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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.

COWPER—Trans. of Horace. Bk. II. Ode 10.

Si fortuna juvat, caveto tolli;
Si fortuna tonat, caveto mergi.

If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond. AUSONIUS—Septem Sapientium Sententice Sep

tenis 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.”

BACON—Adv. Learning. Bk. II.



Ill fortune seldom comes alone.

DRYDEN—Cymon and I phigenia. L. 592.




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

BACON-Essays. Of Fortune.


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.

(See also GRAY under HELL)
Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway,
Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay.

TENHAM in his “Art of Poesie.Bk. III.
Of Ornament, "which” (he says) “our soue-

raigne Lady wrote in defiance of Fortune.” Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment. EURIPIDES-Pirithous.

(See also CLAUDIAMUS) 23 Multa intersunt calicem et labrum summum.

Many things happen between the cup and the upper lip. AULUS GELLIUS—Trans. of Greek Proverb.

Bk. XIII. 17. 3.


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.

ferring to WORDSWORTH when he turned

(See also GOLDSMITH Under GENIUS) 13 Cæsarem vehis, Cæsarisque fortunam. You carry Cæsar and Cæsar's fortune. CÆSAR's remark to a pilot in a storm. Some

times given: Cæsarem portas et fortunam ejus. See BACON-Essays. Of Fortune.


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Das Glück erhebe billig der Beglückte.

It is the fortunate who should extol fortune. GOETHE-Torquato 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.
GOETHE—Torquato Tasso. IV. 4. 62.

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

GRAY-On his own Character.

4 Fortune, men say, doth give too much to many, But yet she never gave enough to any.


5 The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.

HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XX. L. 85. POPE's trans.


Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit
Pennas, resigno quæ dedit, et mea
Virtute me involvo, probamque
Pauperiem sine dote quæro.

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. HORACE_Carmina. III. 29.


Curta nescio quid semper abest rei.

Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune. HORACE_Carmina. III. 24. 64.

8 Cui non conveniet sua res, ut calceus olim, Si pede major erit subvertet; si minor, uret.

If a man's 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.

Horæ Momento cita mors venit aut victoria læta.

In a moment comes either death or joyful victory. HORACE-Satires. I. 1. 7.

10 Fortune, that favours fools. BEN JONSON—Alchemist Prologue. Every

Man Out of His Humour. I. 1. GOOGE
Eglogs. (Quoted as a saying.)

Fortune aveugle suit aveugle hardiesse.

Blind fortune pursues inconsiderate rashness. LA FONTAINE-Fables. X. 14.

12 Il lit au front de ceux qu'un vain luxe environne, Que la fortune vend ce qu'on croit qu'elle 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. 13

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 ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims. 391.

14 Barbaris ex fortuna pendet fides.

The fidelity of barbarians depends on fortune. Live-Annales. XXVIII. 17.

15 Non semper temeritas est felix.

Rashness is not always fortunate. Live-Annales. XXVIII. 42. 16

Non temere incerta casuum reputat, quem fortuna numquam decepit.

He whom fortune has never deceived, rarely considers the uncertainty of human events. Live-Annales. XXX. 30. 17

Raro simul hominibus bonam fortunam bonamque mentem dari.

Men are seldom blessed with good fortune and good sense at the same time. LIVY—Annales. XXX. 42.

18 Fortune comes well to all that comes not late. LONGFELLOW-Spanish Student. Act III. Sc.

5. L. 281. 19

Posteraque in dubio est fortunam quam vehat ætas.

It is doubtful what fortune to-morrow will LUCRETIUSDe Rerum Natura. III. 10. 98. 20

Quivis beatus, versa rota fortunæ, ante vesperum potest esse miserrimus.

Any one who is prosperous may by the turn of fortune's wheel become most wretched before evening AMMIANUS MARCELLINUSHistoria. XXVI.

8. 21

You are sad in the midst of every blessing. Take care that Fortune does not observe or she will call you ungrateful.

MARTIALEpigrams. Bk. VI. Ep. 79.

