„Fortune is given to brave men.“

—  Ennius

As quoted by Macrobius in Saturnalia, Book VI, Chapter I
Original: (la) Fortibus est fortuna viris data.

Ennius photo
Ennius
poète latin -239 - -169 avant J.-C.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero photo

„So live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 avant J.-C.

The origin of this quote is often misattributed to Cicero; however, it is from Line 135-136 of Book 2, Satire 2 by Horace, "Quocirca vivite fortes, fortiaque adversis opponite pectora rebus." The English translation that most closely matches the one misrepresented as Cicero's is from a collection of Horace's prose written by E. C. Wickham, "So live, my boys, as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts."
Misattributed

Horace photo

„So live, my boys, as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.“

—  Horace, livre Satires

Book II, Satire II, Line 135-136 (trans. E. C. Wickham)
Satires (c. 35 BC and 30 BC)
Original: (la) Quocirca vivite fortes, fortiaque adversis opponite pectora rebus

„They were brave and splendid, all the men. They died like brave men.“

—  Steve Turner British writer 1949

Source: The Band That Played On (Thomas Nelson, 2011), p. 151

Pierre Corneille photo

„Brave men are brave from the very first.“

—  Pierre Corneille, Le Cid

Les hommes valeureux le sont du premier coup.
Chimène, act II, scene iii.
Le Cid (1636)

François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„What we term virtues are often but a mass of various actions and diverse interests, which fortune or our own industry manage to arrange; and it is not always from valour or from chastity that men are brave, and women chaste.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, livre Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales

Ce que nous prenons pour des vertus n'est souvent qu'un assemblage de diverses actions et de divers intérêts, que la fortune ou notre industrie savent arranger; et ce n'est pas toujours par valeur et par chasteté que les hommes sont vaillants, et que les femmes sont chastes.
Maxim 1.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

Walter Scott photo
Horace photo

„Brave men were living before Agamemnon.“

—  Horace, livre Odes

Book IV, ode ix, line 25
Odes (c. 23 BC and 13 BC)

Seneca the Younger photo

„Fire tries gold, misfortune tries brave men.“

—  Seneca the Younger, Moral Essays

De Providentia (On Providence): cap. 5, line 9
Alternate translation: Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. (translator unknown).
Moral Essays
Original: (la) Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes uiros.

François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„Most people judge men only by success or by fortune.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, livre Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales

La plupart des gens ne jugent des hommes que par la vogue qu'ils ont, ou par leur fortune.
Variant translation: Most people judge men only by their fashion or their fortune.
Maxim 212.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

Suzanne Curchod photo

„Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.“

—  Suzanne Curchod French-Swiss salonist and writer 1737 - 1794

Reported in "The Viking Book of Aphorisms: A Personal Selection" By Wystan Hugh Auden, Louis Kronenberger (1981)

Nathaniel Hawthorne photo

„All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne American novelist and short story writer (1804 – 1879) 1804 - 1864

William Cowper Prime in The Old House by the River (1853); first misattributed to Hawthorne in Notable Thoughts about Women: A Literary Mosaic (1882) by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 239
Misattributed

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Charles Bukowski photo

„But most men, fortunately, aren't writers, or even cab drivers, and some men - many men - unfortunately aren't anything.“

—  Charles Bukowski, livre Factotum

Source: Factotum (1975), Ch. 73
Contexte: There were always men looking for jobs in America. There were always all these usable bodies. And I wanted to be a writer. Almost everybody was a writer. Not everybody thought they could be a dentist or an automobile mechanic but everybody knew they could be a writer. Of those fifty guys in the room, probably fifteen of them thought they were writers. Almost everybody used words and could write them down, i. e., almost everybody could be a writer. But most men, fortunately, aren't writers, or even cab drivers, and some men - many men - unfortunately aren't anything.

Henry Knox photo

„We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged.“

—  Henry Knox Continental Army and US Army general, US Secretary of War 1750 - 1806

Reported in David McCullough, 1776 (2005), p. 201.

François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, livre Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales

Le bonheur et le malheur des hommes ne dépend pas moins de leur humeur que de la fortune.
Maxim 61.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

Pliny the Younger photo

„Prosperity proves men to be fortunate, while it is adversity which makes them great.“

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113

XXXI.
Panegyricus
Original: (la) Secunda felices, adversa magnos probent.

Silius Italicus photo

„Nowhere do men remain loyal for long when Fortune proves unstable.“

—  Silius Italicus, Punica

Book XI, lines 3–4
Punica
Original: (la) Stat nulla diu mortalibus usquam,
Fortuna titubante, fides.

„Jade and men are both shaped by harsh tools; be not unaware of sudden changes of fortune.“

—  Andre Norton American writer of science fiction and fantasy 1912 - 2005

Source: Dragon Magic (1972), Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 158)

Aeschylus photo

„Good fortune is a god among men, and more than a god.“

—  Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers

Variant translation: Success is man's god.
Source: Oresteia (458 BC), The Libation Bearers, line 59

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