Quotes and Sayings about Fortune



"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
(Related: Society, Morality, Consequences, Evil, Man, Misfortune, Poor, Property, Right)

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

"A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Blessings, Day, Influence)

"For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Gods, Man, Misfortune)

"Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Friend, Fortune)

"To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Gain, Trouble, Will, Worth)

"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
(Related: Misfortune, Painting)

"The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others."
- Aesop
(Related: Comfort)

"Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own."
- Aesop
"People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world."
- Louisa May Alcott
(Related: Men, Women, Work, Money, People, Style, World)

"Look at misfortune the same way you look at success - Don't Panic! Do you best and forget the consequences."
- Walt Alston
(Related: Success, Consequences, Forget, Misfortune)

"I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life."
- Walter Anderson
(Related: Life, Attitude, May)

"Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman's idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman's idea of the real."
- David Antin
(Related: Idea, Disney, Fortune)

"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
(Related: Time, Fortune, Want)

"Fortune is either with you or it's not."
- Tom Araya
(Related: Fortune)

"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends."
- Aristotle
(Related: Friends, Misfortune)

"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Comfort, Deeds, Friends, Old, Poverty, Weakness)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Fortune, Future)

"If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond."
- Ausonius
(Related: Favors, Fortune)

"A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can."
- Jane Austen
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Men, Women, Fortune, Pretty, World)

"A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Society, Past, Present, World)

"The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Fortune)

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

"Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Children)

"He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Wife, Virtue, Children, Fortune)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Blind, Fortune, Man)

"A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Mother, Wife, Fault, Man, Misfortune)

"You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family."
- Anita Baker
(Related: Family, Home, Fortune)

"I remember being told 'Someone's gonna make a fortune out of this rap thing' and thinking 'no way'."
- Arthur Baker
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Business, Life, Fortune, Friends, Man)

"We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Happiness, Misfortune)

"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Life, Success, Power, Fame, Fortune, Friends, Job, Want)

"This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them."
- Lionel Barrymore
(Related: Age, Movies, Insincerity, Misfortune)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Age, Thought, People, Being, Congress, Fortune, Injustice, Old, Right, Vietnam, Vote, Voting)

"Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race."
- Pierre Bayle
(Related: History, Nothing, Race)

"The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears."
- A. C. Benson
(Related: Life)

"Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Truth, Common sense, Favors, Fortune)

"Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Fortune)

"My face has always been my fortune anyway, not my body."
- Claire Bloom
(Related: Body, Fortune)

"A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: 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
(Related: Fame, Fortune, Past, Reward)

"For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy."
- Boethius
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Cure, Fortune, Now, Right, Years)

"All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Gods, Being, Fortune)

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

"It is we that are blind, not fortune."
- Thomas Browne
(Related: Blind, Fortune)

"The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Man, May)

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

"All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Men, Being, Hatred, Spring)

"There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Power, God, Country, Man, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Unworthy, Will)

"I don't need to make a fortune, I need to survive."
- Solomon Burke
(Related: Fortune)

"Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold."
- Eric Butterworth
(Related: Fortune)

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

"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
(Related: Power, War, Fortune)

"In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: People, Decision, Disaster, Eyes, Misfortune, Open)

"There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Fortune)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Power, Gratitude, Fortune, Friends)

"My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Success, Evil, World)

"In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Mother, Thought, Being, Help, Spirit, Suffering)

"Not that I am ashamed of my mind or body, my birth or breeding, my actions or fortunes, for my bashfulness is in my nature, not for any crime."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Nature, Actions, Body, Breeding, Crime, Mind)

"There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war."
- Miguel De Cervantes
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Art, Successful, Being, Fortune, Pursuit)

"Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune."
- Chanakya
(Related: Wife, Friend, Adversity, Difficulty, Duty, Misfortune)

"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
(Related: Fathers, Misfortune, Sons)

"Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face."
- Lydia M. Child
(Related: Soul, Misfortune)

"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
(Related: Love, Fortune, Reading, Youth)

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

"For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Men, Fortune)

"I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Fortune)

"We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Interest, Misfortune)

"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
(Related: Men, Fire, Liberty, Misfortune, Necessity, Order, Press)

"Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard."
- E. Joseph Cossman
(Related: People, Fortune)

"I made a small fortune. I made a lot of money and I made a lot of other people wealthy."
- Jim Cramer
(Related: Money, People, Fortune)

"Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Journey, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Success, Fortune, Name, Will, World)

"If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes."
- Jacques-Louis David
(Related: Experience, Work, Fortune, Glory, Justice, Mistakes, Poor, Public, Taste, Will)

"In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton."
- Thomas Day
(Related: EnglFortune, Gentleman, Name)

"I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune. They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something... no one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean."
- Jimmy Dean
(Related: Business, Money, People, Fortune, Old, Play)

"Cast away care, he that loves sorrow Lengthens not a day, nor can buy tomorrow; Money is trash, and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily, fortune will send it."
- Thomas Dekker
(Related: Money, Care, Day, Fortune, Sorrow, Tomorrow, Will)

