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Fortune's unjust; she ruins oft the brave, and him who should be victor, makes the slave.
      - John Dryden

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

Lucky men are favorites of Heaven.
      - John Dryden

Ill fortune seldom comes alone.
      - John Dryden, Cymon and Iphigenia (l. 592)

Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me.
  I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
    Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
      - John Dryden, Don Sebastian (act I, sc. 1)

Fortune's wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous.
      - Maria Edgeworth

Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway,
  Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay.
      - Elizabeth I,
        preserved by George Putnam in his "Art of Poesie", bk. III, "Of Ornament"

Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.
      - Euripides, Pirithous

Industry, perseverance and frugality make fortune yield.
      - Benjamin Franklin

To be thrown on one's own resources is to be cast on the very lap of fortune; for our faculties undergo a development, and display an energy, of which they were previously unsusceptible.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Many things happen between the cup and the upper lip.
  [Lat., Multa intersunt calicem et labrum summum.]
      - Aulus Gellius,
        Translation of Greek Proverb
         (bk. XIII, 17, 3)

Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. LXXI)

The old saying is expressed with depth and significance: "On the pinnacle of fortune man does not long stand firm."
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What men usually say of misfortunes, that they never come alone, may with equal truth be said of good fortune; nay, of other circumstances which gather round us in a harmonious way, whether it arise from a kind of fatality, or that man has the power of attracting to himself things that are mutually related.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.
  [Ger., Das Gluck erhebe billig der Begluckte.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (II, 3, 115)

The day of fortune is like a harvest day,
  We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
    [Ger., Ein tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte,
      Man muss geschaftig sein sobald sie reift.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (IV, 4, 62)

Alas! the joys that fortune brings
  Are trifling, and decay,
    And those who prize the trifling things,
      More trifling still than they.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

I am amazed how men can call her blind, when, by the company she keeps, she seems so very discriminating.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

It has been remarked that almost every character which has excited either attention or pity has owed part of its success to merit, and part to a happy concurrence of circumstances in its favor. Had Caesar or Cromwell exchanged countries, the one might have been a sergeant and the other an exciseman.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The Europeans are themselves blind who describe fortune without sight. No first-rate beauty ever had finer eyes, or saw more clearly. They who have no other trade but seeking their fortune need never hope to find her; coquette-like, she flies from her close pursuers, and at last fixes on the plodding mechanic who stays at home and minds his business.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found at last to be of our own producing.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

What real good does an addition to a fortune already sufficient procure? Not any. Could the great man, by having his fortune increased, increase also his appetites, then precedence might be attended with real amusement.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Fortune pays sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

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