And it was great when I was young, but looking back, it was also unbelievably stressful.

— Jane Badler

If you have an opportunity to reach people on a broad scale, it’s not enough to just entertain people. You have to take responsibility. You has to do something substantial. Otherwise you’re squandering what you have.

— Jack Reynor

For globalization to work for America, it must work for working people. We should measure the success of our economy by the breadth of our middle class, and the scope of opportunity offered to the poorest child to climb into that middle class.

— John Sweeney

We think the managed security services opportunity is enormous and so we have been an active participant and probably the largest firm in this space outside of an IBM or EDS, which does large outsourcing contracts.

— John W. Thompson

I haven’t gotten jobs because I’m famous or I have a big Twitter feed – it’s primarily directors. People employ me because I’m right for the part. But then, everybody needs a bit of luck, being in the right place at the right time. You just gotta be in that place for that opportunity to come by.

— Jason Clarke

You are the first President to whom the opportunity was ever offered constitutionally to inaugurate such a day. If you fail us now, you may be the last.

— Jay Alan Sekulow

There is this great, great wrestler, who never really got an opportunity to be a star, named Len Denton: he was a masked guy called The Grappler. He was one of my favorite guys to ever wrestle, and it was just a tremendous pleasure to step in the ring with him.

— Jake Roberts

We now have an opportunity, though, to do something we didn’t do in the industrial age, and that is to get a leg up on this, to bring the public in quickly, to have an informed debate.

— Jeremy Rifkin

I doubt the terrorists saw 9/11 as a teaching opportunity. And we’re not really a culture geared to anything as humble as ‘learning.’ But I was disappointed in how quickly everyone wanted to get back to normal. It was as if we watched terrorism on TV for a while, then got bored and turned back to ‘American Idol.’

— Jess Walter

Many times, people attack the well-to-do people. They see an opportunity.

— Jessica Hahn

I’ve spent a part of my life focused on acting, so if there was an opportunity that I’m right for and I feel confident, I would definitely go for it.

— Jessie Pavelka

Don’t live vicariously through your kids or try to shape them into who you wanted to be, like the popular kid or an athlete. Children should be given the opportunity to be themselves.

— Joan Cusack

To help U.S. workers, farmers and businesses, and America’s long-term economic security, Congress should take decisive action to bring about fair trade with China, instead of squandering this opportunity on a weak Republican bill.

— Joe Baca

It is crucial that members of Congress cast votes that are supportive of the values upon which our nation was founded: equality, freedom, and opportunity for all people.

— Joe Baca

When I have the opportunity to work, I organize a whole party – like what you perhaps saw at the Grammys.

— Juan Gabriel

For me, the NFL is the thing that’s always been, kind of somewhat like the Heisman, it’s been a dream as a kid to be able to have an opportunity to even be talked about being able to play in the NFL.

— Johnny Manziel

Once the World Cup preparations begin there will hardly be an opportunity to do so, since we’ll have to put all our energy into the team. We coaches have a list of priorities and dealing with the media isn’t in the top five.

— Jurgen Klinsmann
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