Quotations About / On:
Sternly, remorselessly, fate guides each of us; only at the beginning, when we're absorbed in details, in all sorts of nonsense, in ourselves, are we unaware of its harsh hand.
(Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Enough," ch. 13 (1865).)
The esteem of good men is the reward of our worth, but the reputation of the world in general is the gift of our fate.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 166 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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 (1843-1916), U.S. author. Letter, February 4, 1872, to editor Charles Eliot Norton. Henry James Letters, vol. 1, ed. Leon Edel (1974).)
History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #67, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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 (b. 1948), Indian-born-British author. "Ayesha," The Satanic Verses (1988).
Of the Imam exiled in London.)
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 (1828-1897), British novelist, historian. The Heir Presumptive and the Heir Apparent, preface (1892).)
The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Libation Bearers, l. 646.)
You shouldn't be a big shot about your fate. I'm an enemy of Destiny, I'm not a Greek, I'm a Berliner.
(Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 2 (1929).)
To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Horace, in Horace, act 2, sc. 3 (1641).)
Behold here the fate of a sailor! They give him the last toss, and no one asks whose child he was.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 12, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
On the occasion of a burial at sea.)