fortune favours fools

Cf. L. fortuna favet fatuis, fortune favours fools.

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. vi. I1v They saie as ofte, god sendeth fortune to fooles.

1563 B. GOOGE Eclogues E5 But Fortune fauours Fooles as old men saye And lets them lyue And take the wyse awaye.

1738 GAY Fables 2nd ser. II. xii. ’Tis a gross error, held in schools, That Fortune always favours fools.

1922 E. PHILLPOTTS Red Redmaynes xviii. Thus he became exceedingly useful as time passed; yet fortune favours fools and his very stupidity served him well at the end.

1960 O. MANNING Great Fortune I. vi. Fortune favours fools... We were forced to tarry while he slumbered.

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