I'm looking for the crooked-nose man that's to bring the good luck.
By the two signs," answers Tobin, trying to explain, "which ye display according to the reading of the Egyptian palmist from the sole of me hand, ye've been nominated to offset with good luck the lines of trouble leading to the nigger man and the blonde lady with her feet crossed in the boat, besides the financial loss of a dollar sixty-five, all so far fulfilled according to Hoyle.
None," says I to him, "except that as one horseshoe resembles another so are ye the picture of good luck as predicted by the hand of me friend.
And, though ye've got the crookedest nose in New York City, I misdoubt that all the fortune-tellers doing business could milk good luck from ye.
There was good luck promised out of the crook of your nose, but ye bear fruit like the bang of a drum.
Noting that both skill and luck
are key components of success in business and investment (as in other ventures), investment strategist Mauboussin seeks to describe here how to distinguish between the relative contributions of the two and how to apply that understanding to interpreting past results and making better decisions in the future.