I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.

Thomas Jefferson

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


Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fortune is always on the side of the big battalions.

Marie de Sevigne

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.

Jean Paul Getty

Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.

Susanne Curchod Necker

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.


To be a well-flavored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.

William Shakespeare

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.

Horace Mann

He was guilty of nothing, except that he earned his own fortune and never forgot that it was his.

Ayn Rand

The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.

Amelia Earhart

Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.

Publilius Syrus

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.


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


Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.

Alfred A. Montapert

Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.

A. A. Milne

Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, And toss them on the wheels of Chance.


Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

Honore De Balzac

Fortune helps him that's willing to help himself.

French Proverb

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

David Mallet

I would by very suspicious of any utility company that raises a dividend. We're on the eve of deregulation, and that will cause competition in the area that is going to cost a fortune.

Lou Ehrenkrantz

When Fortune smiles, I smile to think how quickly she will frown.

Robert Southwell

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

Mae West

Like my dear old friend Marie Dressler, my ugly mug has been my fortune.

Wallace Beery

When fortune turns against you even jelly breaks your teeth.

Iranian Proverb

I had the fortune to be drafted to a wonderful city. I fit in there perfectly... because... when you're drafted, you never know where you're going to end up-but there was no better place for me than Detroit.

Barry Sanders

Action makes more fortune than caution.

Vauvenargues, Marquis De

[The checks] will cost a fortune and point again to the dubious business decision to have such extravagant architecture.

Margo Macdonald

Many men can make a fortune but very few can build a family.

J. S. Bryan

I thought I might make a few grand but I've made a fortune. It's been a crazy adventure.

Alex Tew

Fortune helps the brave.


The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.


We're focused on the SMB market. Our customers are Fortune 500 companies and down. We don't sell into the data centre. Our focus is on simplicity and ease of use.

Mark Pollard

I think that's why you're seeing some of the leading fortune 500 companies picking up on them.

Jim Nail

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.

Marcus Valerius Martialis

A pioneer is generally a man who has outlived his credit or fortune in the cultivated parts.

Benjamin Rush

I made a fortune getting out too soon.

John Pierpont Morgan

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

Isaac Disraeli

This job is an unpaid job. It costs a fortune to do. You are on call seven days a week and all you get is aggravation.

Nigel Farage

Nothing is more dangerous to men than a sudden change of fortune.

Marcus Fabius Quintilian

We're not trying to make a fortune, but a lot of us have families.

Jim Burke

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

Carlo Goldoni

It's a good way to make a small fortune smaller.

Joe Ogilvie

He has turned down an absolute fortune because he wants to come here.

Graham Rix

WorldCom and AT&T basically have a duopoly on Fortune 500 customers.

Pat Comack

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is won't to favor the bold.

Baltasar Gracian

What's infamy matter when you get to keep your fortune?


My Fortune Is My Face.

Marc Kudisch

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The guilt you feel for your fortune is tremendous.

Heather Steiner

Eighty thousand bucks is a fortune for this food bank.

John Morrill

Is tying your fortune to the fortune of the housing market.

Michael Hutchison

It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.

Lillian Hellman

I want to go back with my fortune. I want to open a business.

Jorge Zamora

Gain fame and fortune.

Gary Coleman

We were contacted by 'Wheel of Fortune' to see if we wanted to be part of the program.

William Atwood

Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.

Suzanne Necker

We don't tend to make projections because you become a hostage to fortune.

Craig Russell

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


Fortune is a giver and a taker.

Polish Proverb

I think that's already happened by 2000, ... I don't know a single Fortune 500 company that doesn't use the Web in a big way.

Peter Weddle

It was never the fame or fortune that drove me to act. It was something I love and enjoy doing it. A lot of people identify who they are by what they do and that's not me. It's what I do but not who I am. Who I am is a parent. I'm a family man.

Adam Baldwin

You don't have to spend a fortune on home security. You can do a lot with a drill and some nails.

Linda Lee

We don't want to make a fortune. We just want to make a living.

Pat Quillen

One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.

Lew Wallace

Fortune favors the brave.


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

Thomas W. Higginson

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

Walt Whitman

That's worth a fortune.

Marvin Roffman

As the chief financial officer of a Fortune 500 company he knew exactly what he was doing.

James Ingram

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

Torquato Tasso

It is the fortunate who should extol fortune.

Torquato Tasso

Each man is the smith of his own fortune.

Appius Claudius

Learn to bear bravely changes of fortune.


Change yourself, and fortune will change.

Portuguese Proverb

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.

Torquato Tasso

Some of the characters in the story had a fortune in fantasy lives.

R. Z. Sheppard

Should I have the good fortune to fall in with him again, I'll make a lord of him.

John Paul Jones

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.

Anita Baker

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

Eden Phillpotts

Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune.

Raymond Queneau

I thought it was a freak accident. I kind of felt they wouldn't let us go out if it wasn't safe. It's a Fortune 500 company. I kind of feel betrayed.

Eddie Sanchez