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  • You strain like a hooked fish against this fate, then slowly weaken. Your silver scales dim.

  • I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it.

    • Oprah Winfrey,
    • in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess ()
  • I am afraid we are little better than straws upon the water; we may flatter ourselves that we swim, when the current carries us along.

  • Even the wicked get worse than they deserve.

  • But fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.

  • ... they had settled down and invited fate to do its worst, an invitation which was promptly accepted.

  • Fatalism is a false premise. What will be is not necessarily what must be ...

    • Pearl S. Buck,
    • in Pearl S. Buck and Carlos P. Romulo, Friend to Friend ()
  • If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

  • Destiny is thrifty. To weave her tapestry, she uses even the tiniest snips of thread.

  • ... we live our fate before we realize exactly what it is.

  • Oh, how unconstantly our fortune turns. / One hour in joy, the next with sorrow mourns.

  • Fate is usually swift when she deals a blow.

  • These great turning-days of life cast no shadow before, slip by unconsciously. Only a trifle, a little turn of the rudder, and the ship goes to heaven or hell.

  • Fate keeps on happening.

  • No man alive remembers being born, he thought, but it must be like this, a force thrusting you into life, whether you would or no, and something within yourself urging you the same way, too. Only if you can resist your birth can you resist your destiny.