March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Although a lot of people go on and indulge in some drinking, we should remember this started as a holiday commemorating a saint. Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop born in Roman Britain. When he was 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. This experience strengthened his faith, as he found God. In a dream, God told him to flee to the coast, and doing so, he escaped from captivity.

Saint Patrick went on to become a priest, and he returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Nowadays, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has broadened, including Irish culture. A very popular theme is “The Luck of the Irish.” Although many might think this phrase came to be because the Irish are extremely lucky, its origins are completely opposite. Historically, the Irish lived in land that was taken from them, occupied by the British, the Vikings, and other conquerors. They survived famines, war, starvation, prejudice, poor fortune, bad times, and centuries of losses.

“The Luck of the Irish” is more of an attitude towards life, a positive look at a bad situation. Here are 15 quotes to make you have a positive attitude and feel lucky!

“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.” - Jimmy Dean

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” - Reba McEntire

“Luck is not as random as you think. Before that lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it.” - Vera Nazarian

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” - Coleman Cox

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.” - Denzel Washington

“Luck is believing you're lucky.” - Tennessee Williams

“If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.” - Les Brown

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.” - Barbara Scher

“Sometimes not getting what you want is a brilliant stroke of luck.” - Lorii Myers

 “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” - John Irving

“Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” - Ovid

“Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity.” – Seneca

“Maybe I'm lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction.” - Ashleigh Brilliantuck

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” - Maya Angelou

“The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.” - Ernest Hemingway