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To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

Proverb Quotes

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Fortune favors the brave. [Lat., Fors juvat audentes.]

Claudian (Claudianus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (IV, 9)

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Don't trust in fortune until you are in heaven.

Filipino Proverb Quotes

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Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Fortune

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A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.

Chinese Proverb Quotes

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Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: On His Own Character

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God, grant me the Senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference

Mark Twain Quotes

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife

Jane Austen Quotes

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One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.

Robert A. Heinlein Quotes

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We ought to give thanks for all fortune: it is is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Hermann Hesse Quotes

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To be fortunate is God, and more than God to mortals.

Aeschylus Quotes , Source: Choephoroe (60)

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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 (Ammianus Marcellinus) Quotes , Source: Historia (XXVI)

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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 Quotes , Source: Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe (IV, 6)

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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 Quotes , Source: Advancement of Learning (bk. II)

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

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Fortune

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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 Quotes , Source: The Tragedy of Bonduca (act V, sc. 5)

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The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

Bible Quotes , Source: Psalms (ch. XVI, v. 6)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Lost Leader, referring to Wordsworth when he turned Tory

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You carry Caesar and Caesar's fortune. [Lat., Caesarem vehis, Caesarisque fortunam.] - Julius Caesar (Caius Julius Caesar),

Julius Caesar (Caius Julius Caesar) Quotes , Source: his remark to a pilot in a storm; see Bacon's "Essays--Of Fortune"

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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.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: All Fools (act V, sc. 1)

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It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life. [Lat., Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (LIX)

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Alas! by what slight means are great affairs brought to destruction. [Lat., Eheu! quam brevibus pereunt ingentia fatis.]

Claudian (Claudianus) Quotes , Source: In Rufinum (II, 49)

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If hindrances obstruct the 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.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Translation of Horace (bk. II, ode 10)

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