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FATE QUOTES VII

Fate always wins, for our own heart within us
Imperiously furthers its designs.

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER, Wallenstein

Fate always wins. Most of the gods throw dice but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along.

TERRY PRATCHETT, Interesting Times

Spin thy plain thread--'tis wanted soon or late;
No friend will seek thee out so sure as Fate.

CLARA MARCELLE FARRAR GREENE, "Thy Fate Is Seeking Thee"

Fate always aids the undoomed man, if his courage holds out.

EMILY G. HOOKER, Poet Lore, vol. 12

Fate's always tricky. She likes to wait till she gets you by the back of the neck, so you can't do a thing, and then passes you all that's coming to you.

RIDGWELL COLLUM, The Law-Breakers

Submit, then, to fate, always assured that whatever is, is best.

EDU HASSAN, New York Mirror, vol. 10

Fate never wounds more deep the generous heart,
Than when a blockhead's insult points the dart.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, Fate of Poverty in London

If anyone does not help himself, fate never can help him.

HUANZHANG CHEN, The Economic Principles of Confucius

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

Fate always tests those whom she would exalt; she tries them in the wilderness. The years of exile will flit by and you will come home in glory.

RAMESH MENON, The Mahabharata

There is reason for Fate always being personified as a female, for its utter caprice is intelligible only on that theory.

JOEL BENTON, Travelers Record, Jan. 1893

All gamblers are losers.... Because, in the end, if you gamble, you're playing against fate, and fate always wins.

KATY LEDERER, Poker Face

How maliciously does fate always lurk in our path!

HEINRICH FRIEDRICH LUDWIG RELLSTAB, The Polish Lancer

Fate is just the steps we take to follow destiny.

JUSTIN ROBERT HARNISH, King

Each fate is just, since each individual chooses it freely.

ROBERT APATOW, The Spiritual Art of Dialogue

What threatens him, therefore, as his fate, is just his own life made by his deed into a stranger and an enemy.

EDWARD CAIRD, Hegel

Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Blood Meridian

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

JOHN GARDNER, Grendel

I presume that it is the better part of wisdom that we bow to our fate with as good grace as possible.

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, A Princess of Mars

In the beginning, there were three goddesses, the Fates: one to spin the thread of life, one to measure it, one to cut it. Not only mortals, but even the gods were subject to the decrees of Fate. But the ancient Greeks had a saying that the Muses--and only the Muses--can change the weave of Fate. This is a remarkable psychological idea, and a redemptive one--for it suggests that one is never trapped by one's fate, never permanently imprisoned in the pain of one's childhood, never completely bound by the limitations of one's present circumstance. But it is important to note that what brings redemption and freedom from the heavy hand of Fate is not the frenetic activity of data-gathering, and not a heroic egotistic attitude that tries to break down all barriers, all limitations, trampling over one's history in the determination to dictate all the terms of one's life. No: what brings real change, real redemption from entrapment in the deadening sense of fatalism that stops all creativity, are the Muses. These beautiful daughters of Mnemosyne are able to take the most horrific and anguished experiences of our lives and work their artistry upon them. The Muses enable us to make poetry from pain, lyric from loneliness, literature from personal tragedy. This is what releases us from the sense of meaninglessness that keeps us stuck in pain.

MARY LYNN KITTELSON, The Soul of Popular Culture

Thy fate is seeking thee,
Fear not! Fear not!
Nor hither, thither run, with puny strain
Of frenzied fingers on this closèd door,
Or that, to find her. Leave thy worse than vain
And feverish seeking; fret thy soul no more,
Nor vex the heavens with ineffectual cries;
Fate will adjust her perfect harmonies
And weave thee in.

CLARA MARCELLE FARRAR GREENE, "Thy Fate Is Seeking Thee"

Everyone shares the same fate.

ALAN LIGHTMAN, Einstein's Dreams

Fate and victory shift ... now this way, now that way -- like a line of unarmored men under a hail of enemy arrows.

DAN SIMMONS, Ilium

See thou, whatsoever be thy name -- whether Fate, Life, or Devil! I cast thee down my gauntlet, I challenge thee to battle! Men of faint heart may bow before thy mysterious power, thy face of stone may inspire them with dread, in thy unbroken silence they may discern the birth of calamity and an impending avalanche of woe. But I am daring and strong, and I challenge thee to battle! Let us draw our swords, and join our bucklers, and rain such blows upon each other's crests as shall cause the very earth to shake again! Ha! Come forth and fight with me!

LEONID ANDREYEV, The Life of Man

One could not know where it was that one had taken the path one was upon but only that one was upon it.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Cities of the Plain

All that is called Destiny or Fate is none other than the result of our thoughtlessness and our mistrust of ourselves; we should know that all that is created on earth is created by its sole Master and Laborer -- Man.

MAXIM GORKY, Untimely Thoughts

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