Serendipity is the art of making an unsought finding.
– Pek van Andel
I had the serendipity of modeling during a temporary interlude between Twiggy and Kate Moss, when it was actually okay for women to look as if we ate and enjoyed life.
– Cybil Shepherd
Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter.
– Julius Comroe Jr.
Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?
Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.
Jonathan: It is? Why?
Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.
– From the movie Serendipity (2001)
Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.
– Lawrence Block
In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.
– Peter McWilliams
It is true that my discovery of LSD was a chance discovery, but it was the outcome of planned experiments and these experiments took place in the framework of systematic pharmaceutical, chemical research. It could better be described as serendipity.
– Albert Hofmann
Serendipity is putting a quarter in the gumball machine and having three pieces come rattling out instead of one—all red.
– Peter H. Reynolds
– you don’t reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings … serendipitously.
– John Barth, The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances.”
– Julie Bishop
In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
– Louis Pasteur
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’, but ‘That’s funny …’
– Isaac Asimov
I think a lot more decisions are made on serendipity than people think. Things come across their radar screens and they jump at them.
– Jay W. Lorsch