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Chance or Fortune: Tyche, Fortuna
Greek: Tyche (goddess)
Latin: Fortuna (goddess)
In Roman mythology, the goddess of chance; identified with the Greek goddess Tyche.
Fortuna, quum blanditur, fallit. (Latin motto)
Translation: "When fate smiles, it deceives."
Another translation is, "When Fortune comes fawning, it is to ensnare."
Motto of Konrad I of Franconia (911-918) who was the first German King elected by the powerful east Franconian tribes.
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Audaces fortuna iuvat (juvat). (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Fortune favors the bold."
Also given as Audentes fortuna iuvat: Fortune favors the daring. This motto for the bold and successful and for those who aspire to success was cited by many Roman writers.
The English proverb, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" provides another viewpoint of this Roman saying.
Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Fortune gives many too much, enough to none."
A variant translation is, "To many, fortune gives too much, to none [does she give], enough." In other words, most people feel that they are never given too much.
Fortuna non mutat genus. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Circumstances do not change our origin."
Fortuna obesse nulli contenta est semel. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Fortune is never content with doing a man one injury only."
Fortune is never satisfied with hurting a man just once.
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Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group F
nul-, null-, nulli- +
ten-, tent-, tin-, -tain, -tainment, -tenance, -tinence
Fortuna vitrea est, tum quum splendet, frangitur. (Latin proverb)
Translation: Fortune is of glass; she glitters just at the moment of breaking.
Magna servitus est magna fortuna. (Latin term)
Translation: "A great fortune is a great slavery."
Non est tuum, fortuna quod fecit tuum. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Count not that as yours which fortune has made yours."
Vitam regit fortuna non sapientia. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Chance, not wisdom, governs human life."
Another interpretation: "Life is mostly a matter of luck."