Top 147 Fortune Quotes

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“Too few rejoice at a friend’s good fortune.”

― Aeschylus

“Even if I make a fortune in films, I want to have a diploma so I don’t finish life as a little clerk.”

― Alessandra Mussolini

“Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.”

― Anatole France

“I don’t want to get married, and I don’t want to work after I’m 30, so I must manage my fortune somehow in the next seven years.”

― Anna Held

“Authors have odd relationships with their creations They owe their fame and fortune to their characters but feel enslaved by them.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.”

― Arthur Helps

“Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.”

― Ausonius

“Fortune has played me a sad trick by letting me live on and on.”

― Belle Boyd

“Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.”

― Ben Jonson

“Fortune, that favors fools.”

― Ben Jonson

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

― Benjamin Franklin

“The Manhattan district attorney has closed the well-publicized investigation of the handling of the $300 million fortune of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark – without charging anyone with a crime.”

― Bill Dedman

“For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.”

― Boethius

“The truth is, the ‘Fortune’ 500 prefer lobbying to campaigning.”

― Bradley A. Smith

“Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great.”

― Carlo Goldoni

“I had the good fortune of having a happy, closely knit family.”

― Carlos Fuentes

“I didn’t want to be a ‘Fortune’ writer who was constrained in any way.”

― Carol Loomis

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

― Charles Kuralt

“Action makes more fortune than caution.”

― Charlotte Whitton

“I play Texas Hold’em on my Blackberry. I have amassed a fortune on that. I have almost 30 million dollars from playing. It is unreal.”

― Chris Cornell

“My face has always been my fortune anyway, not my body.”

― Claire Bloom

“Restaurants with small courses that give the customer choices, and that don’t obligate them to spend a fortune, are going to do very well.”

― Danny Meyer

“There is no formula to making it to the NFL other than good fortune and and playing well in college.”

― Dante Hall

“I couldn’t lie to get myself fame and fortune.”

― Dave Pelzer

“Disney made a fortune out of inventing the businessman’s idea of the imaginary as the contradictory of the businessman’s idea of the real.”

― David Antin

“I’ve had an awful lot of good fortune.”

― David Cassidy

“I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere.”

― David Friedman

“I was not driven by fame and fortune.”

― David Jason

“Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself, or his own virtue.”

― David Mallet

“Fortune favors the audacious.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“For nearly eight decades, I’ve had the great fortune of playing thousands of roles before millions of people.”

― Dick Van Patten

“I divide the entire set of Fortune Global 2000 firms into two categories: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t yet know.”

― Dmitri Alperovitch

“Mexico’s making a fortune off the United States.”

― Donald Trump

“Obamacare is, number one and maybe least importantly, it’s costing the country a fortune.”

― Donald Trump

“I went to America not for fame or fortune but to be able to communicate with the biggest audience.”

― Donovan

“If these rich women from 5th Avenue spend a fortune on cashmere sweaters, they will come to my store to buy gummy bears.”

― Dylan Lauren

“I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.”

― Eden Phillpotts

“I think, because I’ve been working for a while, I’ve been working since I was ten, I had the fortune of reading a lot, a lot of scripts.”

― Ellen Page

“Happiness isn’t a fortune in a cookie. It’s deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that.”

― Elvis Costello

“Fortune befriends the bold.”

― Emily Dickinson

“Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold.”

― Eric Butterworth

“Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.”

― Euripides

“I want it all. Fame, fortune and all the commercials there are to do.”

― Evelyn Ashford

“The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied.”

― Francis Bacon

“Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past.”

― Francis Herbert Hedge

“Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics.”

― Francois Hollande

“Don’t be surprised at Fortune’s turns and twists: That wheel has spun a thousand yarns before.”

― Hafez

“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.”

― Horace

“Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.”

― Horace

“Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.”

― Isaac D’Israeli

“I have the good fortune of working with two brothers who are very accomplished, incredibly smart, and very capable.”

― Ivanka Trump

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

― James Russell Lowell

“The greatest good fortune of my return to Cambridge in 1946 was that there, in the spring, I met Elizabeth Fay Ringo. We were married a few months later.”

― James Tobin

“The best way to earn a fortune in America is to already have one.”

― Jan Schakowsky

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

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“I made a small fortune. I made a lot of money and I made a lot of other people wealthy.”

― Jim Cramer

“The whole fame and fortune thing is addictive.”

― Jimmy Nail

“I’ve had the good fortune to play characters that have a role-model thing to them.”

― Jimmy Smits

“I’ve made my share of mistakes, but had the good fortune to have them not be so public.”

― Joanna Garcia

“Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.”

― Johann Georg Zimmermann

“It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Throughout my career, I had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a CIA officer.”

― John O. Brennan

“Industry is fortune’s right hand, and frugality its left.”

― John Ray

“The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.”

― Joseph Addison

“Donald J. Trump has the good fortune of taking office as the economy is finally recovering from the 2008 crisis.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“I never pay a fortune for clothes.”

― Joss Stone

“I am a bit of a Cheap Pete, but I do spend a fortune on books and false moustaches and practical jokes.”

― Karen Duffy

“If someone builds a fortune, it belongs to him, not the government. An entitled government undermines liberty.”

