Best Quotes About Fortune

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. -Laurence J. Peter

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity. -Russell Baker

Rock 'n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear. -Frank Sinatra

Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided. -Alphonse Karr

If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don't let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else's advertising. -David Ogilvy

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. -Socrates

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. -Paul Sweeney

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it. -Mae West

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. -Edward Gibbon

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

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. -Anatole France

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. -James Russell Lowell

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. -Michel de Montaigne

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. -Ambrose Bierce

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well. -Louis Kronenberger

We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training. -Ulysses S. Grant

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

Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one. -Jim Hightower

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. -Samuel Johnson

As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay. -Sallust

Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. -Benjamin Disraeli

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

Whatever fortune has raised to a height, she has raised only to cast it down. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small 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

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune. -Joseph Addison

A great mind becomes a great fortune. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. -Benjamin Disraeli

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. -Voltaire

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

Action makes more fortune than caution. -Charlotte Whitton

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came. -Christopher Morley

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

Not many men have both good fortune and good sense. -Marilyn French

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. -Robert A. Heinlein

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. -Thomas Carlyle

The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes. -Washington Irving

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune. -Wilson Mizner

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears. -A. C. Benson

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. -Jim Rohn

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune. -Richard Whately

Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. -Charles Dickens

A great fortune is a great slavery. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others. -Publilius Syrus

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. -Washington Irving

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother. -W. Somerset Maugham

We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either. -Niccolo Machiavelli

Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth, the man who would make his fortune no matter where he started. -Ayn Rand

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. -Voltaire

My pride fell with my fortunes. -William Shakespeare

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. -Oscar Wilde

I'm not after fame and success and fortune and power. It's mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that's the good stuff in life. -Drew Barrymore

A wise man turns chance into good fortune. -Thomas Fuller

Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner. -Walt Disney

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. -William James

Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty. -Margot Asquith

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

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading. -Rufus Choate

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. -Samuel Johnson

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. -Robert Louis Stevenson

What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? -James Madison

Nothing shortens a journey so pleasantly as an account of misfortunes at which the hearer is permitted to laugh. -Quentin Crisp

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity. -Samuel Johnson

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. -Sallust

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune. -William Hazlitt

Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not. -Ben Jonson

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit. -Jonathan Swift

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. -Aesop

In misfortune, which friend remains a friend? -Euripides

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it. -Samuel Johnson

Look at misfortune the same way you look at success – Don't Panic! Do you best and forget the consequences. -Walter Alston

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes. -William Shakespeare

Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned. -Emily Dickinson

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

There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window. -Montesquieu

Religions tend to disappear with man's good fortune. -Raymond Queneau

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

Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune. -Quintilian

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

Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate. -Virgil

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes. -Voltaire

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. -Walt Whitman

One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph. -Virginia Woolf

If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else. -Simone Weil

With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed. -Simone Weil

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester. -Francis Quarles

Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived. -Francis Quarles

Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune. -Francis Quarles

We do not know what is really good or bad fortune. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor. -John Ruskin

I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own. -Arthur Rimbaud

Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality. -John Dalberg-Acton

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. -Jane Austen

There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them. -Jane Austen

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. -Jane Austen

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. -Joseph Addison

People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays; men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world. -Louisa May Alcott

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. -Aristotle

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.' -Marcus Aurelius

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life. -Epicurus

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. -Epicurus

Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain. -Euripides

No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will. -Euripides

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. -Epictetus

All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold. -Anita Brookner

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. -Francis Bacon

The fortune which nobody sees makes a person happy and unenvied. -Francis Bacon

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. -Honore de Balzac

It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes. -Jean de la Bruyere

All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone. -Jean de la Bruyere

This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude. -Jean de la Bruyere

There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give. -Jean de La Fontaine

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

Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune. -R. Buckminster Fuller

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune. -Horace

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

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

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. -Napoleon Hill

My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

We are the men of intrinsic value, who can strike our fortunes out of ourselves, whose worth is independent of accidents in life, or revolutions in government: we have heads to get money, and hearts to spend it. -George Farquhar

It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. -Tacitus

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. -Tacitus

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early. -Anthony Trollope

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

Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before! -John Dryden

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes. -Marquis de Sade

Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful. -Charles Simmons

The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune. -Charles R. Swindoll

It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. -James Fenimore Cooper

As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. -Miguel de Cervantes

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. -William James

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? -Thomas Jefferson

No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune. -Mary Wortley Montagu

The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress. -W. Somerset Maugham

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

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech. -John Mortimer

Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft. -Ovid

Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. -Plato

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

Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune. -William McFee

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

There is a growing feeling that perhaps Texas is really another country, a place where the skies, the disasters, the diamonds, the politicians, the women, the fortunes, the football players and the murders are all bigger than anywhere else. -Pete Hamill

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

The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity. -Benjamin Disraeli

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. -Hermann Hesse

Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face. -Lydia M. Child

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think. -Adolf Hitler

A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. -Denis Waitley

It is we that are blind, not fortune. -Thomas Browne

The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips. -J. Paul Getty

Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day. -Benjamin Franklin

A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them. -Horace

Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed. -William Makepeace Thackeray

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune? -Elias Canetti

I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father. -Austin O'Malley

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

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter. -Francis Bacon

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition. -Luc de Clapiers

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms. -Bryant H. McGill

I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked. -Alphonse Karr

Let us be of cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. -Amy Lowell

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

My submission to you is we're fighting the war on terror not overseas but in our own streets, and we'd be spending vast more fortunes to try to be a defensive country to protect ourselves rather than an offensive country to spread democracy wherever people yearn for it. -Johnny Isakson

Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard. -E. Joseph Cossman

The more we take the less we become, the fortune of one man means less for some. -Sarah McLachlan

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. -Marguerite Yourcenar

Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold. -Eric Butterworth

You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me. -Donald Sutherland

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

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

If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong. -Bernard Baruch

We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us. -Emil Cioran

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. -Friedrich Schiller

I remember being told 'Someone's gonna make a fortune out of this rap thing' and thinking 'no way'. -Arthur Baker

I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. -Walter Anderson

Men are slower to recognize blessings than misfortunes. -Livy

Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous. -Lucius Accius

The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice. -Harry Browne

I jumped off the wheel of fortune because I wanted to simplify things. Now I've fulfilled my obligations to myself by making my new record. I'd like it to sell millions of copies, but my self – worth is not based on chart positions. -Roland Gift

I had the good fortune of speaking with Orson Wells many decades ago and he said 'Success is primarily luck anyway.' And I have been very lucky. Of course, Orson Wells was enormously talented and brilliant – so who am I to argue with him! -George Kennedy

Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it. -Rachel Field

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

The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortune. -Bert Williams

Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture. -Loretta Young

This ship was a league from us, and some of the men would have taken her, and I would not consent to it, and this Moore said I always hindered them making their fortunes. Was that not the reason I struck him? Was there a mutiny on board? -William Kidd

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. -Honore de Balzac

By going solo I could lose a fortune but money is not important. -Barry Gibb

I beg my Children to be just and virtuous, never to disgrace my name or theirs, and then they are out of fortune's power. -Thomas Willis

Several of the actors I've had the good fortune of working with stand out in my mind as 'ultimate'. I guess the obvious would be Tom Hanks, because he really is as fun and as genuine as he comes across in his films and interviews. -Barry Pepper

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

Cast away care, he that loves sorrow Lengthens not a day, nor can buy tomorrow; Money is trash, and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily, fortune will send it. -Thomas Dekker

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad. -Phil Ochs

It is the fortunate who should extol fortune. -Torquato Tasso

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

Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth understanding and the overview into the realities of the world. -Stefan Zweig

This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them. -Lionel Barrymore

Regarding fame, fortune and Oregon I do wish I had more money. -John Fahey

It worries me that young singers think you can shortcut the training and go straight to fame and fortune, and programmes like Pop Idol have encouraged that. -Lesley Garrett

President Bush will come here and there will be new 'friends' of America to open a new relationship with the world, new economic fortunes for those who 'liberated' them. -Robert Fisk

How fortune brings to earth the over-sure! -Petrarch

There is no formula to making it to the NFL other than good fortune and and playing well in college. -Dante Hall

There are many facts showing that Putin's people enriched themselves by using power mechanisms so that's why for them losing power means losing their fortunes. -Garry Kasparov

Luckily, I have the good fortune of being on the same team as Ray Lewis. I don't have to face him on Sunday. -Jamal Lewis

These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn. -Nelson A. Miles

In early 1993, a hostile observer might have had grounds for thinking that the Unix story was almost played out, and with it the fortunes of the hacker tribe. -Eric S. Raymond

One lapse of judgment can cost and talent isn't everything. A huge slice of good fortune in needed to make it to the top, and without that element of luck, you've no chance. -John Barrow

The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time. -Guy Johnson

I made a small fortune. I made a lot of money and I made a lot of other people wealthy. -Jim Cramer

My face has always been my fortune anyway, not my body. -Claire Bloom

The responsibilities which are imposed by rank and privilege and good fortune can… become very onerous indeed. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

The War has been waged with success, although there have been in some instances errors and misfortunes. But the heart of the nation is sounder and its hopes brighter. -Gideon Welles

France cannot be destroyed. She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes, has, and always will have, thanks to her past, a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her. -Pierre Laval

From the beginning of the Radiation Laboratory, I have had the rare good fortune of being in the center of a group of men of high ability, enthusiastic and completely devoted to scientific pursuits. -Ernest Lawrence

I spent, as you know, a year and a half in a clergyman's family and heard almost every Tuesday the very best, most earnest and most impressive preacher it has ever been my fortune to meet with, but it produced no effect whatever on my mind. -Alfred Russel Wallace

Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune. -Daniel Boone

A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings. -George Mason

Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss. -George Mason

You can't let players do what they wish and be professional. That's a fact. As for the team, Boro had two internationals when I got there in 1995. Now they have more than 15. And they didn't cost the fortune some suggest. -Bryan Robson

Risk means everything from being honest about your faith, to moving, to quitting a job that's paying you a fortune but it's not what's in your heart. Risking things is one of the biggest fears we have. -John Tesh

If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. -Bodhidharma

A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. -Bodhidharma

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune, I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues. -Gabriela Mistral

But I, Caesar, have not sought to amass wealth by the practice of my art, having been rather contented with a small fortune and reputation, than desirous of abundance accompanied by a want of reputation. -Vitruvius

She told fortunes for a living. It's a wacky book and was great fun to write. It is very much a look at what life was like for women in Australia in the 1960's. -Colleen McCullough

I don't need to make a fortune, I need to survive. -Solomon Burke

It was good fortune to be a child during the Depression years and a youth during the war years. -Martin Lewis Perl

It is strange, but nobody is shocked when pop singers make a fortune in the space of two years. -Placido Domingo

Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do. -Clara Barton

There are heads of royal families who control hereditary fortunes that defy comprehension. -J. Paul Getty

It took me about 10 years to get rid of. I'm all right now, though, lovely, I'm throwing some nice darts at the moment, but every now and then I get a bit of a jump. I wish I could find a cure, I'd make a bloody fortune. -Eric Bristow

When you work for Bruckheimer, you don't get it any better. He's the ultimate producer. I've had the good fortune of working with some great producers over the years. -Joe Pantoliano

I fought for years and spent a fortune fighting and never got anywhere. -David Friedman

My whole life was foretold to me. An old Romany gypsy read my fortune. -Maureen O'Hara

I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist. -Michael Pollan

The aggregation of large fortunes is not at all a thing to be regretted. -William Graham Sumner

No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate, there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing. -Patty Duke

I am disposed to be thus particular from the interest you take in our welfare and from the entire confidence I have in your knowing, that you will be sympathetic with us in our misfortunes. -John Hawley

In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton. -Thomas Day

I now proceed to demonstrate that the Mexicans are wholly incapable of self-government, and that our liberties, our fortunes and our lives are insecure so long as we are connected with them. -William H. Wharton

I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there. -Birch Bayh

Fame an fortune are nothing if you're not happy and healthy. -Erika Slezak

A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world. -Ibrahim Babangida

There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry – the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny. -Lafcadio Hearn

When Elvis was performing, you just tried to figure out a way to get there. I think he set all the records and anyone that has ever had the good fortune to see him, you know what it's like to try to get in to see Elvis. It was impossible, practically. -Jackie DeShannon

Only in a popular war against France… do I see a misfortune. -Ferdinand Lassalle

From that moment on, the newspaper became a highly lucrative investment for those with a talent for making money or for publishers wanting to gain a fortune. -Ferdinand Lassalle

Anyway, in the mid 80's I was spending a fortune buying old Golden Age books from the late 30's and 40's and I was making personal appearances at a lot of sci fi and comic book conventions all around the country here so that I could find books for my collection. -Bill Mumy

There is a power in public opinion in this country – and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers – which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens. -Martin Van Buren

I've seen many of my contemporaries become superstars, and the way fame and fortune starts to really affect the way they treat other people, and I think it's ugly. -Siobhan Fahey

It will be thought that I am acting strangely in concerning myself at this day with what appears at first sight and simply a well-known method of fortune-telling. -A. E. Waite

The Unhappy may, possibly, by indulging Thought, hit on some lucky Stratagem for the Relief of his Misfortunes, and the Happy may be infinitely more so by contemplating on his Condition. -Eliza Haywood

I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude. -Giacomo Casanova

My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good. -Giacomo Casanova

In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help. -Margaret Cavendish

Not that I am ashamed of my mind or body, my birth or breeding, my actions or fortunes, for my bashfulness is in my nature, not for any crime. -Margaret Cavendish

Dread lord and cousin, may the almighty preserve your reverence and lordship in long life and good fortune. -Owen Glendower

A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives. -Robert Emmet

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

During this time I had the singular good fortune of being able to discuss the problem constantly with Einstein. Some experiments done at Einstein's suggestion yielded no decisively new result. -Walther Bothe

As I look back on the last few decades of my life, I am struck by the good fortune that came my way. -Daniel Nathans

If I wasn't an actress I would run a fortune 500 company. -Sela Ward

The world is apt to judge of everything by the success; and whoever has ill fortune will hardly be allowed a good name. -William Dampier

A man endures misfortune without complaint. -Franz Schubert

The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention. -Franz Schubert

The most superficial student of Roman history must be struck by the extraordinary degree in which the fortunes of the republic were affected by the presence of foreigners, under different names, on her soil. -Henry James Sumner Maine

Then all the foreigners started coming over. I don't mind that but a lot of teams are laying out fortunes for ordinary players and that's no good for our youngsters coming through. -Paul Gascoigne

You don't make a fortune doing cartoons. It's a lot of fun, it keeps you busy, and it's better than a kick in the pants, absolutely. But doing voiceover work doesn't make you rich. It just doesn't. -Patrick Warburton

There's not a fortune to be made doing voiceover work unless you're one of the main voices on The Simpsons. See, there's The Simpsons, and then there's everything else. -Patrick Warburton

It's sometimes unnerving to think of that, and I wish it were possible for all children in the world to have the good fortune I've had in having a giving and loving family. -James MacArthur

I had the great good fortune to interview Peggy Lee. Her memories of working with Walt Disney and his team were warm and upbeat. -Leonard Maltin

When I joined Granada – which, you don't want to start crying about these things, but Granada was a very, very hot place to be, it was my good fortune to be there at that time – the BBC was firmly asleep. -Michael Apted

Which reminds me of a fortune cookie: you often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it. -Hector Elizondo

I happened to be one of those who thought all these expenses necessary, and I had the good fortune to have the majority of both houses of Parliament on my side. -Robert Walpole

I was just very interested in the American frontier and the growth of capitalism – those enormous fortunes that were being made, more often than not, on the blood of poor people, black people, Indian people. They were the ones who paid very dearly for those great fortunes. -Peter Matthiessen

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

A woman must make her fortune before she is 30; or work after she is 30; or get married. -Anna Held

If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes. -Jacques-Louis David

At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations. -Amar Bose

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer. -Montesquieu

Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of a right which gives to one man such a power over another as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune. -Montesquieu

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

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

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish. -Irwin Shaw

That equals to being a fool, having fame and no fortune. A lot of guys out there have fame doing this and doing that, but they are broke. -Mike Tyson

In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of Europe and the Israelites. -Isaac Mayer Wise

I believe that the confidence of Hungary in me is not shaken by misfortune nor broken by my calumniators. -Lajos Kossuth

In sleep, you are safe from the revolting mechanics of living and being a prey to outrageous fortune. -Taylor Caldwell

Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune. -Aeschylus

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. -Aristotle

A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife. -Thomas Fuller

Every happiness is a hostage to fortune. -Arthur Helps

Misfortune was my god. -Arthur Rimbaud

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

Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality its left. -John Ray

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others. -Aesop

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. -Walter Bagehot

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune. -Arthur Schopenhauer

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

The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes. -Madame de Stael

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. -Napoleon Hill

History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. -Edward Gibbon

It is a great evil, as well as a misfortune, to be unable to utter a prompt and decided 'no'. -Charles Simmons

Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you. -Virgil

It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others. -Marquis de Sade

Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever. -Herodotus

I've had ample contact with lawyers, and I'm convinced that the only fortune they ever leave is their own. -Wilson Mizner

People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune. -William McFee

Those who have prospered and profited from life's lottery have a moral obligation to share their good fortune. -Dick Gephardt

No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying. -Alexander Herzen

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men. -Thucydides

Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune. -James Weldon Johnson

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune. -Chanakya

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one. -Edith Wharton

Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting. -Aeschylus

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is. -Franz Grillparzer

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to. -Paul Valery

We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us. -Alain de Botton

People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful. -Nicolas Chamfort

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth – of my passions – of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies – whose factions I sought to quell – whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim – whose freedom has been my fatal dream. -Thomas Francis Meagher

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. -William Shakespeare

There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war. -Miguel de Cervantes

There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune. -Sophocles

Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything. -Anthony Trollope

Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense. -Ambrose Bierce

How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time. -Sophocles

No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble. -Aeschylus

Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low. -Ovid

Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child. It takes a mensch to weep for others' children. -Sam Levenson

For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune. -Aeschylus

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. -Franz Kafka

The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless. -Herodotus

Mortals grow swiftly in misfortune. -Hesiod

Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes. -Sophocles

It is easy at any moment to surrender a large fortune; to build one up is a difficult and an arduous task. -Livy

We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune. -Sophocles

The prayers of cowards fortune spurns. -Ovid

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun. -Thomas Carlyle

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all. -John Greenleaf Whittier

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence. -Herodotus

The result showed that fortune helps the brave. -Livy

We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter. -Blaise Pascal

I believe in America. America's made my fortune. -Mario Puzo

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. -Moliere

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital. -Honore de Balzac

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

No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition. -Jeremy Taylor

Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men. -Sophocles

Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. -Saskya Pandita

The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind. -Woodrow Wilson

Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race. -Pierre Bayle

The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune. -Tecumseh

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. -Baltasar Gracian

What is most important for democracy is not that great fortunes should not exist, but that great fortunes should not remain in the same hands. In that way there are rich men, but they do not form a class. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I feel like a hostage to fortune. Not that I am complaining. I wanted to play the role. But in truth I didn't think the show would be such a success. OK, I thought it would fail. Not because it was bad. I was confident it was good, but plenty of good things just sort of wither on the vine. -Hugh Laurie

I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day. I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific people who have hired me. -Rob Paulsen

The moment is ripe for an experienced businessman to talk practical, prudent economics to the electorate – which is why Mitt Romney's political fortunes are steadily being resurrected from the grave. -Camille Paglia

I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune. They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something… no one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean. -Jimmy Dean

We're going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I'm going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it's worth a fortune. I'll make this a work of magic warlock art. -Charlie Sheen

The most accurate representation of how I feel is that I'm incredibly lucky to be working in this structure where people get paid millions to read the news on TV. And, yes, it is insane. And there is nothing I can say beyond acknowledging my immense good fortune, and being aware that I'm blessed, and aware that it isn't going to last forever. -Tom Hanks

Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. -Steve Jobs

The whole fame and fortune thing is addictive. -Jimmy Nail

I told Clinton I want him to rush for 2,000 yards. And I want our team to go to the Super Bowl and win it. I've been there and not won it. It's really simple for me. You get stats, fame and fortune, but if you don't end up with the ring you're never satisfied. -Shaun Alexander

I had the misfortune of getting what skateboarders call hippers. It's when you fall on your hip again and again and again, just the same spot. It turns into like a blue purple bruise and it's just torture because I had to keep on doing the same move, going around in the pool again. -Emile Hirsch

I think my best work has been in France with great men. It's been my great fortune to work with really great men – with Olivier Assayas, Raoul Ruiz, Jacques Rivette. I am tutored by them. -Emmanuelle Beart

I never pay a fortune for clothes. -Joss Stone

I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics. -Francois Hollande

Basically, I'm living the life of an actress in L.A. And I've recently had some pretty good fortune. -Olivia Munn

I was a lawyer for 10 years, and several of my clients had the misfortune, through no fault of my own, of going to prison. I visited them occasionally. -John Grisham

It's O.K. to accept good fortune. -Will Oldham

I never thought about becoming a professional singer, but I am in touch with Bono about releasing a musical movie. It will be about an Irish band during the '70s who are looking for fortune in Las Vegas. I should play the singer of the band but I don't want to sing in front of anybody. -Liam Neeson

I sometimes wonder if the tragedies my family has suffered are a kind of karmic price for all the fame and fortune the Bee Gees have had. -Robin Gibb

I want it all. Fame, fortune and all the commercials there are to do. -Evelyn Ashford

I'm becoming more squeamish. I didn't use to be – nine years of 'Silent Witness' prepared me for most things one will have the misfortune to see in life. Before, I'd be wading up to my neck in gore, but now I tend to look away. -Amanda Burton

I am convinced that you don't need to spend a fortune to look like a million. -Jil Sander

It's very passe to think women want to spend a fortune on clothes. -Tory Burch

For all of my fortune, there are many with misfortune that need a hand. -Laura San Giacomo

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in possession of a vast fortune must be in want of a newer, younger wife. -Bruce Feirstein

I still follow Chelsea's fortunes. -Andriy Shevchenko

I couldn't lie to get myself fame and fortune. -Dave Pelzer

A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away, but once a fortune is inherited it's less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society. -Bill Gates

I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women's football in the States is a bit idyllic. Look at all the teams in America that have folded, and the leagues. -Hope Solo

President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. -Charlie Crist

There are people who want me to do a cologne. They want to call it 'Patrick.' I was offered a fortune to make exercise videos. Posters, all kinds of stuff – something like $10 million worth. It's insanity. I'm not going to do any of it. -Patrick Swayze

The young man who's had the Guggenheim fortune behind him all his life – he can hire all the authorities on the subject to teach him how to do a monologue, but he's never going to have the right stuff to pull it off. If he doesn't walk out onstage needing to walk out there, he doesn't have a dream of doing well. -Jerry Lewis

Gambling is part of the human condition. I love it. I have the best time gambling. I've been winning fortunes, and I've been losing them. -Jerry Lewis

We all feel the urge to condemn ourselves out of guilt, to blame others for our misfortunes and to fantasize about total disaster. -Deepak Chopra

I've had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies. -Ted Turner

In my life, there have always been people who guided my path, towards the school, towards this company. I didn't know about any of it. I didn't have a plan. It's good fortune and generosity from other people that have given me all I have today. -Karen Kain

As an athlete, you choose your sport and are drawn into it but your passion should never be driven by fame and fortune but a desire to create something special that people will always remember. -Katarina Witt

A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it. -Julie Andrews

I went to a shrink once, but I caught him going to a fortune-teller so I quit. -James Caan

I had the good fortune of having a happy, closely knit family. -Carlos Fuentes

I was never trying to write a hit. I was just trying to write good songs and get a message out, and it was my great good fortune to be popular. -John Denver

I've never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage. But I can't say I would turn my back on fortune. I'm someone who enjoys the benefits of money. -Joan Collins

No excuses and no sob stories. Life is full of excuses if you're looking. I have no time to gripe over misfortune. I don't waste time looking back. -Junior Seau

There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can't go through life obsessing about what might have been. -Hugh Jackman

Loneliness and hunger were my fortunes of creation. -Mo Yan

When I was young, it wasn't about the money, it wasn't about the fame and fortune, it was about playing football. -Victor Cruz

But no, I'm not political. My obligation is to pull the lever and elect somebody who's going to make life a little better for everybody, especially those who don't have as much good fortune as others. -Mark Wahlberg

As it is my good fortune to be American, I live in the only country that as a matter of policy is pro-Israel regardless of party allegiance; Democrats and Republicans equally unite behind the blue-and-white. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

I'm not a fortune-teller. -Karl Lagerfeld

Men tell me that I've saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it's cheaper than a divorce. So I'm still useful, you see. -Manolo Blahnik

For us political activists and candidates, the morning after any election is a mix of emotions – the personal and the immediate, the culmination of your own recent campaigning efforts; and the fortunes of your party and the success or otherwise of what you stand for and believe in. -Lucy Powell

I have had the good fortune to experience both the limelight and the traffic light as a musician. I did my first recording on my own and it was available at concerts. The second to seventh were released on small and then large labels. My eighth to 14th were done under my own steam once again, but with the benefit of the Internet. -Jane Siberry

I feel like I have the fortune of privilege, particularly as it relates to my children. -Demi Moore

I really am profoundly grateful just in general in my life. I've had an embarrassing amount of good fortune. -Edie Falco

Don't reward bad behavior. It is one of the first rules of parenting. During the financial cataclysm of 2008, we said it differently. When we bailed out banks that had created their own misfortune, we called it a 'moral hazard,' because the bailout absolved the bank's bad acts and created an incentive for it to make the same bad loans again. -Eliot Spitzer

It is always a disappointment to turn from forthright consideration of some subject – whether from the Left or the Right, a poet or a plumber – to the Beltway version, in which the only aspects of the issue that matter are the effects it will have on the fortunes of the two parties and the various men in power. -Thomas Frank

Haiti is 10.4-million people, of whom 35 per cent are children under 15. The country has always had great potential – and this is still the case. Our ill fortune has long been a matter of bad governance. And now things have changed. -Laurent Lamothe

My parents grew up working class, but in that way that working class families do, they spent a fortune on education to better me. -Graham Norton

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

My wife, Jill, and I have an incredibly close working relationship, and an incredibly happy married one. We met through work. I was the world's worst advertising copywriter. She had the misfortune to be my account director, so from the very start she was my boss, and she still is. -Anthony Horowitz

I've had the good fortune and blessing to run for the offices for which I really wanted to do the work. -Kamala Harris

Good luck happens to people who work hard for it. Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot, but I've consistently strived to create whatever good fortune I can get in my life – and consistently strive just as hard not to screw it up once I have it! -Patrick Duffy

In my lifetime, I've discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals. Some have achieved stardom. Simultaneously, I've seen many dreams shattered, egos destroyed and lives changed forever. The end destination may well be fame and fortune, but the road to stardom is littered with broken hearts. -Nigel Lythgoe

I still dream about that one opportunity where the Welsh Rugby Union call me up and say, 'We need you.' There is an incredibly talented Welsh hooker called Matthew Rees, so maybe some incredible quirk of misfortune for him would mean I get called up instead. -Matthew Rhys

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

Over many generations, fortunes in the business world were made through buying and selling products in physical stores. Internet fortunes have been made buying and selling products online. -Marc Ostrofsky

To put it simply – you know, a lot of people believe that the benefit of this job is fame and fortune. I believe that you pay for the fortune through the fame. I don't buy into the notion that being famous is somehow a good thing, or an exciting thing, or a wonderful thing. -Evangeline Lilly

No one starts playing my kind of music to make a fortune. But I do want to keep doing what I do and I do want to continue selling records. And I would, eventually, quite like some money. -Laura Marling

Being on stage is a seductive lifestyle. My advice to aspiring actors is think twice. People sometimes go into acting for the wrong reasons – as a shortcut to fame and fortune. If these goals are not attained, they feel a bitter disappointment. -Chris Sarandon

Nobody wants campaign finance reform more than me. It would save me a fortune. -Andrew Tobias

If you ever have the good fortune to meet Tippi Hedren, she's an amazing woman. You can't quite believe she is the age she is. -Toby Jones

One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I've had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I've brought readers to my dad's work. I can't tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father's work was masterful. -Andre Dubus III

The difference now is that the paparazzi get paid fortunes. That's what motivates people; it's about the money, sadly, at anyone's expense. -David Cassidy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also happens to be the 10th richest person in America, with a personal fortune of some $18 billion, likes to pick a fight – especially fights where the line between good and evil is particularly stark. -Jeff Goodell

In recent years, America's wealthiest man has begun to tackle energy issues in a major way, investing millions in everything from high-capacity batteries to machines that can scrub carbon dioxide out of the air. With a personal fortune of $50 billion, Gates has the resources to give his favorite solutions a major boost. -Jeff Goodell

I just like people. I'll hold a conversation at a gas station. It's not about the fame and the fortune, I just like people. -Lionel Richie

I've spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. -Mindy McCready

No one likes to feel helpless. We find it psychologically unbearable and inside ourselves we may try to make ourselves part author of our misfortune rather than simply the recipient of it. -Susie Orbach

I'm not sure whether it's good fortune or bad, but I've died many times on screen. -Ty Olsson

As I get older, the present and the past shift and become the past and the future… A lot of it is a new awareness of time and life and the wheel of fortune crushing you and lifting you and crushing you and lifting you. -Feist

Many of the young aspire to happy marriages and dot-com fortunes but end up in guarded love and okay-for-now jobs. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

God has to let you be there, and then you just have to have good fortune for whatever reason. I'm enjoying every moment of my life. We are so fortunate just to be alive. -Randy Owen

I get so disenfranchised reading the news, because global borders and lines we've created are completely unnecessary. That's just another person on the other side, and it's his bad luck that he was born there and it's my good fortune that I was born here. It's all kind of illogical. -Eddie Huang

I've had this unbelievable amount of good fortune and I'm just so thankful for it. But at the same time I feel exceptionally guilty. I have so many friends who are talented graduates of Juilliard and are exceptional actors and I'm the lucky one that somehow got such a fortunate break. -Matthew Gray Gubler

Fame and fortune should never get in front of your passion. The passion will generate the fame and fortune, if you're good enough. -Max Walker

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

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it. -Pete Hegseth

Steve Jobs was rare: a C.E.O. who actually had a huge impact on his company's fortunes. Contrary to corporate mythology, most C.E.O.s could be easily replaced, if not by your average Joe, then by your average executive vice-president. But Jobs genuinely earned the label of superstar. -James Surowiecki

When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels. -Jonathan Ames

Everyone in Hollywood is seeking fame and fortune; it's in the water here. Everyone from young women to old men – they all want it. -Karrine Steffans

Rejoicing in the good fortune of others is a practice that can help us when we feel emotionally shut down and unable to connect with others. Rejoicing generates good will. -Pema Chodron

There is a widespread assumption that simply because my generation of women has the good fortune to live in a world touched by the feminist movement, that means everything we do is magically imbued with its agenda, but it doesn't work that way. -Ariel Levy

I've had the good fortune of teaching and preaching across much of the globe, while also struggling to make sense of my experience in my own tiny world. -Richard Rohr

The reason laziness is rarely pushed as a lifestyle option is down to one simple reason: money. There are fortunes to be made out of active lifestyles. Gyms charge fees. But no one is going to make money out of sleep. It is free. -Tom Hodgkinson

Every morning brings new potential, but if you dwell on the misfortunes of the day before, you tend to overlook tremendous opportunities. -Harvey Mackay

I think 'The Hunger Games' has a really powerful message about survival, and sacrificing for the ones you love. It's almost like a warning for us to not lose touch of our humanity. We live in a world in which we watch other's misfortunes for entertainment. -Amandla Stenberg

There are a lot of people in Congress who would never have made a great career or fortune in any other profession. But after they spend a while hanging out with the rich guys, they begin to feel they've been undervalued, and that an eventual seven-figure income as a lobbyist isn't just an opportunity, it's their due. -Gail Collins

I feel like rock stars feel a sense of entitlement, whereas I just feel a sense of good fortune. -Neil Strauss

Even for charity I always give priority to education because I always teach young people – knowledge is your real companion, your life long companion, not fortune. Fortune can disappear. -Stanley Ho

My appeal to the rich is, Deal liberally with your poor brethren, and use your means to advance the cause of God. The worthy poor, who are made poor by misfortune and sickness, deserve your especial care and help. -Ellen G. White

Those men and women are fortunate who are born at a time when a great struggle for human freedom is in progress. It is an added good fortune to have parents who take a personal part in the great movements of their time. I am glad and thankful that this was my case. -Emmeline Pankhurst

I can't watch my first audition because it makes me too upset. I just think it is really sad. I look at myself and don't recognize myself. I do think fame and fortune changes people. -Rebecca Ferguson

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

My family and I have been blessed with good fortune in the world of business. We've created quite a net worth. My children, two boys, have more money than they will ever need, and they aren't empire builders. -Eli Broad

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick. -P. T. Barnum

Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means. -P. T. Barnum

We do things on an exchange basis in the music business – it keeps the wheels turning. That's how I can get people like Slash, Flea and Kris Kristofferson on my album. Collaboration should be done through trades rather than charging each other a fortune. -Ronnie Wood

Snapchat's ramp reminded us of another mobile app Benchmark had the good fortune to back at an early stage: Instagram. -Mitch Lasky

Being a visionary is a new profession, but it is really just a variant on fortunetelling, which may be the world's oldest. And its marketing appeal is similar – people will pay for reassurance about the unknown. -Nathan Myhrvold

The techniques of being an Internet visionary are just like those of lower-tech fortunetellers through the ages. A technological visionary must tell people what they want to hear, because your company's stock won't rise if you spout an unpopular vision to analysts. -Nathan Myhrvold

I've had the pretty good fortune of working with some decent guys and gals. -Ryan Reynolds

If you go back, 'The Great Gatsby' would be a portrait of the rich and fortune made by business. -Robert Harris

Using a forecasting company is like going to a fortune-teller. If you believe the company and the color does not sell, who do you blame? The forecasters? No, you blame yourself. -Tadashi Shoji

I never, ever would have imagined the kind of career I've had. It just wouldn't have occurred to me that anything like this could have been possible. I didn't have any such aspirations. And I still can't believe my good fortune. -Edith Widder

Stunt performing is a highly structured career path – you have to gain qualifications in six different sports to a high standard. It takes four or five years and costs at least £20,000; a black belt in a martial art from scratch costs a fortune. -Steve Truglia

Any misfortune that happens to another person is funny. If it happens to someone else and not me, it's very funny. -Gilbert Gottfried

If you don't have the good fortune to work a lot then you take any job you get offered, whether it's a good job, fun job, a bad job, horrible job, whatever, you just take what you need to take. But I'm lucky in that – at the moment anyway and hopefully forever, but who knows – I get the chance to pick jobs for the kick of it and the fun. -James McAvoy

Helping those who have been struck by unforeseeable misfortunes is fundamentally different from making dependency a way of life. -Thomas Sowell

I have had the good fortune of being able to sing with many of the finest voices in the world, and for someone who loves voices as I do, this is an enormous privilege. -Andrea Bocelli

People think of fortune cookies as being Chinese, but in essence, they are fundamentally American. -Jennifer Lee

So, fortune cookies: invented by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese, but ultimately consumed by Americans. They are more American than anything else. -Jennifer Lee

We have to rise above bad fortune. We have to be in the good and enjoy the good, study and work and adventure and friendship and community and love. -Joshua Prager

Whatever your religious persuasion, if you believe that that the universe is governed by benign forces, at some point you have to explain why there is so much suffering, misfortune and misery in the world. -Julian Baggini

Prayer provides an opportunity to remind oneself of how one should be living, our responsibilities to others, our own failings, and our relative good fortune, should we have it. This is, I think, a pretty worthwhile practice and it is not something you can only do if you believe you are talking to an unseen creator. -Julian Baggini

I believe that if you don't derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don't come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don't feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste. -Srikumar Rao

No state of society or laws can render men so much alike but that education, fortune, and tastes will interpose some differences between them; and though different men may sometimes find it their interest to combine for the same purposes, they will never make it their pleasure. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I think the concept of seeking fame and fortune in women's football in the States is a bit idyllic. -Hope Solo

It is only from the people I've had the good fortune to meet that I am learning the lessons to guide me. Baz Luhrmann, director of 'Moulin Rouge,' for example, has a childlike curiosity about the world. He doesn't pretend to know all the answers – quite the opposite, in fact. He asks loads of questions of everyone. -Simon Sinek

I've made my share of mistakes, but had the good fortune to have them not be so public. -Joanna Garcia

In the IPL, you are often single-handedly responsible for the fortunes of your team. It makes you more responsible as a player. -Rohit Sharma

My grandfather was a faith healer and medium, and he always encouraged faith in the unseen. I believe in fortune tellers. -Luke Goss

When I left EastEnders, I could have earned an absolute fortune from sexy calendars, shoots for lads' mags, fitness videos and reality shows. But I always turned them down. -Michelle Ryan

Some people are just really goofy kind of guitar acts, and they go out and do these colleges and start making a fortune pretty early on. And other people – I know guys who are great comics, who've done the Letterman show many times, who still barely pay their bills. -Greg Giraldo

Since I've been in an actor, I've lived in Italy, in London, in Stockholm – I had the fortune of working in different locations. If you live someplace long enough, you acquire slightly different systems of thought, and it influences your outlook on life. I just slowly adapted the way I speak. -Matthew Settle

The mistake of the West was to put the Sauds on the throne of Saudi Arabia and give them control of the world's oil fortune, which they then used to propagate Wahhabi Islam. -Salman Rushdie

Happiness isn't a fortune in a cookie. It's deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that. -Elvis Costello

It's always the big question in our lives if you have a lot of success. What do you do with it? Buy more houses, buy more cars, buy more stuff, be wealthy and distant and unengaged? Or do you take all that good fortune that has come towards you and spread the love, do something with it? -Kevin Spacey

It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin. -Saint Teresa of Avila

Fiction that responds to recent world events is a hostage to fortune, because all momentous events look very different a year, two years, three years later. -Mark Haddon

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

Science fiction writers aren't fortune tellers. Fortune tellers are fakes. -William Gibson

Every time an article is written about me or any of my contemporaries who's had the fortune and discipline to look good at a certain age, I am struck by the tone of astonishment, and the certainty that something is being done secretively to beat the devil. -Joan Collins

I'm swanning round the world looking at the most fabulously interesting things. Such good fortune. -David Attenborough

After 'Born to Run,' I had a reaction to my good fortune. With success, it felt like a lot of people who'd come before me lost some essential part of themselves. My greatest fear was that success was going to change or diminish that part of myself. -Bruce Springsteen

Everyone has a talent. It's simply a question of good discipline, of the good fortune to have an education that meshes with that talent, and a lot of luck. -Twyla Tharp

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me. -Alan Kay

Nobody is impervious to misfortune. -Ferdinand Marcos

One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy, but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat, and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn't move to New York to make a fortune. -David Byrne

I came from nothing and achieved humungous fame and fortune. But I worked hard. I had discipline and determination. I had that ice in me. -Sugar Ray Leonard

To live as an artist requires hard work or some extraordinary good fortune to come your way. -William Boyd

Nigeria has had the misfortune – no, the fortune – of seeing the worst face of capitalism anywhere in Africa. The masses have seen it, they are disgusted, and they want an alternative. -Wole Soyinka

I come from a large family, but I was not raised with a fortune. Something more was left me, and that was family values. -Dikembe Mutombo

The misfortune is that many people, men and women, think that the perfect face has no flaws, no pores in the skin; and that gives unrealistic levels of esteem. Somebody feels they're not right because they haven't got that type of refinement. -Douglas Kirkland

To be fair, I don't think it's a plague to say I have the misfortune of making movies for a living. -A. J. Bowen

On 'Taxi,' I had the great fortune of directing many wonderful episodes, none more classic than Reverend Jim's driving test. It was maybe the funniest show I did. -James Burrows

I guess HBO did a giant 'War in the Pacific' mini-series that cost, like, a fortune, and there was a little moment where they literally had no money. And even though the show had become kind of a cult hit, there was an issue of whether they could actually afford to do it. -Adam McKay

My one big rule for the over-40s is don't try to dress like an 18-year-old. It's possible to be 'on-trend' when you're older – you just have to look for the right stuff. You don't have to spend a fortune, either. -Twiggy

During the dot-com days, one could take just about any company public and reap fortunes. All you had to do was to make sky-high projections for growth, say you were in the Internet space, and go along with unscrupulous investment bankers and their analysts. -Vivek Wadhwa

I was lucky that when Lorne Michaels came looking for women comedy writers, there weren't too many in New York at the time. I was at the top of a very short list. I think that was all good fortune. -Anne Beatts

I always thought the point of life was something richer than that. Something full of great tragedy or comedy, reversal of fortune, ecstasy, that kind of thing. But no, contemporary urban theorists seem satisfied with the merely livable, which always sounds to me like the merely survivable, the not so bad. -Jonathan Raymond

Earl Nightingale has inspired more people toward success and fortune than any other motivational speaker on the planet. -Zig Ziglar

I have been listening to the Stooges' self-titled first album for well over half my life, and it remains one of the most exciting and essential records I have ever had the good fortune to come into contact with. -Henry Rollins

I do mean this – I had the good fortune of being around a number of Alzheimer's patients in the last three years of my mother's life. She was in a care facility that was devoted to just people with memory-loss issues. I found those people engaging and generous in ways that I had not imagined. -James Rebhorn

Wonder was the grace of the country. Any action could be justified by that: the wonder it was rooted in. Period followed period, and finally the wonder was that things could be built so big. Bridges, skyscrapers, fortunes, all having a life first in the marketplace, still drew on the force of wonder. -George W. S. Trow

My father, John Steinbeck, was a man who held human history in great reverence, and in particular the biographies of those people who had risked their lives, their fortunes, and their worldly honor to defend the rights and prerogatives of those who were powerless to defend themselves. -Thomas Steinbeck

In Los Angeles, I had the good fortune of anchoring the news right before Johnny Carson came on, so to see him, the Hollywood stars watched me first. -Tom Brokaw

People talk about me as if I am the sole inheritor of the Guinness family fortune and worth masses, but I have hundreds of cousins. -Jasmine Guinness

Generous people can become more generous as they become richer, giving away vast fortunes to worthwhile causes as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are doing. -Robert Kiyosaki

I've been lucky. I don't for a minute take for granted the good fortune I have had. You don't like to get ideas above your station, especially a boy from the south side of Glasgow. -Tony Curran

The opportunity to completely become someone else and inhabit them is something that has always fascinated me greatly as an actor. With a bit of fortune, a few more of those opportunities will lie waiting for me in the future. -Adhir Kalyan

See how fortune deludes us, and that which we put carefully into her hands, she either breaks or lets it fall from her hands, or causes it to be removed by the violence of another, or suffocates and poisons, or taints with suspicion, fear and jealousy to the great hurt and ruin of the possessor. -Giordano Bruno

Beauty – what is beauty, forsooth? Form and color; that is, surface only. Fortune – what is fortune? Nothing is ever a pleasure or a real profit to him who has to labour for it. Truth – you die in the pursuit, and the sea beats the beach as it did a thousand years ago. The stolid are alone happy. -Richard Jefferies

Men may be rivals, opponents in their fortunes, and yet be friends in their hearts and fair towards each other's worth; but woman, the instant she is rivaled, becomes unjust. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

Nothing can prepare you for the all-consuming nature of motherhood, and I am very aware of my good fortune, as I spent years fretting about whether I'd ever meet anyone to have a baby with. -Mariella Frostrup

I review books as a day job, and through the years I've come to view the contemporary memoir as, almost always, a saga of victimization, sometimes by others, sometimes by the self, and sometimes by illness or misfortune, leading, like clockwork, to healing and redemption. -Walter Kirn

I actually had the good fortune to work with Nick Hoult on 'Mad Max' in Africa, so we became really fast friends. -Josh Helman

Sure, nobody will make a fortune if we figure out why the Big Bang happened. But just about everyone would like to know. -Seth Shostak

For me soccer provides so many emotions, a different feeling every day. I've had the good fortune to take part in major competitions like the Olympics, and winning the World Cup was also unforgettable. We lost in the Olympics and won in the World Cup, and I'll never forget either feeling. -Ronaldinho

My movies make a profit, but obviously not a fortune. -Nicole Holofcener

People often ask me why I persisted in doing research on a subject that was so controversial. I frequently respond by telling them that only a few scientists are granted the great fortune to pursue topics that are so new and different that only a small number of people can grasp the meaning of such discoveries initially. -Stanley B. Prusiner

For all the popularity of spiritual advisers in South Korea, it still shocks to see the leaders of huge public companies relying on fortune-tellers. A shaman may advise a struggling executive to move a building's front entrance, tapping the widespread pungsu belief that your luck depends on the direction of your house. -Kim Young-ha

When the head of the Hyundai Motor Company, Chung Mong-koo, was fighting with his younger brother Chung Mong-hun over the company's management, he is said to have consulted a fortune-teller. -Kim Young-ha

Every person – with his or her own skills, abilities and uniqueness – can contribute to others and bring great joy to those that fortune has not smiled upon. -Shari Arison

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

In Montana, where Sen. William Andrews Clark made his fortune and lost his reputation, people had assumed that all his children were long dead. After all, he was born in 1839 and was of age to serve in the Civil War. -Bill Dedman

The Adversity Index was created by msnbc.com and Moody's Analytics to track the economic fortunes of states and metro areas. Each month, the Adversity Index uses government data on employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices to label each area as expanding, at risk of recession, in recession or recovering. -Bill Dedman

During my many years in international business and public life, I have had the good fortune of sitting down for lunch with people with whom I completely disagreed, in practice and principle: Soviet communists, heads of state from various unsavory regimes, benighted religious figures, corrupt business leaders. -Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

I do like the idea of consequence and how our actions play themselves out, but I am completely scared of knowing what the future would be like. I would never go near a fortune teller, even though it's probably not even real. I just don't wanna know. -Paul Dano

I've always found a way to make my way, and now I've had the fortune of being hired by a great company – Chrysler Corporation – one of the original Big Three. -Joe Wurzelbacher

The misfortune to be born when I was, where I was. That was a piece of bad luck. -Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Here's the thing: I'm not beautiful. I mean, I'm a perfectly normal-looking Jewish guy. My face has never been my fortune, nor has my body… physical beauty has never been part of my equation. It's just not on my shopping list. -David Rakoff

I've had the good fortune of studying the 17th-century art of Amsterdam in preparation for a film. -Jack O'Connell

Some of history's cleverest business minds understood the power of share platforms, from the aggressive titans who made fortunes building the nation's railroads, to Conrad Hilton, who created the first premier brand of international hotels. -Lisa Gansky

My goal has always been longevity. Not fame and fortune, just get a job and keep it. -James Garner

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune. -Sam Walton

To be frank, my belief is if you just keep your head down and work, and you have the fortune to be successful, there really aren't moments that change you. -Mark Walter

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

Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids. -Nancy Gibbs

There now exists a factor which was formerly lacking – the spirit of the nation has been aroused, and a common misfortune, a common debasement, has united all the inhabitants of the Islands. -Jose Rizal

Imagine a society in which there were neither rich nor poor. What evils, afflictions, sorrows, disorders, catastrophes, disasters, tribulations, misfortunes, agonies, calamities, despair, desolation and ruin would be unknown to man! -Jules Verne

I really have the good fortune that the actors who work with me on 'The Leftovers' are thoughtful, hard working, open people and generous people. -Carrie Coon

America spends a fortune on drugs: more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the citizens of other advanced nations. -Robert Reich

Our family's fortune is growing faster than ever. We're a part of a small number of American families that own most of the country's wealth. But having so much in the hands of so few can't be good for America. -Jamie Johnson

Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs… gangsters who lust after fortunes and power. -Cindy Sheehan

I think Buddhism is a wonderful philosophy. I've had the good fortune to meet many wonderful teachers from that society. -Pierce Brosnan

The creams I use are not expensive. Nivea is just as good. Why waste a fortune? -Sylvia Kristel

I've had the fortune of meeting most of the 'Kids in the Hall.' One meeting was special in particular because this was before I had gotten anything, before anything was clicking, and I just found myself hanging out with Scott Thompson. -Thomas Middleditch

The lazy part of me would love to do a sitcom where I could work three days a week and make a fortune. -Corbin Bernsen

More than 100 million women have worn my clothing and accessories,, and that's so fulfilling. My skincare line proves you don't have to spend a fortune to have beautiful skin. I've loved acting but if I never played another role and just focused on my business, I'd be happy. -Jaclyn Smith

I'm a computer guy, and one of the things I did with the good fortune that 'Presumed Innocent' brought me was to buy one of the very first laptop computers. It weighed about eight and a half pounds, by the way. -Scott Turow

I think the worst thing that could have happened to me would have been having a hit at 20. I don't know what that would have done to me. But instead, I had to scrape a living for years. And my first show, which opened in 1969, lost over £45,000, an absolute fortune then. -Cameron Mackintosh

Don't listen to anybody. Nobody knows the magic bullet. If they did, they'd sell it and make a fortune. Follow your gut. Follow your instincts. Every once in a while, take a chance. -Michael Cudlitz

I was born on the 24th of September 1755 in the county of Fauquier, at that time one of the frontier counties of Virginia. My father possessed scarcely any fortune and had received a very limited education – but was a man to whom nature had been bountiful, and who had assiduously improved her gifts. -John Marshall

If we are born under a lucky star, it shows that we have earned the good fortune thereby Indicated, by forethought, kindness, and our other virtues expressed in previous lives, for we cannot have friends unless we are friendly ourselves. -Max Heindel

I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck. -George Kaiser

There's a belief in some cultures that if a person experiences good fortune in financial terms and does not share the good fortune, when that person becomes ill with a mysterious fever and dies, people tend to say: 'Aha! It was because he didn't share. It was the spirits who brought him down.' -David Quammen

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

Throughout Philippine history, it's the immigrants who built fortunes and, in the process, helped build Philippine economy. -John Gokongwei

It was my very good fortune to find a mentor, Clay Felker, who started my career at the 'New York Magazine' as a freelance writer when I had to quit my job at the 'Herald Tribune' to stay home with my young daughter. -Gail Sheehy

The character as well as the fortunes of the gospel is committed to the preacher. He makes or mars the message from God to man. The preacher is the golden pipe through which the divine oil flows. -Edward McKendree Bounds

The men to whom Jesus Christ committed the fortunes and destiny of His Church were men of prayer. To no other kind of men has God ever committed Himself in this world. -Edward McKendree Bounds

I pinch myself daily at the good fortune of my life, you know, in many ways. -Orlando Bloom

Many entrepreneurs that made their fortunes by founding successful technology companies want to give back and solve the world's biggest problems on a grand scale. There is tremendous opportunity in this approach. -Peter Diamandis

America had been a boom-and-bust economy going into the Great Depression – just over and over and over, fortunes were wiped out, ordinary families were crushed under it. -Elizabeth Warren

Captain Huston and myself have spent over $200,000 in strengthening the Yankees since we purchased the club. We paid $37,500 for Frank Baker; we paid $25,000 for Lee Magee, and we have got rid of a young fortune on other players who couldn't deliver the goods. And we have had some of the most frightful luck I ever heard of. -Jacob Ruppert

A writer has a difficult fate, but a Jewish writer has an especially difficult fate. His soul is torn; he lives on two streets with three languages. It is a misfortune to live on this sort of 'border,' and that is what I have experienced. -S. Ansky

More effective than giving away half my fortune before I die is finding a way to help people have a good-paying job. -William E. Conway, Jr.

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. -Steven Sinofsky

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

Everyone thinks with 'Smash,' because it looks glossy and big, they think they're spending a fortune, and they think it's taking weeks to shoot. -Raza Jaffrey

I have a friend – not a dwarf – who's an alchemist of sorts. He concocted a men's cologne… He gave me a bottle as a gift. I was thinking we should totally put this on the market. You know how Jessica Simpson and Beyonce have signature perfumes and make a mint? I'm thinking this cologne could be my ticket to fortune. -Peter Dinklage

I just want people to know they are the masters of their own fortune and misfortune. A lot of us think that doctors and drugs are going to control and help us, but the reality is we're our own best doctor. -Dan Hill

Many rich people in China made their fortunes by damaging natural resources and building corrupt relations with the government. -Chen Guangbiao

For lots of people who became rich, they believe they earned their fortune through hard work. They don't think about society and only want to leave their fortune to their children. -Chen Guangbiao

Fortunately, nature is as generous with its problems as Nobel with his fortune. The more we know, the more aware we are of what we know not. -David Gross

I understand reversal of fortune; that usually has come through my own hand, but you know, you live life on life's terms. -Robert Downey, Jr.

I never really acted full-time. I certainly had gotten past the point where fame and fortune was something that I was dreaming about or anticipating. -Allison Tolman

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

Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift… the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others. -Barry Humphries

We picked a great marketplace. We were a pioneer in payroll processing for very small companies. And we had the perseverance and good fortune enough to stick it out. -Tom Golisano

Once you finish a book, you let it go out into the world to seek its fortune. -Susan Hill

I've had the good fortune of working with some amazing people. I mean, my first Broadway show was with Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton. Maureen Stapleton, a legend in the theatre; Elizabeth Taylor, a legend, period. -Dennis Christopher

Scotland and England may sometimes be rivals, but by geography, we are also neighbours. By history, allies. By economics, partners. And by fate and fortune, comrades, friends and family. -Douglas Alexander

If something good happens to you, and no one knows it, did it really happen? Moreover, if you don't publicize your accomplishments and good fortune, are you essentially saying you don't care about them? -Meghan Daum

In the crime fiction section, you may just find a novel that talks about the place where you're from and speaks to you about your life – or the life yours could have become if a little misfortune had come your way. -Adrian McKinty

People get a little sidelined thinking that fame and fortune is going to bring them happiness, peace and contentment in their lives. Everyone thinks they want to be famous until the paparazzi are in their face, and then they're asking, 'Just give me some privacy.' -Linda Thompson

In the Eisenhower era, when earnings over $400,000 were subject to 91 percent taxes and the world was a smaller place, you could count the truly wealthy on one hand: Getty, Dupont, Mellon, Rockefeller, though even those fortunes were being dispersed to children as the old robber barons died off. -Michael Shnayerson

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

A single woman with a very narrow income must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid – the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman of good fortune is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else. -Jane Austen

I implore you to see the universe as a warm and supportive one because you'll look for evidence to support this view. When you anticipate that the universe is friendly, you see friendly people. You look for circumstances to work in your favor. You anticipate good fortune flowing into your life. -Wayne Dyer

If you would attract good fortune, you must get rid of doubt. As long as that stands between you and your ambition, it will be a bar that will cut you off. You must have faith. No man can make a fortune while he is convinced that he can't. -Orison Swett Marden

For nearly eight decades, I've had the great fortune of playing thousands of roles before millions of people. -Dick Van Patten

I've gained fans, fame, fortune, but I don't feel different. Am I supposed to? -Kristin Cast

Set in a nameless colonial country, in an unspecified era, Katie Kitamura's second novel tracks the fortunes of a landowning family during the first waves of civil unrest. -Sarah Hall

I had the good fortune to be able to take a course with Margaret Mead. I had a fabulous art course, where it was explained to me that nothing exists in a vacuum, that everything is a result of the period in which it's done – the economics, the sociology, the politics, all sewn together. That was a very important lesson. -Iris Apfel

I've had the great fortune of working with incredible people on many shows. -Rhea Seehorn

A lot of times, people think that it doesn't make sense for people to be depressed when they have everything, a loving husband, a successful career, fame and fortune. I wanted to make this point that profound despair can strike anybody. -Miriam Toews

'China rich' is the new 'crazy rich.' It's a new level of outrageousness. It comes from this world where overnight fortunes have been made, but the fortunes are so ginormous compared to anything we've ever seen in the history of the world. -Kevin Kwan

It's human nature when you first make your big fortune to want to show off a bit. I don't begrudge that whatsoever. -Kevin Kwan

I'm a huge Cure fan. I love the Cure. The scales being tipped to when they weren't on a major label compared to when they were seems pretty meaningless. I had the good fortune of having them go before me and seeing their careers, musically at least, lose something. Like a novel written by a dead hand. -Isaac Brock

I had the good fortune to spend hours with my parents around the dinner table having debates on politics and economics. -Dambisa Moyo

I have had the good fortune to live – as an inside witness and, even, a modest participant – at a time when our understanding of this wonder we call 'life' has made its most revolutionary advances. -Christian de Duve

Money is often a matter of chance or good fortune and is not the mark of a successful life. It is not the thing that brings a throb of pleasure or a thrill into my life. And I would not pose as a successful man if that were to be the measure. -Charles M. Schwab

The condition of all development is not to be content with the present, but to have the courage to ask how everything can be made better and the good fortune to find a right answer to this question in thought or in action. -Ellen Key

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

Nothing will stifle your human evolution more than fame and fortune. -Patti Smith

I'm a guy who's had great good fortune in his life. And everything has kind of gone in my direction. -Tom Brokaw

Our friend, Timothy J. Russert, was a man who awoke every morning as if he had just won the lottery the day before. He was determined to take full advantage of his good fortune that he couldn't quite believe and share it with everyone around him. -Tom Brokaw

I am very grateful for the opportunities I've had and feel I have a duty to repay my good fortune through philanthropic endeavors that expand the reach of human possibility and compassion. -Hansjorg Wyss

Gossipers derive pleasure from other people's misfortunes. It might be fun to peer into somebody else's personal or professional faux pas at first, but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross, and hurts other people. -Travis Bradberry

While Napoleon believed his fortunes to be governed by destiny, his real genius lay in self-control and martial daring coupled with an indomitable will to power. -Michael Dirda

When we contend, let us contend for all our rights – the doubtful and the certain, the unimportant and essential. It is as easy to contend, or even more so, for the whole as for a part. At the termination of the contest, secure all that our wisdom and valour and the fortune of war will permit. -John C. Calhoun

'Calcutta is a pot of honey' means that in the first half of the nineteenth century, before the society became truly Victorian in feeling and tone, Bengal was a place to make money. The governor-generals returned to England rich men. It was a bountiful, lush, prosperous, easy place to make a fortune – in coal, in jute, and particularly cloth. -Susanna Moore

When I first wrote 'Papa Hemingway,' there were too many people still alive, and the lawyers for Random House didn't want to OK it. But now all that's been filtered away by the passage of all these people. And having the fortune of surviving, I now feel that I am the custodian of what Ernest wanted the world to know about him and these women. -A. E. Hotchner

Mr. Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management, is best-known as a speculator, philanthropist and political activist. He made a fortune by doing things such as betting against Britain's currency in 1992 and Thailand's in 1997. A Hungarian refugee, he has spent millions to promote democracy and learning in post-Soviet nations. -Greg Ip

At 93, I'm not looking forward to fame and fortune. -Irving Harper

Obviously, I want it to be legally downloaded, and I myself have spent a fortune on iTunes because, for me, that's the easiest way to get music. -Joshua Bell

None but a people advanced to a high state of moral and intellectual excellence are capable in a civilized condition of forming and maintaining free governments, and among those who are so far advanced, very few indeed have had the good fortune to form constitutions capable of endurance. -John C. Calhoun

The good fortune of America is closely tied to the good fortune of all humanity. -Marquis de Lafayette

I experience for the American officers and soldiers that friendship which arises from having shared with them for a length of time dangers, sufferings, and both good and evil fortune. -Marquis de Lafayette

I feel happy that twenty-five years of vicissitudes in my fortune, and firmness in my principles, warrant me in repeating here that if, to recover her rights, it is sufficient for a nation to resolve to do so, she can preserve them only by rigid fidelity to her civil and moral duties. -Marquis de Lafayette

So many good fortunes have come my way, and I'm trying to pay it forward by helping to raise money to complete 'Bulbul: Song Of The Nightingale,' a documentary that brings attention to the social and human injustices suffered by the Banchara tribe in India. -Ian Anthony Dale

Fame and fortune are as hard to find as a lightning strike. -P. N. Elrod

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 with great fortunes come great responsibility, so with our family's assets and many wealthy friends, we could help raise a lot of money to help others. -Eric Trump

It would indeed be a sad misfortune if man were released from the necessity of work and struggle, for it is a well-known fact that organs which do not function atrophy; and according to the old saying, 'Idleness is the devil's workshop.' -Charles A. Beard

Entrepreneurs always begin the journey believing that they have the next big idea. They dream of the fame and fortune that awaits them if only they had the funding to pursue it. But the reality is that as the product is built and shared with customers, flaws in their concept are discovered that – if not overcome – will kill the business. -Jay Samit

Creating something that builds lasting value and changes the lives of millions of people requires forging a team that will work hard to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, stand up to the pressures of fame and fortune, and stay true to the original vision long after others stop believing. -Jay Samit

A soldier of fortune with twisted tongue will come to pillage the sanctuary of the gods; To the heretics he will open the gate, thus stirring up the Church militant. -Nostradamus

The perfect knowledge of events cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, since all prophetic inspiration receives its prime motivating force from God the creator, then from good fortune and nature. -Nostradamus

I knew I was born at the North but hoped nobody would find it out. I looked upon the misfortune as something so shrouded by time and distance that maybe nobody remembered it. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

There are millions of Americans who belong by nature in movie theaters as they belong at political rallies or in fortuneteller parlors and on the shoot-the-chutes. To these millions, the movies are a sort of boon – a gaudier version of religion. -Ben Hecht

The death of my husband, coming immediately after the general knowledge of the discoveries with which his name is associated, was felt by the public, and especially by the scientific circles, to be a national misfortune. -Marie Curie

I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life's work shows our children that we don't chase fame and fortune for ourselves: we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed. -Michelle Obama

At German unification, we were lucky to get so much help from West Germany. Now, we have the good fortune of being able to help each other in Europe. -Angela Merkel

I always feel that I have missed some good fortune if I am away from home when my bees swarm. What a delightful summer sound it is! How they come pouring out of the hive, twenty or thirty thousand bees, each striving to get out first! -John Burroughs

I have had the good fortune to be able to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. I have enjoyed the freedom I had gained from building a successful business from scratch, making some money, and creating the lifestyle I wanted. -Gary Johnson

I don't think you can climb Mount Everest with a broken leg, but I did break my leg prior to going to Mount Everest, so I was really climbing with a healing broken leg. I had the good fortune of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. That was a goal that I had. -Gary Johnson

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

I've discovered that the standard all-American dream of fame and fortune is not success for me. Success for me is simply the joy of working – doing good work – and then bringing that joy home to my family. But if what I do in my work doesn't enrich my life with my family, I'm doing the wrong thing. -Gary Burghoff

Roger Kahn is someone with a gazillion dollars who thinks that he can use his vast fortune to buy television spots, particularly network television, and boost up his positives, make him appear to be a gentleman farmer, and cover up his warts. -Phil Gingrey

I'm surviving a life-threatening illness. Many do not, such as those without celebrity and fortune who have to depend on the public healthcare system. -Patty Duke

I had the good fortune to be raised in the 1940s and the 1950s. As I entered business in the late 1950s and 1960s, America was just coming into its own as a great industrial power. It allowed young entrepreneurs to start their engines, to start their businesses, to borrow a little money and to leverage what they had. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

The thing I loved about the cartoons I grew up with is, to this day, I'm still just starting to get certain references from Bugs Bunny cartoons. I'll see some film noir movie and go, 'Wait, that's what Bugs Bunny was quoting!' I like the idea we made the unfolding fortune cookie for ten years from now. -Christopher McCulloch

A lot of life is about trying to turn bad experiences into something good. Usually if you work at it, you can figure out a way to do it. Even our worst misfortunes are gifts. -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

In the two novels I have published, it was my fortune at different times, and from different persons, to hear the most unqualified censure long before it was possible for me to hear the voice of the public. But my temper was not altered, nor my courage subdued. -William Godwin

