13 Quotes to Motivate You to Seize Opportunities

Opportunity Quotes

Opportunity isn’t always obvious, and sometimes you don’t even see it until it’s gone. It can come along when you’re down and discouraged, when you least expect it—a new beginning that feels like an ending, a door that looks like a wall. To attract it, you have to open yourself up to the idea of the possibility first, and then you have to work for it. Take advantage of what’s probably right in front of you; open your eyes with these opportunity quotes:

1. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” –William Shakespeare

Opportunity Quotes

2. “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” –William Arthur Ward

3. “Opportunities? They are all around us… There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.” –Orison Swett Marden

4. “Opportunities, many times, are so small that we glimpse them not and yet they are often the seeds of great enterprises. Opportunities are also everywhere and so you must always let your hook be hanging. When you least expect it, a great fish will swim by.” –Og Mandino

Opportunity Quotes

5. “Most people miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison

6. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” –Albert Einstein

7. “Every wall is a door.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Opportunity Quotes

8. “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” –Emily Dickinson

Opportunity Quotes

9. “Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” –Napoleon Hill

10. “The future depends on what you do today.” –Mahatma Gandhi

11. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle

Opportunity Quotes

12. “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” –Francis Bacon

“Opportunities and success are not something you go after necessarily but something you attract by becoming an attractive person.” –Jim Rohn

Related: How to Pave the Way for Opportunity

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  1. Luann St John on May 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I subscribed to Success magazine for years. I still have every one I received, and I read them on a regular basis.

    • George Perez on September 16, 2019 at 10:23 am

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  2. ganesh on May 10, 2019 at 6:08 am

    nice motivation. I knew now opportunity are always around us.

  3. Carole on September 18, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for the great encouragement

  4. Rashed Miah on February 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Time times you just have to take that opportunity. You never know where it will lead you.

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