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Fortune favors the bold

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 12:29 - Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans, Latin Translation
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Audentis fortuna juvet

Fortune favors the bold. Or favours, if you prefer. Sometimes 'audentis' is rendered as 'brave'. The literal meaning is more like 'daring'. The line is from Virgil (A. 10.284). The reason I myself favor 'bold' vs. 'brave' lies in the possibility of a pretty stupid wordplay which I sure hope an editor of some little newspaper used in a headline to announce that Italy won the World Cup (this happened a few years ago, and, unless I am mistaken, Italy somehow beat a much more talented French team):

Fortune favors the italics

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