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Fate is a primitive notion that makes no sense in a land of self-made men and women.

J. PETER EUBEN, "Pure Corruption"

Fate isn't good or bad; it's the outcome of any choice you make. Simply put, fate is reaping what we have sown into our life. It's a universal principle of life that God places before every one.

JOHN KIM, The Roadmap to True Love

The Book of Fate isn't already written. It's written every day.

BRAD MELTZER, The Book of Fate

Fate isn't sentient; it can't make decisions.

RICK CHIANTARETTO, Facade of Shadows

The working out of fate isn't just some large anonymous and separate natural system that surrounds you; ultimately, it is you, too. We're part of this world, inseparably; this means that all of your thoughts, dreams, urges, ideas, aren't just "yours"--they are the world's. They are the threads of fate. For all that, you are still the vehicle of their expression, and you bear responsibility for them.

ROBIN ARTISSON, The Flaming Circle

Fate isn't something you control; it's something you inherit.

JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, Self-Coaching

Fate isn't always failure ... Fate can be a blessing. For example, fate can be getting your eye poked out by the woman you're destined to fall in love with.


Fate isn't moral. Most people have the idea that they have the possibility to choose and have a free will. Ironically enough, these people only have the illusion that they can choose; in fact their future is already existing in their past.

ERIC DE VRIES, Hedge-Rider

What is Fate? Fate is the name given to the unfolding of all events, all worlds, realms, lives and powers, and the final end that awaits them, before they are regenerated at the hands of the Fate-weaver, who is the Old Veiled One.

ROBIN ARTISSON, The Flaming Circle

Fate isn't black or white, right or left. People aren't just plopped down and made to follow one route in life on the whims of the gods. If that were true, we'd have to say Hitler was only a victim of his own destiny, and therefore blameless ... We have decisions to make, actions to take, good ones and bad ones that make up the texture of our lives. Everything we do or don't do matters ... Everything counts at the end of the day ... we have a pattern to make. We have to see it through, try to find a way to complete it.


Perhaps fate isn't blind after all. Perhaps it's capable of fantasy, even compassion.

ELIE WIESEL, The Time of the Uprooted

Our fate isn't in the hands of some non-existent Lady Luck. We don't need rabbit feet to bring good luck and keep bad luck away. God has promised that if we love and trust him, that he will lead us the way we should go.

ED STRAUSS, The 2:52 Ultimate Devo for Boys

Why should we try to shield people from fate? Isn't that always wrong? One is fated to be born the child of a certain father, and one can no more escape the consequences of his father's misdeeds than the doer himself can. Perhaps the pain and the shame come from the wish and the attempt to do so, more than from the fact itself. The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the children. But the children are innocent of evil, and this visitation must be for their good, and will be, if they bear it willingly.

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS, A Pair of Patient Lovers

There is a dark fate that awaits the wicked, when the consequences of their deeds are revealed; there is a brighter fate, a fate of peace, rest, knowledge, and honor for those who have struggled to live life well and with nobility and wisdom. In this, you must always trust. These dark mysteries of consequence belong to the Underworld, to the Fate-weaver herself, and the powerful king below, and they are not often spoken of. Whatever becomes of each of the journeying dead, it is for them to know and endure. The lesson here is that we should always strive to live well, and with clean intentions.

ROBIN ARTISSON, The Flaming Circle

Fate, or "inevitability", has to do with events in history that are beyond the control of any circle of group of men having three characteristics: (1) compact enough to be identifiable, (2) powerful enough to decide with consequence, and (3) in a position to foresee these consequences and so to be held accountable for them. Events, according to this conception, are the summary and unintended results of innumerable decisions of innumerable men. Each of their decisions is minute in consequence and subject to concellation or reinforcement by other such decisions. There is no link between any one man's intention and the summary result of the innumerable decisions. Events are beyond human decisions: History is made behind men's backs.

CHARLES WRIGHT MILLS, The Sociological Imagination

Fate isn't some middle-aged man with a squint who won't recognize you if you change your clothes.

MEG ROSOFF, Just In Case

Fate isn't one straight road ... There are forks in it, many different routes to different ends. We have the free will to choose the path.


Fate never knocks at the wrong door, dear. You just may not be ready to answer.

SARALEE ROSENBERG, Fate and Ms. Fortune

Fate never laughs at a man when he is in the mood to laugh too. It always seizes the most inopportune moment for mirth.

ANONYMOUS, The Harvard Advocate, Sep. 26, 1884

Fate never tires. He is always at work. His plots are delicate and subtle. The cruelties of his tableaux are veiled in the darkness of secrecy.


Several of the Fallacies instanced by the ancients turn on the supposition of ... an irrevocable Fate, which I do not admit; but the error in such cases ... arises from introducing the idea of human agency as something contingent into the reasoning at a later stage--a supposition which is inconsistent with the former. Such is the argument ascribed to the sick man; if I am fated to recover, I shall recover whether I employ a Physician or not; if I am fated to die, I shall die whether I employ a Physician or not; consequently the employment of a Physician can have no effect on the issue, and I will not employ him. This reasoning is inconsistent with the assumption of an universal irrevocable Fate, since it assumes that the employment or non-employment of a Physician is in the power of the sick man. If all things are determined by an irrevocable Fate, this Fate has already determined either that a Physician shall be consulted or that he shall not, and all deliberation on the subject must, therefore, be resultless. And while this consideration disposes of the practical Conclusion, I will not call in a Physician, it may be added that even the theoretical Conclusion, it is indifferent whether a Physician is called in or not, does not follow from the Premisses. For Fate does not exclude second causes, unless we assume that Fate never makes use of one thing to accomplish another. Fate may have not only ordained that the sick man shall recover, but that his recovery shall be caused by the attendance of a Physician--this attendance being, of course, ordained by Fate also. Nor could the sick man even infer, it is indifferent whether I resolve to call in a Physician or not: for Fate may have ordained that the sick man's resolution to call in the Physician (a resolution likewise produced by Fate) shall be the cause of his attendance, and that his attendance shall be the cause of the ultimate recovery which has been ordained by Fate.


Fate never knows when comedy ends and tragedy begins.


If you are blessed with great fortunes ... you may love your fate. But your fate never guarantees the security of those great fortunes. As soon as you realize your helplessness at the mercy of your fate, you are again in despair. Thus the hatred of fate can be generated not only by misfortunes, but also by great fortunes. Your hatred of fate is at the same time your hatred of your self. You hate your self for being so helpless under the crushing power of fate.

T. K. SEUNG, "The Dionysian Mystery"


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