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Quotes of the Day for 28 March 2003 – Fate

I had a request for quotes on fate, and am pleased to oblige. There seems to be two general strains of thought on the subject, in earlier times fate was seen as controlling our lives and destiny, more recent comments seem to deny this.

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The quotes:

All art is a revolt against man's fate.
     - Andre Malraux, Voices of Silence

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.
     - Daniel Defoe, 1660 - 1731

A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.
     - Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

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.
     - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

My view is that to sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.
     - John Glenn

Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell, nor yet surmise:
Pass, therefore, not today in vain,
For it will never come again.
     - Omar Khayyam, 1048 - 1122


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