Best Quotes About Fate

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth. -Joseph Conrad

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty. -Norm Crosby

I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate. -Lucan

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

It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools. -E. M. Forster

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. -Albert Einstein

But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state? -Alexander Pope

A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. -Alexander Pope

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude. -Charles Revson

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. -Buddha

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals. -Bertrand Russell

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

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

What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate. -Donald Trump

My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger. -Aldous Huxley

America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description. -Ralph Ellison

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way. -Anais Nin

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life. -Anatole France

I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate. -John Adams

When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade. -Dale Carnegie

Wherever the fates lead us let us follow. -Virgil

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain. -Arthur Rimbaud

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. -John Adams

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. -Alexander the Great

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. -Marcus Aurelius

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death – that is heroism. -Robert Green Ingersoll

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations. -Thomas Gray

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins. -Franz Kafka

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody. -R. Buckminster Fuller

How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy. -Terence

Seek not to know what must not be reveal, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more; if future fortunes were known before! -John Dryden

The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much. -Amelia Barr

Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate. -Friedrich Schiller

It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737. -Sydney Smith

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate. -Carl Jung

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate. -Thomas Mann

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. -William Ernest Henley

It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art. -Margaret Oliphant

A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration. -Richard Schickel

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. -Harry S Truman

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art. -Charles Baudelaire

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again. -Omar Khayyam

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. -Benjamin Disraeli

All things are subject to decay and when fate summons, monarchs must obey. -John Dryden

Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man's fate. -Andre Malraux

I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. -William Butler Yeats

Love cannot save you from your own fate. -Jim Morrison

When a decision is made to go to war based on intelligence, it is a fateful decision. It has ramifications and impacts way beyond the current months and years. -Carl Levin

I think quite often a fate worse than death is life, for lots of people. -Tom Baker

Despite elections and the experience of post-Soviet personal freedoms by the Russian people, the fate of democracy in Russia is perhaps more ambiguous now than at any time since the collapse of the Communist system. -Richard Lugar

Germany's fate is decided first and foremost in Europe. Reconciliation and cooperation in Europe have brought us freedom, peace and prosperity. Who would have dared to believe so much 50 years ago? -Horst Koehler

In my view, the humanity of our world can be measured against the fate of Africa. -Horst Koehler

A person may rightfully be happy if in this life he could do a great favor for widows and orphans, could assist support than, and facilitate fate of people. -Islom Karimov

Man blindly works the will of fate. -Christoph Martin Wieland

The compulsion of fate is bitter. -Christoph Martin Wieland

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them – these nature spirits who call us here – sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love. -Alex Grey

Personally, I would say the 'master' of this whole thing is fate… Whoever is on the playing field is fair game, and it's up to them to avoid being used. -Cliff Burton

I'm an action player. I like to be aggressive. I don't like to be on the run. I like to feel like I have the fates in my hands and that through my skill or lack thereof I control my fate. -Eugene Jarvis

The glories of our blood and state, Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate, Death lays his icy hand on kings. Scepter and crown must tumble down, And, in the dust, be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade. -James Shirley

It is the fate of operating systems to become free. -Neal Stephenson

My whole life has been decided by fate. -Sharon Tate

But I have learned a thing or two; I know as sure as fate, when we lock up our lives for wealth, the gold key comes too late. -Will Carleton

Today the fate of humankind is even more crucially linked than ever before. The boundaries between the problems of 'others' and 'our' problems are being increasingly erased. -Janez Drnovsek

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition. -John Dalberg-Acton

It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity. -William Samuel Johnson

There are things I am more interested in than the clone thing. How are they trying to find their place in the world and make sense of their lives? To what extent can they transcend their fate? As time starts to run out, what are the things that really matter? -Kazuo Ishiguro

If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you. -William Irwin Thompson

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world. -Max Weber

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished. -Abraham Clark

Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to. -Edwin Booth

I can only say that one's individual situation is more real and important to oneself than the devastations of fates and empires especially when they do not vitally affect oneself. -Isaac Rosenberg

Have any of our friends got off the Island with their families, or what must they submit to? Despotism or destruction, I fear, is their fate. -William Floyd

You wait for fate to bring about the changes in life which you should be bringing about by yourself. -Douglas Coupland

This principle is old, but true as fate, Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate. -Thomas Dekker

A nation is a totality of men united through community of fate into a community of character. -Otto Bauer

Then there's the story of ill-fated love. It's universal. -Rita Moreno

Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives, and the hasty impress of an accident is too often regarded as the relentless decree of all ordaining fate. -Olympia Brown

Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else. -Thomas Keller

Saddam's fate should be in the hands of his country men. They were the major victims of his brutal reign and should decide his life, death, or permanent imprisonment. Personally, I would lock him away forever. -Ronnie James Dio

I wouldn't change anything. I think that it's important to let things happen, and stay 'happened'. I think that's all part of the learning curve, part of fate. I'm just glad that it happened. -Mike Peters

The event of the landing of these brethren upon our shores is to be, not without its beneficial effect, as well to the colored population of this country, as it promises to be to ill-fated Africa. -Lewis Tappan

That's Anil's path. She grows up in Sri Lanka, goes and gets educated abroad, and through fate or chance gets brought back by the Human Rights Commission to investigate war crimes. -Michael Ondaatje

The futures and ultimate fates of the characters in The Snow Queen are profoundly changed by choices made in their own minds or hearts, as well as choices unexpectedly forced on them by things beyond their control. -Joan D. Vinge

Something like trying to protect yourself all the time, things like trying to outwit fate. Those things can be the worst thing you can do for yourself. -John Frusciante

When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed. The one thing to which fate binds us is liberty. -John Bates Clark

There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man's reason has never learned to separate them. -John Desmond Bernal

Through the harsh design of fate, Florida was dealt the unfortunate circumstances of bearing the brunt of not one but two hurricanes, and it appears more dark clouds are poised to visit the Sunshine State. -Ginny Brown-Waite

In a sad twist of fate, the bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act was debated on the floor of the House of Representatives the same day that terrorists struck again. -Jim Sensenbrenner

Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions. -Muhammad Iqbal

I generally wade in blind and trust to fate and instinct to see me through. -Peter Straub

All the nations they had to deal with, had the same fate. -Algernon Sidney

The admiral, or commander in chief of a squadron, being frequently invested with a great charge, on which the fate of a kingdom may depend, ought certainly to be possessed of abilities equal to so important a station and so extensive a command. -William Falconer

This crowd did not diminish through the whole of that cold, wet day; they seemed not to know what was to by their fate since their great benefactor was dead, and though strong and brave men wept when I met them. -Gideon Welles

France cannot be destroyed. She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes, has, and always will have, thanks to her past, a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her. -Pierre Laval

I'm a very big believer in fate. -Christopher Atkins

I truly, truly believe that I was going in that direction and all of a sudden fate took me and put me here. It's like something else has other plans for me. -Christopher Atkins

If there's any business that instructs you in the strong hand of fate, it's show business. You can plan and plan, but it's what happens to you that really determines what your career will be like. -Sam Waterston

I believe that fate is choices – it's not chance. -Wayne Newton

I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open – any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate. -Dennis Ritchie

We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take. -Gloria Estefan

I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us. -Alice Hoffman

It makes me believe in fate. In most cases, the readings where I've been really bad have usually been the ones where I got the part. -Robin Wright

Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life. -Walter Kaufmann

After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder. Vietnam was left to its own devices, drifting along towards its fate. -Nguyen Cao Ky

