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


Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.  ~Kin Hubbard


Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars.  But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.  ~E.M. Forester


If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.  ~William McFee


There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.  ~Diana Trilling


He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.  ~Author Unknown


Fate laughs at probabilities.  ~E.G. Bulwer-Lytton


They... who await
No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
~Matthew Arnold, "Resignation," 1849


A door that seems to stand open must be a man's size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him.  ~Henry Ward Beecher


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.  ~Jean de La Fontaine


Angels deliver Fate to our doorstep - and anywhere else it is needed.  ~Jessi Lane Adams


We cannot bear to regard ourselves simply as playthings of blind chance; we cannot admit to feeling ourselves abandoned.  ~Ugo Betti, Struggle till Dawn, 1949


There is no fate but your own fate.  ~Leslie Grimutter


Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.  ~Lemony Snicket


Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.  ~Albert Einstein


I have a wife, I have sons:  all of them hostages given to fate.  ~Lucan


No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.  ~Plutarch



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