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To be fortunate is God, and more than God to mortals.
      - Aeschylus, Choephoroe (60)

Any one who is prosperous may by the turn of fortune's wheel become most wretched before evening.
  [Lat., Quivis beatus, versa rota fortunae, ante vesperum potest esse miserrimus.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Historia (XXVI)

Fortune favors fools.
      - Anonymous

If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
  [Lat., Si fortuna juvat, caveto tolli;
    Si fortuna tonat, caveto mergi.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius,
        Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (IV, 6)

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

Fortune his like the market, where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
      - Francis Bacon

Fortune is like a market where many times if you wait a little the price will fall.
      - Francis Bacon

Fortune is not content to do a man one ill turn.
      - Francis Bacon

Fortune makes him fool, whom she makes her darling.
      - Francis Bacon

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune, for, though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
      - Francis Bacon

It cannot be denied but outward accidents conduce much to fortune's favor,--opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue; but chiefly the mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
      - Francis Bacon

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

Whereas they have sacrificed to themselves, they become sacrificers to the inconstancy of fortune, whose wings they thought, by their self-wisdom, to have pinioned.
      - Francis Bacon

That conceit, elegantly expressed by the Emperor Charles V., in his instructions to the King, his son, "that fortune hath somewhat the nature of a woman, that if she be too much wooed she is the farther off."
      - Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning
         (bk. II)

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune: for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Fortune

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is with fortune as with fantastical mistresses,--she makes sport with those that are ready to die for her, and throws herself at the feet of others that despise her.
      - J. Beaumont

Fortune, now see, now proudly
  Pluck off thy veil, and view thy triumph; look,
    Look what thou hast brought this land to!--
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Tragedy of Bonduca (act V, sc. 5)

Fortune is but a synonymous word for nature and necessity.
      - Richard Bentley

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XVI, v. 6)

Fortune, like a coy mistress, loves to yield her favors, though she makes us wrest them from her.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Let not one look of Fortune cast you down; she were not Fortune if she did not frown.
      - Roger Boyle, Baron Broghill and 1st Earl of Orrery

It is we that are blind, not fortune; because our eye is too dim to discern the mystery of her effects, we foolishly paint her blind, and hoodwink the providence of the Almighty.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Just for a handful of silver he left us,
  Just for a ribbon to stick in his coat;
    Found the one gift of which Fortune bereft us,
      Lost all the others she lets us devote.
      - Robert Browning, The Lost Leader,
        referring to Wordsworth when he turned Tory

His success may be great, but be it ever so great the wheel of fortune may turn again and bring him down into the dust.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

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