Fortune Cookie Fortunes

Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 11:00pm By

Below is a list of fortune cookie fortunes that I’ve received in alphabetical order. A number in parenthesis after the fortune indicates that I’ve received it multiple times, and how many times I’ve received it. This list is updated each time I have Chinese food.

(last updated June 13, 2015)

  • A beautiful, smart, and loving person will be coming into your life.
  • A dubious friend may be an enemy in camouflage.
  • A feather in the hand is better than a bird in the air. (2)
  • A fresh start will put you on your way.
  • A friend asks only for your time not your money.
  • A friend is a present you give yourself.
  • A gambler not only will lose what he has, but also will lose what he doesn’t have.
  • A golden egg of opportunity falls into your lap this month.
  • A good friendship is often more important than a passionate romance.
  • A good time to finish up old tasks. (2)
  • A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
  • A light heart carries you through all the hard times.
  • A new perspective will come with the new year. (2)
  • A person is never to (sic) old to learn. (2)
  • A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
  • A pleasant surprise is waiting for you.
  • A smile is your personal welcome mat.
  • A smooth long journey! Great expectations.
  • A soft voice may be awfully persuasive.
  • A truly rich life contains love and art in abundance.
  • Accept something that you cannot change, and you will feel better.
  • Adventure can be real happiness.
  • Advice is like kissing. It costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.
  • Advice, when most needed, is least heeded.
  • All the effort you are making will ultimately pay off.
  • All the troubles you have will pass away very quickly.
  • All will go well with your new project.
  • All your hard work will soon pay off.
  • Allow compassion to guide your decisions.
  • An agreeable romance might begin to take on the appearance.
  • An important person will offer you support.
  • An inch of time is an inch of gold.
  • Any decision you have to make tomorrow is a good decision.
  • At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
  • Be careful or you could fall for some tricks today.
  • Beauty in its various forms appeals to you. (2)
  • Because you demand more from yourself, others respect you deeply.
  • Believe in yourself and others will too.
  • Believe it can be done.
  • Better ask twice than lose yourself once.
  • Carve your name on your heart and not on marble.
  • Change is happening in your life, so go with the flow!
  • Competence like yours is underrated.
  • Congratulations! You are on your way.
  • Could I get some directions to your heart? (2)
  • Courtesy begins in the home.
  • Courtesy is contagious.
  • Curiosity kills boredom. Nothing can kill curiosity.
  • Dedicate yourself with a calm mind to the task at hand.
  • Depart not from the path which fate has you assigned.
  • Determination is what you need now.
  • Disbelief destroys the magic.
  • Distance yourself from the vain.
  • Do not be intimidated by the eloquence of others.
  • Do not demand for someone’s soul if you already got his heart.
  • Do not let ambitions overshadow small success.
  • Do not make extra work for yourself.
  • Do not underestimate yourself. Human beings have unlimited potentials.
  • Don’t be discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
  • Don’t confuse recklessness with confidence. (2)
  • Don’t just spend time. Invest it.
  • Don’t just think, act!
  • Don’t let friends impose on you, work calmly and silently.
  • Don’t let the past and useless detail choke your existence.
  • Don’t let your limitations overshadow your talents.
  • Don’t worry; prosperity will knock on your door soon.
  • Each day, compel yourself to do something you would rather not do.
  • Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.
  • Emulate what you admire in your parents. (2)
  • Emulate what you respect in your friends.
  • Every flower blooms in its own sweet time.
  • Every wise man started out by asking many questions.
  • Everyday in your life is a special occasion.
  • Failure is the chance to do better next time.
  • Fear and desire — two sides of the same coin.
  • Feeding a cow with roses does not get extra appreciation.
  • For hate is never conquered by hate. Hate is conquered by love.
  • Fortune Not Found: Abort, Retry, Ignore?
  • From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance.
  • From now on your kindness will lead you to success.
  • Get your mind set — confidence will lead you on.
  • Get your mind set…confidence will lead you on.
  • Go take a rest; you deserve it.
  • Good news will be brought to you by mail.
  • Good news will come to you by mail.
  • Good to begin well, better to end well.
  • Happiness begins with facing life with a smile and a wink.
  • Happiness will bring you good luck.
  • Happy life is just in front of you.
  • Hard words break no bones, fine words butter no parsnips.
  • Have a beautiful day.
  • He who expects no gratitude shall never be disappointed. (2)
  • He who knows he has enough is rich.
  • Help! I’m being held prisoner in a chinese bakery!
  • How you look depends on where you go.
  • I learn by going where I have to go.
  • If a true sense of value is to be yours it must come through service.
  • If certainty were truth, we would never be wrong.
  • If you continually give, you will continually have.
  • If you look in the right places, you can find some good offerings.