"When Elvis was performing, you just tried to figure out a way to get there. I think he set all the records and anyone that has ever had the good fortune to see him, you know what it's like to try to get in to see Elvis. It was impossible, practically."
- Jackie DeShannon
(Related: Fortune)

"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Men, Blessings, Man, Past, Present)

"Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned."
- Emily Dickinson
(Related: Chance, Fortune, Luck, Smile)

"Fortune befriends the bold."
- Emily Dickinson
(Related: Fortune)

"Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Business, Time, Brother, Disaster, Hollywood, Mind, Mouse, Right, Years)

"Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Men, People, Virtue, Ambition, Fortune, Merit, Moderation, Want)

"The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Calamity, Difference, Misfortune)

"Diligence is the mother of good fortune."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Mother, Diligence, Fortune)

"It is strange, but nobody is shocked when pop singers make a fortune in the space of two years."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Fortune, Space, Years)

"Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before!"
- John Dryden
(Related: Fate, Future, Joy)

"It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence."
- John Dryden
(Related: Events, Fortune, Madness, Nothing, Prudence)

"No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate, there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Fortune, Luck)

"The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune."
- Amelia Earhart
(Related: Fame, Fortune, Job, Will, Woman)

"Fortune's wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous."
- Maria Edgeworth
(Related: Fortune)

"Which reminds me of a fortune cookie: you often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it."
- Hector Elizondo
(Related: Destiny, Fortune)

"Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Accomplishments)

"A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives."
- Robert Emmet
(Related: Power, Difficulties, Force, Fortune, Man, Memory)

"To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete."
- Epictetus
(Related: Education, Want)

"The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool."
- Epicurus
(Related: Fool, Misfortune, Prosperity)

"Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life."
- Epicurus
(Related: Life, Man, Misfortune, Reason)

"Fortune favors the audacious."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Favors, Fortune)

"No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will."
- Euripides
(Related: People, Wealth, Acting, Fortune, Law, Will)

"Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment."
- Euripides
(Related: Fortune, Judgment)

"In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?"
- Euripides
(Related: Friend, Misfortune)

"Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain."
- Euripides
(Related: Gain, Ignorance)

"Regarding fame, fortune and Oregon I do wish I had more money."
- John Fahey
(Related: Money, Fame, Fortune)

"I've seen many of my contemporaries become superstars, and the way fame and fortune starts to really affect the way they treat other people, and I think it's ugly."
- Siobhan Fahey
(Related: People, Fame, Fortune, Ugly)

"We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it."
- George Farquhar
(Related: Men, Life, Money, Accidents, Value, Worth)

"Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it."
- Rachel Field
(Related: Happiness, Fortune)

"President Bush will come here and there will be new "friends" of America to open a new relationship with the world, new economic fortunes for those who "liberated" them."
- Robert Fisk
(Related: America, Open, President, Will, World)

"We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Thought, Fortune, Luxury)

"A small species of pinus was much prized, and, when dwarfed in the manner of the Chinese, fetched a very high price; it is generally grafted on a variety of the stone pine."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Variety)

"Junipers are generally chosen for the latter purpose, as they can be more readily bent into the desired form; the eyes and tongue are added afterwards, and the representation altogether is really good."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Purpose, Eyes, Tongue)

"Nature generally struggles against this treatment for a while, until her powers seem in a great measure exhausted, when she quietly yields to the power of the art."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Art, Nature, Power, Measure, Treatment)

"As the lower parts of the Japanese houses and shops are open both before and behind, I had peeps of these pretty little gardens as I passed along the streets; and wherever I observed one better than the rest I did not fail to pay it a visit."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Gardens, Houses, Open, Pretty, Rest, Shops, Visit)

"We are told that the first part of the process is to select the very smallest seeds from the smallest plants, which is not at all unlikely, but I cannot speak to the fact from my own observation."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Fact, First, Observation, Plants)

"This may be done by grafting, by confining the roots, withholding water, bending the branches, or in a hundred other ways which all proceed upon the same principle."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: May, Water)

"No doubt these rocky islands have suggested the idea worked out in gardens, and they have been well imitated."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Idea, Doubt, Gardens, Islands)

"Nothing of the kind; they do all these things in their houses and sheds, with common charcoal fires, and a quantity of straw to stop up the crevices in the doors and windows."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Houses, Nothing, Quantity, Windows)

"One marked feature of the people, both high and low, is a love for flowers."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Love, People, Flowers)

"So high do these plants stand in the favour of the Chinese gardener, that he will cultivate them extensively, even against the wishes of his employer; and, in many instances, rather leave his situation than give up the growth of his favourite flower."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Growth, Plants, Will, Wishes)

"Sometimes, as is the case of peach and plum trees, which are often dwarfed, the plants are thrown into a flowering states, and then, as they flower freely year after year, they have little inclination to make vigorous growth."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Growth, Plants, states, Trees)

