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Odds Quotes

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Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Related topics: History

But no, had I been successful in my 20s I would have been just fine.
But it is nice to defy the odds.
- Patricia Clarkson

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first,
except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds
that I might live for a while,
that I can sleep it off.
- Harold Brodkey

 

It's a great challenge to come from little New Zealand
and beat the odds in Hollywood.
- Martin Henderson

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time,
any place, is more valuable than to fix bolts in cars
or design nuclear weapons.
- Marilyn French

I am not a perfect servant.
I am a public servant doing my best against the odds.
As I develop and serve, be patient.
God is not finished with me yet.
- Jesse Jackson

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If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules,
but if not - and the odds are against it -
go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper -
write.
- J. B. Priestley

The odds against an adoptee ending up as the child
of the President of the United States are staggering.
But then, so are the odds against a movie star becoming president.
- Michael Reagan

Sure, I always chose rebels to identify with -
I still do -
but to me a rebel isn't so much someone who breaks
the law as someone who goes against the odds.
- William Petersen

Every time you go to the doctor and get a good report,
the odds keep staking more in your favour.
- Fran Drescher

If I could offer but one helpful hint to young Hoosiers
hoping to better their odds for success in life,
I would simply note the importance of thoughtful reading.
- Richard Lugar

I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the
face of overwhelming odds.
- Louis Nizer

I know that the odds are against a marriage lasting 60 years.
- Darrell Royal

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

I like to be against the odds.
- Barry Bonds

I want to lift the audience to the miraculous in human nature.
After all, we shouldn't be here, with all the odds against us in nature.
It's kind of unusual and wonderful!
- Paul Taylor

I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary,
pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends.
- Walter Becker

If we do what is necessary, all the odds are in our favor.
- Charles Buxton

I think all of us certainly believed the statistics
which said that probably 88% chance of mission success
and maybe 96% chance of survival.
And we were willing to take those odds.
- Alan Shepard

Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct,
even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds.
- Anne Archer

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds.
As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement,
you are increasing your odds of achieving success.
- Bo Bennett

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
- Arnold Palmer

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds.
Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.
- Bill Bradley

The involuntary character of psychiatric treatment
is at odds with the spirit and ethics of medicine itself.
- Kate Millett

When we got married, nobody gave it more than two weeks.
There were bets all over the country,
with astronomical odds against us.
- Desi Arnaz

You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours.
But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win.
- Ho Chi Minh

You should never bet against anything in science at
odds of more than about 1012 to 1.
- Ernest Rutherford

The odds are not in your favor the older you get,
especially if you're a woman in this business.
- Patricia Clarkson

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense
of fear and no concept of the odds against them.
- Robert Jarvik

Scientists and creationists are always at odds,
of course.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The odds are always against you no matter what your previous history is.
You have to overcome the tendency to relax.
- Tom Osborne

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
- Theodore Roethke

I asked no odds and I give none.
A guy got in my way, I run over him.
- Enos Slaughter

Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your
child grows up to be a playwright or poet.
Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier
about your children's future.
- Mark Helprin

Despite all odds we have emerged as one people and one country.
- Yahya Jammeh

When you choose to be an actor, you are going against the odds.
- Olivia Wilde

The odds were against us, but we deserve to be where we are.
- Steven Gerrard

Being a member of the labor force and a full-time parent
means trying to manage against overwhelming odds in an unresponsive society.
- Sheila B. Kamerman

The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one,
and against two bombs a million times a million to one.
Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.
- Benny Hill

Life is a gamble, at terrible odds -
if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.
- Tom Stoppard

In Hollywood if you're good looking,
tall,
have OK teeth and nice skin, the odds of being successful are great.
If you're short and fat, it's a different story.
But as long as you look like a leading man type,
half your job is done already.
- John Corbett

The things that I've done that have totally been remembered,
they've always started with the same kind of engine,
they've always started with someone saying 'I have to make this film -
I'm going to make this film whatever the odds'.
- Jenny Agutter

