Saturday, 6 October 2012


A Change of Fortune hurts a wise Man no more than a Change of the Moon. - Benjamin Franklin

A fool having enjoyed good fortune like intoxication to a great amount becomes more foolish. - Epictetus

A great fortune is a great slavery. - Unknown

A wise man turns chance into good fortune. - Thomas Fuller

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. - Honore de Balzac

By working one can bend fortune. She is fond of crafty men. - Gustave Flaubert

Change yourself and fortune will change. - Portuguese Proverb

Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands. - Francis Bacon

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. - Virgil

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. - Benjamin Disraeli

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. - Sallust

Fortune and misfortune are two buckets in the same well. - German Proverb

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered. - William Shakespeare

Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them. - Suzanne Necker

Fortune favours the audacious. - Desiderius Erasmus

Fortune favours the bold. - Virgil

Fortune favours the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur

Fortune has been considered the guardian divinity of fools; and, on this score, she has been accused of blindness; but it should rather be adduced as a proof of her sagacity, when she helps those who cannot help themselves. - Charles Caleb Colton

Fortune has often been blamed for her blindness; but fortune is not so blind as men are. Those who look into practical life will find that fortune is usually on the side of the industrious, as the winds and waves are on the side of the best navigators. - Samuel Smiles

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away. - Charles V

Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us. - Vincent Voiture

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry. - Oliver Goldsmith

Fortune is like glass – the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken. - Publilius Syrus

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave. - James Russell Lowell

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighbouring saloon and does not hear her. - Mark Twain

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. - Unknown

Fortune makes a fool of him whom she favours too much. - Publilius Syrus

Fortune may flatter us, but she herself is not to be flattered. - Edward Counsel

Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control. - Sir Walter Scott

Fortune never seems so blind to any as to those on whom she bestows no favours. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door. - Goethe

Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favours; or we go empty away. - Amelia E. Barr

Fortune sides with him who dares. - Virgil

Fortune sometimes knocks like a schoolmistress, but then she teaches when she does. - Edward Counsel

Fortune sometimes turns round like a mill wheel and he who was yesterday at the top lies today at the bottom. -  Miquel de Cervantes

Fortune, in the distribution of her gifts, resembles a good fellow throwing pennies into the air for children to scramble after. She does not cast to this and to that one according to their respective merits, but leaves chance and their own activity to determine who shall get the most of her bounty. - Christian Nestell Bovee

He has not acquired a fortune, the fortune has acquired him. - Bion

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner. - Benjamin Franklin
If Fortune calls, offer her a seat. - Unknown

It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence. - John Dryden 

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it. - Seneca

The mould of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. - Francis Bacon

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends. - Cicero

To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon. - Chinese Proverb

We should manage our fortunes as we do our health – enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down. - Seneca

When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spirit and ability who knows how to seize the opportunity she offers. - Niccolo Machiavelli

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