Quotes about destiny

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„Fate is written in the face.“

—  Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993

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„We cannot rest while Brazilians are going hungry, while families are living in the streets, while poor children are abandoned to their own fates and while crack and crack dens rule.“

—  Dilma Rousseff 36th President of Brazil 1947

First speech http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/01/dilma-rousseff-wins-brazil-president after being elected President, October 31.
2010

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„The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life.“

—  Viktor E. Frankl, book Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning (1946; 1959; 1984)
Context: The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.

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„To turn away from the enemy is cowardice. Misfortune is the fate of the enemy.“

—  Mehmed II Ottoman sultan 1432 - 1481

When he learned that the Crusaders had come toward him
Source: Ahmet Akgündüz - Mehmed's tolerance http://www.ahmetakyol.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9849&Itemid=47

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„People usually blame themselves or “fate.”“

—  Jacque Fresco American futurist and self-described social engineer 1916 - 2017

However, when two cars collide at an intersection, should we blame the individual drivers, “fate,” or the way transportation is engineered so that it permits collisions in the first place?
Designing the Future (2007)

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„Fate and temperament are two words for one and the same concept.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Demian

Source: Demian (1919), p. 162
Context: One of the aphorisms occurred to me now and I wrote it under the picture: "Fate and temperament are two words for one and the same concept." That was clear to me now.

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„Pluck up your hearts, since fate still rests our friend.“

—  Christopher Marlowe English dramatist, poet and translator 1564 - 1593

Aeneas, Act I, scene i, line 149
Dido (c. 1586)

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„One minute decides the outcome of a battle, one hour the success of a campaign, one day the fate of empires.“

—  Alexander Suvorov Russian military commander 1730 - 1800

other version: One minute can decide the outcome of the battle, one hour - the outcome of the campaign, and one day - the fate of the country.
"Encyclopedia of Russian History" - Page 1504 by James R. Millar - Soviet Union - 2004.

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