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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune,
  He had not the method of making a fortune.
      - Thomas Gray, On His Own Character

Fortune, men say, doth give too much to many,
  But yet she never gave enough to any.
      - Sir John Harington (Harrington),
        Epigram--Of Fortune

It might be argued, that to be a knave is the gift of fortune, but to play the fool to advantage it is necessary to be a learned man.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, l. 85), (Pope's translation)

Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune.
  [Lat., Curtae nescio quid semper abest rei.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 24, 64)

I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty.
  [Lat., Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit
    Pennas, resigno quae dedit, et mea
      Virtute me involvo, probamque
        Pauperiem sine dote quaero.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 29)

If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
  [Lat., Cui non conveniet sua res, ut calceus olim,
    Si pede major erit subvertet; si minor, uret.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 42)

In a moment comes either death or joyful victory.
  [Lat., Horae
    Momento cita mors venit aut victoria laeta.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 1, 7)

Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it's ten to one if they hang long together.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

How Fortune piles her sports when she begins to practise them!
      - Ben Jonson

Ill-fortune never crushed that mar whom good fortune deceived not.
      - Ben Jonson

Fortune, that favours fools.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Alchemist--Prologue--Every Man Out of His Humour
         (I, 1)

We do not commonly find men of superior sense amongst those of the highest fortune.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

A man is thirty years old before he has any settled thoughts of his fortune; it is not completed before fifty. He falls to building in his old age, and dies by the time his house is in a condition to be painted and glazed.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There is nothing which continues longer than a moderate fortune; nothing of which one sees sooner the end than a large fortune.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The good, we do it; the evil, that is fortune; man is always right, and destiny always wrong.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

Blind fortune pursues inconsiderate rashness.
  [Fr., Fortune aveugle suit aveugle hardiesse.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (X, 14)

We read on the forehead of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that Fortune sells what she is thought to give.
  [Fr., Il lit au front de ceux qu'um vain luxe environne,
    Que la fortune vend ce qu'on croit qu'elle donne.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Philemon et Baucis

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

Misfortune is the root of good fortune; good fortune gives birth to misfortune.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

Fortune turns everything to the advantage of her favorites.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Good and bad fortune are found severally to visit those who have the most of the one or the other.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Our probity is not less at the mercy of fortune than our property.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The good or the bad fortune of men depends not less upon their own dispositions than upon fortune.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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