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.      


Change yourself and fortune will change.      

Portuguese (on fortune)

Good things come when you least expect them.      


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

Samuel Butler

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.      

Robert Herrick

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


Lightning never strikes the same place twice.      

P. H. Myers

May the wind be always at your back.      


Sum up at night what thou hast done by day.      

George Herbert

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.      


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.     


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


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.      


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


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