"Stunted varieties were generally chosen, particularly if they had the side branches opposite or regular, for much depends upon this; a one-sided tree is of no value in the eyes of the Chinese."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Eyes, Value)

"We all know that any thing which retards in any way the free circulation of the sap, also prevents to a certain extent the formation of wood and leaves."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Wood)

"When these suckers had formed roots in the open ground, or kind of nursery where they were planted, they were looked over and the best taken up for potting."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Open)

"The tree was evidently aged, from the size of its stem. It was about six feet high, the branches came out from the stem in a regular and symmetrical manner, and it had all the appearance of a tree in miniature."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Appearance, Feet)

"The Chinese, by their favourite system of dwarfing, contrive to make it, when only a foot and a half or two feet high, have all the characters of an aged cedar of Lebanon."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Feet)

"The dwarfed trees of the Chinese and Japanese have been noticed by every author who has written upon these countries, and all have attempted to give some description of the method by which the effect is produced."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Countries, Effect, Trees)

"The plants are principally kept in large pots arranged in rows along the sides of narrow paved walks, with the houses of the gardeners at the entrance through which the visitors pass to the gardens."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Gardens, Houses, Plants)

"The plants which stand next to dwarf trees in importance with the Chinese are certainly chrysanthemums, which they manage extremely well, perhaps better than they do any other plant."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Importance, Plants, Trees)

"These gardens may be called the gardens of the respectable working classes."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Gardens, May)

"There are about a dozen of these gardens, more or less extensive, according to the business or wealth of the proprietor; but they are generally smaller than the smallest of our London nurseries."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Business, Wealth, Gardens, London)

"The main stem was then in most cases twisted in a zigzag form, which process checked the flow of the sap, and at the same time encouraged the production of side branches at those parts of the stem where they were most desired."
- Robert Fortune
(Related: Time, Production)

"The white men of the South had better make up their minds that the blacks will remain in the South just as long as corn will tassel and cotton will bloom into whiteness."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Men, Will)

"Men may be spoiled by education, even as they are spoiled by illiteracy. Education is the preparation of the mind for future work, hence men should be educated with special reference to the work."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Education, Men, Work, Future, May, Mind, Preparation)

"It is not safe in the republican form of government that clannishness should exist either by compulsory or voluntary reason. It is not good for the government and it is not good for the individual."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Government, Reason, Republican)

"I do not inveigh against higher education, I simply maintain that the sort of education the colored people of the South stand most in need of, is elementary and industrial. They should be instructed for the work to be done."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Education, Work, People)

"The colored man is in the South to stay there. He will not leave it voluntarily and he cannot be driven out. He had no voice in being carried into the South, but he will have a very loud voice in any attempt to put him out."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Being, Man, Voice, Will)

"Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion; it shows that society is rotten to the core."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: Society, Expression, Law, Mob, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"We are African in origin and American in birth."
- Timothy Thomas Fortune
(Related: African, American)

"Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue."
- Anatole France
(Related: Virtue, Fortune, Innocence)

"He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Fortune)

"Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Day, Fortune)

"Not many men have both good fortune and good sense."
- Marilyn French
(Related: Men, Fortune, Sense)

"I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere."
- David Friedman
(Related: Fighting, Fortune, Years)

"Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Misfortune)

"A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Wife, Fortune, Man)

"A wise man turns chance into good fortune."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Chance, Fortune, Man)

"It worries me that young singers think you can shortcut the training and go straight to fame and fortune, and programmes like Pop Idol have encouraged that."
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Fame, Fortune, Training)

"Then all the foreigners started coming over. I don't mind that but a lot of teams are laying out fortunes for ordinary players and that's no good for our youngsters coming through."
- Paul Gascoigne
(Related: Foreigners, Mind)

"Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune."
- Dick Gephardt
(Related: Life, Fortune, Obligation)

"The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips."
- J. Paul Getty
(Related: Fortune, Future, Man)

"There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune."
- J. Paul Getty
(Related: Men, Fortune, Man, Risk, Security)

"There are heads of royal families who control hereditary fortunes that defy comprehension."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Control)

"By going solo I could lose a fortune but money is not important."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Money, Fortune)

"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: History, Mankind)

"History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: History, Mankind)

"I jumped off the wheel of fortune because I wanted to simplify things. Now I've fulfilled my obligations to myself by making my new record. I'd like it to sell millions of copies, but my self - worth is not based on chart positions."
- Roland Gift
(Related: Fortune, Now, Self, Worth)

"Dread lord and cousin, may the almighty preserve your reverence and lordship in long life and good fortune."
- Owen Glendower
(Related: Life, Fortune, May)

"It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Fools, Fortune, Merit, United)

"Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great."
- Carlo Goldoni
(Related: Accident, Actions, Fortune)

"Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Favors, Fortune)

"True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Friendship, Life, Fortune)

"It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training."
- Ulysses S. Grant
(Related: Fortune, Misfortune, Office, Training)

"Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune."
- Thomas Gray
(Related: Fortune, Poor)

"It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Character, Misfortune)

"There is no formula to making it to the NFL other than good fortune and and playing well in college."
- Dante Hall
(Related: College, Formula, Fortune)

"There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else."
- Pete Hamill
(Related: Women, Country, Disasters, Feeling, Football, Politicians)

"I am disposed to be thus particular from the interest you take in our welfare and from the entire confidence I have in your knowing, that you will be sympathetic with us in our misfortunes."
- John Hawley
(Related: Confidence, Interest, Welfare, Will)

"My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Idea, Fortune, Suicide)

"The Unhappy may, possibly, by indulging Thought, hit on some lucky Stratagem for the Relief of his Misfortunes, and the Happy may be infinitely more so by contemplating on his Condition."
- Eliza Haywood
(Related: Thought, May)

"Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Love, Envy, Justice)

"There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Poetry, Destiny, Misfortune, Old, Sorrow, Woman)

"Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past."
- Francis Herbert Hedge
(Related: Fortune, Heir, Man, Past)

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Life, Being, Fortune)

"I don't want to get married, and I don't want to work after I'm 30, so I must manage my fortune somehow in the next seven years."
- Anna Held
(Related: Work, Fortune, Want, Years)

"A woman must make her fortune before she is 30; or work after she is 30; or get married."
- Anna Held
(Related: Work, Fortune, Woman)

"Every happiness is a hostage to fortune."
- Arthur Helps
(Related: Happiness, Fortune)

"Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever."
- Herodotus
(Related: Men, Man)

"The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless."
- Herodotus
(Related: Fortune, Luck, Man, May)

"The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence."
- Herodotus
(Related: Influence, Man, Misfortune)

"No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying."
- Alexander Herzen
(Related: Being, Blame, Dying, Fault, Misfortune, World)

"Mortals grow swiftly in misfortune."
- Hesiod
(Related: Misfortune)

"I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value."
- Hermann Hesse
(Related: Fortune, May, Meaning, Value)

"There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor."
- Thomas W. Higginson
(Related: Humor, Defense, Fortune, Sense)

"Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one."
- Jim Hightower
(Related: Agriculture, Day, Fortune)

"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Opportunity, Defeat, Misfortune)

"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Ideas, Beginning)

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: People, Fortune)

"If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make a fortune out of what they don't know about economics."
- Luther H. Hodges
(Related: Americans, Economics, Fortune, Ignorance)

"Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Life, Fire, Fortune, Youth)

"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."
- Horace
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much."
- Horace
(Related: Favors, Fool, Fortune)

"A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them."
- Horace
(Related: Feet, Fortune)

"A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune."
- Horace
(Related: Change, Heart, Adversity, Fortune)

"Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain."
- Horace
(Related: Fortune, Gain, Tomorrow)

"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Misfortune)

"The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Ability)

"My submission to you is we're fighting the war on terror not overseas but in our own streets, and we'd be spending vast more fortunes to try to be a defensive country to protect ourselves rather than an offensive country to spread democracy wherever people yearn for it."
- Johnny Isakson
(Related: War, People, Country, Democracy, Fighting, Terror)

"Make haste! The tide of Fortune soon ebbs."
- Silius Italicus
(Related: Fortune)

"Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."
- William James
(Related: Acceptance, Consequences, First, Misfortune, Overcoming)

"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."
- William James
(Related: Acceptance, Consequences, First, Misfortune, Overcoming)

"Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?"
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Friendship, Alliance, Name)

"Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it's ten to one if they hang long together."
- Douglas William Jerrold
(Related: Time)

"The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Time, Son, Actors, Artists, Being, Fortune, Musicians)

"Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: Fortune, Labor)

"The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Complaint, Contempt, Fortune, Pity)

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Man, Misery, Nothing)

"All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Travel, Countries, Fortune, May)

"A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Ambition, Fortune, Man, Office)

"Fortune, that favors fools."
- Ben Jonson
(Related: Favors, Fools, Fortune)

"Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not."
- Ben Jonson
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Imagination, Misfortune)

"Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided."
- Alphonse Karr
(Related: Happiness)

"I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked."
- Alphonse Karr
(Related: Wife, Hope, Misfortune, Sleep, Yesterday)

"There are many facts showing that Putin's people enriched themselves by using power mechanisms so that's why for them losing power means losing their fortunes."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: Power, People, Facts, Losing)

"I had the good fortune of speaking with Orson Wells many decades ago and he said 'Success is primarily luck anyway.' And I have been very lucky. Of course, Orson Wells was enormously talented and brilliant - so who am I to argue with him!"
- George Kennedy
(Related: Fortune, Luck)

"Fortunes are made, and disappear, over the lifetime of a single generation. Today, a person in essence takes his wealth from society just for the duration of his or her lifetime. The next generation has to create it anew."
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky
(Related: Society, Wealth, Today)

