• "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fortunateness The condition or quality of being fortunate; good luck; success; happiness.
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Gipsy. Have your Fortune told Gipsy. Have your Fortune told
Gipsy Fortune-teller Gipsy Fortune-teller
Study of Fortune Study of Fortune
Fortune and the Boy Fortune and the Boy
Crowd of people round a fortune teller Crowd of people round a fortune teller

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter "T."
    • n fortunateness The state of being fortunate; good luck.
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  • Napoleon Hill
    “Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.”
  • Seneca
    “A great fortune is a great slavery.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.”
  • Tecumseh
    “From my tribe I take nothing I am the maker of my own fortune.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.”


Fortune knocks once at every man's door - Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.


In literature:

She was married to the old man; and the marriage fortunately turned out satisfactorily, at any rate for the old man and for her family.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Well, perhaps it would have been fortunate for you if I had forgotten you.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Fortunes are spent every year in dress and in all sorts of follies.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
We like those whom we love to be fortunate.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Wizards were famous fortune tellers; they pretended to be the interpreters of all the most important occurrences of the world.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
He paused at the door where Mary Fortune had her sign, then suddenly forced his way in.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Fortunately old Ooseemeemou was not far off.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
It was fortunate for him that Mr Ross had some young dogs with a large strain of the Scottish staghound in them.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Shall he confess his ignorance and inability, or step into fame and fortune?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It was fortunate for us we had no top gear aloft, or the case might have been different.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some reached it in safety by taking the proper moment to dash through the surf, but others were not so fortunate.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Fortunately, this my blockade, which they no doubt intended for their amusement, saved me for that time.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He brings his fortune with him.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
When you were a child, Virginia, I felt badly at times that you were not a boy; I wanted a son to inherit my name and fortune.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
Well, that youngster will add little to the fortunes of Coblan and Company.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
People who make fortunes always know that they are going to do so.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
My father was one of those persons who usually ask only a "lift" from Fortune, and do not require to be continually aided by her.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
Let us rather pray for the spirit that may befit any lot we are thrown in, than for a fortune to which we might be unsuited.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
A stout heart may be ruined in fortune, but not in spirit.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
And now for a season we take our leave of him to follow the fortunes of some others whose fate we seem to have forgotten.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

And thus, through life, our hearts shall know
A more than mortal joy,
Beyond what fortune can bestow,
Or time, or death, destroy."
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
His toils and dangers all are past,
And, blest with fortune's store,
From distant climes he comes at last
To view his native shore.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Wert thou, alas! but kind,
Methinks no frown that Fortune wears,
Nor lessen'd hopes, nor growing cares,
Could sink my cheerful mind.
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
The smallness of the stream did well
The master's fortunes show;
But little streams may serve to tell
The source from which they flow.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
The woman of another race
You choose to share your fortune with
And have her take your mother's place
May slay you as in Siren's myth.
"Wanting To Desert" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Ye fields, with blighted herbage brown!
Ye skies, no longer blue!
Too much we feel from Fortune's frown
To bear these frowns from you.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone

In news:

When Between the Buried and Me came to San Francisco for Summer Slaughter, I had the great fortune to sit down with Dan Briggs and Dustie Waring.
The R&B crooner recently dropped a preview of ' Calypso, ' a song that will be available on June 19 via iTunes, but will not appear on his upcoming album 'Fortune.
A fter ordering Pickett's charge, Robert E Lee reputedly mingled on the Gettysburg battlefield with his soldiers fortunate enough to have survived the debacle.
I was fortunate enough to inherit a Mercedes, but let's just say I didn't inherit the know-how or the bank account to properly take care of one.
0Many residents ran to raise money for a Thanksgiving dinner benefitting the less fortunate.
The local firm outbid Fortune 500 companies, he said.
Huguette Clark, the reclusive heiress to a copper fortune who willingly spent decades of her life in city hospitals, left $33.6 million to a Brooklyn nurse who was randomly assigned to care for her 20 years ago, according to reports.
French supermarket group Carrefour is selling off its business in Indonesia for (EURO)525 million ($670 million) as part of a broader effort at turning around its fortunes.
PARIS — French supermarket group Carrefour is selling off its business in Indonesia for � million ($670 million) as part of a broader effort at turning around its fortunes.
F rench supermarket group Carrefour is selling off its business in Indonesia for (EURO)525 million ($670 million) as part of a broader effort at turning around its fortunes.
French supermarket group Carrefour is selling off its business in Indonesia for €525 million (US$670 million) as part of a broader effort at turning around its fortunes.
Creditors eye Australian magnate's fragile fortune.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – If creating wealth for shareholders is the best measure of a businessman's success, Thomas J Watson Jr is the greatest capitalist who ever lived.
A festival that honours the triumph of light over dark, good fortune over bad, Diwali or Deepavali, has also become a major date on the Canadian calendar.
Fortunately, the good guys won.

In science:

Fortunately, for two-dimensional systems, due to the existence of the exact duality relation [12, 13], one can attempt, basing on this relation, to find other possible approximations different from the EMA and applicable for systems with other inhomogeneity structures.
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems
As we will see in the next section, it is very fortunate that this dimension depends only on β .
Random surfaces enumerating algebraic curves
Unfortunately, these estimates are technically involved; but fortunately, for the remainder, it suffices to know only the statements of Propositions 3.2 and 3.5 and of Lemma 3.3.
Edge-reinforced random walk on a ladder
Fortunately, for small d there is an efficient way to generate Gn,d which is useful for theoretical studies.
Pseudo-random graphs
Fortunately, some models studied have this property already, and others can be approximated by models with independence.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Fortunately, as we will see shortly, this 24 × 24 intricate part has little to do with chromomagnetic instability, so we will limit our discussion here to the propagator for bd-gs, rs-bu, and gu-rd pairings.
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.
Dynamical Masses for Low-Mass Pre-Main Sequence Stars: A Preliminary Physical Orbit for HD 98800 B
The situation concerning precision studies of simple atoms is fortunately opposite to that in the quoted verse by Lear.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
Fortunately, there is an easy way to distinguish genuine social affiliation from simple information transfer.
Tomography of random social networks
Fortunately, we can make good use of the fact that the coset states for different subgroups of G are simultaneously block diagonal in the Fourier basis of G.
Random measurement bases, quantum state distinction and applications to the hidden subgroup problem
Fortunately using the power of the complex analysis one can change this integral to a form which is numerically stable.
Random Levy Matrices Revisited
Fortunately, there has been great progress on this in recent years in the field variously known as consistent histories or decoherence.
Categorical Geometry and the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum General Relativity
Fortunately, the beginning and ending dates of the linear region relative to the date of B maximum form a well-defined sequence in terms of stretch and the presence or absence of the bump feature.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
Fortunately, for this data sample this issue proves to be unimportant (Appendix A).
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
Fortunately, this turned out not to be the case.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe

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