Quotations on Fate

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The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Children, Fate, May, Mind, Ruin)

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Men, Blind, Fate, Nation, Nations)

Many other countries in this world are in a difficult situation, and all the Thai people are probably worried about the fate of Thailand: whether the country would survive or not.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: People, Countries, Country, Fate, World)

My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Experience, Fate, Force, Friends, Man, Will)

The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Home, Books, Fate, Fire, Heaven, Night, Songs)

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.
- Isabel Allende
(Keywords: Heart, Fate, Questions, Rules)

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
- Joan of Arc
(Keywords: Life, Sacrifice, Belief, Dying, Fate, Living)

But since day one, we've always been kinda up against it. So at the end, it's not surprising that we were kind of led along for so many months and didn't know what the fate of the show was gonna be. It was... in a weird way, just kind of that was the way it's always been.
- Will Arnett
(Keywords: Day, End, Fate, Months)

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Peace, Science, Fate, Tax, Gifts, Liberty, Nation)

A nation is a totality of men united through community of fate into a community of character.
- Otto Bauer
(Keywords: Men, Character, Community, Fate, Nation, United)

In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism created a kind of global community sharing a common fate, something we had previously considered impossible.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Community, Fate, First, Sharing, Terrorism)

Cancer victims who don't accept their fate, who don't learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left.
- Ingrid Bergman
(Keywords: Time, Cancer, Fate, Victims, Will)

There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man's reason has never learned to separate them.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Desire, Fate, Future, Man, Reason)

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
- Nellie Bly
(Keywords: Thoughts, Fate, Mind, Months, Poor, World)

Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to.
- Edwin Booth
(Keywords: Actor, Fate, Spirit)

Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today.
- Leonid I. Brezhnev
(Keywords: Home, Europe, Fate, May, Today)

Just because Fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.
- Les Brown
(Keywords: Cards, Fate, Play, Potential, Right)

Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives, and the hasty impress of an accident is too often regarded as the relentless decree of all ordaining fate.
- Olympia Brown
(Keywords: Accident, Circumstances, Fate, Majority)

I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Constitution, Extreme, Fate, Fathers, Forgetfulness)

But I have learned a thing or two; I know as sure as fate, when we lock up our lives for wealth, the gold key comes too late.
- Will Carleton
(Keywords: Wealth, Fate, Gold, Key)

In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate.
- Gary Cherone
(Keywords: Extreme, Fate, Man, Measure, Philosophy, Suicide, Writing)

When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed. The one thing to which fate binds us is liberty.
- John Bates Clark
(Keywords: Competition, Fate, Freedom, Liberty, Persistence)

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: People, Earth, Fate, Waiting)

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us!
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Enemy, Fate, Pity)

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
- Norm Crosby
(Keywords: People, Court, Duty, Fate, Jury)

I would not fear nor wish my fate, but boldly say each night, tomorrow let my sun his beams display, or in clouds hide them; I have lived today.
- Abraham Crowley
(Keywords: Fear, Clouds, Fate, Night, Sun, Today, Tomorrow)

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
- e. e. cummings
(Keywords: Wisdom, Fate, Kisses)

This principle is old, but true as fate, Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate.
- Thomas Dekker
(Keywords: Love, Fate, Hate, Kings, May, Old, Treason)

Saddam's fate should be in the hands of his country men. They were the major victims of his brutal reign and should decide his life, death, or permanent imprisonment. Personally, I would lock him away forever.
- Ronnie James Dio
(Keywords: Death, Life, Men, Country, Fate, Imprisonment, Victims)

Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages.
- Ariel Dorfman
(Keywords: Power, Fate, Responsibility)

Today the fate of humankind is even more crucially linked than ever before. The boundaries between the problems of "others" and "our" problems are being increasingly erased.
- Janez Drnovsek
(Keywords: Being, Fate, Problems, Today)

In the beds which the piety of the public has prepared on every side, stricken men await the verdict of fate.
- Georges Duhamel
(Keywords: Men, Beds, Fate, Piety, Public)

So I constantly play women who are damaged and out of touch, who are seeking without knowing, or knowing without the skills to transform their lives. But then, that's really the fate of many women today.
- Olympia Dukakis
(Keywords: Women, Fate, Play, Today)

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Concern, Fate, Forget, Interest, Man)

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
- Duke Ellington
(Keywords: Being, Famous, Fate, Want)

America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.
- Ralph Ellison
(Keywords: America, Fate, Prophecy)

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Deeds, Existence, Fate, Nothing, State)

The admiral, or commander in chief of a squadron, being frequently invested with a great charge, on which the fate of a kingdom may depend, ought certainly to be possessed of abilities equal to so important a station and so extensive a command.
- William Falconer
(Keywords: Being, Fate, May)

Have any of our friends got off the Island with their families, or what must they submit to? Despotism or destruction, I fear, is their fate.
- William Floyd
(Keywords: Fear, Destruction, Fate, Friends)

Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
- Gene Fowler
(Keywords: Heart, Fate, Labor)

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
- Anatole France
(Keywords: Life, Fate, Gifts, Poor, Poverty, Value)

Something like trying to protect yourself all the time, things like trying to outwit fate. Those things can be the worst thing you can do for yourself.
- John Frusciante
(Keywords: Time, Fate, Trying)

Yes, young men, Italy owes to you an undertaking which has merited the applause of the universe. You have conquered and you will conquer still, because you are prepared for the tactics that decide the fate of battles.
- Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Keywords: Men, Applause, Fate, Italy, Universe, Will)

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Fear, Fate, Man)

Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations.
- Thomas Gray
(Keywords: Genius, Commerce, Fate, Nations)

Right now my mind is on the people who stole our instruments, and, specifically, the person with my guitar, which will no doubt end its days having Green Day songs worked out on it. A better fate was deserved - and while the reverence given to guitars annoys me, I shall miss it.
- Jonny Greenwood
(Keywords: People, Day, Doubt, End, Fate, Guitar, Mind, Now, Right, Songs, Will)

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them - these nature spirits who call us here - sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.
- Alex Grey
(Keywords: Life, Love, Nature, Fate, Spirits)

When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate.
- Knut Hamsun
(Keywords: Evil, Fate, Man, Providence)

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
- Helen Hayes
(Keywords: Work, Actors, End, Fate, Hair)



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