Fortune Quotes

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Samuel Johnson

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.

Thomas Carlyle

A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.

Denis Waitley

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.


A great mind becomes a great fortune.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Francis Bacon

It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life.


Fortune is like glass--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.

Syrus, Publilius

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

Proverb, Chinese

Good fortune and evil fortune come to all things alike in this world of time.


Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.

Lowell, James Russell

Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.

Franklin, Benjamin

Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.


It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.

Dryden, John

Every individual is the architect of his own fortune.

Claudius, Appius

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away.

Charles V

Each man is the smith of his own fortune.

Caecus, Appius Claudius

Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold.

Butterworth, Eric

By accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.

Lao Tzu

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

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

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.


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

Robert A. Heinlein
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