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- Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
- We should manage our fortunes 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 (1613 - 1680)
- Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
- Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)
- Many men can make a fortune but very few can build a family.
- J. S. Bryan
- Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance,
And toss them on the wheels of Chance.
- Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)
- Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)
- Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
- Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
- Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC)
- Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Ajax
- Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.
- Suzanne Necker (1739 - 1794)
- Fortune helps the brave.
- Terence (185 BC - 159 BC), Phormio
- Fortune favors the brave.
- Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC), Aeneid
- Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
- Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)