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

If the seams are showing, there is something wrong
with the performance or the construction of the piece.
This idea is completely at odds with our modern visual experience,
because everything today is based on montage.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to
fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt.
All of us who are attempting to go around the world
in balloons are effectively flying in experimental
craft because these craft cannot be tested.
- Richard Branson

Sometimes the odds are against you-the director doesn't
know what the hell he's doing,
or something falls apart in the production,
or you're working with an actor who's just unbearable.
- Jessica Lange

To fail is a natural consequence of trying,
To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds.
To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do,
is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your
enthusiasm for trying again.
- David Viscott

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages,
then maybe we can all learn from them.
When you think about it, what other choice is there
but to hope? We have two options,
medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
- Lance Armstrong

It's like there was the Union, and then there's the Union Management.
In some of the strikes that I covered when I saw the
strike starting to break,
wasn't necessarily when Management was giving in,
more so than when the strikers were at odds with the Union Management.
- Richard Grimes

I also wanted to do something that I hadn't really
seen in almost any black novels,
which was a complex love story in which both people
were extremely intelligent and talented and understood
a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together.
- Stanley Crouch

There will be no misgiving, no shrinking back,
no calculation of overpowering odds,
no terror of possible consequences,
if you frankly accept the gift which God offers you to-morrow.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

In my career as an actor, there is a catchphrase that
Scofield always says often in regards to his brother,
'Have a little faith.' In my own career as an actor,
there were times when I was the only one who believed
in myself in the face of the odds.
- Wentworth Miller

'Press Your Luck' was probably the most exciting because
of the unpredictability of the game and how I won on
one of the three days on the very last spin against all odds.
It was one of those great unpredictable game show moments.
- Randy West

The new always happens against the overwhelming odds
of statistical laws and their probability,
which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty;
the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
- Hannah Arendt

The more decisions you make, the better,
statistically, your odds of success are.
And what I also learned was, it doesn't matter:
anything can be fixed.
When you're directing, you can agonize,
but you can't indulge.
Stuff has to happen.
- Tony Goldwyn

Success is not measured by what you accomplish,
but by the opposition you have encountered,
and the courage with which you have maintained the
struggle against overwhelming odds.
- Orison Swett Marden

When I meet large women who walk with confidence and
are articulate and really have an understanding of
how they walk in this world,
I love them so deeply for being able to overcome such unbelievable odds.
- Camryn Manheim

I do believe that we have the opportunity to continue -
I repeat myself over and over again with this -
to redefine and reinvent ourselves and as long as we do that,
then I think we've got some pretty good odds in our favor,
because we're not always presenting the same thing.
- Patrick Warburton

And these two elements are at odds with one another
because Freud is utterly adversary to almost all the
ways of structuring the human experience found in Western religions.
No Western religion can countenance Freud's view of man.
- Chaim Potok

You shouldn't have any betting in the locker room at all,
whether it's baseball or it's horses.
You can't beat the horses.
You can't beat any kind of gambling because they have the odds.
- George Steinbrenner

I don't even know what the odds are for one kid or
one team to make it here.
Obviously, being from Canada this is their Stanley Cup -
they made it.
It's hard enough to get here and it's hard enough to advance.
- John Atkinson

Instead of an attic with a few test tubes,
bits of wire and odds and ends, the attack on the atomic
nucleus has required the development and construction
of great instruments on an engineering scale.
- Ernest Lawrence

This campaign was special because we always kept the
challenger mentality we had from the start.
We managed to keep the against-all-odds,
can-do spirit that kept us going when no one thought we could win.
- Geoff Davis

We have always found the Irish a bit odd.
They refuse to be English.
- Winston Churchill

You know, when it was done originally,
they always had to fight to keep it going at the end of each season.
Now, The Odd Couple has become part of our language and culture.
- Brett Somers

I'd rather be on a label that understands us and allows us to be a bit odd.
- Sean Booth

It's an odd world.
- Timothy Spall

I have a lot of stuff I want to talk about and offer up.
It would be odd not to have ideas about something.
- Ralph Fiennes

America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions
for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there.
- Will Rogers

There's that thing about the '80s, the '40s and the '60s,
and the '30s, the '50s and the '70s.
Something about those odd decades in this century that weren't too pleasant.
- Paul Kantner


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