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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 ]

We should manage our fortune as we do our health--enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors.
  [Fr., La fortune ne parait jamais si aveugle qu' a ceux a qui elle ne fait pas de bien.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (391)

The least reliance can be placed be placed even on the most exalted fortune.
      - Titus Livy

The fidelity of barbarians depends on fortune.
  [Lat., Barbaris ex fortuna pendet fides.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXVIII, 17)

Rashness is not always fortunate.
  [Lat., Non semper temeritas est felix.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXVIII, 42)

He whom fortune has never deceived, rarely considers the uncertainty of human events.
  [Lat., Non temere incerta casuum reputat, quem fortuna numquam decepit.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXX, 30)

Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.
  [Lat., Raro simul hominibus bonam fortunam bonamque mentem dari.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXX, 42)

Fortune comes well to all that comes not late.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5, l. 281)

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

It is doubtful what fortune to-morrow will bring.
  [Lat., Posteraque in dubio est fortunam quam vehat aetas.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (III, 10, 98)

Men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

This is most true, and all history bears testimony to it, that men may second fortune, but they cannot thwart her,--they may weave her web, but they cannot break it.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

Receive the gifts of fortune without pride, and part with them without reluctance.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

You are sad in the midst of every blessing. Take care that Fortune does not observe--or she will call you ungrateful.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 79)

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
  [Lat., Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (XII, 10, 2)

The Spaniards have a saying that there is no man whom Fortune does not visit at least once in his life.
      - Ik Marvel (pseudonym of Donald G. Mitchell)

A fortunate shepherd is nursed in a rude cradle in some wild forest, and, if fortune smile, has risen to empire. That other, swathed in purple by the throne, has at last, if fortune frown, gone to feed the herd.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Fortune does us neither good nor hurt; she only presents us the matter, and the seed, which our soul, more powerfully than she, turns and applies as she best pleases; being the sole cause and sovereign mistress of her own happy or unhappy condition.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Fortune, to show us her power in all things, and to abate our presumption, seeing she could not make fools wise, has made them fortunate.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

I have heard Cardinal Imperiali say: "There is no man whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window."
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Dame Fortune, like most others of the female sex, is generally most indulgent to the nimble-mettled blockheads.
      - Thomas Otway

A broken fortune is like a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it has to sustain.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Fortune and Love befriend the bold.
  [Lat., Audentum forsque Venusque juvant.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (I, 608)

Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
  [Lat., Casus ubique valet: semper tibi pendeat hamus,
    Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (III, 425)


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