Being condemned by fate to perpetual togetherness, we better make that shared fate into our shared, consciously and gladly embraced, destiny.
— Zygmunt Bauman
Our age of mechanization leads along a road ending with man himself as a machine. Only the spirit of singing can save us from this fate.
— Zoltan Kodaly
The workings of heaven are unfathomable-sometimes encouraging, sometimes suppressing. All this makes sport of heroes and tumbles the great. Enlightened people take adversity in stride and are prepared for trouble even when at ease; therefore, they are not at the mercy of fate.
— Zicheng Hong
The noble person who has eaten of his lord's bounty should die in his lord's battles; to return to one's home dead and wrapped in a horse's hide is a happy fate. Am I the sort of people to bring to nought the grand designs of my country?
— Zhou Yu
A movie has its own fate, which often doesn't depend on the performances of the director and actors.
— Zhang Ziyi
Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
— Zeno of Citium
Fate does not always seek our consent.
It would be so easy to let my fate just carry me away... following this same path my whole life through. But I know I can't. What I do, I do...with no regrets.
No people are uninteresting. Their fate is like the chronicles of planets. Nothing in them is not particular, and planet is dissimilar from planet.
— Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I had an old band in Scandinavia, the beginning of Mercyful Fate, so it reminds me of my roots as a teenager. We used to play songs like Grinder and all that. It's really like being a teenager again. (Laughs)
— Yenz Leonhardt
Now, even more than the evening before, he could think of no one with whom to compare her. She had become absolute, beyond comparison. She had become decision and fate.
— Yasunari Kawabata
You cannot tell whether a person is good or bad by his vicissitudes in life. Good and bad fortune are matters of fate.
— Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Destiny is that which we are drawn towards and Fate is that which we run into.
— Wyatt Earp
It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs.
— Woodrow Wilson
Twelve years ago I made a mockOf filthy trades and traffics;I considered what they meant by stock;I wrote delightful sapphics;I knew the streets of Rome and Troy,I supped with fates and Fairies-Twelve years ago I was a boy,A happy boy at Drury's.
— Winthrop Mackworth Praed
Life flows on over death as water closes over a stone dropped into a pool. ... Fate is certain; death is certain; but the courage and nobility of men and women matter more than these.
— Winifred Holtby
The whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak violence upon South Carolina. I almost tremble for her fate.
— William Tecumseh Sherman
Fate gives you the finger and you accept.
— William Shatner
It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity.
— William Samuel Johnson
Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.
— William Rounseville Alger
It is not... That some people do not know what to do with truth when it is offered to them, But the tragic fate is to reach, after patient search, a condition of mind-blindness, in which. The truth is not recognized, though it stares you in the face.
— William Osler
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.
— William O. Douglas
The tragedy of Karbala decided not only the fate of the Caliphate, but also of Mohammadan kingdoms long after the Caliphate had waned and disappeared.
— William Muir
If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.
— William McFee
Nation after nation, when at the zenith of its power, has proclaimed itself invincible because its army could shake the earth with its tread and its ships could fill the seas, but these nations are dead, and we must build upon a different foundation if we would avoid their fate.
— William Jennings Bryan
It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined.
— William J. Brennan
If you do not create your destiny,you will have your fate inflicted upon you.
— William Irwin Thompson
There is a thin line between the policeman and the criminal. The best cops are always crossed. The best cops are the ones who are able to think like criminals. But for a quirk of fate, they might have been criminals.
— William Friedkin
The admiral, or commander in chief of a squadron, being frequently invested with a great charge, on which the fate of a kingdom may depend, ought certainly to be possessed of abilities equal to so important a station and so extensive a command.
— William Falconer
Small are the seeds fate does unheeded sowOf slight beginnings to important ends.
— William Davenant
Fate steals along with silent tread, Found oftenest in what least we dread; Frowns in the storm with angry brow, But in the sunshine strikes the blow.
— William Cowper
But what is to be the fate of the great wen of all? The monster, called, by the silly coxcombs of the press, "the metropolis of the empire"?
— William Cobbett
Geology has shared the fate of other infant sciences, in being for a while considered hostile to revealed religion; so like them, when fully understood, it will be found a potent and consistent auxiliary to it, exalting our conviction of the Power, and Wisdom, and Goodness of the Creator.
— William Buckland
Some people's lives are affected by what happens to their person or their property; but for others fate is what happens to their feelings and their thoughts - that and nothing more.
— Willa Cather
There is no justice, and great harm, in diminishing the whole array of future opportunity to save a few people now from a regrettable fate.
— Will Wilkinson
But I have learned a thing or two; I know as sure as fate, when we lock up our lives for wealth, the gold key comes too late.
— Will Carleton
How a person masters his or her fate is more important than what that fate is.
— Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is almost more important how a person takes his fate than what it is. And the best way is with gratitude while trying to improve it for the good of others and themselves.
— Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is.
— Wilhelm von Humboldt
It is tragic to have to realize that the best I had to give as a soldier, obedience, and loyalty, was exploited for purposes which could not be recognized at the time, and that I did not see that there is a limit set even for a soldier's performance to his duty. That is my fate.
— Wilhelm Keitel