| To be fortunate is God, and more than God to mortals.|
|Si fortuna juvat, caveto tolli;|
Si fortuna tonat, caveto mergi.
If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
AusoniusSeptem Sapientium Sententiæ Septenis Versibus Explicatæ. IV. 6.
| 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.|
BaconAdv. 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.|
BaconEssays. Of Fortune.
| Fortune, now see, now proudly|
Pluck off thy veil, and view thy triumph; look,
Look what thou hast brought this land to!
Beaumont and FletcherThe Tragedy of Bonduca. Act V. Sc. 5.
|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 BrowningThe Lost Leader. Referring to Wordsworth when he turned Tory.
|Cæsarem vehis, Cæsarisque fortunam.|
You carry Cæsar and Cæsars fortune.
Cæsars remark to a pilot in a storm. Sometimes given: Cæsarem portas et fortunam ejus. See BaconEssays. Of Fortune.
|Fortune, the great commandress of the world,|
Hath divers ways to advance her followers:
To some she gives honor without deserving;
To other some, deserving without honor;
Some wit, some wealth,and some, wit without wealth;
Some wealth without wit; some nor wit nor wealth.
Geo. ChapmanAll Fools. Act V. Sc. 1.
|Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia.|
It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules mans life.
CiceroTusculanarum Disputationum. LIX.
|Fors juvat audentes.|
Fortune favors the brave.
ClaudianusEpistles. IV. 9. CiceroDe Finibus. Bk. III. Div. 4. StobæusFloril. Tit. XXX. P. 135. SophoclesDeperditorum Dramatum. Fragmenta.
|Eheu! quam brevibus pereunt ingentia fatis.|
Alas! by what slight means are great affairs brought to destruction.
ClaudianusIn Rufinum. II. 49.
|If hindrances obstruct thy way,|
Thy magnanimity display.
And let thy strength be seen:
But O, if Fortune fill thy sail
With more than a propitious gale,
Take half thy canvas in.
CowperTrans. of Horace. Bk. II. Ode 10.
|Ill fortune seldom comes alone.|
DrydenCymon and Iphigenia. L. 592.
|Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me.|
I have a soul that, like an ample shield,
Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
DrydenDon Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.
|Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway,|
Where Virtues force, can cause her to obay.
Queen ElizabethPreserved by Geo. Puttenham in his Art of Poesie. Bk. III. Of Ornament, which (he says) our soueraigne Lady wrote in defiance of Fortune.
| Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.|
|Multa intersunt calicem et labrum summum.|
Many things happen between the cup and the upper lip.
Aulus GelliusTrans. of Greek Proverb. Bk. XIII. 17. 3.
| Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave.|
GibbonDecline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Ch. LXXI.
|Das Glück erhebe billig der Beglückte.|
It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.
GoetheTorquato Tasso. II. 3. 115.
|Ein Tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte,|
Man muss geschäftig sein sobald sie reift.
The day of fortune is like a harvest day,
We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
GoetheTorquato Tasso. IV. 4. 62.
|Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune;|
He had not the method of making a fortune.
GrayOn his own Character.
|Fortune, men say, doth give too much to many,|
But yet she never gave enough to any.
Sir John HarringtonEpigram. Of Fortune.
|The bitter dregs of Fortunes cup to drain.|
HomerIliad. Bk. XX. L. 85. Popes trans.
|Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit|
Pennas, resigno quæ dedit, et mea
Virtute me involvo, probamque
Pauperiem sine dote quære.
I praise her (Fortune) while she lasts; if she shakes her quick wings, I resign what she has given, and take refuge in my own virtue, and seek honest undowered Poverty.
HoraceCarmina. III. 29.
|Curtæ nescio quid semper abest rei.|
Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune.
HoraceCarmina. III. 24. 64.
|Cui non conveniet sua res, ut calceus olim,|
Si pede major erit subvertet; si minor, uret.
If a mans fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
HoraceEpistles. I. 10. 42.
Momento cita mors venit aut victoria læta.
In a moment comes either death or joyful victory.
HoraceSatires. I. 1. 7.
|Fortune, that favours fools.|
Ben JonsonAlchemist. Prologue. Every Man Out of His Humour. I. 1. GoogeEglogs. (Quoted as a saying.)
|Fortune aveugle suit aveugle hardiesse.|
Blind fortune pursues inconsiderate rashness.
La FontaineFables. X. 14.
|Il lit au front de ceux quun vain luxe environne,|
Que la fortune vend ce quon croit quelle donne.
We read on the forehead of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that Fortune sells what she is thought to give.
La FontainePhilémon et Baucis.
| La fortune ne paraît jamais si aveugle qu a ceux à qui elle ne fait pas de bien.|
Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors.
La RochefoucauldMaxims. 391.
|Barbaris ex fortuna pendet fides.|
The fidelity of barbarians depends on fortune.
LivyAnnales. XXVIII. 17.
|Non semper temeritas est felix.|
Rashness is not always fortunate.
