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The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers,
  And heavily in clouds brings on the day,
    The great, the important day, big with the fate
      Of Cato, and of Rome.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 1)

Resolved to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.
      - Louisa May Alcott

The bow is bent, the arrow flies,
  The winged shaft of fate.
      - Ira Frederick Aldridge, On William Tell
         (st. 12)

Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.
      - William R. Alger

No power or virtue of man could ever have deserved that what has been fated should not have taken place.
  [Lat., Nulla vis humana vel virtus meruisse unquam potuit, ut, quod praescripsit fatalis ordo, non fiat.]
      - Marcellinus Ammianus (Marellinus Ammian or Ammianus Marcellinus),
        Historia (XXIII)

Yet who shall shut out Fate?
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. III, l. 336)

Fulfil thy fate! Be--do--bear--and thank God.
      - Philip James Bailey

The heart is its own Fate.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Wood and Water, Sunset)

Let those deplore their doom,
  Whose hope still grovels in this dark sojourn:
    But lofty souls, who look beyond the tomb,
      Can smile at Fate, and wonder how they mourn.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel (bk. I)

Yet what are they, the learned and the great?
  Awhile of longer wonderment the theme!
    Who shall presume to prophesy their date,
      Where nought is certain save the uncertainty of fate?
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Rejected Addresses--By Lord Cui Bono

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 2)

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXV, v. 7)

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
      - Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris
         (pt. 2, ch. 2)

Fair or foul the lot apportioned life on earth, we bear alike.
      - Robert Browning

Things are where things are, and, as fate has willed,
  So shall they be fulfilled.
      - Robert Browning

Fate whirls on the bark, and the rough gale sweeps from the rising tide the lazy calm of thought.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A few seem favourites of fate,
  In pleasure's lap caress'd;
    Yet, think not all the rich and great
      Are likewise truly blest.
      - Robert Burns

Many things happen between the cup and the lip.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. II, sec. II, memb. 3)

Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be; why then should we desire to be deceived?
      - Bishop Joseph Butler,
        Sermon VII--On the Character of Balaam
         (last paragraph)

Success, the mark no mortal wit,
  Or surest hand, can always hit:
    For whatsoe'er we perpetrate,
      We do but row, we're steer'd by Fate,
        Which in success oft disinherits,
          For spurious causes, noblest merits.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 879)

Here's a sigh to those who love me,
  And a smile to those who hate;
    And whatever sky's above me,
      Here's a heart for every fate.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        To Thomas Moore (st. 2)

To bear is to conquer our fate.
      - Thomas Campbell,
        On Visiting a Scene in Argyleshire

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
      - Albert Camus

When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.
      - Dale Carnegie

The wine is poured, you should drink it.
  [Fr., Le vin est verse, il faut le boire.]
      - attributed to Hippolyte de Bethune Charost,
        spoken to Louis XIV at the siege of Douai as the king attempted to retire from firing line

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