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FATE
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All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

"Thou shalt see me at Phillipi," was the remark of the spectre which appeared to Brutus in his tent at Abydos [B.C. 42]." Brutus answered boldly: "I will meet thee there." At Phillip the spectre reappeared, and Brutus, after being defeated, died upon his own sword.
      - Plutarch,
        Life of Caesar--Life of Marcus Brutus

Heaven from all creatures hides the book of fate.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. 1, l. 77)

A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Addison's Cato

But blind to former as to future fate,
  What mortal knows his pre-existent state?
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. III, l. 47)

Fate sits on these dark battlements, and frowns;
  And as the portals open to receive me,
    Her voice, in sullen echoes, through the courts,
      Tells of a nameless deed.
      - Mrs. Ann Ward Radcliffe,
        The Motto to "The Mysteries of Udolpho"

The fates glide with linked hands over life.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Man, tho' limited
  By fate, may vainly think his actions free,
    While all he does, was at his hour of birth,
      Or by his gods, or potent stars ordain'd.
      - Nicholas Rowe

It is often a comfort in misfortune to know our own fate.
  [Lat., Saepe calamitas solatium est nosse sortem suam.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 10, 27)

Fate hath no voice but the heart's impulse.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The heart's impulse is the voice of fate.
  [Ger., Der Zug des Herzens ist des Schicksals Stimme.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Piccolomini (III, 8, 82)

Make thine account with Heaven, governor,
  Thou must away, thy sand is run.
    [Ger., Mach deine Rechnung mit dem Himmel, Vogt!
      Fort musst du, deine Uhr ist abgelaufen.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (IV, 3, 7)

As fate is inexorable, and not to be moved either with tears or reproaches, an excess of sorrow is as foolish as profuse laughter; while, on the other hand, not to mourn at all is insensibility.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling.
  [Lat., Fata volemtem ducunt, nolentem trahunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CVII)

No one becomes guilty by fate.
  [Lat., Nemo fit fato nocens.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Oedipus
         (1,019)

Many have reached their fate while dreading fate.
  [Lat., Multi ad fatum
    Venere suum dum fata timent.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Oedipus
         (993)

Our wills and fates do so contrary run
  That our devices still are overthrown;
    Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.
      - William Shakespeare

There is a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew, them how we will.
      - William Shakespeare

We defy augury; there is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.
      - William Shakespeare

Use a more spacious ceremony to the noble lords, you have restrained yourself within the list of too cold an adieu. Be more expressive to them; for they wear themselves in the cap of time; there do muster true gait, eat, speak, and move, under the influence of the most received star; and though the devil lead the measure, such are to be followed. After them, and take a more dilated farewell.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Parolles at II, i)

My fate cries out
  And makes each petty artere in this body
    As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, iv)

But, orderly to end where I begun,
  Our wills and fates do so contrary run
    That our devices still are overthrown;
      Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, ii)

Fates, we will know your pleasures.
  That we shall die, we know; 'tis but the time,
    And drawing days out, that men stand upon.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at III, i)

O God! that one might read the book of fate,
  And see the revolution of the times
    Make mountains level, and the continent,
      Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
        Into the sea!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at III, i)


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