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.

He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.      

Benjamin Franklin

Good fortune and evil fortune come to all things alike in this world of time.


Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.      

Vincent Voiture

If a man look sharply and attentively, he shall see Fortune; for though she be blind, yet she is not invisible.      

Francis Bacon

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.      

Honoré de Balzac

Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.      

Oliver Goldsmith

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.      

James Russell Lowell

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

William Shakespeare

The way of fortune is like the milky way in the sky; which is a number of smaller 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

We should manage our fortune as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his intellect

Antoinette Deshoulieres

Fortune and misfortune are two buckets in the same well     

German Proverb

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence and merit     

Jonathan Swift

A great fortune is a great slavery.


Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.      

Amelia E. Barr

No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.      

Francis Bacon

The brave man carves out his fortune and every man is the son of his own works.      

Miguel de Cervantes

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.      

Arthur Schopenhauer

We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.      

Charles Kuralt

To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.      


Fortune, the great commandress of the world, Hath diverse ways to advance her followers: To some she gives honor without deserving; To other some, deserving without honor; Some wit, some wealth,--and some, wit without wealth; Some wealth without wit; some nor wit nor wealth.      

George Chapman