  • If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
  • If your desires are not extravagant, they will be granted.
  • If your desires are not to extravagant they will be granted. (2)
  • Imagination rules the world.
  • In order to take, one must first give.
  • In the end all things will be known.
  • It could be better, but its[sic] good enough.
  • It is better to be an optimist and proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right.
  • It is better to deal with problems before they arise.
  • It is honorable to stand up for what is right, however unpopular it seems.
  • It is worth reviewing some old lessons.
  • It takes courage to admit fault.
  • It’s time to get moving. Your spirits will lift accordingly.
  • Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see shadows.
  • Let the world be filled with tranquility and goodwill.
  • Like the river flow into the sea. Something are just meant to be.
  • Listen not to vain words of empty tongue.
  • Listen to everyone. Ideas come from everywhere.
  • Living with a commitment to excellence shall take you far.
  • Long life is in store for you.
  • Love is a warm fire to keep the soul warm.
  • Love is like sweet medicine, good to the last drop.
  • Love lights up the world.
  • Love truth, but pardon error. (2)
  • Man is born to live and not prepared to live.
  • Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it’s original dimensions.
  • Many will travel to hear you speak.
  • Meditation with an old enemy is advised.
  • Miles are covered one step at a time.
  • Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.
  • Never fear! The end of something marks the start of something new.
  • New ideas could be profitable.
  • New people will bring you new realizations, especially about big issues. (2)
  • No one can walk backwards into the future.
  • Now is a good time to buy stock.
  • Now is the time to go ahead and pursue that love interest!
  • Now is the time to try something new
  • Now is the time to try something new.
  • Others can help you now.
  • Pennies from heaven find their way to your doorstep this year!
  • People are attracted by your Delicate[sic] features.
  • People find it difficult to resist your persuasive manner.
  • Perhaps you’ve been focusing too much on saving.
  • Physical activity will dramatically improve your outlook today.
  • Place special emphasis on old friendship.
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  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Protective measures will prevent costly disasters.
  • Put your mind into planning today. Look into the future.
  • Remember to share good fortune as well as bad with your friends.
  • Rest has a peaceful effect on your physical and emotional health.
  • Resting well is as important as working hard.
  • Romance moves you in a new direction.
  • Savor your freedom — it is precious.
  • Say hello to others. You will have a happier day.
  • Self-knowledge is a life long process.
  • Share your joys and sorrows with your family.
  • Sloth makes all things difficult; industry all easy.
  • Small confidences mark the onset of a friendship.
  • Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
  • Someone you care about seeks reconciliation.
  • Soon life will become more interesting.
  • Stand tall. Don’t look down upon yourself. (2)
  • Staying close to home is going to be best for your morale today
  • Stop searching forever, happiness is just next to you.
  • Success is a journey, not a destination.
  • Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Swimming is easy. Stay floating is hard.
  • Take care and sensitivity you show towards others will return to you.
  • Take the high road.
  • Technology is the art of arranging the world so we do not notice it.
  • The austerity you see around you covers the richness of life like a veil.
  • The best prediction of future is the past.
  • The change you started already have far-reaching effects. Be ready.
  • The change you started already have far-reaching effects. Be ready.
  • The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
  • The harder you work, the luckier you get.
  • The night life is for you.
  • The one that recognizes the illusion does not act as if it is real.
  • The only people who never fail are those who never try.
  • The person who will not stand for something will fall for anything.
  • The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
  • The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
  • The secret to good friends is no secret to you. (2)
  • The small courtesies sweeten life, the greater ennoble it.
  • The smart thing to do is to begin trusting your intuitions.
  • The strong person understands how to withstand substantial loss.
  • The sure way to predict the future is to invent it.
  • The truly generous share, even with the undeserving.
  • The value lies not within any particular thing, but in the desire placed on that thing.
  • The weather is wonderful. (2)
  • There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
  • There is no wisdom greater than kindness. (2)
  • There is not greater pleasure than seeing your lived (sic) ones prosper.
  • There’s no such thing as an ordinary cat.
  • Things don’t just happen; they happen just.
  • Those who care will make the effort.
  • Time and patience are called for many surprises await you!. (sic)
  • Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time
  • To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
  • To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
  • Today is the conserve yourself, as things just won’t budge.
