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  • The wheel of fortune (rota fortunae) is a pretty common motif in the middle ages, and often you'll see the guys on the wheel saying things like "I will reign" (on the way up), "I reign" (on top), and "I have reigned" (on the way down), but I've never seen one with gears!

    The Gears of Destiny

  • His ergo hominibus dum vivunt, magnos exhibent honores; mortuis vero vel templa vel monumenta extruunt amplissima, eosque contingere ac sepelire maximae fortunae ducunt loco.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Literas habent queis sibi et fortunae suae maledicant.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Praeceptis philosophiae confirmatus adversus omnem fortunae vim, et te consecrata in coelumque recepta, tanta affectus laetitia sum ac voluptate, quantam animo capere possum, ac exultare plane mihi videor, victorque de omni dolore et fortuna triumphare.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Vix ultius gentis, aetatis, ordinis, hominem invenies cujus felicitatem fortunae Metelli compares, Vol. 1. 1772.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Thou dost now flourish, and hast bona animi, corporis, et fortunae, goods of body, mind, and fortune, nescis quid serus secum vesper ferat, thou knowest not what storms and tempests the late evening may bring with it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quam multos putas qui se coelo proximos putarent, totidem regulos, si de fortunae tuae reliquiis pars iis minima contingat.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Bona meus nullum tristioris fortunae recipit incursum,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Neutrius se fortunae extremum libenter experturam dixit: sed si necessitas alterius subinde imponeretur, optare se difficilem et adversam: quod in hac nulli unquam defuit solatium, in altera multis consilium, &c. Lod.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 'Tis [3721] fortunae telum, non culpae, fortune's fault, not mine.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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