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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
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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