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In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance. ~ Cicero

Prosperity refers to states of flourishing, thriving, good fortune, or successful social status, which often involve measurable wealth but also includes others factors which can be independent of this to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.


  • Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.
  • There shall be in England seven halfpenny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer.
  • Oh, how portentous is prosperity!
    How comet-like, it threatens while it shines.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night V, line 915.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 637-38.
  • In rebus prosperis, superbiam, fastidium arrogantiamque magno opere fugiamus.
    • In prosperity let us most carefully avoid pride, disdain, and arrogance.
    • Cicero, De Officiis (44 B.C.), I. 26.
  • Ut adversas res, secundas immoderate ferre, levitatis est.
    • It shows a weak mind not to bear prosperity as well as adversity with moderation.
    • Cicero, De Officiis (44 B.C.), I. 26.
  • C'est un faible roseau que la prospérité.
  • Alles in der Welt lässt sich ertragen,
    Nur nicht eine Reihe von schönen Tagen.
    • Everything in the world may be endured, except only a succession of prosperous days.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sprüche in Reimen, III.
  • Prosperity lets go the bridle.
  • The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
    • Isaiah, XXXV. 1.
  • I wish you every kind of prosperity, with a little more taste.
    • Alain René Le Sage, Gil Blas (1715-1735), Book VII, Chapter IV. Henri Van Laun's translation.
  • Felix se nescit amari.
  • They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree.
    • Micah, IV. 4.
  • Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
    • Proverbs, III, 16.
  • Est felicibus difficilis miserarium vera æstimatio.
    • The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
    • Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria, IX, 6.
  • Res secundæ valent commutare naturam, et raro quisquam erga bona sua satis cautus est.
    • Prosperity can change man's nature; and seldom is any one cautious enough to resist the effects of good fortune.
    • Quintus Curtius Rufus, De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni, X, 1, 40.
  • Quantum caliginis mentibus nostris objicit magna felicitas!
    • How much does great prosperity overspread the mind with darkness.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Brevitate Vitæ, XIII.
  • Semel profecto premere felices deus
    Cum cœpit, urget; hos habent magna exitus.
    • When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty.
    • Seneca the Younger, Hercules Œtæus, 713.
  • Prosperity doth bewitch men, seeming clear;
    As seas do laugh, show white, when rocks are near.

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  • Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds. 

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