Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 11.
    The fate of the State decides theirs: clauses of treaties determine their affections.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Rodogune, in Rodogune, act 3, sc. 4 (1644). Rodogune speaks on kings and royal marriages.)
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  • 12.
    Each of us suffers his own fate in the after-life.
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Anchises, in Aeneid, bk. 6, l. 743 (19 B.C.), trans. by David West (1991). Anchises to his son Aeneas in the Underworld.)
  • 13.
    All art is a revolt against man's fate.
    (André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. The Voices of Silence, pt. 4, ch. 7 (1951).)
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  • 14.
    I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
    (Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, Summer 1886. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 2 (1958).)
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  • 15.
    The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.
    (Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919), Anglo-American novelist. The Belle of Bolling Green, ch. 5 (1904).)
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  • 16.
    A man's character is his fate.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 BC), Greek philosopher. On The Universe, fragment 121, trans. by W.H.S. Jones.)
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  • 17.
    It is the fate of heroines to be laughed at.
    (Jane O'Reilly, U.S. feminist and humorist. The Girl I Left Behind, ch. 7 (1980).)
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  • 18.
    It is the fault of fate.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Charles, in Madame Bovary (1856). On Emma's suicide.)
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  • 19.
    We never conceive the greatness of our fates.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 20, 1843, to Lidian Jackson Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 88, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 20.
    It seems our fate to be incorrect ... and in our incorrectness stand.
    (Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. Originally published in Interviews with Black Writers, ed. John O'Brien (1973). "From an Interview," In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983).)
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