A fate is not a punishment.
A man's fate is his own temper.
Actors work and slave- and it is the color of your hair that can
determine your fate in the end.
At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to
us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest
At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to
shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you
in the ass to do it.
Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day
that Fate allows you.
Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar
teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does
not understand it.
Fate cannot be sidestepped or outrun.
Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little
waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.
Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain
result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can
shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.
-Pearl S. Buck
Fate is written in the face.
Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a
man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself.
Fate was dealing from the bottom of the deck.
Fate weaves the darkness, which is perhaps why she weaves so badly.
He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a
His greatest fear, or nightmare, is not to be thought hip or cool, and
if to avoid that terrible fate it means that he has to glamorize evil-
well, so be it.
History warns us, however, that it is the customary fate of new truths
to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions...
-Thomas Henry Huxley
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate it.
-Wilhelm von Humboldt
Human reason has this peculiar fate that in one species of its knowledge
it is burdened by questions which, as prescribed by the very nature of
reason itself, it is not able to ignore, but which, as transcending all
its powers, it is also not able to answer.
Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of
the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the
doings of mankind.
I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the
world depended on him. Admittedly, one man by himself cannot do the job.
However, one man can make a difference...
I cannot say that I am in the slightest degree impressed by your
bigness, or your material resources, as such. Size is not grandeur, and
territory does not make a nation. The great issue, about which hangs
true sublimity, and the terror of overhanging fate, is what are you
going to do with all these things?
-Thomas Henry Huxley
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
-William Butler Yeats
I'm just a historical dead end. I hope at least that my fate will serve
as an example to you all and to posterity.
I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's
Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling
particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind
him with the bit of lead piping.
I've lived enough of my life story to know this- Fate writes the book,
but you make the movie.
If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
In resigning ourselves to our fate without a struggle, we are guilty of
It is the answer that fate gives to all who ask that question, when
disaster, death, tragedy, hardship overtake them. 'Why me? Why me? Why
me?'... And Fate answers these fools—'Why not?'
It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is
It is the integrity of each individual human that is in final
examination. On personal integrity hangs humanity's fate.
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted
for the fate awaiting them on this earth.
It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled
for in a form which destroys their ideals.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about
himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his
animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its
weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless,
when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of
heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence?
Man's destiny was no longer determined from 'above' by a super-human
wisdom and will, but from 'below' by the sub-human agencies of glands,
genes, atoms, or waves of probability. ...they could determine his fate,
but could provide him with no moral guidance, no values and meaning. A
puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his
chromosomes is merely grotesque.
Many men would take the death-sentence without a whimper, to escape the
life-sentence which fate carries in her other hand.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby
to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its
Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what
fate has predestined.
Politicians and journalists share the same fate in that they often
understand tomorrow the things they talk about today.
Sometimes fate hits you with the Clown Hammer of Circumstance and
there's nothing to do but sit there and watch the little birds fly
around your head.
The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.
The fate of America cannot depend on any one man. The greatness of
America is grounded in principles and not on any single personality.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The fate of our country is now in the hands of people who don't think
about what they want until they get right up to the register at
The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and
intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.
The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a
sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea.
The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours.
The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make.
The word 'idiot' comes from a Greek root meaning private person. Idiocy
is the female defect: intent on their private lives, women follow their
fate through a darkness deep as that cast by malformed cells in the
brain. It is no worse than the male defect, which is lunacy: men are so
obsessed by public affairs that they see the world as by moonlight,
which shows the outlines of every object but not the details indicative
of their nature.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
There is no more terrible fate for a comedian than to be taken seriously.
These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man,
and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning
of life in a general way. Questions about the meaning of life can never
be answered by sweeping statements. 'Life' does not mean something
vague, but something very real and concrete, just as life's tasks are
also very real and concrete. They form man's destiny, which is different
and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared
with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself,
and each situation calls for a different response. Sometimes the
situation in which a man finds himself may require him to shape his own
fate by action. At other times it is more advantageous for him to make
use of an opportunity for contemplation and to realize assets in this
way. Sometimes man may be required simple to accept fate, to bear his
cross. Every situation is distinguished by its uniqueness, and there is
always only one right answer to the problem posed by the situation at
This death to the logic of emotional commitments of our chance moment in
the world of space and time, this recognition of, the shift of our
emphasis to, the universal life that throbs and celebrates its victory
in the very kiss of our own annihilation, this amor fati, 'love of
fate,' love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the
experience of the tragic art...
To be disesteemed by people you don't have much respect for is not the
To expect the government to save you is to be a bystander in your own
To punish me for my contempt for authority, Fate made me an authority
Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and
you will call it fate.
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this
We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move.
He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know
we can't win, but we're driven to give him a good fight.
-Isaac Bashevis Singer
We blame fate for other accidents, but we feel personally responsible
when we make a hole in one.
We make our own fortunes and we call them fate.
We must all study German. When Fate knocks in German, by God you hear it.
Wealth: A cunning device of Fate whereby men are made captive, and
burdened with responsibilites from which only Death can file their
When you go into court you are putting your fate in the hands of twelve
people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
When you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious
is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of
as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.
Why do you complain of your fate when you could so easily change it?
-Marquis de Sade
Youth is a silly, vapid state,
Old age with fears and ills is rife;
This simple boon I beg of Fate-
A thousand years of Middle Life.