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Fortune is said to be blind, but her favorites never are. Ambition has the eye of the eagle, prudence that of the lynx; the first looks through the air, the last along the ground.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

It is often the easiest move that completes the game. Fortune is like the lady whom a lover carried off from all his rivals by putting an additional lace upon his liveries.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

To catch Dame Fortune's golden smile,
  Assiduous wait upon her;
    And gather gear by every wile
      That's justified by honor.
        Not for to hide it in a hedge,
          Nor for a train attendant;
            But for the glorious privilege
              Of being independent.
      - Robert Burns

If fortune has fairly sat on a man, he takes it for granted that life consists in being sat upon; but to be coddled on Fortune's knee, and then have his ears boxed;--that is aggravating.
      - Charles Buxton

All our advantages are those of fortune; birth, wealth, health, beauty, are her accidents; and when we cry out against fate, it were well we should remember fortune can take naught save what she gave.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

You carry Caesar and Caesar's fortune.
  [Lat., Caesarem vehis, Caesarisque fortunam.]
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
        his remark to a pilot in a storm; see Bacon's "Essays--Of Fortune"

The old Scythians painted blind fortune's powerful hands with wings, to show her gifts come swift and suddenly, which, if her favorite be not swift to take, he loses them forever.
      - George Chapman

Fortune, the great commandress of the world,
  Hath divers ways to advance her followers:
    To some she gives honor without deserving;
      To other some, deserving without honor;
        Some wit, some wealth,--and some, wit without wealth;
          Some wealth without wit; some nor wit nor wealth.
      - George Chapman, All Fools (act V, sc. 1)

Fortune is painted blind in order to show her impartiality; but when she cheers the needy with hope, and depresses the wealthy with distrust, methinks she confers the richest boon on the poorest man, and injures those on whom she bestows her favors.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Fortune favors the bold.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Fortune, not wisdom, human life doth sway.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life.
  [Lat., Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (LIX)

Fortune favors the brave.
  [Lat., Fors juvat audentes.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus), Epistles (IV, 9)

Alas! by what slight means are great affairs brought to destruction.
  [Lat., Eheu! quam brevibus pereunt ingentia fatis.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus), In Rufinum (II, 49)

Fortune, like other females, prefers a lover to a master, and submits with impatience to control; but he that wooes her with opportunity and importunity will seldom court her in vain.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are some men who are fortune's favorites, and who, like cats, light forever on their legs.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The wheel of fortune turns incessantly round, and who can say within himself, I shall to-day be uppermost?
      - Confucius

It is a law, of the gods which is never broken, to sell somewhat dearly the great benefits which they confer on us.
      - Pierre Corneille

If hindrances obstruct the way,
  Thy magnanimity display.
    And let thy strength be seen:
      But O, if Fortune fill thy sail
        With more than a propitious gale,
          Take half thy canvas in.
      - William Cowper, Translation of Horace
         (bk. II, ode 10)

Fortunes are made, if I the facts may state--
  Though poor myself, I know the fortunate:
    First, there's a knowledge of the way from whence
      Good fortune comes--and this is sterling sense:
        Then perseverance, never to decline
          The chase of riches till the prey is thine;
            And firmness never to be drawn away
              By any passion from that noble prey--
                By love, ambition, study, travel, fame,
                  Or the vain hope that lives upon a name.
      - George Crabbe

Fortune makes quick dispatch, and in a day
  May strip you bare as beggary itself.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Lucky people are her favorites.
      - Mme. de Genlis

We make our own fortunes and we call them fate.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Fortune befriends the bold.
      - John Dryden

Fortune confounds the wise,
  And when they least expect it turns the dice.
      - John Dryden

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