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Wheel of Fortune

(The). Fortuna, the goddess, is represented on ancient monuments with a wheel in her hand, emblematical of her inconstancy.

Though Fortune's malice overthrow my state.
My mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.

Shakespeare: 3 Henry VI., iv. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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