Quote by Johann Georg Zimmermann
Many have been ruined by their fortunes, and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it the great have become little, and the little great.
This quote suggests that both having and lacking fortune can have negative consequences. It implies that some individuals have been financially ruined despite their wealth, while others have avoided ruin due to their lack of fortune. Furthermore, it alludes to the notion that some people, in order to acquire wealth, may have to relinquish their status or pride, while those with little wealth can attain greatness. Ultimately, the quote highlights the uncertainties and complexities tied to both fortune and success.
Now is the season for sailing; for already the chattering swallow is come and the pleasant west wind; the meadows bloom and the sea, tossed up with waves and rough blasts, has sunk to silence. Weigh thine anchors and unloose thy hawsers, O Mariner, and sail with all thy canvas set.