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2,119.  Be happy, drink, think each day your own as you live it and leave the rest to fortune.  (Life's Like That & Fortune)  Euripides c.485-406 B.C. Greek dramatist

 

 

4,581.  Men would never be superstitious, if they could govern all their circumstances by set rules, or if they were always favoured by fortune: but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and being often kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear by the uncertainty of fortune's greedily coveted favours, they are consequently, for the most part, very prone to credulity.  (Man & Superstition & Fortune & Belief & Religion)  Baruch Spinoza

 

 

9,580.  Fortune assists the brave.  (Bravery & Fortune)  Terence, Phormio

 

 

20,000.  I believe in America.  America has made my fortune.  (GBH Films & Fortune & United States of America)  The Godfather 1972 starring Marlon Brando & Al Pacino & James Caan & Richard S Castellano & Richard Duvall & Sterling Hayden & John Marley & Richard Conte & Diane Keaton et al, director Francis Ford Coppola, opening scene

 

 

20,830.  Now he had become the still centre of that spinning wheel of misfortune.  The world turned round him leaving him miraculously untouched.  (GBH Films & Fortune)  Croupier 1998 starring Clive Owen & Alex Kingston & Gina McKee & Kate Hardie & Nicholas Ball & Alexander Morton & Nick Reding & Paul Reynolds & Barnaby Kay, director Mike Hodges

 

 

65,527.  Fortune favours the bold.  (Bold & Fortune)  Virgil

 

 

65,528.  Fortune befriends the bold.  (Bold & Fortune)  John Dryden

 

 

73,519.  I can enjoy her while she’s kind;

But when she dances in the wind,

And shakes the wings, and will not stay,

I puff the prostitute away.  John Dryden, of fortune, translation of Horace

 

 

73,494.  It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man’s life.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  Cicero

 

 

73,495.  Fortune’s a right whore:

If she give aught, she deals it in small parcels,

That she may take away all at one swoop.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  John Webster, The White Devil

 

 

73,496.  Chiefly the mould of a man’s fortune is in his own hands.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625, ‘Of Fortune’

 

73,497.  If a man look sharply, and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ibid.

 

 

73,518.  Behind every great fortune there is a crime.  (Fortune & Crime)  Francis Bacon

 

 

73,498.  O fickle Fortune, why this cruel sporting?

Why thus torment us poor sons of day?

Nae mair your smiles can cheer me, nae mair your frowns can fear me,

For the flowers of the forest are a’ wade away.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  Alison Cockburn nee Rutherford 1713-94

 

 

73,323.  O, I am fortune’s fool!  (Fool & Fortune)  William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III i 136, Romeo to Benvolio

 

73,499.  O fortune, O fortune, all men call thee fickle.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ibid.  III v 60, Juliet

 

 

73,500.  But Fortune, O,

She is corrupted.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, King John II ii 54-55, Constance

 

 

73,501.  Let fortune go to hell for it, not I.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice III ii 21, Portia to Bassiano

 

73,502.  For herein Fortune shows herself more kind

Than is her custom; it is still her use

To live the wretched man outlive his wealth

To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow

An age of poverty, from which ling’ring penance

Of such misery doth she cut me off.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ibid.  IV i 264-269, Antonio to Portia et al

 

 

73,503.  But in short space

It rained down fortune show’ring on your head.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, I Henry IV V i 46-47, Worcester to King Henry

 

 

73,504.  Who know on whom fortune would then have smiled?  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, II Henry IV IV i 131-132

 

73,505.  Will fortune ever come with both hands full?  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ibid.  IV iii 103, King Henry

 

 

73,506.  And giddy Fortune’s furious fickle wheel,

That noble blind that stands upon the rolling,

restless shore.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, Henry V III vi 26-28, Pistol

 

73,507.  Fortune is painted blind, with a muffler afore her eyes, to signify to you that Fortune is blind.  And she is painted also with a wheel, to signify to you – which is the moral of it – that she is turning and inconstant and mutability and variation.  And her foot, look you is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls and rolls and rolls.  In good truth, the poet makes a most excellent description of it: Fortune is an excellent moral.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ibid.  III vi 29-36, Fluellen

 

73,508.  Doth Fortune play the hussy with me now?  (Fortune & Fortunate)  ​ibid.  V i 76, Pistol

 

 

1,190.  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.  (Life’s Like That & Men & Flood & Fortune & Misery & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV iii 217

 

 

73,509.  Fortune reigns in gifts of the world, not to the lineaments of nature.  (Fortune & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, As You Like It I ii 40-41, Rosalind to Celia

 

 

1,194.  To be, or not to be – that is the question.

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them? – To die – to sleep –

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished.  To die – to sleep –

To sleep!  Perchance to dream.  Aye, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause.  There’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office...’  (Life’s Like That & Be & Question & Noble & Mind & Suffer & Forture & Arms & Trouble & Opposition & Death & Pain & Suicide & Dream & Oppress & Law & Office  & Fortunate)  William Shakespeare, Hamlet, III i 56-73

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