The reason that I keep writing is that all my most powerful messages about the fates of wild places that I care about need to have words as well as images. -Galen Rowell

Muslim delegates concerned about rights in Palestine could have brought their enthusiasm closer to home by addressing the fate of black Christians being slaughtered and enslaved in the Sudan. -Jack Schwartz

In days when the public safety is imminently threatened, and the fate of a nation may hang upon a single act, we owe frank speech, above all other men, to him who is highest in authority. I shall speak to you as man to man. -Robert Dale Owen

When a high-profile personality lives like I do, everybody thinks that person is fated to die young. -Dennis Rodman

The fate of you, the aristocracy of industry, will be as the fate of the aristocracy of land if you do not show that you have some humanity still among you. -James Larkin

My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact. -Benoit Mandelbrot

In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence. -Carl Spitteler

In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings. -Edmund Husserl

So I constantly play women who are damaged and out of touch, who are seeking without knowing, or knowing without the skills to transform their lives. But then, that's really the fate of many women today. -Olympia Dukakis

Only the closest collaborators of the Fuehrer know how difficult is the burden of this responsibility; how sorrowful are the hours during which decisions must be made which bear upon the well being and the fate of all of Germany. -Hjalmar Schacht

Names and individuals are unimportant when Germany's final fate is at stake. -Franz von Papen

The Browning love story? It is an ideal, all too rare, and yet I hardly think it strange. It would have been far stranger had the fates allowed those two brilliant passionate souls to beat themselves out in silence. -Marie Corelli

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation. -Knut Hamsun

It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable. -Theodor Herzl

My most profound confidence is however based upon the fact that at the head of Germany there stands a man by his entire development, his desires, and striving can only have been destined by fate to lead our people into a brighter future. -Alfred Jodl

To have united the purposes of an entire Nation, is the great historical achievement of the man in whose strong hands our President has placed the fate of our people. -Gustav Krupp

With these men and women who work-for the cause with all their hearts, with cool heads and skilled hands we will master every fate. -Gustav Krupp

I'm not a big believer in a thing called luck. I believe it has a lot to do with fate and just really having a vision of the way you would see your life. -Marla Maples

Many other countries in this world are in a difficult situation, and all the Thai people are probably worried about the fate of Thailand: whether the country would survive or not. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

I have complete artistic control, and I just do my best album every time and trust it to fate. -Susannah McCorkle

The hand of fate had dipped into the ragbag of humanity. -Jean Shepherd

The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital. -Shmuel Yosef Agnon

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate. -Nellie Bly

Go with your fate, but not beyond. Beyond leads to dark places. -Mary Renault

History shows us that other highly developed forms of civilization have collapsed. Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own? -Christian Lous Lange

But since day one, we've always been kinda up against it. So at the end, it's not surprising that we were kind of led along for so many months and didn't know what the fate of the show was gonna be. It was… in a weird way, just kind of that was the way it's always been. -Will Arnett

In the first instance, therefore, global terrorism created a kind of global community sharing a common fate, something we had previously considered impossible. -Ulrich Beck

Right now my mind is on the people who stole our instruments, and, specifically, the person with my guitar, which will no doubt end its days having Green Day songs worked out on it. A better fate was deserved – and while the reverence given to guitars annoys me, I shall miss it. -Jonny Greenwood

Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear, the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot. I take pride in that – and, of course, in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut. -Todd Solondz

Suffer not thy wrongs to shroud thy fate, But turn, my soul, to blessings which remain. -Anna Seward

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. -Joan of Arc

All of us, who are members of the Germanic peoples, can be happy and thankful that once in thousands of years fate has given us, from among the Germanic peoples, such a genius, a leader, our Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, and you should be happy to be allowed to work with us. -Heinrich Himmler

In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate. -Gary Cherone

In the beds which the piety of the public has prepared on every side, stricken men await the verdict of fate. -Georges Duhamel

The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them. -Thomas Sowell

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mould our own future. This does not pose any danger to anybody. Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world. -Lech Walesa

Yes, young men, Italy owes to you an undertaking which has merited the applause of the universe. You have conquered and you will conquer still, because you are prepared for the tactics that decide the fate of battles. -Giuseppe Garibaldi

When I need a word and do not find it in French, I select it from other tongues, and the reader has either to understand or translate me. Such is my fate. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed. -Lajos Kossuth

Even in political considerations, now-a-days, you have stronger motives to feel interested in the fate of Europe than in the fate of the Central or Southern parts of America. -Lajos Kossuth

To live alone is the fate of all great souls. -Arthur Schopenhauer

People's fates are simplified by their names. -Elias Canetti

Character and fate are two words for the same thing. -Novalis

Love is not in our choice but in our fate. -John Dryden

Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. -Sarah Jessica Parker

Can you make a mistake and miss your fate? -Sarah Jessica Parker

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. -e. e. cummings

To bear is to conquer our fate. -Thomas Campbell

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. -William McFee

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. -Napoleon Bonaparte

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate. -Henry David Thoreau

Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him. -Groucho Marx

We have become makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets. -Karl Popper

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate. -Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late. -Daniel Defoe

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. -John Philpot Curran

I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception. -Novalis

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate! -Robert Browning

Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate. -O. Henry

Cancer victims who don't accept their fate, who don't learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left. -Ingrid Bergman

When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate. -Knut Hamsun

Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages. -Ariel Dorfman

That's life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you. -Martin Goldsmith

The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. -Emile Zola

People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves. -Ivan Turgenev

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it. -Alfred Adler

I don't believe in fate or destiny. I believe in various degrees of hatred, paranoia, and abandonment. However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn't matter – it's only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you. -Henry Rollins

I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability. -Max Frisch

To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. -Pierre Corneille

They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. -D. H. Lawrence

A man's character is his fate. -Heraclitus

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us! -Pierre Corneille

It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions. -Thomas Huxley

It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe. -Henry James

Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations. -Salman Rushdie

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate. -Sun Tzu

The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off. -Benito Mussolini

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour. -Bertrand Russell

The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance. -Aeschylus

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end. -Helen Hayes

In days of doubt, in days of dreary musings on my country's fate, you alone are my comfort and support, oh great, powerful, righteous, and free Russian language! -Ivan Turgenev

History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. -Thomas Huxley

Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today. -Leonid I. Brezhnev

Today, as never before, the fates of men are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody. -Natalia Ginzburg

A left turn in the fate of Russia is as necessary as it is inevitable. -Mikhail Khodorkovsky

There is no armor against fate. -James Shirley

It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents. -Shinichi Suzuki

A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions. -Augustus Hare

God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection. -Alfred Adler

One-third of our people were dangerously ill, getting worse hourly, and we felt sure of meeting the same fate, with death as our only prospect, which in such a country was much worse yet. -Alvar N. C. de Vaca

The history of England, who has always dealt most harshly with her vanquished foe in the few European wars in which she has taken part in modern times, gives us Germans an idea of the fate in store for us if defeated. -Bernhard von Bulow

My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair. -Aeschylus

In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision. -Karl Rove

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks. -Isabel Allende

I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution. -Robert Byrd

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates. -J. K. Rowling

The euro is our common fate, and Europe is our common future. -Angela Merkel

It seemed like my favourite kind of job – a wonderful chance to ask something absolutely fundamental: the fate of the Universe and whether the Universe was infinite or not. -Saul Perlmutter