"This ship was a league from us, and some of the men would have taken her, and I would not consent to it, and this Moore said I always hindered them making their fortunes. Was that not the reason I struck him? Was there a mutiny on board?"
- William Kidd
(Related: Men, Reason)

"When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: Sports, Women, Business, Successful, Fortune, Woman)

"If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot's at the other end."
- Edward Koch
(Related: End, Fortune)

"I believe that the confidence of Hungary in me is not shaken by misfortune nor broken by my calumniators."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Confidence, Misfortune)

"One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: Time, Shame)

"We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Credit, Fortune)

"From that moment on, the newspaper became a highly lucrative investment for those with a talent for making money or for publishers wanting to gain a fortune."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: Money, Talent, Fortune, Gain, Investment)

"Only in a popular war against France... do I see a misfortune."
- Ferdinand Lassalle
(Related: War, France, Misfortune, Popular)

"I feel like a hostage to fortune. Not that I am complaining. I wanted to play the role. But in truth I didn't think the show would be such a success. OK, I thought it would fail. Not because it was bad. I was confident it was good, but plenty of good things just sort of wither on the vine."
- Hugh Laurie
(Related: Success, Truth, Thought, Complaining, Fortune, Play)

"France cannot be destroyed. She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes, has, and always will have, thanks to her past, a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her."
- Pierre Laval
(Related: Country, Fate, France, Old, Past, Will, World)

"From the beginning of the Radiation Laboratory, I have had the rare good fortune of being in the center of a group of men of high ability, enthusiastic and completely devoted to scientific pursuits."
- Ernest Lawrence
(Related: Men, Ability, Beginning, Being, Fortune)

"Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child. It takes a mensch to weep for others' children."
- Sam Levenson
(Related: Children)

"Luckily, I have the good fortune of being on the same team as Ray Lewis. I don't have to face him on Sunday."
- Jamal Lewis
(Related: Being, Fortune)

"Yes, you who called us godless, we found our faith in Adolf Hitler, and through him found God once again. That is the greatness of our day, that is our good fortune!"
- Robert Ley
(Related: Faith, God, Greatness, Day)

"It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Fortune, Surrender)

"Men are slower to recognize blessings than misfortunes."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Men, Blessings)

"The result showed that fortune helps the brave."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Fortune, Result)

"Fortune blinds men when she does not wish them to withstand the violence of her onslaughts."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Men, Fortune, Violence)

"Let us be of cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come."
- Amy Lowell
"Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Fortune)

"Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come."
- James Russell Lowell
"It's sometimes unnerving to think of that, and I wish it were possible for all children in the world to have the good fortune I've had in having a giving and loving family."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Family, Children, Fortune, Giving, World)

"We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Virtue, Fortune)

"What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?"
- James Madison
(Related: Commerce, May, Will)

"The most superficial student of Roman history must be struck by the extraordinary degree in which the fortunes of the republic were affected by the presence of foreigners, under different names, on her soil."
- Henry James Sumner Maine
(Related: History, Foreigners, Names)

"Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself, or his own virtue."
- David Mallet
(Related: Virtue, Fortune)

"I had the great good fortune to interview Peggy Lee. Her memories of working with Walt Disney and his team were warm and upbeat."
- Leonard Maltin
(Related: Disney, Fortune, Memories)

"Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none."
- Marcus Valerius Martial
(Related: Fortune)

"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."
- George Mason
(Related: Experience, Time, Blessings, Will, Years)

"Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss."
- George Mason
(Related: Happiness, Life, Baby, Misery, Misfortune)

"I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism - those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people. They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes."
- Peter Matthiessen
(Related: People, Growth, American, Being, Blood, Capitalism, Poor)

"The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Misfortune, Sight, World)

"Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Mother)

"She told fortunes for a living. It's a wacky book and was great fun to write. It is very much a look at what life was like for women in Australia in the 1960's."
- Colleen McCullough
(Related: Life, Women, Fun, Living)

"People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune."
- William McFee
(Related: People, Misfortune, Right)

"Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune."
- William McFee
(Related: Misfortune, Right)

"Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Knowledge, Control, Authority, Enemy, Misfortune, Possession)

"The more we take the less we become, the fortune of one man means less for some."
- Sarah McLachlan
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"I now bid farewell to the country of my birth - of my passions - of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies - whose factions I sought to quell - whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim - whose freedom has been my fatal dream."
- Thomas Francis Meagher
(Related: Intelligence, Dream, Death, Birth, Country, Freedom, Now)

"Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things."
- Herman Melville
(Related: Fortune)

"These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: God, Gratitude, American, Fortune, Light, Moments, Reason)

"At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune, I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues."
- Gabriela Mistral
(Related: Fortune, Poets, Race, Voice)

"I've had ample contact with lawyers, and I'm convinced that the only fortune they ever leave is their own."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Fortune, Lawyers)

"A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: People, Ambition, Fortune, Man)

"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."
- Moliere
(Related: History, Books, Dancing, Leaders, Mankind, Skill)

"No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: Fortune, Man, Will)

"Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Fools, Fortune)

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Life)

"Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny."
- Alfred A. Montapert
(Related: Life, Action, Destiny, Fortune, Will)

"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."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Life, Flies, Fortune, Visit)

"The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came."
- Christopher Morley
"The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech."
- John Mortimer
(Related: Fortune, Freedom, Sound, Speech)

"Anyway, in the mid 80's I was spending a fortune buying old Golden Age books from the late 30's and 40's and I was making personal appearances at a lot of sci fi and comic book conventions all around the country here so that I could find books for my collection."
- Bill Mumy
(Related: Age, Books, Buying, Country, Fortune, Old)

"As I look back on the last few decades of my life, I am struck by the good fortune that came my way."
- Daniel Nathans
(Related: Life, Fortune)

"The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad."
- Phil Ochs
(Related: Ability, America, Americans, May, Old, World)

"If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Advertising, Fortune, Will, Worry)

"My whole life was foretold to me. An old Romany gypsy read my fortune."
- Maureen O'Hara
(Related: Life, Fortune, Old)

"The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father."
- Austin O'Malley
(Related: Father, Man, Misfortune)

"Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft."
- Ovid
(Related: Heart, Misfortune)

"Fortune and love favor the brave."
- Ovid
(Related: Love, Fortune)

"The prayers of cowards fortune spurns."
- Ovid
(Related: Cowards, Fortune)

"Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low."
- Ovid
(Related: Money, Fortune, Lies, Man, Nothing, Poor)

"The moment is ripe for an experienced businessman to talk practical, prudent economics to the electorate - which is why Mitt Romney's political fortunes are steadily being resurrected from the grave."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Being, Economics, Grave, Talk)

"Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about."
- Saskya Pandita
(Related: Birds, Cause, Danger, Misfortune, Silence, Speech, Talking)

"When you work for Bruckheimer, you don't get it any better. He's the ultimate producer. I've had the good fortune of working with some great producers over the years."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Work, Fortune, Years)

"The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Connection, Misfortune, Prosperity, Weather)

"Fortune favors the prepared mind."
- Louis Pasteur
(Related: Favors, Fortune, Mind)

"I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day. I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific people who have hired me."
- Rob Paulsen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Day, Fortune, Pretty)

"The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune."
- William Penn
(Related: Men, Power, Fortune, Trees)

"Several of the actors I've had the good fortune of working with stand out in my mind as 'ultimate'. I guess the obvious would be Tom Hanks, because he really is as fun and as genuine as he comes across in his films and interviews."
- Barry Pepper
(Related: Actors, Fortune, Fun, Mind, Obvious)

"It was good fortune to be a child during the Depression years and a youth during the war years."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: War, Depression, Fortune, Years, Youth)

"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Fortune, Misfortune, Patience)

"How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!"
- Petrarch
(Related: Earth, Fortune)

"It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other."
- Petrarch
(Related: Fortune, Merit)

"I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build."
- Eden Phillpotts
(Related: Money, Goal, Ambition, Fortune)

"Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune."
- Plato
(Related: Cleverness, Evil, Ignorance, Learning, Misfortune, Training)

"I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Beauty, Character, Fortune, Jewels)

"No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune."
- Plutarch
(Related: Chance, Fortune, Man)

"I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist."
- Michael Pollan
(Related: Development, Fortune, Land)

"But I, Caesar, have not sought to amass wealth by the practice of my art, having been rather contented with a small fortune and reputation, than desirous of abundance accompanied by a want of reputation."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Art, Wealth, Abundance, Fortune, Practice, Reputation, Want)

"I believe in America. America's made my fortune."
- Mario Puzo
(Related: America, Fortune)

"Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Wisdom, Cards, Fortune)

"Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Fear, Possibility, Defeat, Folly, Fortune, May, Nothing)

"Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Fear, Action, Favorite, Fortune, Necessity, Resolution)

"Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune."
- Raymond Queneau
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Fear, Fortune, Future, Present)

"Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Change, Men, Fortune, Nothing)

"Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth, the man who would make his fortune no matter where he started."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Wealth, Fortune, Man)

"Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality its left."
- John Ray
(Related: Fortune, Right)

"In early 1993, a hostile observer might have had grounds for thinking that the Unix story was almost played out, and with it the fortunes of the hacker tribe."
- Eric S. Raymond
(Related: Thinking, Unix)

"I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own."
- Arthur Rimbaud
(Related: Misfortune, Parents)

"Misfortune was my god."
- Arthur Rimbaud
(Related: God, Misfortune)

"You can't let players do what they wish and be professional. That's a fact. As for the team, Boro had two internationals when I got there in 1995. Now they have more than 15. And they didn't cost the fortune some suggest."
- Bryan Robson
(Related: Fact, Fortune, Now)

"In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Friends)

"The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: People, Effect, Fortune, Moderation, Prosperity, Temper)

"The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Happiness, Men, Fortune, Misery, Temper)

"We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Strength)

"We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Affection, Friends)

