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Can someone help me understand the meaning of this Lorenzo Ghiberti's quote:

“Only he who has learned everything, can fearlessly despise the changes of fortune.”

I have some doubts about the meaning of the word "fortune" here. Does it mean "fate", "destiny,... or "wealth"?

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  • I think it means "destiny" given the sentence you provide. – user067531 Sep 12 '18 at 14:58
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fortune OED

a. chance, happenstance, or luck, regarded as a cause of events and changes in men's affairs. Often (after Latin) personified as a goddess, ‘the power supposed to distribute the lots of life according to her own humour’ (Johnson); her emblem is a wheel, betokening vicissitude.

As in:

“Only he who has learned everything, can fearlessly despise the changes of in the affairs of men.”

or

“Only he who has learned everything, can fearlessly despise the vicissitudes of life.”