Quotations on Fortune

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Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Society, Morality, Consequences, Evil, Man, Misfortune, Poor, Property, Right)

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Fortune, Humility, Youth)

Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Misfortune, Painting)

When I joined Granada - which, you don't want to start crying about these things, but Granada was a very, very hot place to be, it was my good fortune to be there at that time - the BBC was firmly asleep.
- Michael Apted
(Keywords: Time, Fortune, Want)

Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.
- Margot Asquith
(Keywords: Beauty, People, Men, Fortune, Houses)

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, "This is a misfortune" but "To bear this worthily is good fortune."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Fortune, Future)

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Misfortune, Woman)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Wife, Truth, Fortune, Man, Possession, Want)

There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Men, Women, Fortune, Pretty, World)

Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Fortune, Will)

The way of fortune is like the milkyway 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.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Fortune, Giving, Light, Sky, Stars)

Therefore if a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Blind, Fortune, Man)

I remember being told 'Someone's gonna make a fortune out of this rap thing' and thinking 'no way'.
- Arthur Baker
(Keywords: Being, Fortune, Rap, Thinking)

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker
(Keywords: Events, Humanity, Misfortune, Pleasure, Reason, Rest, World)

It was never the fame or fortune that drove me to act. It was something I love and enjoy doing it. A lot of people identify who they are by what they do and that's not me. It's what I do but not who I am. Who I am is a parent. I'm a family man.
- Adam Baldwin
(Keywords: Family, Love, People, Act, Fame, Fortune, Man)

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Business, Life, Fortune, Friends, Man)

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Crime, Fortune, Lies)

This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.
- Amelia Barr
(Keywords: Favors, Fortune, Luck, World)

One lapse of judgment can cost and talent isn't everything. A huge slice of good fortune in needed to make it to the top, and without that element of luck, you've no chance.
- John Barrow
(Keywords: Talent, Chance, Fortune, Judgment, Luck)

I'm not after fame and success and fortune and power. It's mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that's the good stuff in life.
- Drew Barrymore
(Keywords: Life, Success, Power, Fame, Fortune, Friends, Job, Want)

Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.
- Clara Barton
(Keywords: Life, Economy, Fortune, Opposites, Prudence, Will)

If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Time, Being, Fortune, Right, Sense, Wrong, Yield)

O, once in each man's life, at least, Good luck knocks at his door; And wit to seize the flitting guest Need never hunger more. But while the loitering idler waits Good luck beside his fire, The bold heart storms at fortune's gates, And conquers its desire.
- Lewis J. Bates
(Keywords: Life, Heart, Desire, Fire, Fortune, Guest, Hunger, Luck, Man, Storms, Wit)

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there.
- Birch Bayh
(Keywords: Age, Thought, People, Being, Congress, Fortune, Injustice, Old, Right, Vietnam, Vote, Voting)

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Fortune, Freedom)

If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past.
- Bodhidharma
(Keywords: Fame, Fortune, Past, Reward)

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
- Boethius
(Keywords: Adversity, Fortune, Misery)

Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
- Daniel Boone
(Keywords: Home, Life, Family, Determination, Fortune, Paradise, Kentucky, Risk)

At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations.
- Amar Bose
(Keywords: Body, Expectations, Fortune, Network, Theory, Understanding, Years)

During this time I had the singular good fortune of being able to discuss the problem constantly with Einstein. Some experiments done at Einstein's suggestion yielded no decisively new result.
- Walther Bothe
(Keywords: Time, Being, Fortune, Result)

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: People, Attention, Fortune, May, Reason, Respect)

It took me about 10 years to get rid of. I'm all right now, though, lovely, I'm throwing some nice darts at the moment, but every now and then I get a bit of a jump. I wish I could find a cure, I'd make a bloody fortune.
- Eric Bristow
(Keywords: Cure, Fortune, Now, Right, Years)

The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.
- Harry Browne
(Keywords: War, Government, Career, Choice, Misfortune, Poverty)

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Keywords: Misfortune, Solitude)

I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Fortune, Nothing)

In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Being, Fortune, Living, Sleep)

From these inconsiderable attempts, some idea may be formed with what success, should Fortune afford an opportunity, I am likely to treat matters of greater importance.
- Giraldus Cambrensis
(Keywords: Success, Idea, Opportunity, Fortune, Importance, May)

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
- Elias Canetti
(Keywords: People, Decision, Disaster, Eyes, Misfortune, Open)

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Work, Fortune, Inequality, Man, Sight, Sun)

A man's felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Fortune, Man, Mind)

The songs certainly have not made my fortune, but I am still grateful for the royalties when they come in.
- Sydney Carter
(Keywords: Fortune, Songs)

I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Power, Gratitude, Fortune, Friends)

There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
- Miguel De Cervantes
(Keywords: War, Fortune, Nothing)

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Keywords: Mother, Goal, Diligence, Fortune, Idleness, Man, Wishes)

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Keywords: Art, Successful, Being, Fortune, Pursuit)

As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Fathers, Misfortune, Sons)

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
- Rufus Choate
(Keywords: Love, Fortune, Reading, Youth)

No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Misfortune, Right)

It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.
- James F. Cooper
(Keywords: Men, Fire, Liberty, Misfortune, Necessity, Order, Press)

The world is apt to judge of everything by the success; and whoever has ill fortune will hardly be allowed a good name.
- William Dampier
(Keywords: Success, Fortune, Name, Will, World)



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