734. Prosperity.

734. Prosperity.NOUN. prosperity, welfare, well-being; affluence &c. (wealth) 803; success &c. 731; thrift, roaring trade; chicken in every pot, the full dinner pail; good fortune, smiles of fortune; blessings, godsend.

luck; good luck, run of luck; sunshine; fair weather, fair wind; palmy days, bright days, halcyon days; piping times, tide, flood, high tide.

Saturnia regna [Lat.], Saturnian age; golden time, golden age; bed of roses, fat city [coll.]; fat of the land, milk and honey, loaves and fishes.

made man, lucky dog, enfant gâté [Fr.], spoiled child of fortune.

upstart, parvenu, nouveau riche, pofiteer, skipjack, mushroom.

VERB. prosper, thrive, flourish; be prosperous &c adj.; drive a roaring trade, do a booming business; go on well, go on smoothly, go on swimmingly; sail before the wind, swim with the tide; run smooth, run smoothly, run on all fours.

rise in the world, get on in the world; work one’s way, make one’s way; look up; lift one’s head, raise one’s head, make one’s fortune, feather one’s nest, make one’s pile.

flower, blow, blossom, bloom, fructify, bear fruit, fatten, batten.

keep oneself afloat; keep one’s head above water, hold one’s head above water; land on one’s feet, light on one’s feet, light on one’s legs, fall on one’s legs, fall on one’s feet; drop into a good thing; bear a charmed life; bask in the sunshine; have a good time of it, have a fine time of it; have a run of luck; have the good fortune &c. n. to; take a favourable turn; live on the fat of the land, live off the fat of the land, live in clover.

ADJ. prosperous; thriving &c. v.; in a fair way, buoyant; well off, well to do, well to do in the world; set up, at one’s ease; rich &c. 803; in good case; in full, in high feather; fortunate, lucky, in luck; born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, born under a lucky star; on the sunny side of the hedge.

auspicious, propitious, providential.

palmy, halcyon; agreeable &c. 829; couleur de rose [Fr.].

ADV. prosperously &c. adj.; swimmingly; as good luck would have it; beyond all hope, beyond one’s wildest dreams.

PHR. one’s star in the ascendant, all for the best, one’s course runs smooth.

Chacun est l’artisan de sa bonne fortune. [Fr.] {Proverb“Everyone is the author of his own good fortune” }.

Donec eris felix multos numerabis amicos, Tempora si fuerint nubila, solus eris. [Lat.] {Ovid—Tristia. Bk. I. ix. 5. “While fortune smiles you’ll have a host of friends, / But they’ll desert you when the storm descends.” (Translated by W. M. Francis Henry King).}.

Felicitas multos habet amicos. [Lat.] {Proverb“Prosperity has many friends.” }.

Felix se nescit amari. [Lat.] {Lucanus—Pharsalia. VII. 727. “The prosperous man does not know whether he is loved.” }.

“Farewell, good Salisbury; and good luck go with thee!” {Shakespeare—King Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 3.}.

Nulli est homini perpetuum bonum. [Lat.] {Plautus—Curculio. Act I. 3. 32. “Perpetual enjoyment can be assured to no man.” }.

Het geluk is rond; den eenen maakt het koning den anderen stront. [Dut.] {Proverb“Fortune is round; it makes one a king, another a dunghill.” }.

Fortunato omne solum patria est. [Lat.] {“Every soil is the country of the fortunate.” (Prosperity reconciles us to any country). }.

A noble temper dost thou show in this;
And great affections wrestling in thy bosom
Doth make an earthquake of nobility.
O, what a noble combat hast thou fought
Between compulsion and a brave respect!
Let me wipe off this honourable dew
That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks.
My heart hath melted at a lady’s tears,
Being an ordinary inundation;
But this effusion of such manly drops,
This show’r, blown up by tempest of the soul,
Startles mine eyes and makes me more amaz’d
Than had I seen the vaulty top of heaven
Figur’d quite o’er with burning meteors.
Lift up thy brow, renowned Salisbury,
And with a great heart heave away this storm;
Commend these waters to those baby eyes
That never saw the giant world enrag’d,
Nor met with fortune other than at feasts,
Full of warm blood, of mirth, of gossiping.
Come, come; for thou shalt thrust thy hand as deep
Into the purse of rich prosperity
As Lewis himself. So, nobles, shall you all,
That knit your sinews to the strength of mine.

{Shakespeare—King John. Act V. Sc. 2.}.


She was learning, doing, and enjoying other things, meanwhile, for she had resolved to be an attractive and accomplished woman, even if she never became a great artist. Here she succeeded better, for she was one of those happily created beings who please without effort, make friends everywhere, and take life so gracefully and easily that less fortunate souls are tempted to believe that such are born under a lucky star. Everybody liked her, for among her good gifts was tact. She had an instinctive sense of what was pleasing and proper, always said the right thing to the right person, did just what suited the time and place, and was so self-possessed that her sisters used to say, “If Amy went to court without any rehearsal beforehand, she’d know exactly what to do.”

{Louisa May Alcott—Little Women. Ch. 26.}.

Et genus et virtus, nisi cum re, vilior alga est. [Lat.] {Horace—Satiræ. Bk. II. v. 8. “Both rank and valour, without wealth, are more worthless than seaweed.” }.

Be it said in passing, that success is a very hideous thing. Its false resemblance to merit deceives men. For the masses, success has almost the same profile as supremacy. Success, that Menaechmus of talent, has one dupe,—history. Juvenal and Tacitus alone grumble at it. In our day, a philosophy which is almost official has entered into its service, wears the livery of success, and performs the service of its antechamber. Succeed: theory. Prosperity argues capacity. Win in the lottery, and behold! you are a clever man. He who triumphs is venerated. Be born with a silver spoon in your mouth! everything lies in that. Be lucky, and you will have all the rest; be happy, and people will think you great. Outside of five or six immense exceptions, which compose the splendour of a century, contemporary admiration is nothing but short-sightedness. Gilding is gold. It does no harm to be the first arrival by pure chance, so long as you do arrive. The common herd is an old Narcissus who adores himself, and who applauds the vulgar herd. That enormous ability by virtue of which one is Moses, Aeschylus, Dante, Michael Angelo, or Napoleon, the multitude awards on the spot, and by acclamation, to whomsoever attains his object, in whatsoever it may consist. Let a notary transfigure himself into a deputy: let a false Corneille compose Tiridate; let a eunuch come to possess a harem; let a military Prudhomme accidentally win the decisive battle of an epoch; let an apothecary invent cardboard shoe-soles for the army of the Sambre-and-Meuse, and construct for himself, out of this cardboard, sold as leather, four hundred thousand francs of income; let a pork-packer espouse usury, and cause it to bring forth seven or eight millions, of which he is the father and of which it is the mother; let a preacher become a bishop by force of his nasal drawl; let the steward of a fine family be so rich on retiring from service that he is made minister of finances,—and men call that Genius, just as they call the face of Mousqueton Beauty, and the mien of Claude Majesty. With the constellations of space they confound the stars of the abyss which are made in the soft mire of the puddle by the feet of ducks.

{Victor Hugo—Les Miserables. Vol I. Bk. I. Ch. XII. The Solitude of Monseigneur Welcome. }.

Ex humili magna ad fastigia rerum / Extollit, quoties voluit fortuna jocari. [Lat.] {Juvenal—Satiræ. III. 39. “Whenever fortune wishes to joke, she lifts people from what is humble to the highest extremity of affairs.” }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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