I do believe in fate. -Alex Ferguson

Austerity need not be Europe's fate. -Francois Hollande

I do believe in fate. -Emma Bunton

Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage – and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York – it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people. -Jeffrey Eugenides

When you put on the suits, when you pretend you're honest and you're robbing at a far higher level, these guys deserve to… well, to be in my novels, and I have special fates reserved for them. -Carl Hiaasen

My fate is in the hands of almighty Allah. I will deliver to the Gambian people and if I have to rule this country for one billion years, I will, if Allah says so. -Yahya Jammeh

You know, fate intervened. I went on to the DCMS committee to have a quieter life before the phone hacking scandal broke, and then ended up investigating the company that had libelled me previously when I was a minister. -Tom A. Watson

I don't believe in fate. -John Wooden

It isn't fate but fecklessness that has shoved Sarah Palin to the sidelines of national politics. The real tragedy is that she's taken a lot of other serious Republican women with her. -Dee Dee Myers

Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director's point of view. -Steven Spielberg

It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children's and grandchildren's fates, are decided. -Hillary Clinton

I don't think anyone is qualified to answer questions of eternal fate definitively, much less pinpoint it to a given day. -Jon Meacham

American policy seems to be wed to a perpetual state of war. Why? History shows that the world will always be in flux or turmoil, with different peoples competing for visibility and power. The U.S. cannot fix the fate of every nation. -Camille Paglia

Nature, I have constantly argued in my work, is the real superpower of this godless universe. It is the ultimate disposer of human fate, randomly recarving geography over 10,000-year epochs. -Camille Paglia

My brother says that I was writing songs about fate while he was off playing soccer. Now I tell him he's 33 and being a professional while I'm playing soccer with my friends. Ha! -Alanis Morissette

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. -Isabel Allende

When I started dating I had this kind of Romeo and Juliet, fateful romantic idea about love which was almost that you were a victim and there was a lot of pain involved and that was how it should be. -Emma Watson

But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it's by way of heartbreak, sometimes it's by way of injustice, sometimes it's by way of fate. There's an infinite number of ways to examine it. -Tom Hanks

I'd been kind of a hiccup in my parents' lives. They lost track of me and I didn't know what I was going to do with myself. And then fate reached in and took me in its hands. I was discovered right out of high school and started getting work. -Sally Field

In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet. -V. S. Naipaul

To our Palestinian neighbours, I assure you that we have a genuine intention to respect your right to live independently and in dignity. I have already said that Israel has no desire to continue to govern over you and control your fate. -Ariel Sharon

It has become fashionable to rail against government intervention in the economy, and the FHA is a favorite example by those trying to show the government's overreach. In reality, the FHA shows how government action during the Great Recession forestalled a much worse economic fate. -Mark Zandi

What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks. -Wade Davis

My whole life has been decided by fate. I've never planned anything that's happened to me. -Sharon Tate

I think we all have our own mission, duty, fate in life so for me somehow I think I am always walking on the edge of life and take risks. -Bai Ling

Is Wall Street the rightful master of our economic fate? Or should we choose a broader form of sovereignty? -Thomas Frank

Anybody that wants to walk out that door and leave home for a few months and rely on themselves instead of fate might have some interesting stories to tell. -Garrett Hedlund

Borders had lousy management and made bad corporate decisions, so its fate is less like a terrible accident than a slow-motion slide into a ditch, but it's hard to be happy about a bookseller's demise. -Susan Orlean

There is nothing cooler than having lines like, 'Batman, the fate of the world is upon us.' Who gets to say that? And who gets to say that in a deep, earnest, amazingly sexy way? -Maggie Q

Often, I dream about work. For instance, the night before the Oscars, I dreamt about the Oscars and I dreamt about who I wanted to interview. Interestingly, one of the people I really wanted to interview was Keanu Reeves, and then we got him. We had never interviewed him before, so that was lucky. Or maybe it was fate – I don't know. -Carrie Ann Inaba

I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you. -Chris Pine

The choices that we make through our lives, the people who intersect us on our path kind of change what our fated destiny is. So some of us are lucky enough for the choices that we make to keep us on our path. -Anthony Mackie

I don't want to put my fate in country music fans; I'm too stubborn. -Natalie Maines

I remember my agent at ICM at the beginning of my career telling me that I wasn't pretty enough, that I was always going to be a quirky sidekick. And he was an ogre of a man. He should have been carrying a torch. If he was in a bar, he couldn't have come near me, and then he was deciding my fate. -Whitney Cummings

'Robopocalypse' explores the intertwined fates of regular people who face a future filled with murderous machines. It follows them as humanity foments the robot uprising, fails to recognize the coming storm, and then is rocked to the core by methodical, crippling attacks. -Daniel H. Wilson

Did Muddy Waters play an acoustic? Well of course he did. But did he turn his back on being able to plug it in and play louder? No, he plugged in and turned it up and got miles and miles ahead of the game in one fateful act of just plugging in. -Billy Gibbons

The disaster in the Gulf was no accident. It was the result of years of oil money buying off politicians to lead to an unregulated and ill focused addiction to oil and drilling. The doomed fate of the local fisherman and the environment were foretold in the infamous chants of 'Drill, Baby, Drill.' -Robert Greenwald

I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate. -Antony Sher

Our fate is determined by how far we are prepared to push ourselves to stay alive – the decisions we make to survive. We must do whatever it takes to endure and make it through alive. -Bear Grylls

The only way you can influence your fate is to put your soul into your performance and hope it registers with the audience. -Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

I've shared the fate of many working mothers; I felt guilty like them. -Valerie Trierweiler

Change your plate. Change your fate. -Kris Carr

There's something about the impact of a big screen that means something to me, even though I realize almost every film is fated to be seen for a year in theaters, and then forever after on television. -Kenneth Lonergan

My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. -Edward Snowden

There are good people who are dealt a bad hand by fate, and bad people who live long, comfortable, privileged lives. A small twist of fate can save or end a life; random chance is a permanent, powerful player in each of our lives, and in human history as well. -Jeff Greenfield

In the many-mansioned house of Alternate History, I occupy a small corner. The trio of what-ifs I chronicled in 'Then Everything Changed' all begin with tiny, highly plausible twists of fate that lead to hugely consequential shifts in history. -Jeff Greenfield

By a twist of fate rather than anything approaching journalistic enterprise, I did the last major interview with Johnny Carson. -Tom Shales

Sometimes it seems that the fate of the world is decided entirely in the ether of electronic communications and corporate backroom deals. -Rebecca Solnit

What makes us feel pessimistic about the world, ultimately, is the way the media encourage us to believe that our fate hangs on the every move of the promise-breaking, terminally disappointing Teflon liars in Washington. -Matt Taibbi

There is a great suspicion of saying that anyone, especially a child, is 'the product of destiny,' or 'formed by fate,' or 'predestined for a certain life.' I am suspicious, too, of efforts to cage children or adults in preconceived ideas of who they are or should be. -Michael Gurian

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don't take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

An evil fate has deprived me of the full use of my right hand, so that I am not able to play my compositions as I feel them. The trouble with my hand is that certain fingers have become so weak, probably through writing and playing too much at one time, that I can hardly use them. -Robert Schumann

If I only acted, I feel like I wouldn't have enough creative expression over my own sensibility, and also if I only acted, the notion of surrendering my fate and future to other people is deeply unsettling to me and it would make me uncomfortable. -Alex Karpovsky

