William Shakespeare quote about fortune from King John - If you had won it, certainly you had. No, no; when fortune means to men most good, she looks upon them with a threat'ning eye.
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If you had won it, certainly you had. No, no; when fortune means to men most good, she looks upon them with a threat'ning eye.
 William Shakespeare, King John (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source King John
Topic fortune win
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written around 1596
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1110/pg1110.txt

Context

“Even in the instant of repair and health, The fit is strongest; evils that take leave On their departure most of all show evil; What have you lost by losing of this day? LEWIS. All days of glory, joy, and happiness.
PANDULPH. If you had won it, certainly you had.
No, no; when Fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threat'ning eye. 'Tis strange to think how much King John hath lost In this which he accounts so clearly won. Are not you griev'd that Arthur is his prisoner? LEWIS. As heartily as he is glad he hath him.” source

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