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What fates impose, that men must needs abide;
  It boots not to resist both wind and tide.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Edward at IV, iii)

What should be spoken here,
  Where our fate, hid in an auger hole,
    May rush and seize us?
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Donalbain at II, iii)

Then live, Macduff,--what need I fear of thee?
  But yet I'll make assurance double sure
    And take a bond of fate.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at IV, i)

But O vain boast!
  Who can control his fate?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at V, ii)

You fools: I and my fellows
  Are ministers of Fate. The elements,
    Of whom your swords are tempered, may as well
      Wound the loud winds, or with bemocked-at stabs
        Kill the still-closing waters, as diminish
          One dowle that's in my plume.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at V, ii)

Fate, show your force; ourselves we do not owe.
  What is decreed must be--and be this so!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia at I, v)

Bonos dies, Sir Toby; for, as the old hermit of Prague, that never saw pen and ink, very wittily said to a niece of King Gorboduc, 'That that is is'; so, I, being Master Parson, am Master Parson; for what is 'that' but that, and 'is' but is?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Clown at IV, ii)

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Mrs. Warren's Profession

The Stoics held a fatality, and a fixed, unalterable course of events; but they held also that they fell out by a necessity emergent from and inherent in the things themselves, which God Himself could not alter.
      - Bishop Robert South

Two shall be born, the whole wide world apart,
  And speak in different tongues, and have no thought
    Each of the other's being; and have no heed;
      And of these, o'er unknown seas to unknown lands
        Shall cross, escaping wreck, defying death;
          And, all unconsciously, shape every act to this one end:
            That one day out of darkness they shall meet
              And read life's meanings in each other's eyes.
      - Mrs. Susan Marr Spalding, Fate,
        in "Wings of Icarus"

The die is cast.--The exclamation of Caesar as he crossed the Rubicon.
      - Caius Tranquillus Suetonius

Let the die be cast.
  [Lat., Jacta alea esto; or, jacta esa alea.)
      - Caius Tranquillus Suetonius, Caesar (32),
        Caesar on crossing the Rubicon, often quoted as a proverb

Though fear should lend him pinions like the wind, yet swifter fate will seize him from behind.
      - Jonathan Swift

From too much love of living,
  From hope and fear set free,
    We thank with brief thanksgiving
      Whatever gods may be
        That no life lives forever;
          That dead men rise up never;
            That even the weariest river
              Winds somewhere safe to sea.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        Garden of Prosperine

Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather
  Strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams;
    Somewhere above us, in elusive ether,
      Waits the fulfilment of our dearest dreams.
      - Bayard Taylor, Ad Amicos

Ask me no more; thy fate and mine are seal'd;
  I strove against the stream and all in vain:
    Let the great river take me to the main:
      No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield:
        Ask me no more.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Nothing indeed remains for me but that I should hang myself.
  [Lat., Ad restim mihi quidem res rediit planissume.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (IV, 4, 5)

It is an awful thing to get a glimpse, as one sometimes does, when the time is past, of some little, little wheel which works the whole mighty machinery of fate, and see how our destinies turn on a minute's delay or advance.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Lucky he who has been educated to bear his fate, whatsoever it may be, by an early example of uprightness, and a childish training in honor.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

It was a smart reply that Augustus made to one that ministered this comfort of the fatality of things: this was so far from giving any ease to his mind, that it was the very thing that troubled him.
      - John Tillotson

The fates call.
  [Lat., Fata vocant.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (IV, 496)

To give the sails to fate.
  [Lat., Dare fatis vela.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (III, 9)

Wherever the fates lead us let us follow.
  [Lat., Quo fata trahunt retrahuntque sequamur.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 709)

Fate will find a way.
  [Lat., Fata viam invenient.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (X, 113)

Persevere: It is fitting, for a better fate awaits the afflicted.
  [Lat., Perge; decet. Forsan miseros meliora sequentur.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (XII, 153)

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