„Fortune is given to brave men.“
Fortibus est fortuna viris data.

—  Ennius, As quoted by Macrobius in Saturnalia, Book VI, Chapter I
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Ennius
poète latin -239 - -169 avant J.-C.
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„So live, my boys, as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 avant J.-C.
Book II, Satire II, Line 135-136 (trans. E. C. Wickham)

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„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."

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„Brave men are brave from the very first.“

—  Pierre Corneille French tragedian 1606 - 1684
Chimène, act II, scene iii.

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„It is a strong castle, and strongly guarded; but there is no impossibility to brave men.“

—  Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
Quentin Durward (1823), Ch. 3.

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„Brave men were living before Agamemnon.“

—  Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 avant J.-C.
Book IV, ode ix, line 25

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„Fire tries gold, misfortune tries brave men.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 avant J.-C.
De Providentia (On Providence): cap. 5, line 9 Alternate translation: Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. (translator unknown).

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

—  François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680
Variant translation: Most people judge men only by their fashion or their fortune. Maxim 212.

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„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)

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„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

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

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Context: 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. Ch. 73

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„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.

„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
Chapter 5, “Shui Mien Lung—Slumbering Dragon” (p. 158)

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

—  Silius Italicus Roman consul, orator, and Latin epic poet 25 - 101
Book XI, lines 3–4

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