„When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make lemonade.“

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„He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

Hubbard, Elbert (1922). Selected Writings of Elbert Hubbard. V. Wm. H. Wise & Co./The Roycrofters. p. 237.
Often quoted as "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"
Also: A genius is a man who takes the lemons that Fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them. (As quoted in Reader's Digest (October 1927) http://archive.org/details/ReadersDigestno.66October1927, p. 343).

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„The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.“

—  Martha Gellhorn journalist from the United States 1908 - 1998

Letter as quoted in "Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life" (2003) written by Caroline Moorehead, pg. 142.

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„Man is perishable. That may be; but let us perish resisting, and if it is nothingness that awaits us, do not let us so act that it shall be a just fate.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), XI : The Practical Problem
Context: More than a century ago, in 1804, in Letter XC of that series that constitutes the immense monody of his Obermann, Sénancour wrote the words which I have put at the head of this chapter — and of all the spiritual descendants of the patriarchal Rousseau, Sénancour was the most profound and intense; of all the men of heart and feeling that France has produced, not excluding Pascal, he was the most tragic. "Man is perishable. That may be; but let us perish resisting, and if it is nothingness that awaits us, do not let us so act that it shall be a just fate." Change this sentence from it negative to the positive form — "And if it is nothingness that awaits us, let us so act that it shall be an unjust fate" — and you get the firmest basis of action for the man who cannot or will not be a dogmatist.

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„I will always buy extra yarn. I will not try to tempt fate.“

—  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Canadian writer 1968

Source: At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

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„What we need to do is transcend these localized grids of fate, which make us what we are but don't want to be.“

—  Terence McKenna American ethnobotanist 1946 - 2000

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Context: !-- ~28m57s -->Because too much we have lived in the light of the idea that your ideology will be dictated to you essentially by geography! And if you're born in India, you'll find out that the Cosmos is one way; if you're born in Brooklyn, you find out it's another way. What we need to do is transcend these localized grids of fate, which make us what we are but don't want to be.

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„Their fate will be in each other's hands as they decide whether to share or to shaft.“

—  Robert Kilroy-Silk British politician 1942

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„No, we have not destroyed it. Let it sit. We cannot change its fate.“

—  Vasily Grossman Soviet writer and journalist who originally trained as an engineer 1905 - 1964

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„To us Germans everything is religion. What we do we do not merely with our hands and brains, but with our hearts and souls. This has often become a tragic fate for us.“

—  Baldur von Schirach German Nazi leader convicted of crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg trial 1907 - 1974

Quoted in "The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership" - by Joachim C. Fest - History - 1999 - Page 220

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