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A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.

Chinese proverb

Fortune favors the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French scientist.

One's best fortune, or, their worst is their spouse.


Speedy exception is the mother of good fortune.


In bad fortune hold out, in good hold in.

German proverb


We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

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 by shallows and in misery. [Julius Caesar]

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.

Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.