Quotations About / On: FATE

  • 41.
    Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me, for no good reason at all.
    (Martin Goldsmith, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts (Tom Neal), Detour (1945). Based on Goldsmith's original story.)
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  • 42.
    I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability.
    (Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Homo faberEin Bericht, Suhrkamp (1957). Walter Faber, in Homo FaberA Report, p. 23, trans. by Michael Bullock (1977), Abelard-Schuman (1959). Describes the quintessential conviction of homo faber, modern man as technologist.)
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  • 43.
    They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 10, Viking Compass (1960).)
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  • 44.
    When I take up my pen, nothing can happen to me. Fate, remember that.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    ... 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.)
  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 217.)
  • 50.
    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).)
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