Fortune Quotes

The wonderful fortune of some writers deludes and leads to misery a great number of young people.

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.

Randolph Silliman Bourne

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

Jonathan Swift

See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.

Jean Maurice Eugne Clment Cocteau

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.


The stupid fear fortune, the wise endure it.

Latin Proverb

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.

Alain de Botton

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.

Thomas Carlyle

The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.

J. Paul Getty

The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky; which is a number of smaller 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.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

William Shakespeare

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.

Johann Georg Zimmermann

It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.


It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task.

Titus Livius
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