"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Nature, Work, Fortune)

"We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Men)

"There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Fortune)

"We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Fortune)

"People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: People, Being, Envy, Fortune, May, Merit, Pride)

"Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Men, People, Worth)

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Education, Fortune, Living, Self, Will)

"We do not know what is really good or bad fortune."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Fortune)

"All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Thought)

"Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Labor, Land, Occupation, Taxation)

"It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Thought)

"Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Character, Man, Vices)

"Every man is the architect of his own fortune."
- Sallust
(Related: Fortune, Man)

"As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay."
- Sallust
(Related: Health, Beginning, Blessings, End, Fortune)

"It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Greatness, Blame, Fortune, Guilt)

"Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Fortune, Friends)

"The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention."
- Franz Schubert
(Related: Fool, Man, Misfortune, Unhappiness)

"A man endures misfortune without complaint."
- Franz Schubert
(Related: Complaint, Man, Misfortune)

"Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of a right which gives to one man such a power over another as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Life, Power, Fortune, Man, Right, Slavery)

"Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer."
- Charles de Secondat
(Related: Insult, Misfortune)

"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."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Earth, Faces, Fortune, Heaven)

"Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Evil, Madness, Nothing)

"The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Hope, Fortune)

"Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Fortune)

"Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: God, Work, Attention, Conflict, Evil, Fortune, Man, May, Sight)

"Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: God, Nature, Fate, Fortune, Names)

"A great fortune is a great slavery."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Fortune, Slavery)

"A great mind becomes a great fortune."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Fortune, Mind)

"Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Mind, Speech)

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Life, Men, Fortune, Now, Sea)

"Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Boats, Fortune)

"My pride fell with my fortunes."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Pride)

"Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Fortune, Woman)

"You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Time, Wife, Chance, Fortune, Giving, Living, Style)

"We're going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I'm going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it's worth a fortune. I'll make this a work of magic warlock art."
- Charlie Sheen
(Related: Art, Work, Fortune, Magic, Worth)

"Some of the characters in the story had a fortune in fantasy lives."
- R. Z. Sheppard
(Related: Fantasy, Fortune)

"How can you expect a man to be brave when he meets with nothing in life but misfortune?"
- Gregorio M. Sierra
(Related: Life, Man, Misfortune, Nothing)

"Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Habit, Attention, Duty, Energy, Fortune, Influence, Manners, Reputation, Usefulness, Will)

"It is a great evil, as well as a misfortune, to be unable to utter a prompt and decided 'no'."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Evil, Misfortune)

"Rock 'n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear."
- Frank Sinatra
(Related: Expression, Misfortune, Ugly)

"Fame an fortune are nothing if you're not happy and healthy."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Fame, Fortune, Nothing)

"If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
- Socrates
(Related: People)

"Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes."
- Sophocles
(Related: Disease)

"There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune."
- Sophocles
(Related: Men, Evil, Fortune)

"It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune."
- Sophocles
(Related: Help, Man, Misfortune)

"Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing."
- Sophocles
(Related: Fortune, Nothing)

"How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time."
- Sophocles
(Related: Time, Forget)

"Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men."
- Sophocles
(Related: Men, Fortune, Future, Man)

"When Fortune smiles, I smile to think how quickly she will frown."
- Robert Southwell
(Related: Fortune, Smile, Smiles, Will)

"The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Connection, Existence, Faults, Mystery)

"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Fortune, Misfortune, Quiet)

"An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Life, Fortune, Worth)

"When someone succeeded in quickly making a lot of money in America, people said he had made his fortune."
- Julius Streicher
(Related: Money, People, America, Fortune)

"Seeking fortunes in America led to Germany losing people, and the American continent received many people whose contributions are particularly clear in the agricultural and technical fields."
- Julius Streicher
(Related: People, America, American, Germany, Losing)

"The aggregation of large fortunes is not at all a thing to be regretted."
- William Graham Sumner
"You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me."
- Donald Sutherland
(Related: Work, Talent, Truth, Fortune, Hard work, Pursuit)

"How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy."
- Paul Sweeney
(Related: Happiness, Country, Fortune, Living, Tragedy)

"The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Power, Success, Fortune, Merit, Prudence)

"The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Compromise, Misfortune, Wind)

"Fortune is like glass - the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Fortune)

"It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Caution)

"Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings."
- Wislawa Szymborska
(Related: Inspiration, Fortune, May, Poets)

"Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure."
- Tacitus
(Related: Virtue, Measure, Misfortune, Pleasure, Prosperity)

"It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure."
- Tacitus
(Related: Pleasure)

"Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door."
- Torquato Tasso
(Related: Fortune)

"The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe."
- Torquato Tasso
(Related: Day, Fortune, Harvest)

"It is the fortunate who should extol fortune."
- Torquato Tasso
(Related: Fortune)

"No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Fortune, Impatience, Man, Poor)

"From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune."
- Tecumseh
(Related: Fortune, Nothing)

"Fortune favors the brave."
- Terence
(Related: Favors, Fortune)

