Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 1.
    The powerless worship Luck and Fate.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 2.
    Thought enables us to see Fate coming.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 3.
    All art is a revolt against man's fate.
    (André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. The Voices of Silence, pt. 4, ch. 7 (1951).)
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  • 4.
    A man's character is his fate.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 BC), Greek philosopher. On The Universe, fragment 121, trans. by W.H.S. Jones.)
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  • 5.
    It is the fault of fate.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Charles, in Madame Bovary (1856). On Emma's suicide.)
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  • 6.
    We never conceive the greatness of our fates.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 20, 1843, to Lidian Jackson Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 88, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 7.
    So I will not go on shouting as once I did: Fate, Fate! It's no use revering it merely as Fate, we must look at it, grasp it, and destroy it.
    (Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 9 (1929).)
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  • 8.
    Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine. Catherine de' Medici.)
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  • 9.
    That's life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.
    (Martin Goldsmith, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts (Tom Neal), Detour (1945). Based on Goldsmith's original story.)
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  • 10.
    Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us!
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cornelia, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 5, sc. 1 (1642).)
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