  • Today, your mouth might be moving but no one is listening.
  • Tonight you will be blinded by passion.
  • Use your eloquence where it will do the most good.
  • Welcome change.
  • “Welcome” is a powerful word.
  • Well done is better than well said.
  • What’s hidden in an empty box?
  • What’s yours in mine, and what’s mine is mine.
  • When more become too much. It’s same as being not enough.
  • When your heart is pure, your mind is clear.
  • Wish you happiness.
  • You always bring others happiness.
  • You are a person of another time.
  • You are a talented storyteller. (2)
  • You are admired by everyone for your talent and ability.
  • You are almost there.
  • You are busy, but you are happy.
  • You are generous to an extreme and always think of the other fellow.
  • You are going to have some new clothes. (2)
  • You are in good hands this evening.
  • You are modest and courteous.
  • You are never selfish with your advice or your help.
  • You are next in line for promotion in your firm.
  • You are offered the dream of a lifetime. Say yes!
  • You are open-minded and quick to make new friends. (2)
  • You are solid and dependable.
  • You are soon going to change your present line of work.
  • You are talented in many ways.
  • You are the master of every situation. (2)
  • You are very expressive and positive in words, act and feeling.
  • You are working hard.
  • You begin to appreciate how important it is to share your personal beliefs.
  • You can keep a secret.
  • You can see a lot just by looking.
  • You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
  • You desire recognition and you will find it.
  • You have a deep appreciation of the arts and music.
  • You have a deep interest in all that is artistic.
  • You have a friendly heart and are well admired. (2)
  • You have a shrewd knack for spotting insincerity.
  • You have a yearning for perfection. (3)
  • You have an active mind and a keen imagination.
  • You have an ambitious nature and may make a name for yourself.
  • You have an unusual equipment for success, use it properly.
  • You have exceeded what was expected.
  • You have the power to write your own fortune.
  • You have yearning for perfection.
  • You know where you are going and how to get there.
  • You look pretty.
  • You love challenge.
  • You love chinese food.
  • You make people realize that there exist other beauties in the world.
  • You never hesitate to tackle the most difficult problems. (2)
  • You seek to shield those you love and like the role of provider. (2)
  • You should be able to make money and hold on to it.
  • You should be able to undertake and complete anything.
  • You should pay for this check. Be generous.
  • You understand how to have fun with others and to enjoy your solitude.
  • You will always be surrounded by true friends.
  • You will always get what you want through your charm and personality.
  • You will always have good luck in your personal affairs.
  • You will be a great success both in the business world and society. (2)
  • You will be blessed with longevity.
  • You will be pleasantly surprised tonight.
  • You will be sharing great news with all the people you love.
  • You will be successful in your work.
  • You will be traveling and coming into a fortune.
  • You will be unusually successful in business.
  • You will become a great philanthropist in your later years.
  • You will become more and more wealthy.
  • You will enjoy good health.
  • You will enjoy good health; you will be surrounded by luxury.
  • You will find great contentment in the daily, routine activities.
  • You will have a fine capacity for the enjoyment of life.
  • You will have gold pieces by the bushel.
  • You will inherit a large sum of money.
  • You will make change for the better.
  • You will soon be surrounded by good friends and laughter.
  • You will take a chance in something in near future.
  • You will travel far and wide, both pleasure and business.
  • You will travel far and wide,both pleasure and business.
  • Your abilities are unparalleled.
  • Your ability is appreciated.
  • Your ability to juggle many tasks will take you far.
  • Your biggest virtue is your modesty.
  • Your character can be described as natural and unrestrained.
  • Your difficulties will strengthen you.
  • Your dreams are never silly; depend on them to guide you.
  • Your dreams are worth your best efforts to achieve them.
  • Your energy returns and you get things done.
  • Your family is young, gifted and attractive.
  • Your first love has never forgotten you.
  • Your happiness is before you, not behind you! Cherish it.
  • Your hard work will payoff today.
  • Your heart will always make itself known through your words.
  • Your home is the center of great love.
  • Your ideals are well within your reach.
  • Your infinite capacity for patience will be rewarded sooner or later.
  • Your leadership qualities will be tested and proven.
  • Your life will be happy and peaceful.
  • Your life will get more and more exciting.
  • Your love life will be happy and harmonious.
  • Your love of music will be an important part of your life.
  • Your loyalty is a virtue, but not when it’s wedded with blind stubbornness.
  • Your mentality is alert, practical, and analytical.
  • Your mind is creative, original and alert.
  • Your mind is your greatest asset.
  • Your moods signal a period of change.
  • Your quick wits will get you out of a tough situation.
  • Your success will astonish everyone. (2)
  • Your talents will be recognized and suitably rewarded.
  • Your work interests can capture the highest status or prestige.

