Simple Truths: Good Luck
We all need a little bit of luck now and then, be it for that graduation, new job, an important exam, or even your wedding day! Full of advice, charms, and traditions, this book is the perfect gift for that special someone who needs lady luck on their side.
uck_INT.indd 1 luck 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 2 Copyright © 2014 by Sourcebooks, Inc. Cover and internal design © 2014 by Sourcebooks, Inc. Cover design by Rob Melhuish Sourcebooks and the colophon are registered trademarks of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems—except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews—without permission in writing from its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc. Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2013 by Summersdale Publishers Ltd. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois 60567-4410 (630) 961-3900 Fax: (630) 961-2168 www.sourcebooks.com Printed and bound in China. LEO 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 3 To. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . From. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/11/13 10: d] uck_INT.indd 4 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 5 Iâ€™m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Coleman Cox 11/11/13 10: sure thing uck_INT.indd 6 The only about luck is that it will change. Bret Harte 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 7 We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we donâ€™t like? Jean Cocteau 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 8 Although often thought of as bad luck due to their place in Halloween decorations and stories of witches, traditionally, a black cat crossing your path is a sign of good luck. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 9 In witch folklore, the black cat is their familiar animal, a pet that will help their spells and concentrate their magic powers, therefore bringing them luck. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 10 Itâ€™s hard to detect good 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 11 luck —it looks so much like something you’ve earned. Frank A. Clark 11/11/13 10: k k ] uck_INT.indd 12 …think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket—you might have caught a fish. Darrell Royal 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 13 Depend on the rabbitâ€™s foot if you will, but remember it didnâ€™t work for the rabbit. R. E. Shay 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 14 A rabbitâ€™s foot can be carried as a lucky charm, a superstition which is spread across the world and may date back to 600 BC when it was used as a protective amulet by the Celts. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 15 Today, all manner of people, but particularly gamblers, carry rabbitsâ€™ feet with them to bring them luckâ€” not so lucky for the rabbit! 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 16 Those who have succeeded at anything and donâ€™t mention luck are kidding themselves. Larry King 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 17 Everything in life is luck. Donald Trump 11/11/13 10: rb uck_INT.indd 18 Luck seeks those who flee and flees those who seek it. German proverb 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 19 Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run halfway to meet it. Douglas William Jerrold 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 20 Horseshoes, often seen at weddings or hung above doors, are considered lucky when turned upward, but unlucky when turned downward. When turned upward, the horseshoe is said to be gathering luck, whereas downward, your luck will pour out. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 21 Myths surrounding the horseshoe include that as it is made out of iron, it will ward off evil and the supernatural, and that as it is shaped like the moon, therefore linked to the blessings of the moon goddess, it will bring prosperity. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 22 Luck marches with those who give their very best. H. Jackson Brown Jr. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 23 Some folk want their luck buttered. Thomas Hardy 11/11/13 10: ge on nd] uck_INT.indd 24 Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way. When it isn’t… call it…simple bad luck. Joseph Heller 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 25 People always call it luck when youâ€™ve acted more sensibly than they have. Anne Tyler 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 26 Jade has been a treasured stone for many centuries, both for its beauty and for its lucky qualities, and is still viewed as a bringer of luck in modern China. 11/11/13 10: uck_INT.indd 27 Jade may be fashioned into ornaments or jewelry, or be used as part of good luck charms which can be carried around, or used in the home. Jade is believed to bring longevity to those who use it. 11/11/13 10: