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.
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.
Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
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.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.
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.