"Risk means everything from being honest about your faith, to moving, to quitting a job that's paying you a fortune but it's not what's in your heart. Risking things is one of the biggest fears we have."
- John Tesh
(Related: Faith, Heart, Being, Fortune, Job, Quitting, Risk)

"Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed."
- William Makepeace Thackeray
(Related: Life, Fortune, Man, Succeed, Will, World)

"It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men."
- Thucydides
(Related: Men, Misfortune)

"The greatest good fortune of my return to Cambridge in 1946 was that there, in the spring, I met Elizabeth Fay Ringo. We were married a few months later."
- James Tobin
(Related: Fortune, Months, Spring)

"What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Men, Class, Democracy)

"Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Success, Life, Misfortune)

"It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Selling, Certainty, Fortune, May, Now, Will)

"That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke."
- Mike Tyson
(Related: Being, Fame, Fool, Fortune)

"Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away."
- Charles V
(Related: Nature, Fortune, Woman)

"Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Thought, Man, Misfortune)

"The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition."
- Marquis De Vauvenargues
(Related: Men, Ambition, Evil, Fortune)

"Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate."
- Virgil
(Related: Help, Misfortune)

"Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance."
- Virgil
(Related: Endurance, Fortune, May)

"Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you."
- Virgil
(Related: Fortune, Yield)

"Fortune sides with him who dares."
- Virgil
(Related: Fortune)

"Fortune favours the bold."
- Virgil
(Related: Fortune)

"Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us."
- Vincent Voiture
(Related: Fortune)

"History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes."
- Voltaire
(Related: History)

"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes."
- Voltaire
(Related: History, Nothing)

"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us."
- Voltaire
(Related: Life, Power, Harm)

"It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning myself at this day with what appears at first sight and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling."
- Arthur E. Waite
(Related: Thought, Acting, Day, First, Fortune, Sight, Will)

"A life lived with integrity - even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Life, Fame, Fortune, Integrity, Light, May, Years)

"I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best, most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever been my fortune to meet with, but it produced no effect whatever on my mind."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Family, Effect, Fortune, Mind)

"One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune."
- Lew Wallace
(Related: Fortune)

"I happened to be one of those who thought all these expenses necessary, and I had the good fortune to have the majority of both houses of Parliament on my side."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Thought, Fortune, Houses, Majority, Parliament)

"You don't make a fortune doing cartoons. It's a lot of fun, it keeps you busy, and it's better than a kick in the pants, absolutely. But doing voiceover work doesn't make you rich. It just doesn't."
- Patrick Warburton
(Related: Work, Cartoons, Fortune, Fun)

"There's not a fortune to be made doing voiceover work unless you're one of the main voices on The Simpsons. See, there's The Simpsons, and then there's everything else."
- Patrick Warburton
(Related: Work, Fortune)

"If I wasn't an actress I would run a fortune 500 company."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Company, Fortune)

"Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop."
- John Webster
(Related: Deals, Fortune, May, Right)

"If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Day, Illness, Misfortune, Poverty, Suffering)

"With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Being, Misfortune, Sorrow)

"The responsibilities which are imposed by rank and privilege and good fortune can... become very onerous indeed."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Fortune, Privilege, Rank)

"The War has been waged with success, although there have been in some instances errors and misfortunes. But the heart of the nation is sounder and its hopes brighter."
- Gideon Welles
(Related: War, Success, Heart, Errors, Nation)

"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it."
- Mae West
(Related: Censorship, Fortune)

"Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one."
- Edith Wharton
(Related: Misfortune)

"I now proceed to demonstrate that the Mexicans are wholly incapable of self-government, and that our liberties, our fortunes and our lives are insecure so long as we are connected with them."
- William H. Wharton
(Related: Now, Self)

"A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune."
- Richard Whately
(Related: Children, Fortune, Giving, Habits, Man)

"Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Fortune)

"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
(Related: Power, Fools, Fortune, Gold, Plants)

"Action makes more fortune than caution."
- Charlotte Whitton
(Related: Action, Caution, Fortune)

"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: May, Misfortune)

"The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortune."
- Bert Williams
(Related: Humor, Man, Misfortune, Sense)

"I beg my Children to be just and virtuous, never to disgrace my name or theirs, and then they are out of fortune's power."
- Thomas Willis
(Related: Power, Children, Disgrace, Fortune, Name)

"The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Future, Land, Mankind, Nations, Question, Sea)

"In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of Europe and the Israelites."
- Isaac Mayer Wise
(Related: Europe, Misfortune, Russia)

"One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: People, Misfortune)

"Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Misfortune)

"A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print."
- Marguerite Yourcenar
(Related: Family, Beginning, Misfortune, Writer)

"The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune."
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga
(Related: Man, Measure, Misfortune)

"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."
- Johann Georg Zimmermann
(Related: Fortune, Ruin, Want)

"Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth understanding and the overview into the realities of the world."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: Misfortune, Understanding, World)