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Quotations about Fate
That's life — whichever way you turn, fate sticks out its foot to trip you. ~Martin Goldsmith & Martin Mooney, Detour, 1945, spoken by the character Al Roberts
Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing-glove. ~P.G. Wodehouse
Whose madness was a challenge hurled at fate... ~Edgar Fawcett, "At a Window," Songs of Doubt and Dream, 1891
Fate loves the fearless. ~James Russell Lowell
If you do not do what you are supposed to do in life, the universe will do it for you. ~Kim Russo, "The Haunting Of… Meat Loaf" (original airdate 2015 October 22nd, season 4, episode 20)
We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair. ~Philip Pullman
Our destiny hides among our free choices, disguised as the free-est of all. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
And yet—and yet—ah, who understands?
We men and women are complex things!
A hundred tunes Fate's inexorable hands
May play on the sensitive soul-strings.
~Amy Levy, "In a Minor Key (An Echo from a Larger Lyre)," c.1884
A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it. ~Ursula K. Le Guin
No destiny attacks us from outside. But, within him, man bears his fate and there comes a moment when he knows himself vulnerable; and then, as in a vertigo, blunder upon blunder lures him. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
You are fate’s shadow or fate’s sun, depending on which way you turn. ~Terri Guillemets
I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate. ~Lucan
The place you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. ~W.B. Yeats
[O]ne of my favorite Sufi poems... says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen. ~Elizabeth Gilbert
O! I am fortune’s fool. ~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. ~Charlotte Brontë
Life calls the tune, we dance. ~ John Galsworthy
When an inner situation is not made conscious it appears outside as fate. ~Carl Jung
Sometimes fate brings two people together by causing one to misinterpret a smile. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. ~Plutarch
Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill. ~Arthur Conan Doyle
I am alone this evening... because of a cruel twist of fate, a phrase which here means that nothing has happened the way I thought it would. Once I was a content man, with a comfortable home, a successful career, a person I loved very much, and an extremely reliable typewriter, but all of those things have been taken away from me.... As I sit in this very tiny room, printing these words with a very large pencil, I feel as if my whole life has been nothing but a dismal play, presented just for someone else’s amusement, and that the playwright who invented my cruel twist of fate is somewhere far above me, laughing and laughing at his creation. ~Lemony Snicket
I shall seize fate by the throat. ~Ludwig van Beethoven
Fate, Chance, God’s Will — we all try to account for our lives somehow. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be Fate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
[Thank you to Garson O'Toole, The Quote Investigator, for his excellent research on the below four related quotations! Details: quoteinvestigator.com/2015/04/20/coincidence
[W]hat is called chance is the instrument of Providence... ~Horace Walpole, 1777 letter to Countess of Ossory
Chance is a nickname of Providence. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (Chamfort) (c.1740–1794), translated from French
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not want to sign. ~Théophile Gautier, c.1845, translated from French
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. ~Charlotte Clemensen Taylor, 1986 [Previous "remain anonymous" versions by other authors had been circulating since at least 1976.
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