Obviously, we're all going to die at some point. Whether or not we are fated to die in some way I think is debatable. I just don't know which side to debate. -Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Every great culture has cared a lot, one way or another, about the fate of its girls. -Caitlin Flanagan

I'm a little bit superstitious, and I think that just comes from playing hockey. I won't avoid the number thirteen. A big one for me, though, is walking under a ladder. I've always felt like that's tempting fate. That's just throwing it right in their face. Check me out. I just walked under a ladder. What are you going to do about it? -James Badge Dale

You definitely have to be focused at certain times in your life and in your career, but at the end of the day, there's only so much you can do. Then you just have to chock it up to fate. -Skylar Astin

It is impossible to know what fate will bring. If you love to write or paint, you will keep on writing or painting, and things will either work out or not, and you just have to keep being in the process. -Maira Kalman

It is nobody's right to be waited on and nobody's fate to do the waiting. -Margaret Heffernan

The minute you start to strategize too much, the more you start to think you're in control of your own fate. And you're not, really. -James McAvoy

I was an agnostic until I realized that I had to choose between God and fate. The idea that humanity and nature are the result of fate was not convincing at all. I find the presence of God everywhere. -Andrea Bocelli

Your life moves in patterns toward things, and things that we achieve finally are part of this mosaic. I just think that we create our own fate. -Arne Glimcher

You don't want to end up living a horribly narcissistic life, do you? And everything about fame and celebrity sort of suggests that kind of fate. -Jodhi May

If your DNA profile puts you at a higher risk of developing obesity, that doesn't mean it's your fate. You can take control of the environmental side of the equation and reduce your overall lifetime risk by a lot. -David Agus

I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me. -Ludwig van Beethoven

What annoys me about it is that your fate is always in somebody else's hands. It's always up to somebody else to decide whether or not they want you in their show and so the majority of actors have to play out a waiting game. The constant fear is that it could all end tomorrow. -Peter Capaldi

There are scripts when you fall so much in love with your character. And if you are lucky and offered this part, you should not tempt your fate and go to the greatest extent to be/to play this character. If you have an opportunity to do that and you do not, it's shameful. -Sofia Vassilieva

I write little quotes all the time to help encourage people to come together, like this one: 'If fate happens to toss you a lightbulb, use it to light the path of others, for they will use theirs to light the path of you. With your light together with mine, it's two times as bright and twice as strong.' -Matthew Underwood

I believe life is fated – what's going to happen will happen. -Kierston Wareing

My dream was to play in good films, no matter in what country. I always waited for a decent script, and nothing has changed. I'm just sure that nothing in life is random, and I believe in the fate which guides you. Probably my starring in 'A Good Day to Die Hard' is good proof of that. -Yuliya Snigir

What interests me is the surprising enormous extent to which most people accept the fate that's been given to them, and find some dignity. -Kazuo Ishiguro

I've always had real trouble knowing what my actual desires and goals are. I've just been dragged along by fate. -Greg Giraldo

I really believe that we have the power to manifest our own fates. -Michael Trucco

Gentle reader, the Fountain of Youth is radioactive, and those who imbibe its poisonous heavy waters will suffer the hideous fate of decaying metal. Yet almost without exception, the wretched idiot inhabitants of our benighted planet would gulp down this radioactive excrement if it were offered. -William S. Burroughs

Most of us manage the fateful things that happen in our lives the best we can, certainly not to a Stalin-like 20-year plan. -Jo Brand

Musical compositions can be very sad – Chopin – but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness. -Umberto Eco

I'm eternally grateful to fate and the citizens of Russia that they've trusted me to be the head of the Russian government. -Vladimir Putin

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. -Vladimir Putin

Without a doubt. I believe in fate the same way others believe in God. I do believe in fate. -Angeles Mastretta

Our policy is not to discourage the private sector, but to see that Air India plays the role of flagship in the industry. In the transport sector, Air India is the 'fate of India' and all efforts will be made to restore its past glory. -Vayalar Ravi

It takes courage to sit on a jury. How many of us want to decide the fate of another person's life or freedom? How many of us want to hold that kind of power in our hands? -Regina Brett

People know more about baseball players' contracts than they do about the policies that govern the fate of our children's lives in twenty years. Think about it. People used to say, the whole time I was growing up, 'Do you want to bring a child into this world?' That's pretty dire. -Jackson Browne

It's easy to see why dog rescue is a mushrooming culture. Turning a troubled person's life around is difficult, but rescuers with commitment and time and a few dollars can radically alter the fate of a dog. And there are millions of dogs – nearly 10 million in the shelter system, many others mistreated in private homes – in need of rescuing. -Jon Katz

Primarily, 'Black Girl/White Girl' is the story of two very different, yet somehow 'fated' girls; for Genna, her 'friendship' with Minette is the most haunting of her life, though it is one-sided and ends in tragedy. -Joyce Carol Oates

I don't believe in fate, because I'm not spiritual, but things do seem to work out. -Rob Zombie

By an irony of fate, my first employment was as a draughtsman. I hated drawing; it was for me the very worst of annoyances. Fortunately, it was not long before I secured the position I sought, that of chief electrician to the telephone company. -Nikola Tesla

You don't like to be lied to, by your friends or in your business dealings. So why would you want to be lied to when it comes to the origin of life or the fate of the planet? -Steven Pinker

Cabbies in particular seem to like discussing the fate the Earth. -Alex Steffen

Anyone working in the media can tell you that there seems to be an always-ready-to-explode segment of the populace for whom offense is a fate worse than anything imaginable. You'd think offense is one of the most calamitous things that could happen to a human being; right up there with the loss of a limb, or just missing a parking space. -Dick Cavett

I'm a believer in fate and in fulfilling your destiny. I've always had a kind of inner voice that I have learned to listen to. -Tom Ford

Ambition drives you on, ability certainly helps, but the fickle finger of fate and luck are great things. -Fergus Henderson

My four years in Russia end, then, in dramatic fashion: with a textbook Soviet-style expulsion. I am the first western staff correspondent to suffer this fate since the end of the Cold War. I'm stunned. But my expulsion is not, I reflect, a surprise. It's something I have always accepted as a real, if far-fetched, possibility. -Luke Harding

Over the years, I have realized that there's more to a film's fate than just good acting and a solid script. It needs to be marketed well. It's the package that sells – the songs, action, actors, etc. -Randeep Hooda

Funding for the original manned Voyager Mars Program was scratched in 1968, before humans had gotten out of Low Earth Orbit. Mid-'60s plans for a Venus fly-by with astronauts actually flying by it met the same fate. -P. J. O'Rourke

Because of my intense hopes for the youth of China, I feel very keenly my responsibility for their future success or failure. The fate of China lies in their hands. The responsibility for organizing and training them to become worthy citizens of China, able to undertake the tasks of Resistance and Reconstruction, is mine; I cannot evade it. -Chiang Kai-shek

The park lies directly downwind from a slew of coal plants. Virtually all of the major contaminants in the local air and water are direct results of coal emissions. Coal produces ozone, which kills trees. Coal produces sulfates, which kill fish. No other park in the country has more ozone or sulfates than Shenandoah National Park. -Wil S. Hylton

I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed. -Paulo Coelho

The perception of linked fate and that feeling of being always on the spot as a representative of the race, at least in mixed company, are features of African American life that predate affirmative action and arise outside of its presence. -Randall Kennedy

Once we realize the extraordinary power we have to compose our lives, we'll move from passive, conditioned thinking to being co-creators of our fate. -Jason Silva

