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20 Good Luck Quotes You’ll Want to Memorize

Luck can be interpreted in many different ways. These good luck quotes will give you the clarity you need to reach your goals.

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Always work hard

“Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.” —Kevin Eubanks. These inspirational good luck quotes will make you want to add these lucky items in your home.

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You can’t explain it

“Good luck needs no explanation.” —Shirley Temple

When luck doesn’t work out, these life-changing quotes might do the trick.

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Act eager

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”Barbara Sher. Even if it’s not the new year, try these lucky New Year’s traditions for good fortune.

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Hard work pays off

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Samuel Goldwyn

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It comes in waves

“The universe works in crazy ways. Your good luck will come in waves, and so does your bad, so you have to take the good with the bad and press forward.” Nick Cummins

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Good luck in work

“Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.” —Alfred Hitchcock. Good luck quotes aren’t the only way to have your dreams come true, certain charms, like pennies, can also help. This is why people believe pennies bring good luck.

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Opportunity and preparation

“Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality.” —Eliyahu Goldratt

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Strive for luck

“Good luck happens to people who work hard for it. Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot, but I’ve consistently strived to create whatever good fortune I can get in my life—and consistently strive just as hard not to screw it up once I have it!” —Patrick Duffy

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Something you’ve earned

“It’s hard to detect good luck—it looks so much like something you’ve earned.” —Frank A. Clark

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Always prepare

“Good luck is a residue of preparation.” —Jack Youngblood

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Bad luck and good luck

“Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either.” —Tig Notaro. For more good luck, take a trip to one of the luckiest places in the world.

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Right to luck

“Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.” —William Feather

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Energetic character

“Good luck is the willing handmaid of an upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.” —James Russell Lowell

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Hard work translates to luck

“I don’t rely on feng shui. I believe hard work brings us good luck and success.” —John Gokongwei

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Brewing storm

“Good luck has its storms.” —George Lucas. Keeping these good luck quotes in mind will help bring more good fortune to your life, but trying these habits that lucky people do will also help.

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Make it for yourself

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.” Douglas MacArthur

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Learn to see it

“Learn to recognize good luck when it’s waving at you, hoping to get your attention.” Sally Koslow. Memorizing these quotes will bring you good luck and success. If you’re not convinced read these true stories that will make you believe in luck

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Believer in luck

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson. You’ll also want to read these motivational quotes from eternal optimists.

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Preparation and opportunity

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” Oprah Winfrey

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Guide your luck

“It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.” Baltasar Gracián y Morales. If you find that you always have bad luck, it might be because you do one of these surprising things that are considered bad luck.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.