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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Mutability of Fortune
 
A hundred years a banner, a hundred years a barrow. (A very old French proverb signifying the changeful fortunes of great feudal families.)  Bohn.  1
A nobody to-day, a prince to-morrow.  Latin.  2
Change of fortune is the lot of life.  3
Change yourself and fortune will change with you.  Portuguese.  4
Every ten years one man has need of another.  Italian.  5
He fell to-day, I may fall to-morrow.  Latin.  6
In a hundred years’ time princes are peasants,
And in a hundred and ten, peasants are princes.
  7
Once he was a hammer, now he is an anvil.  8
That which is his lot to-day, may be yours to-morrow.  Latin.  9
To-day a knight, to-morrow a beggar.  German.  10
To-day a man, to-morrow a mouse.  11
To-day for money, to-morrow for nothing.  German, Dutch.  12
To-day gold, to-morrow dust.  13
To-day in finery, to-morrow in filth.  German.  14
To-day in gold, to-morrow in the mould.  Danish.  15
To-day red, to-morrow dead.  German, Dutch.  16
To-day stately and brave, to-morrow in the grave.  Dutch.  17
Who to-day was a haughty knight,
Is to-morrow a penniless wight.  Dutch.
  18
Yesterday a cow-herd, to-day a cavalier.  Spanish.  19
You used to be a baker, though now you wear gloves.  Spanish.  20
 
 
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