10. the Wheel of Fortune


Lady Philosophy reminds Boethius of the nature and habits of the goddess Fortune.

“If you like her, abide by her conditions and do not complain.  But if you hate her treachery, ignore her and her deceitful antics.  Really, the misfortunes which are now such a cause of grief ought to be reasons for tranquility.  For now she has deserted you, and no man can ever be secure until he has been forsaken by Fortune.

            You have put yourself in Fortune’s power; now you must be content with the ways of your mistress.  If you try to stop the force of her turning wheel, you are the most foolish man alive.  If it should stop turning, it would cease to be Fortune’s wheel.”