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QUOTES ON FATE


What odds, when Fate is one's antagonist!
PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA, Life is a Dream

Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

The fool of fate, thy manufacture, man,
With penury, contempt, repulse, and care,
The galling load of life is doom'd to bear.

HOMER, The Odyssey

I am the child of Fortune, the giver of good, and I shall not be shamed. She is my mother; my sisters are the Seasons; my rising and my falling match with theirs. Born thus, I ask to be no other man than that I am.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

Oh, those stars,
Those stars, that too far up from human blame
To clear themselves, or careless of the charge,
Still bear upon their shining shoulders all
The guilt men shift upon them!
PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA, Life is a Dream

There's no point in trying to sabotage fate.

THOMAS MAN, The Magic Mountain

Fate stands now upon the razor's edge.

HOMER, The Iliad

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.

THOMAS MAN, The Magic Mountain

Fate goes ever as fate must.

For what is destined for us mortal men, there is no escape.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

The words of Heaven are not equivocal,
As in despair the poor oppress'd one thinks.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Iphigenia in Tauris

Fortune favours the brave.

VIRGIL, The Aeneid

Thou must learn to look at thy fate on every side.

SIR WALTER SCOTT, Ivanhoe

Our ship of fate, which recent storms have threatened to destroy, has come safely to harbor at last.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

If you seek to avoid your fate or to delay suffering, it only condemns you to suffer it redoubled in another life.

MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY, The Mists of Avalon

Wonderful, wonderful, yet again the sword of fate severs the head from the hydra of chance.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

Fate often enough will spare a man if his courage holds.

JOHN GARDNER, Grendel

Suppose two men at cards with nothing to wager save their lives. Who has not heard such a tale? A turn of the card. The whole universe for such a player has labored clanking to this moment which will tell if he is to die at that man's hand or that man at his. What more certain validation of a man's worth could there be? This enhancement of the game to its ultimate state admits no argument concerning the notion of fate. The selection of one man over another is a preference absolute and irrevocable and it is a dull man indeed who could reckon so profound a decision without agency or significance either one.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Blood Meridian

Everyone shares the same fate.

ALAN LIGHTMAN, Einstein's Dreams

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