Top 15 Quotes To Seize Opportunities

Ten years ago Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard at the time, invited five people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity, which turned out to be Facebook. Only two of the five people showed up.

Today those two people are Billionaires: Dustin Moskovitz $9.9 billion and Eduardo Saverin $5.8 billion. Could the lesson be that there is nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity? And we should attend every single business invitation ever offered to us?

We have to keep in mind that 90% of startups fail. The three that declined Mr. Zuckerberg’s invitation were simply playing the odds.

Yet, those three people must be kicking themselves to have missed a golden opportunity. Here are fifteen quotes to consider on  missed opportunity:


“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro


“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
― Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore


“There is something demoralizing about watching two people get more and more crazy about each other, especially when you are the only extra person in the room. It’s like watching Paris from an express caboose heading in the opposite direction–every second the city gets smaller and smaller, only you feel it’s really you getting smaller and smaller and lonelier and lonelier, rushing away from all those lights and excitement at about a million miles an hour.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar


“Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.”
― Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty


“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
― Eric RothThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay


“Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.”
― T.S. Eliot


“Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done”
― Chad Michael Murray


“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
― Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”
― C.G. Jung


“If you ask people what they’ve always wanted to do, most people haven’t done it. That breaks my heart.”
― Angelina Jolie


“Don’t fear death, fear the un-lived life”
― Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting


“People regret not achieving enough success in life, they should regret missing many opportunities in life.”
― Amit Kalantri


“Life is like an 6-slice apple pie at a 12-guest dinner banquet. If you just sit back and wait for it to come to you, chances are, you’re going to miss dessert.”
― Donald L. HicksLook into the stillness


“People say it’s not what happens in your life that matters, it’s what you think happened. But this qualification, obviously, did not go far enough. It was quite possible that the central event of your life could be something that didn’t happen, or something you thought didn’t happen. Otherwise there’d be no need for fiction, there’d only be memoirs and histories…”
― Geoff DyerJeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi


“We yearn for opportunities, we pray for opportunities and we seek for opportunities. The good news is that we meet opportunities. The bad news is that we miss the opportunities only to come to a later realization of missed opportunities.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


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

Richard Branson

Author: Phil Zavackis


Phil Zavackis is a freelance writer living in Toronto. He has recently finished a screenplay titled ‘105 Degrees & Rising’, which is about the Fall of Saigon in 1975.