I actually wanted to be a doctor. But doing all those horrid rat dissections made me faint. I studied science till the 12th standard and later took up commerce. I was planning to do chartered accountancy, but fate had something else in store for me. -Bipasha Basu

Facebook is by far the largest of these social networking sites, and starting with its ill-fated Beacon service, privacy concerns have more than once been raised about how the ubiquitous social networking site handles its user data. -Michael Bennet

I wonder whether being a scientist's daughter makes you so conflicted about free will and fate. -Lucy Hawking

So, things aren't clicking with this sweet guy who keeps calling you. So what? Things like chemistry and fate and all the rest actually exist. You don't need to flip out if you're seeing a guy who's really nice to you and you're not attracted to him. It doesn't have to necessarily be because he's nice to you and you hate yourself. -Julie Klausner

I'm a great believer in fate. I think things happen in spite of, and despite, yourself. -Randolph Scott

Do you feel bored and stuck in a rut? Is work drudgery? If so, you are spending far too much time bemoaning your fate and how the universe is not cooperating with your desires. Be present with and in your current situation. -Srikumar Rao

Ironically, it is only when disaster strikes that the shuttle makes the headlines. Its routine flights attracted less media interest than unmanned probes to the planets or the images from the Hubble Telescope. The fate of Columbia (like that of Challenger in 1986) reminded us that space is still a hazardous environment. -Martin Rees

I'm not somebody that thinks about destiny and fate, but I don't walk away from it when something unfolds. -Angelina Jolie

'Lost' is driving toward an ending, and that ending is: Are these people getting off this island? What is the nature of this island? What is going to happen to them? What is their ultimate fate? What is their ultimate destiny? Those questions need to get answered. -Carlton Cuse

Before the Civil War, there were no national cemeteries, no processes for identifying the dead in the battle. There weren't any dog tags, and there was no next-of-kin notification. You didn't necessarily even hear what the fate of your loved ones had been. It was up to their comrades to write and inform you. -Drew Gilpin Faust

History is rife with examples of governments taking actions to 'protect' their citizens from harm by controlling access to information and inhibiting freedom of expression and other freedoms outlined in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We must make sure, collectively, that the Internet avoids a similar fate. -Vint Cerf

There are people who recall my father as a saint and a monster. I'm quite sure I will share the same fate. -Franz Wright

Love is such a powerful subject matter because it comes in so many different shapes and sizes. It's about timing, fate, failure, redemption. -Jim Sturgess

You can approach 'The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death' in a variety or combination of ways: as a startlingly eccentric hobby; as a series of unresolved murder mysteries; as the manifestation of one woman's peculiar psychic life; as a lesson in forensics; as a metaphor for the fate of women; as a photographic study. -Robert Gottlieb

Because my hair is colored, I always make sure to find shampoos and conditioners that don't contain sulfates. -Bethany Mota

My mother is a fighter. After she battled polio and learned to walk again, the doctors told her she would be a cripple her entire life. Instead of accepting defeat, she refused this fate and went on to become the West African Women's Singles tennis champion in college. -Uzo Aduba

Maybe I was born to be a merchant, maybe it was fate. I don't know about that. But I know this for sure: I loved retail from the very beginning. -Sam Walton

Everyone always told me I was fated to be in front of the camera. -Jesse Bradford

I use my Bionic flat iron and hair dryer, all shampoo and conditioners are sulfate free, and keep the blow-drys to a minimum. If I can go two to three or even four days without washing my hair, I'll just go for it. I know, sounds gross, but otherwise, I'd be frying my hair. -Edy Ganem

My fate is in the hands of almighty Allah. -Yahya Jammeh

The fate of Syria hangs in the balance, but it is entirely possible that the fall of the Assad regime will result in anarchy and cause Syria to turn into a second Afghanistan, a base for anti-Israel terrorism. -Martin Van Creveld

I see publishers bemoaning their fate and saying that this is the end of publishing. No! Publishers will recreate themselves. Some of that comes from my experience as a print publisher. -Tim O'Reilly

'The Sound of Things Falling' may be a page turner, but it's also a deep meditation on fate and death. Even in translation, the superb quality of Vasquez's prose is evident, captured in Anne McLean's idiomatic English version. All the novel's characters are well imagined, original and rounded. -Edmund White

I believe in fate. Sometimes that means an old bearded guy sitting on a cloud and pulling the strings; sometimes it means random atoms swirling through a cheerless universe; sometimes it means everything being preordained thanks to your karma credit from your previous lives. -Kyle MacLachlan

There are a whole lot of little tales told in 'Presumed Innocent,' whether it's about the Hobberly kid, who was an important witness who ends up assassinated, or an accountant named Marcy Lupino, who meets a horrible fate in a state penitentiary. There's less of that in 'Innocent,' and deliberately so. -Scott Turow

As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound. -Buzz Aldrin

I will never do 'I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!' There are certain things you'll do that you have some control over, but you should do things that leave your fate in the hands of others, too. -Terry Wogan

If we strive to strengthen our body now; to overcome our faults; to cultivate new virtues; the Sun of our next life will rise under much more auspicious conditions than those under which we now live, and thus we may truly rule our stars and master our fate. -Max Heindel

I've had a blessed life. I've pulled back from trying to control my destiny and gone back to accepting whatever fate has in store for me. I live for today because I don't know what'll happen tomorrow. -Cilla Black

I always put in my 100 percent. Once the film is over, I look at my next, because then it's up to the audience to decide my fate. -Ravi Teja

My fate is to be President of the Republic – or leader of the opposition. -Georges Pompidou

Casting my fate to the heavens, quite literally, I decided to go wireless. Completely wireless. All wireless, all the time, everywhere. -Kara Swisher

I think young adults get a bad rap for being self-absorbed and self-centered. My experience going around the United States and speaking in schools is that teenagers here are very interested in the fate of their peers around the world. -Patricia McCormick

We approached Yahoo and Jerry Yang and said that Hadoop is going to continue to be popular, and as it does, more and more of your team is going to get poached by other companies and come under pressure to leave. This way, you can control your own fate and destiny. -Peter Fenton

A writer has a difficult fate, but a Jewish writer has an especially difficult fate. His soul is torn; he lives on two streets with three languages. It is a misfortune to live on this sort of 'border,' and that is what I have experienced. -S. Ansky

We call the fates of the Titanic and the Concordia – as well as those of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia – 'accidents.' Foreseeing such undesirable events is what engineers are expected to do. However, design trade-offs leave technological systems open to failings once predicted, but later forgotten. -Henry Petroski

I like characters that make choices and try to drive their own fate. -Cary Fukunaga

It was a double jolt for me. The jolt of seeing my father slowly die, the jolt of knowing that I was diabetic and could meet the same fate if I didn't take care of myself. -Dan Hill

A common soldier will make an empire, but he will eventually meet his fate and be condemned to the Great Rock. -Nostradamus

To the poet fated to be a poet, self-expression is as natural and as involuntary as breathing is to us ordinary mortals. -Octavio Paz

Total oblivion is the fate of almost everything in this world. I'm very likely to suffer that same fate; my work will probably not be remembered, and if any of it is, if any of those novels is fated to be one of those novels that is still being read 50 or 100 years after it was written, I've probably already written it. -Michel Faber

The agricultural revolution transformed the earth and changed the fate of humanity. It produced an entirely new mode of subsistence, which remains the foundation of the global economy to this day. -Robyn Davidson

I think we are intrinsically prone to being irrational and superstitious. A lot of it comes from our fear of the unknown and the fear of a lack of control over our fate. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

