fortis Fortuna adiuvat

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • fortēs Fortuna adjuvat (Pliny Epistles 6 16)
  • audentis Fortuna iuvat (Virgil Aeneid 10 284)
  • audentēs deus ipse iuvat (Ovid Metamorphoses 10 586)


Literally "(the) strong (ones), Fortune helps." From Terence's comedy play Phormio, line 203. Cited by Cicero in the 1st century BCE as a vetus prōverbium(old proverb).



fortis Fortūna adiuvat

  1. fortune favors the bold

Usage notes[edit]

Often misquoted in English texts as fortes Fortuna adiuvat, which uses the accusative plural ending -ēs instead of the "Republican" accusative ending –īs. Although grammatically correct, the form ending in -ēs is not the one used in Terence's play.