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Fortune (or Fortuné) may refer to:

  • Luck, a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person's controls
  • Fortune and Destiny (Gad (deity) and Meni), gods referred to in Isaiah 65:11
  • Wealth, an abundance of items of economic value
  • Fortune (magazine), America's second longest-running business magazine
  • Fortune, California, former name of Fortuna, California
  • Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000, their list of the largest public American companies
  • Prophecy, the prediction of future events
  • fortune, a simple Unix program that displays a random message from a database of quotations
  • Fortune cookie, a delicate, crisp cookie baked around a piece of paper with words of faux wisdom or vague prophecy
  • Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck (cf. the Greek Tyche)
  • Fortune (ship), the second ship to bring settlers to Plymouth Colony
  • Fortune, Newfoundland, small community in Newfoundland
  • Fortune (Marikina), one of sixteen barangays in Marikina City
  • Reginald Fortune, a fictional detective in works of H. C. Bailey
  • A character from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway, a 2007 television programme screened on ITV1 in the United Kingdom
  • Fortune Records, an independent record label located in Detroit, Michigan from 1946 to 1995
  • Toyota Fortuner, an SUV
  • Fortune, a 2009 US film directed by Peter Scarf.
  • Dion Fortune, born Violet Mary Firth, a British occultist and author
  • John Fortune, a British comedian best known for his work on the TV series Bremner, Bird and Fortune
  • Marc-Antoine Fortuné, a French Guianese football player
  • Quinton Fortune, a South African football player
  • Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist and traveller best known for introducing tea plants from China to India
  • Scott Fortune, a former member of the United States men's national volleyball team that won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Christopher Fortune, better known through stage name 'El Bastardo', an English hip hop musician famous for his work with Tupac Shakur.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikiquote

Luck is a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person's control, and can be referred to as "good luck" or "bad luck."

Fortune turns all things to the advantage of those on whom she smiles. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld


  • No one I met at this time — doctors, nurses, practicantes, or fellow-patients — failed to assure me that a man who is hit through the neck and survives it is the luckiest creature alive. I could not help thinking that it would be even luckier not to be hit at all.
  • Luck is the residue of design.
    • Branch Rickey, as quoted in Psychology Applied to Work : An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1982) by Paul M. Muchinsky, p.482; this has often become paraphrased as : "Luck is the residue of hard work and design."
  • Fortune turns all things to the advantage of those on whom she smiles.
  • Fortis fortuna adiuvat
    Fortune favours the brave.
    • Terence (195-159 BC), Phormio, 203; variant translation: Fortune favors the bold.
  • The only thing I ever learned was that some people are lucky and other people aren't and not even a graduate of the Harvard Business School can say why.
    • Kurt Vonnegut, as quoted in "The Sirens of Titan" by character Noel Constant


  • Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
  • I have a lot of luck, it's just not always good luck.
  • It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
  • It's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart.
  • Let fortune do her worst, whatever she makes us lose, so long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence.
  • Luck favors the prepared, darling.
  • Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
  • Luck...protects fools, small children and ships named Enterprise.
    • Cmdr. Will Riker from Star Trek, The Next Generation
  • Men live at the mercy of forces they cannot control. Belief in fortune and luck, good and evil, is one of the most widespread and persistent of human beliefs.
  • Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances. Real men believe in cause and effect.
  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  • The bad fortune of the good turns their faces up to heaven; and the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.
  • The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
  • The prudent man really frames his own fortunes for himself.

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Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

From Wikisource

Fortune (for Pascale)
by Allen B. Tranquen
"Fortune (for Pascale)" is a poem written by American poet Allen B. Tranquen and published in 1993 by Savant, a not-for-profit literary publisher.

The unexpected in our relationship
has been a backbone
with the hope of a love that lasts
that grows
running through it like blood
returning to the heart just in time

we appeared to share a few moments
or look away from the day

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain worldwide because it has been so released by the author.


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