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Quotations About Fate and Destiny

As long as the Fates permit, live cheerfully. ~ Seneca

It is fortune, not wisdom, that rules man's life. ~ Cicero

We're face to face with our destiny. And we must meet it with a high and resolute courage, for ours is the life of action, of strenuous performance, of duty. Let us live in the harness of striving mightily. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Whatever limits us we call Fate. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Certainty generally is illusion and repose is not the destiny of man. ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr.

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. ~ Charles Reade

The worst is not always certain but it's very likely. ~ French Proverb

Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order. ~ Seneca

A word, a look, an accent, may affect the destiny not only of individuals, but of nations. He is a bold man who calls anything a trifle. ~ Andrew Carnegie

Each man the architect of his own fate. ~ Appius Claudius

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. ~ G. K. Chesterton

DESTINY, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. ~ James Russell Lowell

With equal foot (rich friend), impartial Fate
Knocks at the cottage and the palace gate:
Life's span forbids thee to extend thy cares
And stretch thy hopes beyond thy destined years:
Night soon will seize, and you must quickly go
To storied ghosts and Pluto's house below.
~ Horace

To bear is to conquer our fate. ~ Thomas Campbell

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is. ~ Wilhelm von Humboldt

Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. ~ William Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar

  Who can unravel the web of destiny? ~ Turkish Saying