…manufacturing enterprises, joint-stock companies, viceroyalties, and principalities, not drawing more than 1,500,000 francs, the whole forming a capital of about fifty millions; finally, I call those third-rate fortunes, which are composed of a fluctuating capital, dependent upon the will of others, or upon chances which a bankruptcy involves or a false telegram shakes, such as banks, speculations of the day—in fact, all operations under the influence of greater or less mischances, the…
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Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.