Several English gentlemen there, being sensible of my adverse fortune
, and touched with human sympathy, generously offered a friendly supply for my wants, which I refused, with many thanks for their kindness; adding, that I never expected it would be in my power to recompense such unmerited generosity.
But I can tell thee there is no such thing as Fortune
in the world, nor does anything which takes place there, be it good or bad, come about by chance, but by the special preordination of heaven; and hence the common saying that 'each of us is the maker of his own Fortune
From some sense of this, and of the dizzy see-saw - heaven-high, hell-deep - on which men sit clutching; or perhaps fearing that the sources of his fortune
might be insidiously traced to some root in the field of petty cash; he stuck to his work, said not a word of his new circumstances, and kept his account with a bank in a different quarter of the town.
Sir," said the notary, "how do you intend disposing of your fortune
in case Mademoiselle de Villefort still determines on marrying M.
This man rose from a private station to be Prince of Syracuse, nor did he, either, owe anything to fortune
but opportunity; for the Syracusans, being oppressed, chose him for their captain, afterwards he was rewarded by being made their prince.
All that can be affirmed is, that on no other day of his short and glorious career was Lord Nelson more splendidly true to his genius and to his country's fortune
For to know much of other men's matters, cannot be because all that ado may concern his own estate; therefore it must needs be, that he taketh a kind of play-pleasure, in looking upon the fortunes
When the brother heard of all this, and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich, he envied him sorely, and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune
But when he was compelled to grind instead of serving in the wars, he bewailed his change of fortune
and called to mind his former state, saying, "Ah
Greatly alarmed, he tried to climb a tree, but the Fortune
pulled him down and bestowed itself upon him with cruel persistence.
Yes, I had let career go hang, and was on the adventure-path again in quest of fortune
Yet Sara was plainly anxious to have her fortune
told and must be gratified.
It was my own fortune
to marry a woman whom the world thought handsome, and I can truly say I liked her the better on that account.
But whose fortune
soever was upon the increase, mine seemed to be upon the wane, and I found nothing present, except two or three boatswains, or such fellows, but as for the commanders, they were generally of two sorts: 1.
From my childhood I have been accustomed to luxury and idleness, and have been bred as though my fortune
were large, and my expectations almost without a limit.