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We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The fashions of human affairs are brief and changeable, and fortune never remains long indulgent.
  [Lat., Breves et mutabiles vices rerum sunt, et fortuna nunquam simpliciter indulget.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 14, 20)

The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; and the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Fortune rules in all things, and advances and depresses things more out of her own will than right and justice.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

But assuredly Fortune rules in all things; she raised to eminence or buries in oblivion everything from caprice rather than from well-regulated principle.
  [Lat., Sed profecto Fortuna in omni re dominatur; ea res cunctas ex lubidine magis, quam ex vero, celebrat, obscuratque.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (VIII)

Fortune dreads the brave, and is only terrible to the coward.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.
  [Lat., Quidquid in altum, fortune tulit, ruitura levat.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Fortune turns on her wheel the fate of kings.
  [Lat., Praecipites regum casus
    Fortuna rotat.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Fortune cannot take away what she did not give.
  [Lat., Quid non dedit fortuna non eripit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LIX)

Adverse fortune seldom spares men of the noblest virtues. No one can with safety expose himself often to dangers. The man who has often escaped is at last caught.
  [Lat., Iniqua raro maximis virtutibus
    Fortuna parcit. Nemo se tuto diu
      Periculis offerre tam crebis potest,
        Quem saepe transit casus aliquando invenit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (325)

O Fortune, that enviest the brave, what unequal rewards thou bestowest on the righteous!
  [Lat., O Fortuna, viris invida fortibus,
    Quam non aeque bonis praemia dividis!]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Furens (524)

Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.
  [Lat., Felix, quisquis novit famulum
    Rogemque pati,
      Vultusque potest variare suos!
        Rapuit vires pondusque malis,
          Casus animo qui tulit aequo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (228)

Golden palaces break man's rest, and purple robes cause watchful nights.
  Oh, if the breasts of the rich could be seen into, what terrors high fortune places within!
    [Lat., Aurea rumpunt tecta quietem,
      Vigilesque trahit purpura noctes.
        O si pateant pectora ditum,
          Quantos intus sublimis agit
            Fortuna metus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (646)

Fortune is gentle to the lowly, and heaven strikes the humble with a light hand.
  [Lat., Minor in parvis Fortuna furit,
    Leviusque ferit leviora deus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (act IV, 1,124)

The shifting hour flies with doubtful wings; nor does swift Fortune keep faith with anyone.
  [Lat., Volat ambiguis
    Mobilis alis hora; nec ulli
      Praestat velox Fortuna fidem.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (act IV, 1,141)

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
      - William Shakespeare

Many dream not to find, neither deserve, and yet are steeped in favors.
      - William Shakespeare

Since you will buckle fortune on my back,
  To bear her burden whe'r I will or no,
    I must have patience to endure the load.
      - William Shakespeare

That strumpet--Fortune.
      - William Shakespeare

Though Fortune's malice overthrow my state,
  My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
      - William Shakespeare

When Fortune means to men most good,
  She looks upon them with a threatening eye.
      - William Shakespeare

Fortune knows
  We scorn her most when most she offers blows.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at III, xi)

As I do live by food, I met a fool
  Who laid him down and basked him in the sun
    And railed on Lady Fortune in good terms,
      In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

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