85 comments on ‘Fortune Cookie Fortunes’

  1. mantasea says:

    You eat a lot of Chinese food, or you just buy bags of fortune cookies. I found a fortune that said “Your body will be found in a heavily wooded place.” No more Chinee for me.

  2. lgoodman says:

    In 1991 my ex and I were talking about separation and divorce.  We were traveling to a family reunion and stopped at a Chinese restaurant.  After the meal we were presented with a tray that had only one fortune cookie.  My ex and I took it as a sign that we were meant to share a fortune and that perhaps our talk of separation was premature.
    When we opened the cookie it contained TWO FORTUNES and they were somewhat specific to our individual circumstances. My ex and I took this as the real sign and I am still single.

  3. Armin says:

    My favourite is “Help! I’m being held prisoner in a chinese bakery!” =)

  4. Tfed says:

    I got one that’s still stuck on my refrigerator: “About time I got out of that cookie.”

  5. Carly says:

    I once got one that said “Promote literacy. Buy Fortune Cookies.”  I still have it.

  6. anonymous says:

    I got a fortune that said: “A little kiss can make a big difference.”

  7. Dick says:

    I got one that said:
    “The idea that seems most absurd leads to success”.
    My wife’s cookie:
    “Ignore previous cookie”

  8. A. Nonny mouse says:

    I use these fortunes for cootie catcher fortunes!!! they rock. thanks so much for putting these up!

  9. FCookie says:

    I like, " The end of something marks the start of something new" I always listen to my fortunes.
    I like seeing what they are- and seeing if they are true for me.

  10. Allie MacPhail says:

    wow you have eaten a lot of chinese food!

  11. sliperslap says:

    Two words….IN BED

  12. NML says:

    I got a recipe for making fortune cookies and I needed some good ones to insert. This is great, although I really wish fortune cookies would have more fortunes.

    I always wanted to keep all of my fortunes and put them all in a frame. So glad you did this. It's a lot of fun to see a list like this.

  13. chessyer says:

    i got one that said
    “you and your wife will live a long and happy life.”

    P.S. I AM A GIRL

    • Josh says:

      Well, there are about 6 states that allow same-sex marriage, so maybe that fortune is telling you something about your future lifestyle choice.

  14. Minty says:

    i got one that said you love chineese food… does it have an inner meaning?

  15. derrty says:

    i got one that says 'you are not illiterate'

  16. thatcraziechick says:

    add "in bed" to the end of any of these. lmao

    • raynjer says:

      We've been adding "in bed" to the end of forturnes for years now. We sure get some crazy looks in the restaurants when they whole table is laughing their butts off. Simple, good times!

    • citricsquid says:

      Try adding "except in bed" instead.

  17. Diana Henry-White says:

    what does "Man is born to live and not prepared to live." mean ? I was thinking about it and im confused :L

    • Tracyshula says:

      It means we are equiped to live but sometimes we choose not too

    • EvilRobot says:

      This was a quote by Boris Pasternak which actually goes: "Man is born to live, not prepare to live" (or possibly "Man is born to live, not to prepare for life"). It talks of living life in the present rather than worrying about the future. Hope that clears things up :)

  18. SoCalMel says:

    Great list! I have a large glass apothecary jar I've been putting my fortunes in for years. Ine day I plan to play the numbers printed on them and see how good my fortune is!

    A few years ago, my brother-in-law opened a fortune cookie outside a restaurant with nothing inside. Thinking it bad luck, he went back in and came out with a new one. It said "You are the chosen one". He was thrilled and said this fortune is the only one he will ever need. To this day, he has never opened another fortune cookie.

  19. toby says:

    what does you are next in line for promotion in your firm mean im only 14

  20. toby says:

    i dont know what my last post was but this one is better one time i got a fortune and it said "keep your head down somones after you " and so i kept my head down and i found an i pod on the ground with nothing but Eminem on it

  21. Youa Yang says:

    I want to know what "A new perspective will come to you" mean?

    • Tracyshula says:

      It means that you will see a problem from a different view point and therefore gain new understanding. Same as think out of the box.

    • AzN GurL says:

      hey! u have the same name as my mom haha…meaning you'll come to a realization and see something in a whole new way :)

  22. Youa Yang says:

    I want to know what "A new perspective will come to you." mean?

  23. Eric says:

    I've got one that says "When you're not afraid to do it wrong the first time, you'll eventually get it right."

    I keep on the side of my computer screen.

