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

It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life.

It requires greater virtues to support good than bad fortune.

Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.

May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune.

Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.

O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle.

Ovid finely compares a broken fortune to a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it is obliged to sustain. When a man's circumstances are such that he has no occasion to borrow, he finds numbers willing to lend him; but should his wants be such that he sues for a trifle, it is two to one whether he will be trusted with the smallest sum.

The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.

The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.

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

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.

The way of fortune is like the milky-way in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.''

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

There is no one, says another, 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.

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.

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

We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her.

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.


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