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FORTUNE
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The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse.
  [Lat., Fortuna miserrima tuta est:
    Nam timor eventus deterioris abest.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 2, 113)

As long as you are fortunate you will have many friends, but if times become cloudy you will be alone.
  [Lat., Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos;
    Tempora si fuerint nubila solus eris.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 9, 5)

Every man should stay within his own fortune.
  [Lat., Intera fortunam quisque debet manere suam.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (III, 4, 26)

I wish thy lot, now bad, still worse, my friend,
  For when at worst, they say, things always mend.
      - John Owen ("British Martial"),
        To a Friend in Distress,
        (Cowper's translation)

Many fortunes, like rivers, have a pure source, but grow muddy as they grow large.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

It is the fortune of France.
  [Fr., C'est la fortune de France.]
      - Philip, the Fortunate

The prudent man really frames his own fortunes for himself.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Fortune moulds and circumscribes human affairs as she pleases.
  [Lat., Fortuna humana fingit artatque ut lubet.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Captivi
         (II, 2, 54)

No man has perpetual good fortune.
  [Lat., Nulli est homini perpetuum bonum.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Curculis
         (I, 3, 32)

Man's fortune is usually changed at once; life is changeable.
  [Lat., Actutum fortunae solent mutarier; varia vita est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Truculentus (II, I, 9)

Fortune had favoured me in this war that I feared, the rather, that some tempest would follow so favourable a gale.
      - Plutarch, quoting Paulus Aemilius

In human life there is a constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
      - Plutarch

The wheel goes round and round,
  And some are up and some are on the down,
    And still the wheel goes round.
      - Josephine Pollard, Wheel of Fortune

Fickle Fortune reigns, and, undiscerning, scatters crowns and chains.
      - Alexander Pope

Let fortune do her worst, whatever she makes us lose, so long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence.
      - Alexander Pope

Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made,
  One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade,
    The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd,
      The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 195)

Who thinks that fortune cannot change her mind,
  Prepares a dreadful just for all mankind.
    And who stands safest? Tell me, is it he
      That spreads and swells in puff'd prosperity,
        Or bless'd with little, whose preventing care
          In peace provides fit arms against a war?
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (satire II, l. 123)

Many things slip between cup and lip.
  [Lat., Multa cadunt inter calicem supremaque labra.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
  [Lat., Nihil est periculosius in hominibus mutata subito fortuna.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (CCLX)

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
  [Lat., Praesente fortuna pejor est futuri metus.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 5)

Against fortune the carter cracks his whip in vain.
  [Fr., Centre fortune, la diverse un chartier rompit nazardes son fouet.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. II, ch. XI)

The fortunate man is he who, born poor or nobody, works gradually up to wealth and consideration, and, having got them, dies before he finds they were not worth so much trouble.
      - Charles Reade

Every one is the architect of his own fortune.
  [Fr., Chacun est artisan de sa bonne fortune.]
      - Mathurin Regnier, Satire (XIII)

Fortune does not change men; it only unmasks them.
      - Madame Marie Jeanne Riccoboni

We treat fortune like a mistress--the more she yields, the more we demand.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland


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