22 Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none. MARTIAL-Epigrams. XII. 10. 2.

Audentem forsque Venusque juvant.

Fortune and Love befriend the bold.
OVID-Ars Amatoria. I. 608.

(See also CLAUDIANUS) 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. OviD-Ars Amatoria. III. 425. 25

Fortuna miserrima tuta est: Nam timor eventus deterioris abest.

The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse. Ovm-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 2. 113.

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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. OVID-Tristium. I. 9. 5.


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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. RABELAIS-Pantagruel

. Bk. II. Ch. XI. 16 Chacun est artisan de sa bonne fortune.

Every one is the architect of his own fortune.

Ep. de Rep. Ordin. II. 1. Quoting APPIUS
CLAUDIUS CÆCUS, the Censor. Same idea
in PLAUTUSTrinummus. II. 2. 84. CER-
VANTES-Don Quixote. 1. 4. SCHILLER-
Wallenstein's Death. XII. 8. 77. METAS-

TASIO—Morte d'Abele. II. 17

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 wellregulated principle. SALLUST—Catilina. VIII.

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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
Fortuna rotat.

Fortune turns on her wheel the fate of kings.

SENECA-Agamemnon. LXXI. Quidquid in altum, fortuna tulit, ruitura levat.

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down. SENECA—Agamemnon. C.

The wheel goes round and round,
And some are up and some are on the down,
And still the wheel goes round.

Fortune in men has some small diff'rence made,
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade;
The cobbler apron'd, and the parson gown'd,
The friar hooded, and the monarch crown'd.

POPE-Essay 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 puff'd prosperity,
Or bless'd with little, whose preventing care
In peace provides fit arms against a war?
POPE-Second Book of Horace. Satire II.

L. 123.

Quid non dedit fortuna non eripit.

Fortune cannot take away what she did not give.

SENECAEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. LIX.
Felix, quisquis novit famulum
Rogemque pati,
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 Etæus. 228.

Aurea rumpunt tecta quietem,
Vigilesque trahit purpura noctes.
O si pateant pectora ditum,
Quantos intus sublimis agit
Fortuna metus.


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

Psalms. XVI. 6.

13 Præsente fortuna pejor est futuri metus.

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune. QUINTILIAN–De Institutione Oratoria. XII.


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Golden palaces break man's rest, and purple

robes cause watchful nights. Oh, if the breasts of the rich could be seen into,

what terrors high fortune places within! SENECA-Hercules Etæus. 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. SENECA—Hercules Furens. 325.

2 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. SENECA-Hippolytus. 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 rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms.

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 16.



So is Hope Changed for Despair—one laid upon the shelf, We take the other. Under heaven's high cope Fortune is god-all you endure and do Depends on circumstance as much as you.

SHELLEY-Epigrams. From the Greek.



Fortune, my friend, I've often thought,
Is weak, if Art assist her not:
So equally all Arts are vain,
If Fortune help them not again.
SHERIDAN—Love Epistles of Aristonetus. Ep.




In losing fortune, many a lucky elf
Has found himself.

HORACE SMITH-Moral Alchemy. St. 12.




Fortune brings in some boats, that are not steer'd.

Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 46.

8 That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger To sound what stop she please.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 75.

Fortune is like a widow won,
And truckles to the bold alone.

Canto II. (See also CLAUDIANUS, also BUTLER under


Fors æqua merentes Respicit.

A just fortune awaits the deserving. STATIUSThebais. I. 661.


The great man down, you mark his favorite flies, The poor advanced makes friends of enemies.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 214.



Fortuna nimium quem favet, stultum facit.

When fortune favors a man too much, she makes him a fool. SYRUS-Maxims.


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.

Fortuna vitrea est, tum cum splendet frangitur.

Fortune is like glass; when she shines, she is broken. SYRUS-Maxims. 283.

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Miserrima est fortuna quæ inimico caret.

That is a very wretched fortune which has no enemy. SYRUS-Maxims.


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Felicitate corrumpimur.

We are corrupted by good fortune. Tacitus-Annales. Bk. I. 15.

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