„As much as we have free choice, absolute destiny is immutable. What is meant to happen does, through one measure or another.“
— Jessica Bird U.S. novelist 1969
Source: Lover Enshrined
— Christina Dodd American writer 1957
„I don't know yet whether I fully believe in fate, but certain things do happen in a man's life that he cannot explain.“
Source: Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 23
„Now through the vagaries of fortune, most of these 10.3 million Jews remained alive, so I say to myself: fate wished it so. I have to subordinate myself to fate and destiny. I am just a little man and don't have to fight against this, and I couldn't, and I don't want to.“
— Adolf Eichmann German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer 1906 - 1962
Argentina Audiotapes (1957)
Source: Ark Angel
„I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.“
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
The third and fourth sentences are a paraphrase of a sentence by G. K. Chesterton: "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." Generally Speaking, "On Holland' (1928).
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981)
Context: It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.
„Destiny is for losers. It's just a lame excuse for letting things happen to you instead of making them happen.“
— Cecily von Ziegesar American writer 1970
Source: I Like It Like That
„I might not have believed this if a Human had said it. Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everybody had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant.“
Source: Imago (1989), Chapter I, “Metamorphosis” section 4 (p. 548)
— Jeanette Winterson English writer 1959
Source: Written on the Body
„I was born human. But this was an accident of fate - a condition merely of time and place. I believe it's something we have the power to change.“
— Kevin Warwick British robotics and cybernetics researcher 1954
in Kevin Warwick "Cyborg 1.0", Wired, pp.145-151, February 2000.
„He said, "I am a man," and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.“
Source: The Pearl (1947), Ch. V
Context: He had said, "I am a man," and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god. It meant that Kino would drive his strength against a mountain and plunge his strength against the sea. Juana, in her woman's soul, knew that the mountain would stand while the man broke himself; that the sea would surge while the man drowned in it. And yet it was this thing that made him a man, half insane and half god, and Juana had need of a man; she could not live without a man. Although she might be puzzled by these differences between man and woman, she knew them and accepted them and needed them. Of course she would follow him, there was no question of that. Sometimes the quality of woman, the reason, the caution, the sense of preservation, could cut through Kino's manness and save them all.
„It is not that things happen to each of us according to his fate, but that he interprets what has happened, if he has power to do so, according to his sense of his own destiny.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
This Business of Living (1935-1950)
„It was just one of those things," I said, "You know, that just happen. You don't think or plan. You just do it.“
Source: The Truth About Forever