Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 41.
    A merciless fate threw me into this maelstrom. I wanted much, I began much, but the gale of the world carried away me and my work.
    (Draza Mihajlovic (1893-1946), Yugoslavian soldier, Serbian guerrilla leader. Final defense plea at his trial, July 15, 1946, Belgrade, before his execution by Tito's forces, against whom he had been engaged in civil war.)
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  • 42.
    Fate is never too generous—even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
    (Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Sternstunden der Menschheit (Stellar Moments in Human History), p. 45, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1953).)
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  • 43.
    For who shall defile the temples of the ancient gods, a cruel and violent death shall be his fate, and never shall his soul find rest unto eternity. Such is the curse of Amon-Ra, king of all the gods.
    (Griffin Jay, Maxwell Shane (1905-1983), U.S., and Christy Cabanne. The High Priest (Eduardo Cianelli), The Mummy's Hand (1940). At the beginning of the movie.)
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  • 44.
    ... it is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden.
    (Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. As quoted in Elizabeth Bowen, ch. 2, by Victoria Glendinning (1979). Written in 1946.)
  • 45.
    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 (1883-1924), German novelist, shortstory writer. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, entry for Oct. 19, 1921, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
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  • 46.
    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 (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 1 (1976).)
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  • 47.
    Your fate is to be what you are. As mine is to be what I am—your master.
    (Griffin Jay, Randall Faye, and Lew Landers. Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi), The Return of the Vampire, speaking to his unwilling assistant (1943). Additional dialogue by Randall.)
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  • 48.
    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 Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, June 10, 1856, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
  • 49.
    There's something tragic in the fate of almost every person—it's just that the tragic is often concealed from a person by the banal surface of life.... A woman will complain of indigestion and not even know that what she means is that her whole life has been shattered.
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 14, 1859, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
  • 50.
    If today there is a proper American "sphere of influence" it is this fragile sphere called earth upon which all men live and share a common fate—a sphere where our influence must be for peace and justice.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, Buffalo, New York.)
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