Sometimes, when we may be discouraged, we are tempted to believe that only the “lucky” people receive the best opportunities and that we just don’t have that lucky quality. However, anyone can encounter numerous opportunities when we put in the work to step into the right place at the right time. As you engage your dreams for the New Year and find avenues to drive your business ventures, we’ve compiled a list of 30 quotes on opportunity. How do you strike when the proverbial iron is hot? Here’s your inspiration:

30 Quotes on Opportunity

“It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path.”

Michael Dell

“Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”

Henry Ford

“If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.”

Tom Peters

“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Warren Buffett

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Francis Bacon

“Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.”

Guy Kawasaki

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.”

Peter Drucker

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”

Ann Landers

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

-Victor Kiam

“Decide what you want, and then act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Brian Tracy

“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”

Richard Branson

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle

“Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems.”

Sun Tzu

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston S. Churchill

“Teachers Open The Doors, But You Must Enter By Yourself.”

Chinese Proverb

“Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won’t.”


“Most people miss Opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas A. Edison

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.”

William Arthur Ward

Most people miss great opportunities because of their misperception of time. Don’t wait! The time will never be just right.

-Stephen C. Hogan

“Don’t wait for the right opportunity: create it.”

George Bernard Shaw

“To see an opportunity we must be open to all thoughts.”

Catherine Pulsifer

“Opportunity is everywhere. The key is to develop the vision to see it.”


“Expect change. Analyze the landscape. Take the opportunities. Stop being the chess piece; become the player. It’s your move.”

Tony Robbins

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.

Paulo Coelho

“When opportunity presents itself, don’t be afraid to go after it.”

Eddie Kennison

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”

Richard Branson

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”

Napoleon Hill

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”


Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.

-James F. Byrnes

What quotes inspire you to seek after opportunities? Feel free to place your favorite quotes on opportunity in the comment section below!

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