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All the hard luck comes to me, and all the good luck goes to other people-- Pudd'nhead Wilson, for instance; even his career has got a sort of a little start at last, and what has he done to deserve it, I should like to know?
And I'd ha' said the "Amens", and willing, at the holy matrimony; but Tookey's done it a good while now, and I hope you'll have none the worse luck.
And they made me sit down at table beside them, poured me out a glass of wine, filled my hands with raisins, and all three, one after the other, and each with a bow, drank my good health, and their service to me, for my luck and courage.
Then the youth bethought him that he who does not use his luck when he has it is a fool, and that this was a chance which once lost might never return.
Now, I mistrust Uncle Salters fer the Jonerest Jonah in the fleet regardin' his own special luck.
I knew that we should either go to the bottom together, or that she would be the making of me; and I never had two days of foul weather all the time I was at sea in her; and after taking privateers enough to be very entertaining, I had the good luck in my passage home the next autumn, to fall in with the very French frigate I wanted.
While he was trying his luck in milking, and managing the matter very clumsily, the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome; and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down; and there he lay a long while senseless.
None but fools trust to luck in play," Dolokhov had then said.
You will hardly demand that his confidence should have a basis in external facts; such confidence, we know, is something less coarse and materialistic: it is a comfortable disposition leading us to expect that the wisdom of providence or the folly of our friends, the mysteries of luck or the still greater mystery of our high individual value in the universe, will bring about agreeable issues, such as are consistent with our good taste in costume, and our general preference for the best style of thing.
Both these had been old comrades of Dorothy, so you see the little girl was quite an important personage in Oz, and the people thought she had brought them good luck, and loved her next best to Ozma.
All my good luck seems to happen on the thirteenth.
I don't see where the luck comes in," she said dolefully.
Desire for mastery was strong in him, and it was all one whether wrestling with the elements themselves, with men, or with luck in a gambling game.
It happened that a Man had often prayed to a wooden idol he had received from his father, but his luck never seemed to change.
I can say, as any strong, chesty drinker can say, that all that leaves me alive to- day on the planet is my unmerited luck--the luck of chest, and shoulders, and constitution.