LivyAnnales. XXVIII. 42.
|Non temere incerta casuum reputat, quem fortuna numquam decepit.|
He whom fortune has never deceived, rarely considers the uncertainty of human events.
LivyAnnales. XXX. 30.
| Raro simul hominibus bonam fortunam bonamque mentem dari.|
Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time.
LivyAnnales. XXX. 42.
|Fortune comes well to all that comes not late.|
LongfellowSpanish Student. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 281.
| Posteraque in dubio est fortunam quam vehat ætas.|
It is doubtful what fortune to-morrow will bring.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. III. 10. 98.
| Quivis beatus, versa rota fortunæ, ante vesperum potest esse miserrimus.|
Any one who is prosperous may by the turn of fortunes wheel become most wretched before evening.
Ammianus MarcellinusHistoria. XXVI. 8.
| You are sad in the midst of every blessing. Take care that Fortune does not observeor she will call you ungrateful.|
MartialEpigrams. Bk. VI. Ep. 79.
|Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.|
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
MartialEpigrams. XII. 10. 2.
|Audentem forsque Venusque juvant.|
Fortune and Love befriend the bold.
OvidArs Amatoria. I. 608.
|Casus ubique valet: semper tibi pendeat hamus,|
Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.
Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
OvidArs Amatoria. III. 425.
| Fortuna miserrima tute est:|
Nam timor eventus deterioris abest.
The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 2. 113.
|Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos;|
Tempora si fuerint nubila solus eris.
As long as you are fortunate you will have many friends, but if the times become cloudy you will be alone.
OvidTristium. I. 9. 5.
|Intera fortunam quisque debet manere suam.|
Every man should stay within his own fortune.
OvidTristium. III. 4. 26.
|I wish thy lot, now bad, still worse, my friend,|
For when at worst, they say, things always mend.
OwenTo a Friend in Distress. Cowpers trans.
|Cest la fortune de France.|
It is the fortune of France.
Philip the Fortunate.
|Fortuna humana fingit artatque ut lubet.|
Fortune moulds and circumscribes human affairs as she pleases.
PlautusCaptivi. II. 2. 54.
|Nulli est homini perpetuum bonum.|
No man has perpetual good fortune.
PlautusCurculis. I. 3. 32.
| Actutum fortunæ solent mutarier; varia vita est.|
Mans fortune is usually changed at once; life is changeable.
PlautusTruculentus. II. 1. 9.
| Fortune had so favoured me in this war that I feared, the rather, that some tempest would follow so favourable a gale.|
Plutarch quoting Paulus Æmilius.
|The wheel goes round and round,|
And some are up and some are on the down,
And still the wheel goes round.
Josephine PollardWheel of Fortune.
|Fortune in men has some small diffrence made,|
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade;
The cobbler aprond, and the parson gownd,
The friar hooded, and the monarch crownd.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 195.
|Who thinks that fortune cannot change her mind,|
Prepares a dreadful jest for all mankind.
And who stands safest? Tell me, is it he
That spreads and swells in puffd prosperity,
Or blessd with little, whose preventing care
In peace provides fit arms against a war?
PopeSecond Book of Horace. Satire II. L. 123.
| The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.|
Psalms. XVI. 6.
|Præsente fortuna pejor est futuri metus.|
Fear of the future is worse than ones present fortune.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratoria. XII. 5.
| Nihil est periculosius in hominibus mutata subito fortuna.|
Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratoria. CCLX.
| Centre fortune, la diverse un chartier rompit nazardes son fouet.|
Against fortune the carter cracks his whip in vain.
RabelaisPantagruel. Bk. II. Ch. XI.
|Chacun est artisan de sa bonne fortune.|
Every one is the architect of his own fortune.
RegnierSatire. XIII. Pseudo-SallustEp. de Rep. Ordin. II. 1. Quoting Appius Claudius Cæcus, the Censor. Same idea in PlautusTrinummus. II. 2. 84. CervantesDon Quixote. 1. 4. SchillerWallensteins Death. XII. 8. 77. MetastasioMorte dAbele. II.
| Sed profecto Fortuna in omni re dominatur; ea res cunctas ex lubidine magis, quam ex vero, celebrat, obscuratque.|
But assuredly Fortune rules in all things; she raises to eminence or buries in oblivion everything from caprice rather than from well-regulated principle.
| Breves et mutabiles vices rerum sunt, et fortuna nunquam simpliciter indulget.|
The fashions of human affairs are brief and changeable, and fortune never remains long indulgent.
Quintus Curtius RufusDe Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni. IV. 14. 20.
|Præcipites regum casus|
Fortune turns on her wheel the fate of kings.
|Quidquid in altum, fortuna tulit, ruitura levat.|
Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down.
|Quid non dedit fortuna non eripit.|
Fortune cannot take away what she did not give.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. LIX.
|Felix, quisquis novit famulum|
Vultusque potest variare suos!
Rapuit vires pondusque malis,
Casus animo qui tulit æquo.