    • Jamie Lobzun says:

      I SO LOVE THAT ONE!!!! I went to FB with that Fortune thingy to get "In the end all things will be knonwn" Now I have a guilty conscience and don't know why!!!

  24. Melynda says:

    I got one once that said "your fortune begins at UPS, apply online at

  25. Gavin says:

    I have also gotten one that said "The night life is for you" what does that mean?

    • Tracyshula says:

      some philosophies believe that as humans we are either morning larks( we love activity during the day) or we are night owls and thrive in the dark

  26. Luxa says:

    My friend and I were sharing the last fortune cookie, when we dropped it. It cracked open and the fortune said, "If you're still hungry, eat another fortune cookie."

  27. lnai says:

    once i got one that said 'today your crush will ask you out' and i didn't even have a crush on someone at that time

  28. kjy says:

    in bed makes 3 things better

  29. kay says:

    What does this mean? "No one can walk backwards into the future." Please somebody tell me! xoxo

  30. koko says:

    I got a fortune cookie that read: Fortune Not Found: Abort; Retry; Ignore?

  31. Sage Aven says:

    wow. thank you SO much for typing all of these out. I am doing a secret sister activity and I have these origami wishing stars and I needed to find things to write in them; you are the BEST!! thank you so much!!
    love, sage 😀

  32. stephanie says:

    I had chinese yesterday, my fortune said you will enjoy good health, and be surrounded by luxury!

  33. Nunii Vang says:

    what is the meaning of "everyflower blooms in its own time." fortune phrase

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  35. williamson says:

    and "YOU WILL BE MARRIED WITHIN A YEAR" lol. i was 17 yrs. old lmao

  36. earsiem says:

    As someone who used to store all my fortunes in my wallet, receiving one saying "This is not for your wallet" caused me to throw out the others and just keep it…

  37. Nadia says:

    My fortune cookie today “You are going to have some new clothes” Please what does it mean.

  38. Hetter says:

    "You may be hungry later, get takeout"

    "A smile increases your face value" =D

  39. Ashley says:

    what does my fortune mean?
    Every wise man started out by asking many questions.

    • monk says:

      they more you ask questions, the more answer you gets, the more answer you know the wiser you get

    • saluk says:

      You have to be humble in order to learn. Wise men aren't born smart, they are born curious. Basically, don't be afraid that people will think you are dumb for not knowing something, the only way to know it is to ask.

  40. Alissa says:

    does 'all your work with soon pay off' literally just mean what it says or does it have a deeper meaning than that? xx

  41. james says:

    what does it mean when it says you are almost there?

  42. WOLFU says:

    You can add 'In bed" to the end of all of these…..

  43. Annabelle says:

    My friend got "Winning is just the beginning."

  44. LOLz says:

    Anybody know when you put "in bed" to every Fortune cookie you get. It makes it 1000X good.

  45. FoxMan says:

    I'd like to add one that I found a little while ago- "You will read this and say, 'Geez! I could come up with better fortunes than that!' "

  46. Megan says:

    I once got one that said, "You are about to become $6.50 poorer. $8.00 if you had buffet."

  47. Welshlady says:

    What does this fortune cookie mean? "What is hidden in an empty box?"

  48. loll says:

    i got one that said "may you always live in interesting times" (for those of you who dont know that is a chinese curse!) lol

  49. Bernie says:

    My son just made a fortune teller and we used your list for reference. Thanks!

  50. shadowdragon says:

    I just got one that said "dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become." Im a dreamer so i dont know if this is good or bad…

  51. ThePurpleUnicorn says:

    I have received one fortune at least 4 times. It’s kind of creepy when you think about it. The fortune was “To truly find yourself, you should play hide and seek alone.” I didn’t see it on your list and I thought it was a little freaky receiving it again last night at my sisters birthday party.

    • Swillpot says:

      ThePurpleUnicorn’s fortune reminds me of the old Zen thing about the sound of one hand clapping.

    • Hannahh says:

      I’ve always gotten this fortune ” You will have good luck in your personal affairs” its hard to understand im 15 and ever since ive gotten this i’m kind of scared. what does it mean am i gonna be with a lot of men or just be lucky when it comes to everything ? may someone help because lately my life has been really weird…

  52. Camille says:

    some fortunes dont make sense and the makers just put random words on it.but some teach lessons and can help you in life.

  53. Kittie says:

    You eat a lot of Chinese food…

  54. Steve says:

    I have one that lost a little in the translation “Actions speak louder than talks” Made me laugh and I have it taped to my monitor.

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