Fortune favours the bold

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Salvator Rosa's 1658 painting Allegory of Fortune shows Fortuna, the Goddess of luck, as an allegory of Fortune

"Fortune favours the bold", "Fortune favours the brave", "Fortune helps the brave", and "Fortune favours the strong" are common translations of the Latin proverbs:

  • audentes Fortuna iuvat (present participle of the verb audeo, to dare), literally: "Fortune helps those daring"
  • audentes Fortuna adiuvat (fortune comes to the aid of those daring)
  • Fortuna audaces iuvat (from the adjective audax, audacis, from the verb audeo), literally: "Fortune helps the bold".
  • fortes Fortuna iuvat (fortune favors the strong)

Historical examples[edit]

The Yorkshire Regiment[edit]

Used as the motto for the British Army's Yorkshire Regiment

Clan Turnbull[edit]

This is also the motto for Clan Turnbull.[1]

United States Marine Corps[edit]

Used by the 3rd Marine Regiment of the United States Marine Corps; the motto appears on the regiment insignia.

USNS Carl Brashear[edit]

The motto of the ship named after US Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear; the motto appears on the ship's insignia.

Jutish Dragoon Regiment[edit]

This is used by the Jutish Dragoon Regiment in the Royal Danish Army[2]

Turing family[edit]

A Latin equivalent (fortunas audentas juvat) is used as the motto for the Turing family, dating back to 1316 AD.[3]

O'Flaherty family (Ireland)[edit]

This is used as the motto for the O'Flaherty family in Ireland and is also used on their coat of arms.[4]

Dixon family[edit]

This is used as the motto for the Dixon family and is presented on their family crest.[5]

Cornielje family[edit]

This motto is used by the Cornielje family of The Netherlands. It is used alongside their coat of arms.[6]

Clevland family[edit]

The motto Fortuna Audaces Juvat was used by the Clevland family of Tapeley Park, Westleigh, Devon, in the 18th and 19th centuries.[7]

USS Florida (SSGN 728)[edit]

Motto adopted by the USS Florida after conversion from an SSBN to a SSGN, having been the first converted SSGN to successfully launch a Tomahawk missile.

USS Montpelier (SSN 765)[edit]

Motto used by the crew of the USS Montpelier

80th Fighter Squadron USAF[edit]

Motto used by the 80th Fighter Squadron stationed at Kunsan AB, Republic of South Korea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Turnbull Clan Association". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  2. ^ Jydske Dragonregiment
  3. ^ Turing, Sara (2012). Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition. 
  4. ^ "Name History - The Chieftain Clan O'Flaithbheartaigh Kings and Queens of Connemara {english variants:O'Flaherty, Lafferty}". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Dixon Family Crest and History". 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  6. ^ "". 
  7. ^ As seen with their armorials on several of the family's mural monuments in Westleigh Church

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