This quote comes from a book; ‘Characters’ By Jean de la Bruyere. 1645-1696
The warrior and the statesman, like the skilful gambler, do not make their luck but prepare for it, attract it, and seem almost to determine their luck. Not only are they, unlike the fool and the coward, adept at making use of opportunities when these occur; they know furthermore how to take advantage, by means of precautions and wise measures, of such an opportunity, or of several at once. If one thing happens, they win; if another, they are still the winners; the same circumstances often makes them win in a variety of ways. These prudent men may be praised for their good fortune as well as their good management, and rewarded for their luck as well as for their merits.