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

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

On a windswept hill
by a billowing sea,
my destiny sits
and waits for me.
~Robert Brault,

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

Sometimes, perhaps, we are allowed to get lost that we may find the right person to ask directions of.  ~Robert Brault,

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

The last I heard from my destiny, it wanted me to make a legal U-Turn at my next opportunity.  ~Robert Brault,

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

You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window, well, sometimes out of nowhere he'll do you one better and he'll kick a whole wall down. ~Glee, "Furt" (season 2, episode 8, original airdate November 23, 2010), written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, spoken by the character Burt Hummel

Alas, by the time Fate caught up with my life, Chance had it all planned.  ~Robert Brault,

There is an unseen life that dreams us.  It knows our true direction and destiny.  We can trust ourselves more than we realize and we need have no fear of change.  ~John O'Donohue

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.  So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.  You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.  This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.  ~Steve Jobs

It is sad when two people turn from the paths they're traveling, and their paths go on to cross without them.  ~Robert Brault,

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

Our destiny hides among our free choices, disguised as the free-est of all.  ~Robert Brault,

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

Sometimes fate brings two people together by causing one to misinterpret a smile. ~Robert Brault,

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

Fate, Chance, God's Will - we all try to account for our lives somehow.  What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane?  Gotta be Fate.  ~Robert Brault

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