I think dead humans rising from their graves with little to no sense of who they were in their past lives to mindlessly roam the earth consigning others to the same fate would be a bit depressing. -Alfred Enoch

The entire Mayron's Good Baby natural skin care line is free from synthetic fragrances, paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, and DEA. It was a wonderful experience to work with my father on the creation of these natural products. -Melanie Mayron

There is nothing in your background that inherently holds you back or means you can't achieve what others can achieve. You are the master of your own fate, and if you work hard, you can do what you want. -Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland and England may sometimes be rivals, but by geography, we are also neighbours. By history, allies. By economics, partners. And by fate and fortune, comrades, friends and family. -Douglas Alexander

To me, it was a sad fate to have been born into a period and a world where everything was in tip-top order, and the only real excitement was to be found in history books and occasionally also in the paper. -Hans Jonas

Mitt Romney's energy policy is a relic of the 19th century. We need a 21st century plan. The fate of the planet is at stake. -Bernie Sanders

I just reached the point where plot-driven novels don't hold my interest because I don't care about the fate of characters anymore – whether Emily marries Tom or not, that kind of thing. -Billy Collins

If there is such a thing as freedom, then there is no fate. -Imre Kertesz

When you're 15, you're not really talking about the vicissitudes of fate and failed love and poetry and swordfighting – not a lot is necessarily touching on your own personal experience. -Rory Kinnear

Because characters are your creations, you are the one who ultimately gets to decide their fate. -Alexandra Adornetto

Ever since childhood, when I found out that the ultimate fate for all humans was death, sheer terror and morbid curiosity had been fighting for supremacy in my mind. -Caitlin Doughty

The fate of the Celt in the British Empire bids fair to resemble that of the Greeks among the Romans. -Joseph Jacobs

The havoc wrought by war, which one compares with the havoc wrought by nature, is not an unavoidable fate before which man stands helpless. The natural forces that are the cause of war are human passions, which it lies in our power to change. What are culture and civilization if not the taming of blind forces within us as well as in nature? -Ellen Key

Radio Shack is meeting the fate of many other stores that were wildly popular in the twentieth century, including record stores, comic book stores, bookstores and video stores. -Annalee Newitz

True twins share womb chemistry and endure many fateful slings and arrows together. The fabled connection between twins is true in my case. -Gregory Benford

I just took it one step at a time and let fate determine my destiny. -Henry Samueli

A brief short story may require only a few paragraphs after the climax. On the other hand, in his massive novel 'The World According to Garp,' John Irving's denouement consisted of 10 separate sections, each devoted to an individual character's fate and each almost a story in itself. -Nancy Kress

When he entered the Oval Office – by fate, not by design – Citizen Ford knew that he was not perfect, just as he knew he was not perfect when he left. But what president ever was? -Tom Brokaw

Since we started putting together our makeup collection, Kardashian Beauty, I've been extra invested in our list of no-no ingredients. It's an ingredients black list that we don't allow into the products – no parabens, no sulfates. -Kourtney Kardashian

That I am today the face of Louis Vuitton almost seems like a twist of fate. You dream back to front, wanting the rewards before putting the work in. And then you work, get on with life, and just sometimes these childhood dreams have a way of catching up with you. This is a true privilege for which I am eternally grateful. -Xavier Dolan

I think some things are just meant to happen; you can't change your fate. Maybe we have a small amount of control. -Sarah Snook

I hold that there is a mysterious connection between the fate of this country and that of Mexico; so much so that her independence and capability of sustaining herself are almost as essential to our prosperity and the maintenance of our institutions as they are to hers. -John C. Calhoun

It's really not a good idea to forecast or double guess the fates; you will always be fooled. -Iman

I came of baseball age (isn't it always around first grade?) in the last sputtering years of the A's Philadelphia tenancy. I probably plighted my fated troth in 1949, when the A's fluked into a winning season and introduced a pintsize southpaw named Bobby Shantz. -Richard Corliss

Given the gruesome fate of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family, and the fact that five of the previous 12 Romanov rulers were also murdered, it is easy to regard Russia's imperial dynasty as cursed. -Saul David

By the time Napoleon abandoned his army to its fate in Poland – arriving back in Paris on 5 December – it numbered fewer than 10,000 effectives. It was a disaster from which he would never recover. -Saul David

War has generally had grave and fateful consequences for the American monetary and financial system. We have seen that the Revolutionary War occasioned a mass of depreciated fiat paper, worthless Continentals, a huge public debt, and the beginnings of central banking in the Bank of North America. -Murray Rothbard

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete. -Viktor E. Frankl

I joyfully hasten to meet death. If it come before I have had opportunity to develop all my artistic faculties, it will come, my hard fate notwithstanding, too soon, and I should probably wish it later – yet even then I shall be happy, for will it not deliver me from a state of endless suffering? -Ludwig van Beethoven

That was a sin: to consider yourself victimized or not able to control your destiny or your fate – that was the one cardinal sin in our community. -Condoleezza Rice

Entering politics is a fate worse than death. -Miriam Defensor-Santiago

The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands! -Guy Kawasaki

As far as I'm concerned, I own my dogs as I own my body. My legs are with me when I take a shower, and I feel no shame. If I were to lose one, I'd grieve, and people would send sympathy cards, but it would be my condition that evoked the sympathy, not the fate of the leg. That's like losing a dog. -Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

I didn't have any ambition to be president. It was fate. The people found me. -Benigno Aquino III

The global embrace of the Chilean miners had as much to do with the state of the planet as it did the fate of the trapped men. Every year, thousands of miners are trapped and die. Hundreds more are rescued. The world's press has no shortage of global good-news stories. Heroes abound if reporters and editors take the time to search. -Jonathan Franklin

With Obamacare's fate in jeopardy, Democrats have no solutions to solve the mess they forced upon Americans. -Bill Flores

I never used to believe in fate. I used to think you make your own life, and then you call it fate. -Gene Wilder

David Ben-Gurion understood that the public's trust is given to a leader in order to lead, determine clear goals and make difficult decisions. The fate of the people and the good of the state guided him, not polls, media treatment or measures of prestige. -Ariel Sharon

People make their own fates, and if enough of us make our fate to be space explorers, perhaps we can actually get some space exploration done. -Robert Zubrin

In college, I would follow Bob Dylan around, and I would show up to a concert, and he would sing some song he hadn't sang in a long time, and it would speak to something, and I would think it had some great fateful implication. -Bill Clegg

Of causes, some are complete and primary, others auxiliary and proximate. Hence, when we say that all things come about through fate by antecedent causes, we do not mean this to be understood as 'by complete and primary causes,' but 'by auxiliary and proximate causes.' -Chrysippus

If something were brought about without an antecedent cause, it would be untrue that all things come about through fate. But if it is plausible that all events have an antecedent cause, what ground can be offered for not conceding that all things come about through fate? -Chrysippus

Although it is true that by fate all things are forced and linked by a necessary and dominant reason, nevertheless the character of our minds is subject to fate in a manner corresponding to their nature and quality. -Chrysippus

If our minds were originally formed by nature in a sound and useful manner, then they pass on all the forces of fate, which imposes on us from outside in a relatively unobjectionable and more acceptable way. -Chrysippus

It seems at times fate knocks on people's door, and they are too afraid to pursue it. -Jillian Michaels

But for a few twists of fate, the gasoline engine we know today might have just been a small footnote in history. -Kimbal Musk

