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Chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.

GOETHE, Torquato Tasso

I've seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling,
I've felt all its favours and found its decay.

ALISON COCKBURN, The Flowers of the Forest

Bear the greatest fortune as if thou deserved it not.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Fortune favors the brave.

TERENCE, Phormio

Who lets slip Fortune, her shall never find.
Occasion once pass'd by, is bald behind.

ABRAHAM COWLEY, Pyramus and Thisbe

There is frequently a poison in fortune's gifts.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

The loss of fortune to a true man is but the trumpet challenge to renewed exertion, not the thunder stroke of destruction.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.

GOETHE, Torquato Tasso

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

Fortune sometimes knocks like a schoolmistress, but then she teaches when she does.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control.

SIR WALTER SCOTT, Tale of the Crusaders

Those who have been indulged by fortune and have always thought of calamity as what happens to others, feel a blind incredulous rage at the reversal of their lot, and half believe that their wild cries will alter the course of the storm.

GEORGE ELIOT, Daniel Deronda

We make a goddess of Fortune ... and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.

EURIPIDES, Iphigenia in Tauris

Fortunes are wrung from the smallest of things
That once were ignored, turning men into kings.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Ragman"

We may lack riches, but the greatest fortune is what lies in our hearts.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas

Only he has a right to complain of undeserved misfortune, that is unwilling to accept undeserved good fortune.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

It is vain to complain of fortune while we fail in policy and conduct.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

By working one can bend fortune. She is fond of crafty men.

They say fortune is a woman and capricious. But sometimes she is a good woman, and gives to those who merit.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

How much in this world is charged to chance or fortune, or veiled under a more devout name, and accorded to Providence; while, when we come to look honestly into affairs, we find it to be a debt of our own accumulation, and one which we must inevitably pay.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

Fortune has been considered the guardian divinity of fools; and, on this score, she has been accused of blindness; but it should rather be adduced as a proof of her sagacity, when she helps those who cannot help themselves.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

I must claim Fortune is a perverse hag until she kisses me upon the lips.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

The wheel of Fortune, like that of a ship, is full of spokes, and sometimes flies so sharply round as to crush those who have become puffed up with her favours, so that they burst at the first tap; whilst such as are nourished, instead of bloated, by the stream of prosperity, escape by slipping between the spokes until the pressure has passed, their moderation providing their safeguard.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos

Raillery against fortune is the common eloquence of disappointment and misguided ambition.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

When fortune comes seize her in front firmly, because behind she is bald.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

Fortune's favours are too often like thunderbolts--which kill.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

A good fortune may forbode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune.

CHINESE PROVERB

Fortune makes many loans, but gives no presents.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus

He deserves to be fortune's favorite who can use her gifts with an even hand.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

We should enjoy good fortune while we have it, like the fruits of autumn.

EPICTETUS, Fragments

He is truly a happy man who can, upon all occasions, reconcile himself to his fortune.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Fortune may flatter us, but she herself is not to be flattered.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Fortune never seems so blind to any as to those on whom she bestows no favors.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

By working one can bend fortune. She is fond of crafty men.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Salammbo

Fortune hath many roads.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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