Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    Who can control his fate?
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Othello, in Othello, act 5, sc. 2, l. 265.)
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    If you believe in Fate to your harm, believe it, at least, for your good.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 30.
    That's life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.
    (Martin Goldsmith, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts (Tom Neal), Detour (1945). Based on Goldsmith's original story.)
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