fate Quotes

84 of the best book quotes about fate
  1. #1
    “She was glad she had kept working and thankful that the camp had voted not to strike, but she knew that under different circumstances, it could have been her on that bus. [...] Some of these people did not deserve their fate today. How was it that the United States could send people to Mexico who had never even lived there?”
  2. #2
    “’It is demonstrable,’ said he, ‘that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all being created for an end, all is necessarily for the best end.’”
  3. #3
    “All that is is for the best. If there is a volcano at Lisbon it cannot be elsewhere. It is impossible that things should be other than they are; for everything is right.”
  4. #4
    “Growth is limited by that necessity which is present in the least amount. And, naturally, the least favorable condition controls the growth rate.”
  5. #5
    “’You see,’ said Candide to Martin, ‘that crime is sometimes punished. This rogue of a Dutch skipper has met with the fate he deserved.’
    ‘Yes,’ said Martin; ‘but why should the passengers be doomed also to destruction? God has punished the knave, and the devil has drowned the rest.’”
  6. #6
    “’There is a concatenation of events in this best of all possible worlds: for if you had not been kicked out of a magnificent castle for love of Miss Cunegonde: if you had not been put into the Inquisition: if you had not walked over America: if you had not stabbed the Baron: if you had not lost all your sheep from the fine country of El Dorado: you would not be here eating preserved citrons and pistachio-nuts.’
    ‘All that is very well,’ answered Candide, ‘but let us cultivate our garden.’”
  7. #7
    “Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.”
  8. #8
    “Not Helen’s face, nor Paris, was in fault; But by the gods was this destruction brought.”
    The Aenid
  9. #9
    “Daughter, dismiss thy fears; to thy desire The fates of thine are fix’d, and stand entire.”
    The Aenid
  10. #10
    “Fierce Juno’s hate, Added to hostile force, shall urge thy fate.”
  1. #11
    “And, lest new fears disturb thy happy state, Know, I have search’d the mystic rolls of Fate.”
    The Aenid
  2. #12
    “Death ain’t nothing but a fastball on the outside corner.”
  3. #13
    ″‘T is fate diverts our course, and fate we must obey.”
  4. #14
    “They hope the fated land, but fear the fatal way.”
    The Aenid
  5. #15
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
    But in ourselves.”
  6. #16
    “My stars shine darkly over me; the malignancy of my fate might, perhaps, distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your leave that I may bear my evils alone. It were a bad recompense for your love to lay any of them on you.”
  7. #17
    “Beware, Underlanders, time hangs by a thread.
    The hunters are hunted, white water runs red.
    The Gnawers will strike to extinguish the rest.
    The hope of the hopeless resides in a quest.
    An Overland warrior, a son of the sun,
    May bring us back light, he may bring us back none.
    But gather your neighbors and follow his call
    Or rats will most surely devour us all.
    Two over, two under, of royal descent,
    Two flyers, two crawlers, two spinners assent.
    One gnawer beside and one lost up ahead.
    And eight will be left when we count up the dead.
    The last who will die must decide where he stands.
    The fate of the eight is contained in his hands.
    So bid him take care, bid him look where he leaps,
    As life may be death and death life again reaps.”
  8. #18
    “Nothing is written in the stars ... No one controls your destiny.”
  9. #19
    “It seems to me now almost incredibly wonderful that, with that swift fate hanging over us, men could go about their petty concerns as they did.”
  10. #20
    “For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in town. If a damp spring arrived, if cows in the pasture gave milk that was runny with blood, if a colt died of colic or a baby was born with a red birthmark stamped onto his cheek, everyone believed that fate must have been twisted, at least a little, by those women over on Magnolia Street.”

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  1. #21
    “Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions.”
  2. #22
    “The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea.”
  3. #23
    “Come now, “he said. Have you anything to fear? It seems to me, on the contrary, that everything is working out as you would wish.”
    “That is precisely what terrifies me,” said Dantès. “I cannot think that man is meant to find happiness so easily! Happiness is like one of those palaces on an enchanted island, its gates guarded by dragons. One must fight to gain it; and, in truth, I do not know what I have done to deserve the good fortune of becoming Mercédès’ husband.”
  4. #24
    “Somewhere you made a choice. All followed to this.”
  5. #25
    “But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice, to their fate.”
  6. #26
    “But surely the curse was on the land of Oz, not on her.”
  7. #27
    “Perhaps we were meant to meet.”
  8. #28
    “By the looks, marred though they be by fate, I judge thee noble.”
  9. #29
    “And if When born to misery, as born I was, I met my sire, not knowing whom I met or what I did, and slew him, how canst thou With justice blame the all-unconscious hand?”
  10. #30
    “We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not.”
  1. #31
    “We don’t become geisha so our lives will be satisfying. We become geisha because we have no other choice.”
  2. #32
    “If any one attributes their existence to fate, because he calls the will or the power of God itself by the name of fate, let him keep his opinion, but correct his language.”
  3. #33
    I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
  4. #34
    “It was wicked to let a young girl blindly decide her fate in that way, without any effort to save her.”
  5. #35
    “We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.”
  6. #36
    “Since her death, Owen had hinted that the strongest force compelling him to attend Gravesend Academy—namely, my mother’s insistence—was gone. Those rooms allowed us to imagine what we might become—if not exactly boarders (because I would continue to live with Dan, and with Grandmother, and Owen would live at home), we would still harbor such secrets, such barely restrained messiness, such lusts, even, as these poor residents of Waterhouse Hall. It was our lives in the near future that we were searching for when we searched in those rooms, and therefore it was shrewd of Owen that he made us take our time.”
  7. #37
    “Bill Hutchinson was standing quiet, staring down at the paper in his hand.‘”
  8. #38
    “Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell.”
  9. #40
    “I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”

