„as I said, I believe in fate. Things happen as they are meant to be. We just have to recognize our destiny.“

Source: Russka: the Novel of Russia

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„He said, "I am a man," and that meant certain things to Juana. It meant that he was half insane and half god.“

—  John Steinbeck, book The Pearl

Source: The Pearl (1947), Ch. V
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