On the Inconstancy of Good Fortune

March 30, 2014
"The Wheel of Fortune" by Edward Burne-Jones, 1875-83

“The Wheel of Fortune” by Edward Burne-Jones, 1875-83

“Ill fortune is better for men than good. When fortune smiles, she is always false. But when she is inconstant and whimsical, she shows her true self. The first aspect of Fortune will deceive people, but the second is instructive. … Good fortune can lead men astray, deceiving them about what to expect from life and how to think of themselves. When Fortune is unkind, she drives men back to an understanding of what the world is like, and who their friends are. Here you are, complaining of the wealth that you have lost, and you fail to recognize the wealth you have gained — knowledge of your true friends.”

Boethius. Consolation of Philosophy, Book II, Section VIII. Trans. David R. Slavitt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2008. Print.



  1. So true. Hope you know that I am a true friend!

    • Of course, Rosie! We buds! I see both of us as a couple of self-imposed misfits who in the end do what we want! I can see who’s true to themselves! I try to weed out the fake ones.

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