„Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.“

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„And be prepared. Luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.“

—  Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
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„Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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„To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well.“

—  Isaac Asimov, livro Foundation, Foundation
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„Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.“

—  Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
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„Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
Disputed, Has been attributed to Seneca since the 1990s (eg. Gregory K. Ericksen, (1999), Women entrepreneurs only: 12 women entrepreneurs tell the stories of their success, page ix.). Other books ascribe the saying to either Darrell K. Royal (former American football player, born 1924) or Elmer G. Letterman (Insurance salesman and writer, 1897-1982). However, it is unlikely either man originated the saying. A version that reads "He is lucky who realizes that luck is the point where preparation meets opportunity" can be found (unattributed) in the 1912 The Youth's Companion: Volume 86. The quote might be a distortion of the following passage by Seneca (who makes no mention of "luck" and is in fact quoting his friend Demetrius the Cynic):<blockquote>"The best wrestler," he would say, "is not he who has learned thoroughly all the tricks and twists of the art, which are seldom met with in actual wrestling, but he who has well and carefully trained himself in one or two of them, and watches keenly for an opportunity of practising them." — Seneca, On Benefits, vii. 1 http://thriceholy.net/Texts/Benefits4.html</blockquote>

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„I am an improvised bridge, and when Someone passes over me, I crumble away behind Him.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
The Saviors of God (1923), Context: I am not alone in my fear, nor alone in my hope, nor alone in my shouting. A tremendous host, an onrush of the Universe fears, hopes, and shouts with me. I am an improvised bridge, and when Someone passes over me, I crumble away behind Him.

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„It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage…“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
General sources, Context: You could not tell, and yet it looked as if The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff, The cliff in being backed by continent; It looked as if a night of dark intent Was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage. There would be more than ocean-water broken Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken. " Once by the Pacific http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/once-by-the-pacific-2/" (1928)

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„He who improvises can never make a perfect line of poetry.“

—  Titian Italian painter 1477 - 1576
undated quotes, As quoted in A Dictionary of Art and Artists (1959) by Peter Murray and Linda Murray, p. 321.

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