It is the misfortune of those who are concerned in conducting human affairs that, however pure and capacious their own conceptions may be, they must accommodate themselves to the circumstances with which they are environed and use the instruments that are within their reach. -William Godwin

The value of a man is in his intrinsic qualities: in that of which power cannot strip him and which adverse fortune cannot take away. That for which he is indebted to circumstances is mere trapping and tinsel. -William Godwin

It was the wont of the immortal gods sometimes to grant prosperity and long impunity to men whose crimes they were minded to punish in order that a complete reverse of fortune might make them suffer more bitterly. -Julius Caesar

I was young and irresponsible, a silly woman laden with sin, not caring for anything except fame and fortune and self. But I have lived seeking truth in Jesus Christ and found it has made me free. -Vanity

Who are we to think that our generation is going to be the first generation to benefit from all the sacrifices that others have made without giving some modern-day equivalent of our own lives, fortunes, and sacred honor? -Matt Bevin

Putin himself made his original fortune in the early 1990s, when he stole the funds that had been entrusted to him to buy food in Europe to relieve the starvation in Leningrad that occurred during the economic collapse following the fall of the Soviet Union. -Robert Zubrin

I went to New York to train as a chef, and I had the good or bad fortune, depending on how you describe it, of being right there during 9/11. It was one of the best and the worst experiences. -Kimbal Musk

Ever since I managed with guaranteed contracts and all the media, you know, you can get distracted by fame and fortune. Your values can get distorted. And the way you break through is, you just keep it personal and keep it simple and basic. -Tony La Russa

I feel like I should be a really happy, bubbly person to correspond with my good fortune, but I'm more of a this-could-dry-up-any-minute person who tries to enjoy it while it lasts. And if it does dry up, I'll still have the people I love, and I'll just figure out how to pay rent. -Martha Kelly

Some people don't like the 'comeback' because that suggests they went somewhere, which they didn't. That isn't what I mean. In my mind, people were doing well, and then they went right down, and they made a comeback. It's not that they went anywhere. It's that their fortunes went way down, and then they came back. -John Ralston Saul

I just feel very lucky to be able to write fiction because I think, otherwise, I would have had to spend a fortune on a psychiatrist – and I still wouldn't get 1/100th of what I get writing fiction. -Amy Tan

I have been so copied by those people who have made fortunes that people assume I am that rich. But I did things for the excitement, the dare, the fact that it was new, not for the money. And too many times I was the first, not the beneficiary. -Grace Jones

With a modest amount of looks and talent, and more than a modicum of serendipity, I've managed to stretch my 15 minutes of fame into 50 years of good fortune. -Robert Vaughn

You have doubtless heard, my dear mother, the misfortune of Madame de Chartres, whose child is born dead. But I would rather have even that, terrible as it is, than be as I am without hope of any children. -Marie Antoinette

I want a president with a record of public service: someone whose life's work shows our children that we don't chase form and fortune for ourselves; we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed. -Michelle Obama

It has long been said the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes. Automatic enrollment for insurance of 401k loans would add an additional certainty. Fewer Americans would suffer the unnecessary loss of retirement savings due to unanticipated and untimely misfortune in an already stressful time of need. -Elaine Chao

To any young person starting out on life and looking to make a quick fortune, I have this advice: forget banking, but go instead into security, scaffolding, or urban trench digging. Not in a hands-on way. I mean start a company. -Howard Jacobson

People are simply screwing up when they go out and buy beefsteak, which is killing them with cancer and heart troubles. The stuff costs a fortune, too. You could feed a thousand people with lentil soup for the cost of half a dozen filets. -George Harrison

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

I own a Hangman jumper, which looks like a scarf, but that's what it's called. It cost a fortune, but it was worth it. -Kate Moss

I am pleased, with a feeling of good fortune, to be from Selanik. If you want to know the truth better, I feel that my chest is overflowing with a feeling of pride. -Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

For me, the greatest good fortune I have being raised by actors is I came in knowing that a career is the ebb and flow. -Laura Dern

I've had the good fortune to play characters that have a role-model thing to them. -Jimmy Smits

If you can fight directly with your mother, you can save a fortune in psychiatrist's bills. -Zsa Zsa Gabor

I've had an awful lot of good fortune. -David Cassidy

It's not the moment yet for me to enjoy my time as an actor, and as the time goes by, I feel that I need to push myself harder to pay back for all the good fortune that I have received. -Park Bo-gum

I've been a regular customer at CVS Pharmacy, the country's second-largest drugstore chain, for 20 years. I've spent a small fortune there over that span, visiting several times a week to pick up everything from milk to toothpaste to prescriptions. -Walt Mossberg

I won't give the credit to 'good fortune.' Whatever I have achieved is because of my hard work and passion. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

I'm very very happy for my hardships and misfortunes: they build character and make you a better person. Even if I think it's something you have to carry with you, it's definitely something that makes you more empathic towards other people, makes you understand people and relationships so much better. -Jens Lekman

Sharon Stone has made a fortune from her movies, so who says you can't get something for nothing? -Jeff Giles

I had the great fortune to work with John Houseman at Juilliard. -Stephen Henderson

I am well aware of my good fortune, and I only hope to diversify so I can do what I'm already doing for more people as opposed to being so large and so great that I no longer want to do the thing that got me here. -Tituss Burgess

The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid – I mean, all the stuff that our ruling class is. -Tucker Carlson

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

The 'Daughter of the Regiment' that I did in Boston was vintage Sarah Caldwell, which is to say it was brilliant. Before my career was over, I'm sure I sang the role of Marie at least a hundred times, often in productions that cost a fortune, but none touched hers. -Beverly Sills

It was my great good fortune, while I was still a student at college, to have possessed a copy of an English translation of his great work 'The Sensations of Tone.' As is well known, this was one of Helmholtz's masterpieces. -C. V. Raman

Though I have drawn my sword in the present generous struggle for the rights of men, yet I am not in arms as an American, nor am I in pursuit of riches. My fortune is liberal enough, having no wife nor family, and having lived long enough to know that riches cannot ensure happiness. -John Paul Jones

I have had the good fortune through my God that I should never abandon his people whom I have acquired in the extremities of the earth. -Saint Patrick

If someone builds a fortune, it belongs to him, not the government. An entitled government undermines liberty. -Kevin Hassett

I should have conceived the idea for 'The Mighty Walzer' earlier. A boy who dreamed of winning fame, fortune, and the adoration of beautiful women as a table-tennis player – shame on me for taking so long to see the mock-heroic possibilities in that. -Howard Jacobson

The great problem with corporate capitalism is that publicly owned companies have short time horizons. Unlike a privately owned business, the top executives of a publicly owned corporation generally come to their positions late in life. Consequently, they have a few years in which to make their fortune. -Paul Craig Roberts

There are some jobs that you go for because achieving them would take your career in a direction that you would like it to go, but mostly, I want to play the roles and have had the great good fortune and opportunities to play some fantastic roles and been very, very fortunate. -Essie Davis

I've really had a great career. It's been part fortune and part my own choices that steered my own career into playing the great roles that I've played on stage in Australia and at the National and West End in London and on Broadway. -Essie Davis

I had the misfortune of being born in a horrendous situation. -Ralph H. Baer

If I had to give odds, I would say 30 percent of whatever good fortune I've had in this business has been luck, and 50 percent has been casting – so that's 80 percent right there. And 20 percent is just working really hard and taking risks. -Greg Berlanti

I had my fortune told once at the Great Wall of China. A withered old lady told my fortune – but it was probably one of these things that are set up to rip off tourists. She told me a couple of vague things that came true, but she was probably just lucky. I would never do it again. -Sarah Alexander

Being a star comes with not just fame and fortune, but with awareness and responsibility. -Joanna Krupa

If you ask me what is the best good fortune in my life, of course I say that I have seen in my lifespan the Wall coming down, the reunification. -Joachim Sauer

Luck certainly had a hand in my good fortune. I can't deny that. But it came down to more than luck. -Anthony Scaramucci

Our dad taught us not to be a loafer and a slough-off, that you don't blame somebody else for your misfortunes. -Glen Campbell

Sometimes when you gamble, you get up from the table with a fortune. -Rene Angelil

You have to realize that a lot of life is just fortune and the ebbs of flows of what goes on. -Daniel Bryan

Fame and fortune and the interstate is great and fun, but it ain't life. -Tracy Lawrence

War is hugely profitable. It creates so much money because it's so easy to spend money very fast. There are huge fortunes to be made. So there is always an encouragement to promote war and keep it going, to make sure that we identify people who are 'others' whom we can legitimately make war upon. -Roger Waters

The top end are still making bucket loads while maintaining the illusion of the American dream: that if you work hard enough, you can make a fortune. Meanwhile, the working and middle classes have been hollowed out of the system. -Anohni

I started at Howard in the drama department. At the same time, I was a fledgling member of the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C. When I graduated, I had the great fortune of being in the Los Angeles production of 'For Colored Girls'… And all these years since, I've done stage work. -Lynn Whitfield

A great JRPG captures that feeling of going on an unusual adventure, of bringing a ragtag group of heroes from famine to fortune or steering cold-hearted villagers away from indifference. -Jason Schreier

The Draft is about the re-generation of hope and excitement for teams. Every pick your team makes could be the next Tom Brady. He could be the guy who turns around the fortune of the franchise. -Rich Eisen

Donald J. Trump has the good fortune of taking office as the economy is finally recovering from the 2008 crisis. -Joseph Stiglitz

The 'Chicago Sun-Times,' I remember, ran a full-page, front-page photo-shop of me walking on water across Lake Michigan, as if by showing up I was going to miraculously fix the team's fortunes. Imagine their disappointment, then, when I announced a long-term rebuilding plan focused on acquiring young players and winning in five years. -Theo Epstein

When I was growing up, my mum was doing illegal smuggling with China. Sometimes she would see a fortune teller for advice. One time I went with her: 'In your future, you'll be living in foreign country and eating the foreign country rice,' she said. -Lee Hyeon-seo

Hyeon means sunshine. Seo means good fortune. I chose it so that I would live my life in light and warmth and not return to the shadow. -Lee Hyeon-seo

When I came into television, the serials were all women-centric, while the men had to stand around like furniture. I wasn't willing to be a prop in serials. To my good fortune, I got serials where I was a central character. -Ashish Sharma

There is much to life than fame and fortune. If you are a part of the entertainment industry, please remember it is all temporary. -Sangram Singh

A ruler of men faces two possible misfortunes: if he employs the worthy, the ministers will use worthiness as a pretext to rob their ruler of his power, but if he promotes men recklessly, his affairs will be neglected, and he will not prevail. -Han Fei

For the last couple of years, as the economic ground beneath all I've accomplished and cherished has shifted so profoundly in a life-shattering reversal of fortune, I've trained myself to stay alert when the roar and the rumbling of what could be catastrophic change begins. -Sarah Ban Breathnach

