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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 ]

We are, when we will it, masters of our own fate.
  [Fr., On est, quant on veut, maitre de son sort.]
      - Louis Ferrier, Adraste

One common fate we both must prove;
  You die with envy, I with love.
      - John Gay, Fable--The Poet and Rose (l. 29)

Thou must (in commanding and winning, or serving and losing, suffering or triumphing) be either anvil or hammer.
  [Ger., Du musst (herrschen und gewinnen,
    Oder dienen und verlieren,
      Leiden oder triumphiren),
        Amboss oder Hammer sein.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Grosscophta
         (II)

Man, be he who he may, experiences a last piece of good fortune and a last day.
  [Ger., Der Mensch erfahrt, er sei auch wer er mag,
    Ein letztes Gluck und einen letzten Tag.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Reinem (III)

Each curs'd his fate that thus their project cross'd;
  How hard their lot who neither won nor lost.
      - Richard Graves, the Younger,
        An Incident in High Life

Yet, ah! why should they know their fate,
  Since sorrow never comes too late,
    And happiness too swiftly flies?
      Thought would destroy their paradise.
      - Thomas Gray,
        On a Distant Prospect of Eton College

Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup and the lip.
      - Robert Greene, Perimedes the Blacksmith

'Tis writ on Paradise's gate,
  "Woe to the dupe that yields to Fate!"
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad)

Why doth It so and so, and ever so,
  This viewless, voiceless Turner of the Wheel?
      - Thomas Hardy,
        The Dynasts--Fore Scene--Spirit of the Pities

Toil is the lot of all, and bitter woe
  The fate of many.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXI, l. 646), (Bryant's translation)

Jove lifts the golden balances that show
  The fates of mortal men, and things below.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII, l. 271), (Pope's translation)

And not a man appears to tell their fate.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. X, l. 308), (Pope's translation)

Fate with impartial hand turns out the doom of high and low; her capacious urn is constantly shaking the names of all mankind.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

With equal pace, impartial Fate
  Knocks at the palace, as the cottage gate.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 4, 17), (Francis's translation)

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; high towers fall with a heavier crash; and the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
  [Lat., Saepius ventis agitatur ingens
    Pinus, et celsae gravitore casu
      Decidunt terres feriuntque summos
        Fulgura montes.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 10, 9)

East, to the dawn, or west or south or north!
  Loose rein upon the neck of--and forth!
      - Richard Hovey, Faith and Fate

I do not know beneath what sky
  Nor on what seas shall be thy fate;
    I only know it shall be high,
      I only know it shall be great.
      - Richard Hovey, Unmanifest Destiny

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate,
  Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 345)

The more one sees of human fate and the more one examines its secret springs of action, the more one is impressed by the strength of unconscious motives and by the limitations of free choice.
      - Carl Gustav Jung

Blue! Gentle cousin of the forest green,
  Married to green in all the sweetest flowers--
    Forget-me-not,--the blue bell,--and, that queen
      Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
        Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
          When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!
      - John Keats (1),
        Answer to a Sonnet by J.H. Reynolds

The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
  Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
      Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 71),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

Fate holds the strings, and Men like children move
  But as they're led: Success is from above.
      - Lord Henry P. Lansdowne, Marquis of Lansdowne,
        Heroic Love (act V, sc. 1)

A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round,
  If they have nothing else to grind, they must themselves be ground.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        translation of Friedrich von Logau's "Sinnegedichte"

All are architects of Fate,
  Working in these walls of Time;
    Some with massive deeds and great,
      Some with ornaments of rhyme.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Builders
         (st. I)

No one is so accursed by fate,
  No one so utterly desolate,
    But some heart, though unknown,
      Responds unto his own.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Endymion


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