Fate Quotes

Most popular fate quotes

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

action character habit

My view is that to sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.

action self-determination

No man can escape his fate.
Fate laughs at probabilities.
Luck is the residue of design.

hard work luck

All blessings are mixed blessings.


All art is a revolt against man's fate.

art revolt

Necessity is harsh. Fate has no reprieve.


Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
What is ordained is master of the gods and thee.
Fate is not the ruler, but the servant of Providence.
You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.
— French proverb

French proverbs proverbs

Fate is determined by what one does and what one doesn't do.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.


I...resolved to take Fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.


If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate.
The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.

helping others

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

free will life

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
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.


At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie.
Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.
I have often noticed that when Fate has a phenomenal run of ill-luck in store for you, she begins by dropping a rare piece of good fortune into your lap, thereby enhancing the artistic effect of the sequel.

fortune luck

No human being is master of his fate, and...we are all motivated far more than we care to admit by characteristics inherited from our ancestors which individual experiences of childhood can modify, repress, or enhance, but cannot erase.