Fortune favors…

Thinking today about fortune

I found many quotes about fortune favoring boldness or bravery:

  • Fortune favors the audacious. Desiderius Erasmus
  • Fortune favors the bold. Virgil
  • Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid
  • Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself. P. T. Barnum

Then I took a little road trip.

I found this fascinating article about how changing a simple thing like font can improve retention and student performance.

  • Fortune favors the bold (and the italicized).

(Diemand-Yauman, C., et al. Fortune favors the ( ): Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes. Cognition (2010), doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.09.012)

And I found a quote from an entrepreneur, a young woman who followed her dreams and started an e-commerce fashion site

  • Fortune favors action! If you are reading this sitting on a job you don’t like, quit your daydreaming and start living the dream.  Ishita Sharma

This seemed an appropriate quote to follow hers:

  • In an über world, fortune favors the freelancer. Tyler Cowan (New York Times, June 27, 2015)

Louis Pasteur, the Father of Microbiology, kept cropping up.

  • Fortune favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur

Really, I was looking for a quote about bowling. Something along the lines of

  • Fortune favors those with bumpers in their alleys. 

I can’t find anybody who said that though.


But I know it to be true.

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