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The irrevocable Hand
  That opes the year's fair gate, doth ope and shut
    The portals of our earthly destinies;
      We walk through blindfold, and the noiseless doors
        Close after us, forever.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),

The heart of silver falls ever into the hands of brass. The sensitive herb is eaten as grass by the swine.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Every man meets his Waterloo at last.
      - Wendell Phillips, Speech

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
      - Proverb

That which is not allotted the hand cannot reach, and what is allotted will find you wherever you may be.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Stern is the onlook of necessity. Not without a shudder may the hand of man grasp the mysterious urn of destiny.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Vast, colossal destiny, which raises man to fame, though it may also grind him to powder!
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

I feel that I am a man of destiny.
  [Ger., Ich fuhl 's das ich der Mann des Schicksals bin.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (III, XV, 171)

I know that nothing comes to pass but what God appoints; our fate is decreed, and things do not happen by chance, but every man's portion of joy and sorrow is predetermined.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness!
  This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms,
      And bears his blushing honours thick upon him:
        The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
          And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
            His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
              And then he falls, as I do.
      - William Shakespeare

When I shun Scylla, your father, I fall into Charybdis, your mother.
      - William Shakespeare

O Hamlet, what a falling-off was there,
  From me, whose love was of that dignity
    That it went hand in hand even with the vow
      I made to her in marriage, and to decline
        Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor
          To those of mine!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at IV, iii)

Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,
  Might stop a hole to keep the wind away.
    O, that that earth which kept the world in awe
      Should patch a wall t' expel the winter's flaw!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, i)

Let Hercules himself do what he may,
  The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, i)

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
  But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

We shall be winnowed with so rough a wind
  That even our corn shall seem as light as chaff
    And good from bad find no partition.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Mowbray at IV, i)

Here burns my candle out; ay, here it dies,
  Which, whiles it lasted, gave King Henry light.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Clifford at II, vi)

I go, and it is done. The bell invites me.
  Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven, or to hell.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at II, i)

What, will the line stretch out to th' crack of doom?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at IV, i)

Thing at the worst will cease, or else climb upward
  To what they were before.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Ross at IV, ii)

Well believe this,
  No ceremony that to great ones 'longs,
    Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword,
      The marshal's truncheon, nor the judge's robe,
        Become them with one half so good a grace
          As mercy does;
            If he had been as you, and you as he,
              You would have slipped like him; but he, like you,
                Would not have been so stern.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Isabella at II, ii)

A man, whom both the waters and the wind
  In that vast tennis court have made the ball
    For them to play upon, entreats you pity him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at II, i)

But he that hath the steerage of my course
  Direct my sail!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at I, iv)

Think you I bear the shears of destiny?
  Have I commandment on the pulse of life?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at IV, ii)

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