That's Quentin. He's an absolute master of his own fate. If he agrees with you, he'll change his mind instantly. If he thinks that he's right, there's no way you can get him to change his mind. -David Carradine

I regret that I had to leave my country. But I had to do it in order to achieve and decide my own fate. I was forced into it. Democracy came about 15 years too late for me. But I have to say that it's there now, and Czech Republic is a fantastic country; it always was but just had the wrong regime at the top. -Martina Navratilova

George W. Bush is always protesting that he has the fate of the world in mind and bangs on about the 'freedom-loving peoples' he's seeking to protect. I'd love to meet a freedom-hating people. -Harold Pinter

In the Roman world, and in the worlds around it that Romans sought to subdue and control, the gods were merciless, frivolous, prone to set traps for humans, and largely indifferent to the unprivileged bulk of humankind, who in any case did not expect their fate in the afterworld to be any better than it had been on earth. -Michael Korda

I believe that technology has the potential to change the fate of nations, industries and companies, as well as the context of our lives. I want to help build the companies that take the risks needed to make those kinds of real changes in the world. -Steve Jurvetson

Look, here's the deal: The Chiefs' fate and the Royals' fate, that's my fate. -Rob Riggle

When you have a chain around your neck, you have to keep your head down and try to accept your fate without succumbing entirely to humiliation, without forgetting who you are. -Ingrid Betancourt

The god of theater laughs in your face at planning. You can't plan as an actor; there's no way, because so much of it is dependent on other people's choices and decisions that you're at the whim of fate, really. -Ruth Negga

If Europe does not return to the path of common sense, it will find itself laid low in a battle for its fate. -Viktor Orban

Concerning Poland, I can only say that the peoples of Central Europe and Hungary are a community in fate, to the death. Many of us would spill our blood for Poland any time. And vice versa: in an emergency, many Polish people would give his life to protect Hungarians. This has happened more than once over the course of history. -Viktor Orban

America itself has been through so many challenges since that fateful day back in 1776. Our culture has been a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-to-work culture. -John Cena

You can't do anything to a film post its release. I concentrate on working hard, giving the required inputs for the roles, having discussions with my directors and co-stars. It isn't possible to predict the fate of any film. I don't take failures to heart and successes to my head. These are part and parcel of this career. -Kajal Aggarwal

The word 'fate' doesn't really mean much to me in some ways. I think we make our own. -Sonya Walger

When President Hassan Rouhani was elected in Iran in 2013, he welcomed back the far-flung children of Iran. But one by one, they have been arrested and imprisoned upon their return, a fate that has made me increasingly reluctant to risk going back to a homeland I've not seen since 1992. -Nazanin Boniadi

You always hear about the disempowered actor, their fate in other people's hands. It's just really wonderful to experience it the other way around. -Elizabeth Marvel

I feel blessed. I never wanted to be an actor. It just happened all by chance and fate. I was studying to be a teacher. -John Ortiz

I really believe in fate or destiny, and I believe the Jacksonville Jaguars were my destiny. I believe, when it's all said and done, it couldn't have worked out better for me… man, oh man, this was just perfect. -Shahid Khan

The works of present life are more important that the whole and entire reliance on wholesale blind fate. -Dayananda Saraswati

No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Your genes are not your fate… if you change your lifestyle, you change your genes. -Dean Ornish

I'm superconscious of not putting chemicals on my skin, like parabens and sulfates. -Yvonne Strahovski

Yes, horoscopes still persist in popular newspapers, but they are there only for the severely scientifically challenged, or for entertainment; the idea that the stars determine our fate has lost all intellectual currency. -Robert J. Shiller

Things go bad after a divorce and often stay that way. It is rare for the parties to return placidly to a time before they met. A bitterness lingers on. Those who call this our Independence Day, fantasising of returning to a never-never time before they married, when they were free, easy, single, and master of their fate, are delusional. -Howard Jacobson

You can't do anything about a film's fate at the box office. -Pooja Hegde

I'm not in control of my fate, and that's a good thing. -Sam Hunt

The fun thing about writing a book with multiple paths and multiple endings is you really get to explore the characters and figure out their different fates. -Ryan North

What's happened in my career is probably fate and good luck. -Pruitt Taylor Vince

I wrote my first screenplay on a lark, because it was a storytelling format that felt like a familiar shorthand – we all watch movies, don't we? But even though I grew up in Los Angeles, my family was entirely unconnected with the movie industry, and I never truly believed that it would one day be my fate. -Lisa Lutz

In the workplace, many people become helicopter managers, hovering over their employees in a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to provide support. These are givers gone awry – people so desperate to help others that they develop a white knight complex and end up causing harm instead. -Adam Grant

I figured I was going to apply to one journalism school and let fate take a hand. -Erik Larson

My privileged upbringing and education and linguistic fluency gave me such proximity to whiteness that it stung all the more to still find myself outside of it. My mother, on the other hand, not only accepted that she would always be an outsider in this country but also believed it to be a finer fate and home than any other she could have had. -Jenny Zhang

Early in my life, without any supporting evidence, I fretted over what I believed was my fate: accidentally becoming an international pop star. The pages of my diary were filled with hypothetical ethical dilemmas. -Jenny Zhang

Most of the women in Greek tragedies have their fates predetermined. The gods dictate that such and such will happen to them, and everything they predict comes true. Not Medea. -Diana Rigg

You have to accept your fate; do it without bitterness and stay humble. -Anthony Scaramucci

We are pretty firm believers in the fact that you make your own fate, with or without the Facebook ordeal. -Tyler Winklevoss

I believe in fate, but I also believe that hard work and diligence plays a very important role in our lives. -Chanda Kochhar

No one should make the mistake of thinking that three or four movies are going to change their fate. -Bryan Lourd

I'm not one to fall back into the corner and put my fate in someone else's hands. I tend to believe anyone in my position would do the same thing. -Tomi Lahren

I just absolutely needed the theatre so desperately – it was my fate; it was where I was running towards. It was the place where I found peace and survival and all kinds of things. -Mark Rylance

Several hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs live in slums known as refugee camps in Gaza, Judea, and Somalia. Attempts by Israel to rehabilitate and oust them have been defeated by Arab objections. Nor has their fate been any better in Arab states. -Yitzhak Shamir

Exxon fought claims resulting from the Exxon Valdez spill in court for 20 years. Alabama could have suffered the same fate. What would be the benefit to the state or its coastal counties in delaying indefinitely the receipt of monies that we need sooner rather than later? -Luther Strange

Let's summon the courage to insist on a minimal level of civic knowledge for the citizens empowered to decide our fate. -Tom Tancredo

The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world. -Derek Walcott

People who write about technology love to huff and puff and hyperbolize. The fate of the entire world seems to hang on every move made by Microsoft or Google or Apple. Every new smart phone gets billed as a potential 'iPhone killer,' while every new product from Apple represents the dawn of a new era. It's ridiculous – and exhausting. -Daniel Lyons

When you watch one person on stage trying to surmount their fate only in that very action to embody it, it's called a tragedy. When you see a lot of people doing it on stage, it's called 'Fawlty Towers.' -Timothy Morton

In 'Amalur,' each person believes he has an immutable destiny, one that defines how, and how long, he will live. Until you come along. But of course, your character is the anomaly, somebody who can change both his own fate and the destinies of the people he interacts with. So, naturally, it's up to you to save the world. -Jason Schreier

Having excessive power in the hands of one country meant the fate of the world was too dependent on what happened in that one country. -Joseph Stiglitz

