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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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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


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


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


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


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  [a little altered —tg]


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, @MichelleC3333, December 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


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


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 — or, if not, some equally brainy bird — 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  [It actually was not. Or if it was, I'm not sure which work he's referring to. —tg]


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 comes unswerving like a frightened horse
Sky-maddened on a white mid-afternoon.
Fate comes unseeing, and the blinded hooves
Drum a shrill thunder to a noteless tune
That dies into the forest, where an owl
Returns it to the midnight and the moon...
~Mark Van Doren, "Fate Comes Unswerving," 1933


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)


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


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


I had a strange feeling that Fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890


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]


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.
~Hāfez


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


You are fate's shadow or fate's sun, depending on which way you turn. ~Terri Guillemets


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


Sometimes fate brings two people together by causing one to misinterpret a smile. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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. ~A. Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1902


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



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