Victory favours neither the righteous nor the wicked. It favours the prepared.
Although the author of the above quote is unknown, Louis Pasteur said in a lecture, at the University of Lille, on 07 December 1854 “Dans les champs de l’observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits prepares” (In the fields of observation chance favours only the prepared mind).
Alternative translations of this or similar statements include:
- Chance favours the prepared mind.
- Fortune favours the prepared mind.
- In the field of observation, chance favours the prepared mind.
- Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind.