We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.
It cannot be denied that outward accents conduce much to fortune; favor, opportunity, death of others, occasion fitting virtue: but chiefly, the mold of a man's fortuue is in his own hands.
The way of fortune is like the milky-way in the sky; which is a number of small 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.
There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.''
It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
Ovid finely compares a broken fortune to a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it is obliged to sustain. When a man's circumstances are such that he has no occasion to borrow, he finds numbers willing to lend him; but should his wants be such that he sues for a trifle, it is two to one whether he will be trusted with the smallest sum.
The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found, at last, to be of our own producing.
Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry, and is as often trundling in a wheelbarrow as lolling in a coach and six.
Fortune is like the market, where many times if you can stay a little the price will fall; and, again it is sometimes like Sibyl's offer, which at first offeretn the commodity at full, then consumeth part and part, and still holdeth up the price.
Human life is more governed by fortune than by reason.
Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
Fortune gives too much to many, but to none enough.
Fortune, to show us her power, and abate our presumption, seeing she could not make fools wise, has made them fortunate.
There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.
Fortune does not change men; it only unmasks them.
We should manage our fortune as we do our health—enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
High fortune makes both our virtues and vices stand out as objects that are brought clearly to view by the light.
It requires greater virtues to support good than bad fortune.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
We are sure to get the better of fortune if we do but grapple with her.
May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.
Every man is the maker of his own fortune.
"Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life," but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
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.