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.
SenecaHercules tæus. 228.
|Aurea rumpunt tecta quietem,|
Vigilesque trahit purpura noctes.
O si pateant pectora ditum,
Quantos intus sublimis agit
Golden palaces break mans rest, and purple robes cause watchful nights.
Oh, if the breasts of the rich could be seen into, what terrors high fortune places within!
SenecaHercules tæus. 646.
|Iniqua raro maximis virtutibus|
Fortuna parcit. Nemo se tuto diu
Periculis offerre tam crebris potest,
Quem sæpe transit casus, aliquando invenit.
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.
SenecaHercules Furens. 325.
|O Fortuna, viris invida fortibus,|
Quam non æque bonis præmia dividis!
O Fortune, that enviest the brave, what unequal rewards thou bestowest on the righteous!
SenecaHercules Furens. 524.
|Minor in parvis Fortuna furit,|
Leviusque ferit leviora deus.
Fortune is gentle to the lowly, and heaven strikes the humble with a light hand.
SenecaHippolytus. Act IV. 1,124.
| Volat ambiguis|
Mobilis alis hora; nec ulli
Præstat velox Fortuna fidem.
The shifting hour flies with doubtful wings; nor does swift Fortune keep faith with anyone.
SenecaHippolytus. Act IV. 1,141.
| Fortune knows,|
We scorn her most, when most she offers blows.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 11. L. 73.
|And raild on Lady Fortune in good terms.|
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 16.
|Fortune brings in some boats, that are not steerd.|
Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 46.
|That they are not a pipe for fortunes finger|
To sound what stop she please.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 75.
|The great man down, you mark his favorite flies,|
The poor advanced makes friends of enemies.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 214.
|Will Fortune never come with both hands full,|
But write her fair words still in foulest letters?
She either gives a stomach, and no food;
Such are the poor, in health: or else a feast,
And takes away the stomach; such are the rich,
That have abundance, and enjoy it not.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 103.
| Fortune is merry,|
And in this mood will give us anything.
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 271.
|When Fortune means to men most good,|
She looks upon them with a threatening eye.
King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 119.
|A good mans fortune may grow out at heels.|
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 164.
|Fortune, that arrant whore,|
Neer turns the key to the poor.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 52.
|O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle.|
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 60.
|I find my zenith doth depend upon|
A most auspicious star; whose influence
If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
Will ever after droop.
Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 181.
|How some men creep in skittish Fortunes hall,|
While others play the idiots in her eyes!
Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. III.
| So is Hope|
Changed for Despairone laid upon the shelf,
We take the other. Under heavens high cope
Fortune is godall you endure and do
Depends on circumstance as much as you.
ShelleyEpigrams. From the Greek.
|Fortune, my friend, Ive often thought,|
Is weak, if Art assist her not:
So equally all Arts are vain,
If Fortune help them not again.
SheridanLove Epistles of Aristænetus. Ep. XIII.
|In losing fortune, many a lucky elf|
Has found himself.
Horace SmithMoral Alchemy. St. 12.
|Fortune is like a widow won,|
And truckles to the bold alone.
William SomervilleThe Fortune-Hunter. Canto II.
| Fors æqua merentes|
A just fortune awaits the deserving.
StatiusThebais. I. 661.
|Fortuna nimium quem favet, stultum facit.|
When fortune favors a man too much, she makes him a fool.
|Fortuna vitrea est, tum cum splendet frangitur.|
Fortune is like glass; when she shines, she is broken.
|Miserrima est fortuna quæ inimico caret.|
That is a very wretched fortune which has no enemy.
We are corrupted by good fortune.
TacitusAnnales. Bk. I. 15.
|Che sovente addivien chel saggio èl forte.|
Fabre a se stesso è di beata sorte.
They make their fortune who are stout and wise,
Wit rules the heavens, discretion guides the skies.
TassoGerusalemme. X. 20.
|By wondrous accident perchance one may|
Grope out a needle in a load of hay;
And though a white crow be exceedingly rare,
A blind man may, by fortune, catch a hare.
J. TaylorA Kicksey Winsey. Pt. VII.
|The lovely young Lavinia once had friends;|
And fortune smild, deceitful, on her birth.
|Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove|
An unrelenting foe to love,
And, when we meet a mutual heart,
Come in between, and bid us part?
ThomsonSong. To Fortune.
|For fortunes wheel is on the turn,|
And some go up and some go down.
Mary F. TuckerGoing Up and Coming Down.
| Tollimur in cælum curvato gurgite, et idem|
Subducta ad manes imos descendimus unda.
We are carried up to the heaven by the circling wave, and immediately the wave subsiding, we descend to the lowest depths.
VergilÆneid. III. 564.
|Audentes fortuna juvat.|
Fortune helps the bold.
VergilÆneid. X. 284.
|Non equidem invideo: miror magis.|
Indeed, I do not envy your fortune; I rather am surprised at it.
VergilEclogæ. I. 11.