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Quotations about Fate

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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

On a windswept hill
by a billowing sea,
my destiny sits
and waits for me.
~Robert Brault,

Fortune comes to a man; he cannot go to it. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

It is not what life brings us, but the manner in which we receive it, that shapes our destiny. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. ~Jawaharlal Nehru

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. ~Kin Hubbard

Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle. ~E.M. Forester

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. ~William McFee

Sometimes, perhaps, we are allowed to get lost that we may find the right person to ask directions of. ~Robert Brault,

There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. ~Diana Trilling

He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned. ~Author Unknown

Fate laughs at probabilities. ~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

Don't be always quarreling with Fate. We too often heap our faults on Fate's shoulders. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Girls, 1902

They... who await
No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
~Matthew Arnold, "Resignation," 1849

A door that seems to stand open must be a man’s size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ~Jean de La Fontaine

Last I heard from my destiny, it wanted me to go one-quarter mile and make a legal U‑Turn. ~Robert Brault,

We cannot bear to regard ourselves simply as playthings of blind chance; we cannot admit to feeling ourselves abandoned. ~Ugo Betti, Struggle till Dawn, 1949

Accept the things to which fate binds you and love the people with whom fate brings you together, and do so with all your heart. ~Marcus Aurelius

Amor Fati – "Love Your Fate," which is in fact your life. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

He is God-like who pulls hard against the swift stream of Fate, though he may go over the terrible Niagara of circumstances. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

The pulse of destiny still shook the foundations of the world. The will that had willed this thing to happen had now another will to deal with—nor should the stream of Fate swallow up his heart without a cry. ~Frederic Jesup Stimson, In Cure of Her Soul, 1906, wording slightly altered

There is an unseen life that dreams us. It knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize and we need have no fear of change. ~John O’Donohue

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs

The light goes out on purpose sometimes so we can get lost and then realize we weren't even on the right path to begin with. ~Michelle Christine, December 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

It is sad when two people turn from the paths they’re traveling, and their paths go on to cross without them. ~Robert Brault,

Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like. ~Lemony Snicket

I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping. ~P.G. Wodehouse

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,

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

Stardust sails endless distances through silent ages until, white-hot, it strikes a ready heart. ~Terri Guillemets, "Love at first sight," 2007

A man does not make his destiny: he accepts it or denies it. ~Ursula K. Le Guin

I have no opinion of my own wisdom, and little of any body's else; but I have an odd system, that what is called chance is the instrument of Providence and the secret agent that counteracts what men call wisdom, and preserves order and regularity, and continuation in the whole, for you must know, madam, that I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery; and therefore if we correct the world to our fancies, and with the best intentions imaginable, probably we should only produce more misery and confusion. ~Horace Walpole, 1777, letter to Anne Liddell FitzPatrick

Someone said that Providence was the baptismal name of Chance, some devout soul may say that Chance is a nickname for Providence. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort (c.1740–1794)

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God, when he does not want to sign. ~Théophile Gautier, lettre III, Edgard de Meilhan à Roger de Monbert, La Croix de Berny, 1845

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous. ~Charlotte Clemensen Taylor, 1986

Coincidences are little hellos from heaven. ~Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium, 2016  [S7, E5]

Sometimes what we believe as coincidence is really just getting ourselves caught in an angel booby trap. ~Terri Guillemets

You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window, well, sometimes out of nowhere he'll do you one better and he'll kick a whole wall down. ~Glee, "Furt," 2010, written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan  [S2, E8, Burt Hummel]

Destiny = our free will + God’s free will  ~Terri Guillemets

The place you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

But I was always coming here. I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which 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, Eat Pray Love, 2006

Alas, by the time Fate caught up with my life, Chance had it all planned. ~Robert Brault,

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

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, I am fortune's fool! ~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, c.1594  [III, 1, Romeo]

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,

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

Some torture Fate beyond recognition rather than let him have his way. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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