Fortune Sayings and Quotes

A body makes his own luck, be it good or bad.

Change yourself and fortune will change.
Portuguese (on fortune)

Good things come when you least expect them.

Great actions are not always true sons of great and mighty resolutions.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.
Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

It is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
P. H. Myers (1857)

May the wind be always at your back.

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day.
George Herbert (1593-1633)

The new boat will find the old stones.
Estonian (on perversity)

Venture a small fish to catch a great one.
English (on buying and selling)

When fortune calls, offer her a chair.
Yiddish (on fortune)

When fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your teeth.

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Benjamin Disraeli

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
Thomas Fuller

Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
Julius Caesar

Fortune favors the prepared mind.
Louis Pasteur

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

The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.

I’ve seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling, I’ve felt all its favours and found its decay.
Alison Cockburn

There is frequently a poison in fortune’s gifts.
Edward Counsel

The loss of fortune to a true man is but the trumpet challenge to renewed exertion, not the thunder stroke of destruction.
E.H. Chapin

Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control.
Sir Walter Scott

We make a goddess of Fortune … and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

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.

Fortune does not so much change men, as it unmasks them.

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.
Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.
Vincent Voiture

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
Francis Bacon

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Honore de Balzac

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.
Oliver Goldsmith

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
James Russell Lowell

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
William Shakespeare

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.

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
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his intellect
Antoinette Deshoulieres

Fortune and misfortune are two buckets in the same well
German Proverb

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence and merit
Jonathan Swift

A great fortune is a great slavery.

Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.
Amelia E. Barr

No man’s fortune can be an end worthy of his being.
Francis Bacon

The brave man carves out his fortune and every man is the son of his own works.
Miguel De Cervantes

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
Arthur Schopenhauer

We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
Charles Kuralt

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.

Fortune, the great commandress of the world, Hath diverse ways to advance her followers: To some she gives honor without deserving; To other some, deserving without honor; Some wit, some wealth,
and some, wit without wealth; Some wealth without wit; some nor wit nor wealth.
George Chapman