The concept of what we're looking for is so important. The fact that the effect is tiny is just our misfortune. -Rainer Weiss

The best way to earn a fortune in America is to already have one. -Jan Schakowsky

I wake up every day, and the family fortune is on the line, and that's a good thing. -Richard Edelman

I've always had a love of cards, ever since I was a little kid. I think poker, as a system, describes the chaos of the world. Our sudden reversals, our freak streaks of fortune. The belief that the next hand can save you, and the inevitable failure of the next hand to save you. I think that describes my world view pretty well. -Colson Whitehead

Republicans like to accuse Democrats of trying to 'pick winners and losers.' They say we should run government 'like a business' and let 'the market' decide important matters. When it comes to the declining fortunes of dirty fuels like coal, however, they quickly they abandon these principles. -Tom Steyer

For more than a century, New York City has been home to a constellation of department stores whose openings, closings, and transformations have charted the fortunes and foibles of the city itself. -Christina Binkley

While I take no pleasure in others' misfortunes, we've historically made most of our profits from other investors behaving in a panicked and irrational fashion and selling us certain stocks at prices far below their intrinsic value. More volatility equals cheaper stocks, which equals higher returns. -Whitney Tilson

I have the great good fortune that one of my collaborators in work, Anne Case, is also my collaborator in life. -Angus Deaton

It's impossible to make a living in the arts unless you make a fortune. There's almost no in-between. Writers are either broke or rolling in it. Oddly, you can't tell them apart. -Anthony McCarten

I had the good fortune to win a congressional fellowship to work on what I felt passionately about – the need for the United States to take back jobs related to manufacturing and technology. -Katie McGinty

Never made a million dollars from any of my 78 movies. People thought I had this fortune, which I never had. -Louis Gossett, Jr.

I wake up pinching myself with the things that I've had the good fortune to be able to do. If it all ended right now, I'd be completely fine with it. -Jack Reynor

Over the years, I've interviewed the victims, the guilty, the famous, the important, and the ordinary people affected by tragedy or good fortune. But strangely, it is not always the people in the spotlight that have stayed with me. It is often those on the periphery, the bit players in the drama, that continue to haunt. -Fiona Barton

In 2004 I had the fortune – or the misfortune – of playing John Kerry. It was hard because I think the best impressions exaggerate someone's most well-known quality. And exaggerating gravitas is very hard to pull off. -Seth Meyers

I had the fortune to evolve at a time when fashion was very important, and women dressed themselves very well. A woman who dressed very well also had a husband who would have beautiful collections of art and decorative objects. -Hubert de Givenchy

I think back to having had the good fortune of being at Warner Bros. when we were doing 'Lois & Clark.' The chemistry between Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher was really wonderful. -Nina Tassler

As a songwriter and a singer in a successful rock band, I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by incredible musicians, lots of wonderful production on both record and onstage, and plenty of volume! -Ed Kowalczyk

Trump made his fortune manipulating tax laws and stiffing small businessmen, creating a few well-paying jobs along the way. Vulnerable people looking to master 'the art of the deal' learned the hard way that Trump held all the cards. -Stephanie Coontz

I came to the States less to find fortune and fame and more to kind of have a life experience of seeing something new. -O. T. Fagbenle

'How I Built This With Guy Raz' asks entrepreneurs to tell the story of how they made their name and, in some cases, their fortune. Whether they're in the business of selling burritos or dating apps, there's inevitably something you can learn from their stories. -David Hepworth

Justin Hayward was a teenager when he was drafted into the Moody Blues in 1966. He brought with him one song he had written for his girlfriend. This was called 'Nights in White Satin,' which subsequently made a fortune for a lot of people. -David Hepworth

I had the good fortune and the gift to be one of the 12 men to walk on the moon. -Alan Bean

Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy shared more than just being leaders during critical times and the misfortune of lives cut short. They shared a power of will to drive the nation, sometimes single-handedly, toward a destination that few but they realized was attainable. -Seth Moulton

Candidates are up one day, down the other. Candidates' fortunes turn on a dime. They can be determined by a good or bad debate performance. -Ana Navarro

For young people in the U.K. who find themselves without anywhere to live – perhaps they have left the family home after a relationship breakdown, or to escape abuse, or have left care – it is far too easy to become trapped in a chain of misfortune, with little help from the state. -Katharine Viner

I think that I have a seriousness of purpose, a lot of support, and a healthy amount of good fortune. -Sean Astin

Doing research for 'Penumbra,' I read quite a bit about the early history of printing, and the more I did, the more it sounded like… the Internet today. There was crazy competition and upheaval; there were constant arguments about new techniques, new materials, new machines; and, of course, there were fortunes to be made. -Robin Sloan

I think that our language, culture, age, fortune, property, and our fame is all a facade. In the end, we're all the same. -Jenova Chen

I highly recommend ClassPass. I spend a fortune on Barry's Bootcamp, Cycle House, SoulCycle, Flywheel, Ballet Barre, SLT Pilates, YogaWorks… I do everything, and I'm always trying different workouts, and I was like, 'Finally, 99 bucks!' -Jamie Chung

I wanted to write a book about two women falling in love that wasn't hinged on tragedy or that involved some horrible identity-based misfortune. I wanted to write a pretty standard romantic comedy where nobody dies, nobody gets hurt, nobody gets sick. -Camille Perri

I'm someone who's always looking for hope – if there's a ray of hope, a shrapnel, shred, a flake of hope – because I take the misfortune or hard times of others very seriously. -Debra Granik

When people ask how I came up with the concept for my second novel, 'The Immortalists' – four siblings visit a fortune teller who is rumored to be able to tell anyone the date that they will die – I always wish I had a better answer. -Chloe Benjamin

We want Angolans who have fortunes abroad to be the first to invest in the country, thus demonstrating that they are true patriots. -Joao Lourenco

I had the great good fortune of working with Christopher Plummer, Frances Sternhagen, and Arthur Hill early in my career, and it set a standard for the kind of work I want to do. -David Morse

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

I look at all these wonderful actors who are out of work, and I don't know what accounts for my good fortune, but I'm grateful for it. -Ann Dowd

A gimmick would be something you'd do to attract attention or to bring fame and fortune. -Mark Kozelek

Somewhere along the line, positive thinking seems to have been confused with magical thinking. There's a notion that if you think positively enough, you can make anything happen by using the power of your mind. All the positive thinking in the world won't deliver good fortune or prevent tragedy from striking. -Amy Morin

Historically, individuals possessed of the confidence that privilege and good fortune bestow have often proved conspicuous reformers: think only of Franklin D. Roosevelt. -Linda Colley

I had the great good fortune of getting my Ph.D. in the very first year that universities were actively seeking women faculty. The government was putting pressure on universities to hire more women. -Carol S. Dweck

I grew as an actor just by watching Kamal Haasan acting. I had the good fortune of being able to observe Kamal Haasan from close quarters. -Rajinikanth

I had the good fortune to be in some movies when I was younger that, for whatever reason, people identified with or related with. -Elden Henson

I sometimes think that the only person fit to inherit wealth is the person who doesn't need an inheritance – the person who would create his own fortune no matter what his start in life – and have come to view inherited wealth as an affliction. -William E. Simon

I've always been lucky enough to have made the right decisions, if I can say that. I've always felt that I've had good fortune in that way. -Olivier Giroud

I have a vision for what I want wrestling to be, and I was fortunate not just to have the opportunity to show my talents at the right time, and not just to have the right opponents, and not just to have the knowledge that the front office has faith in me, but also the good fortune not to get hurt in the middle of all this. -Kenny Omega

For many people, the age of 20 is when they first reach adulthood, and it's a time full of ideals and dreams. But when I was 20, a lot of misfortune came along. I spent a year in the hospital and couldn't move, and I was forced to think a lot. -Lee Min-ho

Luck and misfortune are closely intertwined. -Thomas Muller

For a while, all the studios had their art-house divisions, but that went by the by pretty quickly. Now, they're really focusing on these huge blockbusters, spending a fortune on cartoon pictures and comic-strip movies and superhero movies, and they aren't making pictures like 'How Green Was My Valley,' which was an Oscar winner in its day. -Peter Bogdanovich

I don't covet images or belongings. My television set and video are rented, any paintings aren't worth a fortune, and money is of little interest. -Benny Hill

My biggest misfortune, my greatest regret, is that I wish I'd cut my time with Clint in half. I wouldn't say I wish I never had the relationship, but I wish I'd found a way – I'd understood who he was, where it would end – five or six years earlier so I could have gotten on with things. -Sondra Locke

If I had not made a film like 'Vaanaprastham,' I would not have been able to go to Cannes or any other festival. I would not have had a chance to act as a Kathakali artiste. I would not have had a chance to be with some of the greatest Kathakali artistes. I consider all this my good fortune. -Mohanlal

If you ever had the misfortune of reading all 2,000 pages of Dodd-Frank, which I have done – and it almost killed me – basically, all it does is create a list of all the things it wants the Fed to fix. -Steve Eisman

England is a lucky country for me, and fortune comes only with hard work. -Oleksandr Usyk

A family business in cinema is not necessarily creative. It is generally about prolonging your family fortune. -Naseeruddin Shah

I have had some good fortune in the world of television. I have had it late in life after many youthful struggles and a change of careers. -Michael Emerson

In my years at United, I witnessed some signings who, over their careers, transformed the fortunes of the team. From Eric Cantona, when I was an apprentice, to Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Wayne Rooney. These were great footballers who became great United players. -Paul Scholes

I was in a phase when I was obsessed – I still am – with fortunetellers and psychics. -Alexa Ray Joel

Constantine 'Costa' Gratsos had made his fortune as a lifelong associate of shipping icon Aristotle Onassis. He took a liking to me, became my first mentor, and showed me how to swim in the deep, dangerous waters of business. -Dan Pena

It saddens me to see the entrepreneurial world in Brazil, because it's a misfortune to be a boss in our country, with so many labor laws. -Jair Bolsonaro

Disabilities and misfortune can make you stronger. -Ajay Piramal

Don't get me wrong: I've had a lot of fortune, to come where I've come from, to be able to move to Europe, to go racing. But I had that fortune behind me. I grabbed it with both hands, and I made the best of it. -Lance Stroll

We learn by misfortune. -Anita Dobson

Even as evidence mounts that immigration is bolstering the British economy, the political consensus seems to be that bashing immigration boosts electoral fortunes. -Mehdi Hasan

I am not going to fiddle taxes. I pay my accountant a fortune to look after me. -Harry Redknapp

I was not driven by fame and fortune. -David Jason

I can't predict the future, nor will I. I'm not a fortune teller. -Shawn Crahan

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

My back is full of metal; so are my hands and legs. I'll have to decide who will get all that in my will. It's probably worth a fortune in scrap metal. But it doesn't affect my movement. -Guy Martin

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