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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 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.'

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. 19 Il fortune seldom comes alone.

DRYDEN—Cymon 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.
DRYDEN—Don Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.

(See also GRAY under HELL)
Neuer thinke


fortune can beare the sway, Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay. QUEEN ELIZABETH — Preserved by Geo. Put

TENHAM in his "Art of Poesie." Bk. III. Of Ornament, "which" (he says) “our soueraigne Lady wrote in defiance of Fortune.”



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.

Fortune, now see, now proudly Pluck off thy veil, and view thy triumph; look, Look what thou hast brought this land to! BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Tragedy of

Bonduca. Act V. Sc. 5. 12 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) 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.

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.



Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave. ĠIBBON—Decline and Fall of the Roman Em

pire. Ch. LXXI.


Fortune never seems so blind as to those upon whom she confers no favors. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims. 391.



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.
GOETHETorquato Tasso. IV. 4. 62.

Barbaris ex fortuna pendet fides.

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



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

GRAY-On his own Character.


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

SIR JOHN HARRINGTON-Epigram. Of Fortune.

Non semper temeritas est felix.

Rashness is not always fortunate. LIVY-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. LIVY--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. Live-Annales. XXX. 42.

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

5. L. 281.


The bitter dregs of Fortune's cup to drain.

HOMERIliad. 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.


Posteraque in dubio est fortunam quam vehat ætas.

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


Curta nescio quid semper abest rei.

Something is always wanting to incomplete fortune. HORACE—Carmina. III. 24. 64.


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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.

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. VI. Ep. 79.



Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.

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

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.)

(See also CLAUDIANUS) Fortune aveugle suit aveugle hardiesse.

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


Audentem forsque Venusque juvant.

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




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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. OviD-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 2. 113.


La fortune ne paraît jamais si aveugle qu'a ceux à qui elle ne fait pas de bien.














Golden palaces break man's rest, and purple
robes cause watchful nights.

Fortune, that arrant whore,
Oh, if the breasts of the rich could be seen into, Ne'er turns the key to the poor.

what terrors high fortune places within! King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 52.
SENECA-Hercules Etæus. 646.
Iniqua raro maximis virtutibus

O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle.

Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 60. Fortuna parcit. Nemo se tuto diu Periculis offerre tam crebris potest, Quem sæpe transit casus, aliquando invenit. I find my zenith doth depend upon

Adverse fortune seldom spares men of the A most auspicious star; whose influence
noblest virtues. No one can with safety expose If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
himself often to dangers. The man who has Will ever after droop.
often escaped is at last caught.

Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 181.
SENECA-Hercules Furens. 325.
O Fortuna, viris invida fortibus,

How some men creep in skittish Fortune's hall,

While others play the idiots in her eyes!
Quam non æque bonis præmia dividis!
O Fortune, that enviest the brave, what un-

Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 134. equal rewards thou bestowest on the righteous!

So is Hope SENECA-Hercules Furens. 524.

Changed for Despair-one laid upon the shelf,

We take the other. Under heaven's high cope Minor in parvis Fortuna furit, Leviusque ferit leviora deus.

Fortune is god-all you endure and do Fortune is gentle to the lowly, and heaven

Depends on circumstance as much as you. strikes the humble with a light hand.

SHELLEYEpigrams. From the Greek. SENECAHippolytus. Act IV. 1,124.

Fortune, my friend, I've often thought, Volat ambiguis

Is weak, if Art assist her not: Mobilis alis hora; nec ulli

So equally all Arts are vain, Præstat velox Fortuna fidem.

If Fortune help them not again. The shifting hour flies with doubtful wings; SHERIDAN-Love Epistles of Aristonetus. Ep. nor does swift Fortune keep faith with anyone. XIII. SENECAHippolytus. Act IV. 1,141.

In losing fortune, many a lucky elf

Fortune knows, Has found himself. We scorn her most, when most she offers blows.

HORACE SMITH-Moral Alchemy. St. 12. Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 11. L. 73.

Fortune is like a widow won,

a And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms.

And truckles to the bold alone. As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 16.


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

(See also CLAUDIANUS, also BUTLER under Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 46.


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

Fors æqua merentes

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

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 Will Fortune never come with both hands full,

makes him a fool. But write her fair words still in foulest letters?

SYRUS-Maxims. She either gives a stomach, and no food; Such are the poor, in health: or else a feast, Fortuna vitrea est, tum cum splendet franAnd takes away the stomach; such are the rich, gitur. That have abundance, and enjoy it not.

Fortune is like glass; when she shines, she Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 103. is broken.

SYRUS—Maxims. 283.
Fortune is merry,
And in this mood will give us anything.

Miserrima est fortuna quæ inimico caret.
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 271.

That is a very wretched fortune which has When Fortune means to men most good,

no enemy.

She looks upon them with a threatening eye.
King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 119.

Felicitate corrumpimur.
A good man's fortune may grow out at heels. We are corrupted by good fortune.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 164.

Tacitus—Annales. Bk. I. 15.









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Che sovente addivien che'l saggio è'l forte.
Fabro a se stesso è di beata sorte.
They make their fortune who are stout and

wise, Wit rules the heavens, discretion guides the

skies. Tasso Gerusalemme. X. 20, 2 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. TAYLOR-A Kicksey Winsey. Pt. VII. The lovely young Lavinia once had friends; And fortune smild, deceitful, on her birth.

THOMSON-Seasons. Autumn.

Glass antique! 'twixt thee and Nell
Draw we here a parallel.
She, like thee, was forced to bear
All reflections, foul or fair.

Thou art deep and bright within,-
Depths as bright belong'd to Gwynne;
Thou art very frail as well,
Frail as flesh is,

- so was Nell. L. BLANCHARD-Nell Gwynne's Looking Glass.

St. 1.



This is the porcelain clay of human kind.

DRYDEN—Don Sebastian. Act I. Sc. 1.



Unthought-of Frailties cheat us in the Wise.

POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. To Temple. L. 69.


Forever, Fortune, wilt thou prove
An unrelenting foe to love,
And, when we meet a mutual heart,
Come in between, and bid us part?

THOMSON-Song. To Fortune.

Frailty, thy name is woman!

Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 146.



For fortune's wheel is on the turn,

And some go up and some go down.
MARY F. TUCKER-Going Up and Coming


Sometimes we are devils to ourselves, When we will tempt the frailty of our powers, Presuming on their changeful potency.

Troilus and Cressida. Act. IV. Sc. 4. L. 96.



Alas! our frailty is the cause, not we; For, such we are made of, such we be.

Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 32.

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. VERGIL-Æneid. III. 564.

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Audentes fortuna juvat.

Fortune helps the bold.
VERGIL-Æneid. X. 284.

(See also CLAUDIANUS) Non equidem invideo: miror magis.

Indeed, I do not envy your fortune; I rather am surprised at it. VERGILEcloge. I. 11.


The Frenchman, easy, debonair, and brisk,
Give him his lass, his fiddle, and his frisk,
Is always happy, reign whoever may,
And laughs the sense of mis'ry far away.

COWPERTable Talk. L. 237.


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