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FATE
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[ Also see Accident Chance Change Circumstance Destiny Fortune God Gods Life Luck Necessity Opportunity Oracle Providence Success Vicissitudes ]

Fate loves the fearless.
      - James Russell Lowell

Who is it needs such flawless shafts as fate? What archer of his arrows is so choice, or hits the white so surely?
      - James Russell Lowell

Mighty things haste to destruction: this limit have the gods assigned to human prosperity.
  [Lat., In se magna ruunt: laetis hunc numina rebus
    Crescendi posuere modum.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 81)

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear.
  [Lat., Sed quo fata trahunt, virtus secura sequetur.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (II, 287)

Every soul has a landscape that changes with the wind that sweeps the sky, with the clouds that return after its rain.
      - George MacDonald

No power or virtue of man could ever have deserved that what has been fated should not have taken place.
      - Ammianus Marcellinus (Marcellinus Ammianus)

God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under His laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to His purpose.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of thy being and of that which is incident to it.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
  For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.
      - Christopher Marlowe,
        Hero and Leander--First Sestiad (l. 167)

Earth loves to gibber o'er her dross,
  Her golden souls, to waste;
    The cup she fills for her god-men
      Is a bitter cup to taste.
      - Donald Marquis (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) ("Don Marquis"),
        Wages

For him who fain would teach the world
  The world holds hate in fee--
    For Socrates, the hemlock cup;
      For Christ, Gethsemane.
      - Donald Marquis (Donald Robert Perry Marquis) ("Don Marquis"),
        Wages

From no place can you exclude the fates.
  [Lat., Nullo fata loco possis excludere.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (IV, 60, 5)

All the great things of life are swiftly done,
  Creation, death, and love the double gate.
    However much we dawdle in the sun
      We have to hurry at the touch of Fate.
      - John Masefield, Widow in the Bye Street
         (pt. II)

They only fall that strive to move, or lose that care to keep.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

We create our fate every day we live.
      - Henry Miller

I argue not against heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot of heart or hope, but still bear up, and steer right onward.
      - John Milton

And sing to those that hold the vital shears;
  And turn the adamantine spindle round,
    On which the fate of gods and men is wound.
      - John Milton, Arcades

Fixed, fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 560)

Necessity and chance
  Approach not me, and what I will is fate.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 72)

He either fears his fate too much,
  Or his deserts are small,
    That dares not put it to the touch
      To gain or lose it all.
      - James Graham, 1st Marquis and 5th Earl of Montrose (The Great Marquis),
        My Dear and Only Love

Statesman only talk of fate when they have blundered.
      - Benito Mussolini

That puts it not unto the touch
  To win or lose it all.
      - Sir William Francis Patrick Napier,
        Montrose and the Covenanters--Montrose's Poems
         (no. 1, vol. II, p. 566),
        version of part of work by Marquis of Montrose

Big with the fate of Rome.
      - Thomas Otway, Youth Preserved
         (act III, sc. 1)

He must needs go that the devil drives.
      - George Peele

O natal star, thou producest twins of widely different character.
  [Lat., Geminos, horoscope, varo Producis genio.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (VI, 18)


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