QUOTES about FATE and DESTINY

She lies so near, but in her death she is so far. His love is gone. He weeps; his destiny to live alone. Jean Minter

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes. Goethe

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon oneself to destiny. Napoleon

Politics and the fate of mankind are formed by men without ideals and without greatness. Those who have greatness within them do not go in for politics. Albert Camus

The man who glories in his luck may be overthrown by destiny. Euripides

Immortality; a fate worse than death. Edgar A Shoaff

Let us follow our destiny, ebb and flow. Whatever may happen, we master fortune by accepting it. Virgil

We cannot overcome our destiny and essentiality  but we can succumb to them in such a fashion as to be their superior, if it were a possibility.  Marcus Vaux

Our problems are man-made; therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. John F Kennedy

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. Frank Hubbard

Where destiny blunders, human prudence will not avail. Syrus

We must master our good fortune, or it will master us. Syrus

You cannot control your destiny, but you can at least try to affect it. Proverb

The tissue of life to be we weave with colors of our own, and in the field of destiny we reap as we have sown. Whittler

Fate is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought for causes which are un-penetrated. Emerson

At every single moment of one’s life one is what one is going to be no less than what one has been. Oscar Wilde

Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by Scorn. Albert Camus

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. Sir Winston Churchill

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat. Elizabeth Bowen

One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it. Proverb

Our destiny rules over us, even when we are not yet aware of it; it is the future that makes laws for our today. Nietzsche

The most hateful grief of all human griefs is to have knowledge of a truth, but no power over the event. Herodotus

But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state. Alexander Pope

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer

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. G. K. Chesterton

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. Benjamin Disraeli

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate! Robert Browning

You cannot organize civilization around the core of militarism and at the same time expect reason to control human destinies. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Anatomy is destiny. Sigmund Freud

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. Agnes de Mille

The individual is losing significance; his destiny is no longer what interests us. Mies van der Rohe

The destiny of a wolf cub is to become a wolf, even if it is reared among the sons of men.

Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that fate allows you. Horace

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it. Proverb

None can hold fortune still and make it last. Euripides

If happiness is in your destiny, you need not be in a hurry. Proverb

Necessity relieves us from the embarrassment of choice. Vauvenargues

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate, roll darkly down the torrent of his fate. Samuel Johnson

If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your good. Emerson

The book of nature is the book of fate. She turns the gigantic pages, leaf after leaf never returning one. Emerson

A strict belief in fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers. Epicurus

Fortune sides with him who dares. Virgil

Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them. Pascal

A man’s fate lies in his own heart. Proverb

All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.  Aldous Huxley

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.  Helen Keller 


Destiny; a tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. Ambrose Bierce

If we must accept fate we are not less compelled to affirm liberty, the significance of the individual, the grandeur of duty, the power of character. Emerson

There isn't a king or a merchant prince in the whole world that I envy, for I always knew I was born to be a child of destiny and that I was never meant to wring my living from detestable, low, degrading, mean and ordinary kinds of business. Quote from: The Wapshot Chronicle: John Cheever

In human life there is constant change of fortune: and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing. Plutarch

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. Einstein

Fate, time, occasion, chance, and change, to these all things are subject but eternal love. Shelley 

I face my demons and embrace my fate. Lynda Bellingham

If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your good. Emerson

For those who believe in the power of destiny can exonerate themselves from the consequences of choices. 

All human things are subject to decay; and when fate summons, monarchs must obey. John Dryden

The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it. Emerson

Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may in the evening of his days meet with great misfortunes. Aristotle

As we are so we do, and as we do so is it done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes. Emerson

Things have a way of turning out so badly. Tennessee Williams

There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny. Schiller

But yet I'll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live. Shakespeare

No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. Henry Miller

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence. Emerson

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres. Quote from: I Ching

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining. Behind the clouds the sun is shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all; into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary. Longfellow.

Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings of that mysterious instrument, the soul, and play the prelude of our fate. Longfellow.

