What if humanity really knew its fate

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  • The gladiator takes it as a shame to be given a bad partner. He knows that victory without danger is victory without fame. Fate proceeds in the same way: It chooses the bravest as partners.

  • There is no fate that cannot be overcome by scorn.

  • Sometimes it is as if what we call fate was doing its tricky things on good and discreet people, since it lets so many fools and villains saunter around comfortably. Pious people may interpret it as they like, and in it find a testing wisdom; it can only be annoying and annoying to the rest of us.

  • Surrender yourself to fate without resistance and let it weave you into the relationships in which it pleases.

  • Fate, he now knew, did not come from anywhere; it grew within himself.

  • Fate creeps quietly / Around this world / One has the bag / The other has the money.

  • The most interesting times of human existence are not those in which you give in to the illusion of being able to lead your own life, to deviate to the left or right, to persevere or to give up, but those in which you hear the beat of fate clearly above your head hears.

  • As you made the cake, so will you have to eat it.

  • The easy wheel of fate turns in fast circles.

  • Providence is also worldly, and howls with wolves like the smartest man. But as soon as her will has gotten to work, she throws off the mask.

  • In great times, all small suffering and all individual complaints about one's own fate disappear.

  • One has to deal with fate as with the state of health of the body: enjoy it when it is good, be patient when it is bad, and use strong remedies only in extreme need.

  • The gods apply the same principle to good people as teachers do to their students. They demand higher performance from those in whom they have higher hopes.

  • There are things, relationships, conditions and types of occupation that people defend themselves against with hands and feet when they get into it, and which afterwards they find entirely tailored to themselves when they finally get into it.

  • If fate is involved, you don't need to look for anyone or anything, you will be found.

  • Whoever sows a thought today will reap the action tomorrow, the habit the day after tomorrow, then the character and finally his fate.

  • As if whipped by invisible spirits, the sun horses of time get by with our fate's light chariot; and we have nothing left but to bravely hold on to the reins and now to the right, now to the left, from the stone here, from the fall there, to turn the wheels away. Where is it going, who knows? He hardly remembers where he came from.

  • I defy all premonitions: there is a special providence over the fall of a sparrow. If it happens now, it will not happen in the future; if it happens in the future, it happens now; if it doesn't happen now, it will happen sometime in the future. Everything is ready.

  • You can't forbid the wind. But you can build mills.

  • The human thinks, God leads.

  • How often are we distracted from a sharply defined goal in order to attain a higher one! To his greatest annoyance, the traveler breaks a wheel on the way and through this unpleasant coincidence comes to the most pleasant acquaintances and connections that have an influence on his whole life. Fate grants us our desires, but in its own way.

  • We are given / not to rest in any place. / It disappears, it falls / the suffering people / blindly from one hour to the next / like water, thrown from cliff to cliff, / for years down into the unknown.

  • Every extraordinary person has a certain mission that he is called to carry out. Once he has accomplished it, he is no longer needed on earth in this form, and Providence uses him again for something else. But since everything happens naturally down here, the demons trip him one leg after the other until he is finally defeated. So did Napoleon and many others.

  • What distinguishes winners from losers is how someone reacts to twists and turns of fortune.

  • We are like the lambs playing in the meadow while the butcher is already selecting one and the other of them with his eyes; for we do not know, in our good days, what calamity fate is causing us right now.

  • Because the fool is like me, why have I stood by wisdom?

  • It is your job to perform the role you received well. Choosing the role falls to someone else.

  • The stars are only the father of your destiny. The mother is your own soul.

  • Man believes he is leading his life, leading himself, and his innermost being is irresistibly drawn to his fate.

  • Take it for pleasure and it is pleasure! Take it as agony and it is agony!

  • Fate usually extends a bill twice before presenting it.

  • We're all sitting on a ball and nobody can jump off it.