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  1. #41
    “This doom she chose, forsaking the Blessed Realm, and putting aside all claim to kinship with those that dwell there; that thus whatever grief might lie in wait, the fates of Beren and Lúthien might be joined, and their paths lead together beyond the confines of the world.”
  2. #42
    “What God wills, will happen; thou canst not hurry it, thou canst not alter it; therefore wait, and be patient”
  3. #43
    “‘No one ever thinks they’re awful, even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.’
    ‘I think this is happening because it was supposed to happen.’ Elizabeth speaks very softly.
    ‘I’d prefer not to think that I’m following a script,’ Miranda says.”
  4. #44
    “Great criminals bear about them a kind of predestination which makes them surmount all obstacles, which makes them escape all dangers, till the moment which a wearied Providence has marked as the rock for their impious fortunes.”
  5. #45
    ″‘There’s Don and Eva,’ Mrs. Hutchinson yelled. ‘Make them take their chance!’
  6. #46
    “I know that somehow, every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step towards finding you.”
  7. #47
    “Eat bread, oh Enkidu! It is the conformity of life, of the conditions and the fate of the land.”
  8. #48
    ″‘I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you’re in control.‘”
  9. #49
    “It occurs to me that there’s no real difference between us, the living and the dead; it’s just a matter of tense: past-dead and future-dead.”
  10. #50
    “Our stories are obviously specific to our two lives, but I hope they will illuminate the crucial inflection points in every life, the sudden moments of decision where our paths diverge and our fates are sealed.”
  1. #51
    “I saw the old woman who had delivered me from my mother’s womb. I knew she held the secret of my destiny.”
  2. #52
    “I do not want you to waste your life in dreams, like your father.”
  3. #53
    ″‘Can’t again,’ said Caspian. ‘What do you mean?’
    ‘If it please your Majesty, we mean shall not,’ said Reepicheep with a very low bow. ‘You are the King of Narnia. You break faith with all your subjects, and especially with Trumpkin, if you do not return. You shall not please yourself with adventures as if you were a private person. And if your Majesty will not hear reason, it will be the truest loyalty of every man on board to follow me in disarming and binding you till you come to your senses.‘”
  4. #54
    ″ Balls to your sorry ... Ka works and the world moves on. ”
  5. #55
    “Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
  6. #56
    “All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
  7. #57
    “Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.”
  8. #58
    “Men at some time are masters of their fates.”
  9. #59
    “But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods can defend a man, not even one they love, that day when fate takes hold and lays him out at last.”
  10. #60
    “Captain, this is madness! High time you thought of your own home at last, if it really is your fate to make it back alive and reach your well-built house and native land.”
  1. #61
    “Good luck to you, even so. Farewell! But if you only knew, down deep, what pains are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore.”
  2. #62
    And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it, neither brave man nor coward, I tell you - it’s born with us the day that we are born.
    The Iliad
  3. #63
    We are all brothers, and we are all suffering the same fate. The same smoke floats over all our heads. Help one another. It is the only way to survive.
  4. #64
    America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many.
  5. #65
    “Or maybe it was her father’s pragmatic dictum, “You are no better than anyone else, and no one is better than you,” that disposed her to see the hardships of her life as a fate shared by everyone, her good fortunes as an unearned blessing.”
  6. #66
    “And if death does take me, send the hammered mail of my armor to Higlac, return the inheritance I had from Hrethel, and he from Wayland. Fate will unwind as it must!”
  7. #67
    “We may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed.”
  8. #68
    “If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.”
  9. #69
    “You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.”
  10. #70
    ″‘That we wound up in Pandemonium the same night that Jace and the others just happened to be there, pursuing a demon? The night before Valentine came for my mother?’
    Simon shook his head. ‘I don’t believe in coincidences,’ he said.”
  1. #71
    “It’s not for nothing that you stand at the end of my life ... just as ... at its beginning.”
  2. #72
    “He thought about that visionary lady. To die, he thought, never knowing the fierce joy and attendant comfort of a loved one’s embrace. To sink into that hideous coma, to sink then into death and, perhaps, return to sterile, awful wanderings. All without knowing what it was to love and be loved. That was a tragedy more terrible than becoming a vampire.”
  3. #73
    “I must know more than I know already. For I know that house where I will be cold and not belonging, the bed I shall lie in has red curtains, and I have slept there many times before, long ago. How long ago? In that bed I will dream the end of my dream. But my dream had nothing to do with England and I must not think like this, I must remember about chandeliers and dancing, about swans and roses and snow.”
  4. #74
  5. #75
    “The inner, the essential line of our fate consists of such invisible experiences. Such fissures and rents consists of such invisible experiences. Such fissures and rents grow together again, heal and are forgotten, but in the most secret recesses they continue to live and bleed.”
  6. #76
    “I was in the hands of fate and it was useless to try to escape.”
  7. #77
    “If I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living.”
  8. #78
    “If I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living.”
  9. #79
    “If I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living.”
  10. #80
    “If I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living.”
  11. #81
    “If I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living.”
  12. #82
    “He is cured by faith who is sick of fate.”
  13. #83
    “To skip any one of the billion acts in Columbus’s chain would have wholly changed his life. I have examined his billion of possible careers, and in only one of them occurs the discovery of America.”
  14. #84
    “It’s best not to know your fate beforehand; you’ll live happier if you don’t.”
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