Fortune Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fortune quotes, fortune sayings, and fortune proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A body makes his own luck, be it good or bad.      

unknown

Change yourself and fortune will change.      

Portuguese (on fortune)

Good things come when you least expect them.      

unknown

Great actions are not always true sons of great and mighty resolutions.      

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.      

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

It is possible to have too much of a good thing.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Lightning never strikes the same place twice.      

P. H. Myers (1857)

May the wind be always at your back.      

unknown

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day.      

George Herbert (1593-1633)

The new boat will find the old stones.      

Estonian (on perversity)

Venture a small fish to catch a great one.      

English (on buying and selling)

When fortune calls, offer her a chair.      

Yiddish (on fortune)

When fortune turns against you, even jelly breaks your teeth.      

Iranian

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

Benjamin Disraeli

A wise man turns chance into good fortune.

Thomas Fuller

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

Fortune favors the prepared mind.      

Louis Pasteur

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.     

Virgil

The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.

Goethe

I've seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling, I've felt all its favours and found its decay.

Alison Cockburn

There is frequently a poison in fortune's gifts.

Edward Counsel

The loss of fortune to a true man is but the trumpet challenge to renewed exertion, not the thunder stroke of destruction.     

E.H. Chapin

Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control.

Sir Walter Scott

We make a goddess of Fortune ... and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak.

Charles Caleb Colton

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.      

John Dryden

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

Fortune does not so much change men, as it unmasks them.      

Anonymous

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

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

Publilius Syrus

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away.      

Charles V