Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 1.
    I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Holland," Generally Speaking (1928).)
  • 2.
    The element running through entire nature, which we popularly call Fate, is known to us as limitation. Whatever limits us, we call Fate.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    'Choice is an outcome of purpose, not fate.'
    (Leong Ming Loong)
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  • 5.
    The powerless worship Luck and Fate.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 6.
    Woman submits to her fate; man makes his.
    (Émile Gaboriau (1835-1873), French author. Mlle. Lucienne, in Other People's Money, pt. 1, ch. 27.)
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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    Nor does the man sitting by the hearth beneath his roof better escape his fated doom.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 286.)
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  • 9.
    A bent fate: much loved, but not in the way he liked.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 10.
    ... fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
    (Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. From The House in Paris (1936). As quoted in Elizabeth Bowen, ch. 13, by Victoria Glendinning (1979).)
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