I've never wanted to be an actress. I came into the industry to be a filmmaker, but let us say fate had other plans for me. I don't want to be the next glamour queen. -Nithya Menen

We're on some path that's set since we're born, but I still believe we can change some things. So I believe in my faith, but I still don't believe in my fate. -RM

We in the small developing countries are beginning to understand that our own citizens share a common fate requiring the active role of government to ensure that every citizen has a chance and means to participate productively within the society and to curb society's dangerous encroachment on the physical environment. -Said Musa

One of the interesting parts of being on a television show is you often don't know the fate of your character until you're reading the script. I always look forward to finding out. -Chris Messina

I can read significance into tiny, tiny things. If I'd met someone 10 years ago and not seen them again, and then I suddenly bumped into them, I'd feel that that was 'meant,' or there's a fate, you know? -Rosamund Pike

The fate of your paycheck, the fate of your small business should not rest on what side of the bed a Washington bureaucrat wakes up on. -Jeb Hensarling

Knowing your customer inside and out is mission-critical, and it takes time. It's impossible to hit on the insights that will ultimately decide your company's fate without putting them to the test – literally – even if that takes longer than you'd have liked. -Sallie Krawcheck

I'm a big believer in fate, and it's working out well so far. -Jodie Comer

I'm not a big believer in fate, but, boy, I've had a lot of lucky breaks. -Thelma Schoonmaker

It is the melancholy fate of all young legends to becoming better known for the things they did to exploit fame than the things that made them famous in the first place. -David Hepworth

Everybody has the right to decide their own fate. -Kersti Kaljulaid

Even as a kid enthralled with science fiction, I wondered about the role of people in the long-term evolution of the Earth, the far future and the fate of humanity. -David Grinspoon

As soon as they sent me an email saying that 'Stranger Things' is having an audition and they'd like you to come in, I just thought, 'Oh boy, this might be fated.' I hadn't really watched the show, but I binged it and fell in love with it. -Sean Astin

Primes seem to me to be these unarbitrary, unique, fated things. It cannot be coincidence that the mythical numbers of storytelling like 3, 7, and 13 are random. The lower-end primes have incredible resonance in fiction and art. -Robin Sloan

In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the government called for an Internet 'unfettered by Federal or State regulation.' The result of that fateful decision was the greatest free-market success story in history. -Ajit Pai

Not to get too sort of mystical, but I believe in fate. I believe when roles are presented to me in my life they're for a very specific reason, something for me to learn. -Audra McDonald

There's so many times when you see into the lives of these women in Gilead, and it's just unbearable. It's a fate that's just, I don't even know how to say it. I don't have words. -Madeline Brewer

The geometry, the content, and the fate of the universe are all intricately linked. If you know two, you can deduce the third. -Priyamvada Natarajan

We already have a pretty good knowledge of the universe's mass-energy content, so if we can get a handle on its geometry, then we will be able to work out exactly what the fate of the universe will be. -Priyamvada Natarajan

A close friend of mine described me as a radical pragmatist. I embrace this no-nonsense distinction wholeheartedly. It is a character trait that matches the sense of myself I've had from as far back as I can remember. I am not one who goes in much for magical thinking. I don't believe in destiny, fate, or things like divine guidance, either. -Kerry James Marshall

So important is this dark matter to our understanding of the size, shape, and ultimate fate of the universe that the search for it will very likely dominate astronomy for the next few decades. -Vera Rubin

You are the one who makes the choices that control your fate. -Dave Rubin

I am always living in the now, so I like what fate brings to you. That's always fun for me. To have a process and someone be like, 'How about this?' And you just grab onto that and see where it takes you. -Miriam Shor

Some of these love stories can be destructive as examples of what it means to really love. To think that someone is your one and only, that you're fated to be with this person, is a really powerful, sexy fantasy – but it is a fantasy, at least in part. -Rebecca Serle

We need to take a far more active role in love than 'Romeo and Juliet' would lead us to believe. Perhaps that's what Shakespeare's saying, in a way. We can't leave it all up to fate. -Rebecca Serle

The Luke Cage you saw in Season One was a reluctant hero. He was trying to figure out if he wanted to be a hero in the first place. And then fate intervened and forced him to step up his game. -Cheo Hodari Coker

For me, the thought of spaghetti and meatballs conjures up the image of that scene where 'Lady and the Tramp' gaze into each other's eyes as they slurp a strand of pasta into a fateful kiss. -Katie Lee

I'm not ashamed of any work I do. You can't decide a film's fate before its release. There's no surety that your new films will be better or worse than your previous ones. You can only hope to surpass your efforts. -Amisha Patel

Many intellectuals feel themselves to be Supermen who are spokesmen for the people. But in my opinion, they're to be pitied. Under Mao's dictatorship, these poor sheep suffered the same fate as everyone else. -Gao Xingjian

I believe in fate. I didn't set out to be a comedian at first. I'm still not sure if I am or not. -Noel Fielding

Sometimes, the fate of a film is not in your hands, and you can only take home some experiences and what you got to learn during the journey. -Kiara Advani

Everyone has their own career, their own fate, and everyone writes their own story. -Alexandre Lacazette

Winners don't believe in fate like others do. They simply cannot accept defeat. -David Silva

When there is a danceoff, it's scary thinking that someone's destiny or fate is in your hands. I actually always prefer it when the public decide on something rather than four individuals. 11 million people are a lot more powerful than four judges. -Alesha Dixon

Personal relationships, mood, chance, or anything like that can actually affect people's decisions, and when they're in a position of power, their capriciousness can affect the fate of a nation. -Yorgos Lanthimos

Language is just a communication tool; it is the content that decides the fate of a film. -Ram Gopal Varma

The songwriting did come naturally; it really did. Like Joe said, the first song we ever wrote together was the song that got us signed, you know, so it was either luck, fate, or something in between. -Kevin Jonas

During their tenure, the elected representatives of the people walk with the gods. And it is only when an election is announced that they realise it is the people in their constituencies, with whom they have not really bothered to keep in touch, who will decide their fate. -N. Bhaskara Rao

I'm actually allergic to sulfate – so I can't have vinegar, and I can't drink wine. -Orianthi

What is the fate of my people in Kurdistan and Sinjar Mountain? What must be done so Yazidis can have their rights? -Nadia Murad

I never hid my move to Real Madrid was almost done… my fate changed, and I arrived at Barcelona instead. -Dani Alves

You shouldn't think about the fate of the films. The film might succeed or fail, but your performance must be good. You should work hard for every film. -Nana Patekar

I believe in fate. -Kamaru Usman

'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice''s story is one of fate and growth. -Hidetaka Miyazaki

I believe there's fate, and then you have personal choice. I believe we have the ability to change our fate. -Paula Patton

I always believe whatever is written in your fate will happen. -Jackie Shroff

The Dream Act and the DISCLOSE Act, to name two, had majorities in both chambers during Obama's first term, but they were filibustered to death. They probably await a similar fate unless the filibuster is reformed. -Ari Melber

I stand by 'Roots' as symbol of the fate of my people. -Alex Haley

I remember talking to comedian Jimmy Pardo about his experience waiting to hear about his own pilot, and we both agreed on one thing: When you can't control your showbiz fate, you can at least control the amount of ice cream you're eating. And if you're like us, it was a lot. -Pete Holmes

Each film has its own fate, and you can't go through personal emotions based on the highs and lows of a film. -Asin

People's fates in life are decided largely by their schools. -Peter Hitchens

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