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FORTUNE
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[ Also see Accident Cards Chance Circumstance Destiny Fate Gods Inheritance Luck Misfortune Opportunity Prosperity Providence Success Vicissitudes Wagers Wealth ]

When Fortune is on our side, popular favour bears her company.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Whom Fortune wishes to destroy she first makes mad.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Fortune is like glass; when she shines, she is broken.
  [Lat., Fortuna vitrea est, tum cum splendet frangitur.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (283)

We are corrupted by good fortune.
  [Lat., Felicitate corrumpimur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (bk. I, 15)

They make their fortune who are stout and wise,
  Wit rules the heavens, discretion guides the skies.
    [Lat., Che sovente addivien che'l saggio e'l forte.
      Fabro a se stesso e di beata sorte.]
      - Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme (X, 20)

By wondrous accident perchance one may
  Grope out a needle in a load of hay;
    And though a white crow be exceedingly rare,
      A blind man may, by fortune, catch a hare.
      - John Taylor ("The Water Poet"),
        A Kicksey Winsey (pt. VII)

Fortune favors the brave.
  [Lat., Fortes fortuna adjuvat.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, 4, 20)

Oft, what seems
  A trifle, a mere nothing, by itself,
    In some nice situation, turns the scale
      Of fate, and rules the most important actions.
      - James Thomson (1)

The lovely young Lavinia once had friends;
  And fortune smil'd, deceitful, on her birth.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Autumn

Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove
  An unrelenting foe to love,
    And, when we meet a mutual heart,
      Come in between, and bid us part?
      - James Thomson (1), Song--To Fortune

For fortune's wheel is on the turn,
  And some go up and some go down.
      - Mrs. Mary Eliza Tucker Lambert

Indeed, I do not envy your fortune; I rather am surprised at it.
  [Lat., Non equidem invideo: miror magis.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogoe (I, 11)

We are carried up to the heaven by the circling wave, and immediately the wave subsiding, we descend to the lowest depths.
  [Lat., Tollimus in caelum curvato gurgite, et idem
    Subducta ad manes imos descendimus unda.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (III, 564)

Fortune helps the bold.
  [Lat., Audentes fortuna juvat.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (X, 284)

Fortune! There is no fortune; all is trial, or punishment, or recompense, or foresight.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Those who lament for fortune do not often lament for themselves.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)


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