― Kevin Hassett

“For all of my fortune, there are many with misfortune that need a hand.”

― Laura San Giacomo

“Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.”

― Laurence J. Peter

“The result showed that fortune helps the brave.”

― Livy

“I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves.”

― Lord Byron

“Fortune favors the prepared mind.”

― Louis Pasteur

“A great mind becomes a great fortune.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“A great fortune is a great slavery.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Most Fortune 500 companies began as small start-ups whose entrepreneurial founders slowly developed the infrastructure, hired the staff, sourced manufacturers or built their own factory, and created distribution, sales, and marketing plans.”

― Lynda Resnick

“Life is ruthless, and its bestowal of fortune arbitrary and capricious. I’d been born to morons, and mine was a shabby life.”

― M. J. Hyland

“I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.”

― Mae West

“Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.”

― Marcus Valerius Martial

“Fortune’s wheel never stands still the highest point is therefore the most perilous.”

― Maria Edgeworth

“Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.”

― Marilyn French

“I believe in America. America’s made my fortune.”

― Mario Puzo

“The good fortune of America is closely tied to the good fortune of all humanity.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.”

― Mary Wortley Montagu

“My whole life was foretold to me. An old Romany gypsy read my fortune.”

― Maureen O’Hara

“A thing hard to track is Fortune.”

― Menander

“I made my money turning around distressed or bankrupt companies. I did 50-some of them in my career… I started on a shoestring and eventually built up quite a fortune.”

― Michael Heisley

“Had I pursued a film career in Los Angeles, I’m not sure I would have had the fortune that I’ve had.”

― Michael Stuhlbarg

“There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.”

― Miguel de Cervantes

“How many of the ‘Fortune’ 500 are hacked? 500.”

― Mikko Hypponen

“The Federal Reserve system obviously doesn’t work anymore – they keep lowering the federal discount rate, and all that happens is that the banks are making a fortune, and the old folks’ CDs are getting chewed up.”

― Molly Ivins

“We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.”

― Niccolo Machiavelli

“My movies make a profit, but obviously not a fortune.”

― Nicole Holofcener

“The Venturer is one who keeps his eye on the hedgerows and wayside groves and meadows while he travels the road to Fortune.”

― O. Henry

“The prayers of cowards fortune spurns.”

― Ovid

“Fortune and love favor the brave.”

― Ovid

“It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.”

― Petrarch

“How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!”

― Petrarch

“I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.”

― Plautus

“No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.”

― Plutarch

“Sometimes when you gamble, you get up from the table with a fortune.”

― Rene Angelil

“I’ve had the great fortune of working with incredible people on many shows.”

― Rhea Seehorn

“The responsibilities which are imposed by rank and privilege and good fortune can… become very onerous indeed.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“Unless you are a lawyer or Fortune 500 CEO, carrying a briefcase is, well, nerdy.”

― Roger Stone

“When I did ‘Bremner, Bird and Fortune’ I think it was accepted that comedians can contest the arguments just as well as journalists.”

― Rory Bremner

“I’ve had the pretty good fortune of working with some decent guys and gals.”

― Ryan Reynolds

“Every man is the architect of his own fortune.”

― Sallust

“The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”

― Samuel Johnson

“If I wasn’t an actress I would run a fortune 500 company.”

― Sela Ward

“I can’t predict the future, nor will I. I’m not a fortune teller.”

― Shawn Crahan

“Make haste! The tide of Fortune soon ebbs.”

― Silius Italicus

“I don’t need to make a fortune, I need to survive.”

― Solomon Burke

“Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.”

― Sophocles

“There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.”

― Sophocles

“Doctors are not fortune tellers, and neither am I. Having lived with disability since birth does not afford me immunity from illness.”

― Stella Young

“I had the great fortune to work with John Houseman at Juilliard.”

― Stephen Henderson

“The songs certainly have not made my fortune, but I am still grateful for the royalties when they come in.”

― Sydney Carter

“Fortune favors the brave.”

― Terence

“It is we that are blind, not fortune.”

― Thomas Browne

“A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton.”

― Thomas Day

“Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune.”

― Thomas Gray

“There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.”

― Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“Fortune is either with you or it’s not.”

― Tom Araya

“It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.”

― Torquato Tasso

“Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.”

― Torquato Tasso

“I’m not sure whether it’s good fortune or bad, but I’ve died many times on screen.”

― Ty Olsson

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

― Virgil

“Fortune sides with him who dares.”

― Virgil

“Fortune favours the bold.”

― Virgil

“Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.”

― Walt Whitman

“It’s O.K. to accept good fortune.”

― Will Oldham

“Science fiction writers aren’t fortune tellers. Fortune tellers are fakes.”

― William Gibson

“The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.”

― William Penn

“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.”

― William Shakespeare

“Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.”

― William Shakespeare

“I’ve had ample contact with lawyers, and I’m convinced that the only fortune they ever leave is their own.”

― Wilson Mizner

“Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune’s darlings.”

― Wislawa Szymborska

“Giving only 50% of your fortune is not enough.”

― Xavier Niel

“I don’t think Steve Jobs had much desire to share his fortune.”

― Xavier Niel
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