If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well-being is always ahead. Such a creature is probably immortal. Emerson

But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice. Mark Hopkins.

Certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fate leads the willing, but drives the stubborn. Thomas Fuller

No one is so accursed by fate, no one so utterly desolate, but some heart though unknown responds unto his own. Longfellow

Nobody can think much to bear that, which is common fate of all men. Thomas Fuller

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

Our wills and fates do so contrary run, That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. Shakespeare

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. E. E. Cummings

Anecdote: Destiny’s interventions can sometimes be read as invitations for us to address and even surmount our biggest fears. It doesn't take a great genius to recognize that when you are pushed by circumstance to do the one thing you have most specifically loathed and feared this can be at the very least an interesting growth opportunity. Quote source: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant. Seneca

It’s the great soul that surrenders itself to fate, but a puny degenerate thing that struggles. Seneca
The end of a man’s life is often compared to the winding up of a well written play, where the principal persons still act in character, whatever the fate in which they undergo. Joseph Addison 

October is the fallen leaf, but it also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. Hal Borland  

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. G. K. Chesterton

Whatsoever we perpetrate, we do but row; we are steered by fate. Samuel Butler

Where all of the man is what property he owns, it does not take long to annihilate him. Henry Ward Beecher

Know from the bounteous heaven all riches flow; and what man gives, the gods by man bestow. Homer-Pope

We stand against fate, as children stand up against the wall in their father’s house, and notch their height from year to year. But when the boy grows to a man, and is master of the house, he pulls down that wall and builds it new and bigger. Emerson

The great end of being is to harmonize man with the order of things, and the church has been a good pitch-pipe, and may be so still. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Responsibility is a detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of god. Fate, fortune, luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star. Ambrose Bierce  

He, who steadily observes those moral precepts in which all religions concur, will never be questioned at the gates of heaven as to the dogmas in which they all differ. Thomas Jefferson 

The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring. Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Each belief, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny. Santayana

The laws of changeless justice bind oppressor and oppressed; and, close as sin and suffering joined we march to fate abreast. John Whittier

Evenhanded fate hath but one law for small and great; the ample urn holds all men’s names. Horace

Logical Consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men. Thomas Henry Huxley 

The fates have a way of demanding of a man that he suffer his greatest moments all by himself; being lone seems as often attendant upon reality as being in company is attendant upon the flight from reality. Murray Kempton

Theology moves back and forth between two poles, the eternal truth of its foundations and the temporal situation in which the eternal truth must be received. Paul Tillich

I am certainly convinced that it is one of the greatest impulses of mankind to arrive at something higher than a natural state. James Baldwin

He who has calmly reconciled his life to fate, and set proud death beneath his feet, can look fortune in the face, unbending both to good and bad; his countenance unconquered. Boethius

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. Thomas Huxley

Whoever has not felt the danger of our times palpitating under his hand, has not really penetrated to the vitals of destiny, he has merely pricked the surface. Ortega Y Gasset

All art is a revolt against man’s fate. Andre Malraux

Disease can be cured; fate is incurable. Proverb

Jump up to celebrate each sun filled day; ignore the clock which regulates our fate; waste not one moment changing work for play, such days are! so do not hesitate. Jules Heimlich


It is often tempting to confuse our own wishes and wants with the voices of fate and destiny. Charles Dunn

While tragedy often evokes compassion, memoirist Jackie Hance recounts the fear which also arose following the deaths of her three children in a road accident:  For years I had been just like every other mom in our town dashing around with her kids, and now I was the walking embodiment of every parent’s bleakest nightmare.  ... When a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, people instinctively scramble for reasons why it could never happen to them. ... Finding an explanation, however false, for what the other person did wrong makes you feel more in control of your own destiny. Jackie Hance

DEFINITION and MEANING
Fate and destiny are often viewed as having the same or a similar meaning. Both terms refer to circumstances outside the control of the involved. Arguably, fate is a sentence of doom, while destiny comprises one’s ultimate future. In either case, both can be utilized as a pretext for making little or no effort to achieve one’s potential.