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Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1610

Fortune resists half-hearted prayers. 

—Ovid, 8

Luck, in the great game of war, is undoubtedly lord of all.

—Arthur Griffiths, 1899

Good fortune is light as a feather, but nobody knows how to hold it up. Misfortune is heavy as the earth, but nobody knows how to stay out of its way.

—Zhuangzi, c. 300 BC

Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

Misfortune, n. The kind of fortune that never misses.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. 

—Charlotte Brontë, 1847

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

’Tis not a ridiculous devotion to say a prayer before a game at tables?

—Thomas Browne, 1642

Luck is believing you’re lucky. 

—William Carlos Williams, 1947

When the abbot throws the dice, the whole convent will play.

—Martin Luther, c. 1540

Good or ill fortune is very little at our disposal.

—David Hume, 1742

To put one’s trust in God is only a longer way of saying that one will chance it.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890