Fate Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fate quotes, fate sayings, and fate proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We create our fate every day we live.     

Henry Miller

Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling.     

Seneca

No power or virtue of man could ever have deserved that what has been fated should not have taken place.

Marcellinus Ammianus

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate is for those too weak to determine their own destiny.

Kamran Hamid

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

Marcus Aurelius

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

Voltaire

Many men would take the death sentence without a whimper to escape the life sentence which Fate carries in her hand.

T.E. Lawrence

We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets.

Karl Popper

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.     

Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.     

Carl Jung

As we move through life, the force of fate creates events that we only appreciate when we reflect on our existence.     

Ronald Harmon

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

Proverb

Nothing happens by chance, my friend... No such thing as luck. A meaning behind every little thing, and such a meaning behind this. Part for you, part for me, may not see it all real clear right now, but we will, before long.      

Richard Bach

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.      

Marcus Aurelius

Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailers of Fate.

James Allen

You cannot be lost on a road that is straight.      

Proverb

It lies not in our power to love, or hate, For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.     

Christopher Marlowe

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

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone.

William James

Whoever yields properly to Fate, is deemed Wise among men, and knows the laws of heaven.

Euripedes

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.

Groucho Marx

Fate's sentence written on the brow no hand can e'er efface.

Bhartrhari

Maybe Fate isn't the pond you swim in but the fisherman floating on top of it, letting you run the line wild until you are weary enough to be reeled back in.     

Jodi Picoult

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

Elizabeth Bowen

Man may his fate foresee, but not prevent ... 'Tis better to be fortunate than wise.

John Webster

We seal our fate with the choices we make.

Gloria Estefan