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Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux, and the perception dull, and the composition of the whole body subject to putrefaction, and the soul a whirl, and fortune hard to divine, and fame a thing devoid of judgment. And, to say all in a word, everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and a vapor, and life is a warfare and a stranger’s sojourn, and after-fame is oblivion.

Body | Character | Fame | Fortune | Judgment | Life | Life | Oblivion | Perception | Soul | Time |

Antoinette Du Ligier de la Garde Deshoulières

No one is ever satisfied with his fortune or dissatisfied with his understanding.

Character | Fortune | Understanding |

Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler

Envy comes from focusing on the few moments of good fortune in the life of another person, while ignoring his years of misfortune.

Character | Envy | Fortune | Good | Life | Life | Misfortune |

Samson Raphael Hirsch

In general, one cannot judge the true extent of a person’s fortune by outward appearances. The little a righteous man has may be far better than the noisy abundance in which many lawless delight. The modest possessions of a righteous man make him much happier than the great fortunes of many evildoers about which so much ado is made in the world.

Abundance | Better | Character | Fortune | Little | Man | Possessions | World |

Baron de Montesquieu, fully Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Men in excess of happiness or misery are equally inclined to severity. Witness conquerors and monks! It is mediocrity alone, and a mixture of prosperous and adverse fortune that inspire us with lenity and pity.

Character | Excess | Fortune | Mediocrity | Men | Pity | Witness | Happiness |

Cornelius Nepos

Every man's fortune is moulded by his character.

Character | Fortune | Man |

Periander, aka Periander The Great NULL

If fortune smiles, beware of being exalted; if fortune thunders, beware of being overwhelmed.

Character | Fortune |

Jules Renard, aka Pierre-Jules Renard

Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell. A man can say: "I never made a fortune because it is not in my character to be rich."

Character | Fortune | Life | Life | Man |

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

To be rich in admiration and free from envy; to rejoice greatly in the good of others; to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence; these are the gifts of fortune which money cannot buy and without which money can buy nothing. He who has such a treasury of riches, being happy and valiant himself, in his own nature, will enjoy the universe as if it were his own estate; and help the man to whom he lends a hand to enjoy it with him.

Absence | Admiration | Character | Envy | Fortune | Generosity | Good | Happy | Heart | Love | Man | Money | Nature | Nothing | Riches | Universe | Will |

Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace like the ticking of a clock during a thunderstorm.

Character | Fortune | Misfortune | Quiet | Misfortune |

Edwin Percy Whipple

There seem to be some persons, the favorites of fortune and darlings of nature, who are born cheerful. “A star danced” at their birth. It is no superficial visibility, but a bountiful and beneficent soul that sparkles in their eyes and smiles on their lips. Their inborn geniality amounts to genius, the rare and difficult genius which creates sweet and wholesome character, and radiates cheer.

Birth | Character | Fortune | Geniality | Genius | Nature | Soul |

Amelia Barr, fully Amelia Edith Barr Huddleston

This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or another, we pay for her favors; or we go away empty.

Fortune | Luck | Wisdom | World | Luck |

John Christian Bovee

The use we make of our fortune determines as to its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much if expended foolishly.

Enough | Fortune | Little | Wisdom |

Boethius, fully Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius NULL

Keep the middle path of strength and virtue, lest you be overwhelmed by misfortune or corrupted by pleasant fortune. All that falls short or goes too far ahead, has contempt for happiness, and gains not the reward for labor done. It rests in your own hands what shall be the nature of the fortune which you choose to form for yourself. For all fortune which seems difficult, either exercises virtue, or corrects or punishes vice.

Contempt | Fortune | Labor | Misfortune | Nature | Reward | Strength | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom | Misfortune |

Christian Nestell Bovee

The use we make of our fortune determines as to its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much if expended foolishly.

Enough | Fortune | Little | Wisdom |

Pierre Charron

As full ears load and lay down corn, so does too much fortune bend and break the mind. It deserves to be considered, too, as another disadvantage, that affliction moves pity, and reconciles our very enemies, but prosperity provokes envy, and loses us our very friends.

Affliction | Envy | Fortune | Mind | Pity | Prosperity | Wisdom |