The Benefits of Luck

George Sarton:

Every creature needs luck, and he is very ungrateful who ascribes his success to his merit and naught else. All the merit in the world will not save a man against bad luck. The theory of success is written by successful men who would be wiser if they boasted less ….”

From George Sarton’s journal, quoted by May Sarton in A World of Light: Portraits and Celebrations, p. 38.