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Fortune favors the bold and fortune favors the brave

  • Fortune favors the bold and fortune favors the brave are variations of a proverb with roots in ancient times. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram or the topic of a parable. These common sayings are language tools that particularly give advice or share a universal truth, or impart wisdom. Synonyms for proverb include adage, aphorism, sayings, and byword, which can also be someone or something that is the best example of a group. Often, a proverb is so familiar that a speaker will only quote half of it, relying on the listener to supply the ending of the written or spoken proverb himself. Speakers of English as a second language are sometimes confused by these pithy sayings as translations from English to other languages do not carry the impact that the English phrases carry. Some common proverbs are the wise sayings better late than never, early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, haste makes waste, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. One of the books of the Bible is the Book of Proverbs, which contains words and phrases that are still often quoted in the English language because they are wise. Many current proverbs are quotations taken from literature, particularly Shakespeare, as well as the Bible and other sacred writings. We will examine the meaning of the proverb fortune favors the bold or fortune favors the brave, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.



     

    Fortune favors the bold and fortune favors the brave means that those who take risks often reap great rewards; those who are courageous are often the most successful. The expressions fortune favors the bold and fortune favors the brave are phrases that encourage taking a chance in order to get what one wants. Both terms are derived from several Latin phrases from ancient Roman times that express this sentiment, including audaces Fortuna iuvat and fortis Fortuna adiuvat. The proverbial phrases fortune favors the bold and fortune favors the brave are often used as slogans on family coats of arms and for military organizations.

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    Examples

    How could we miss, caution was for losers, fortune favors the bold? (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

    “I’ve often thought of the catchphrase of [the IDF elite unit] Sayeret Matkal that ‘fortune favors the bold,’” says Kirshon. (The Times of Israel)

    The mall might be struggling, and the pandemic has clocked brick-and-mortar retail and restaurants, but fortune favors the brave, one supposes. (The Ithaca Voice)

    Fortune favors the brave, and never has there been a better time for embracing radical change. (Forbes Magazine)


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