„And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it,
neither brave man nor coward, I tell you—
it's born with us the day that we are born.“
VI. 488–489 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Μοῖραν δ' οὔ τινά φημι πεφυγμένον ἔμμεναι ἀνδρῶν,
οὐ κακὸν οὐδὲ μὲν ἐσθλόν, ἐπὴν τὰ πρῶτα γένηται.
„My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived; and as I can do neither good nor evil, I must be borne away by others and meet the common fate.“
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
On the Vice-Presidency of the United States, in a letter to Abigail Adams (19 December 1793).
„I was born human. But this was an accident of fate - a condition merely of time and place. I believe it's something we have the power to change.“
— Kevin Warwick British robotics and cybernetics researcher 1954
in Kevin Warwick "Cyborg 1.0", Wired, pp.145-151, February 2000.
„The girl was one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks.“
— Guy De Maupassant French writer 1850 - 1893
She was one of those pretty and charming girls, born by a blunder of destiny in a family of employees. She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known, understood, loved, married by a man rich and distinguished; and she let them make a match for her with a little clerk in the Department of Education.
La Parure (The Necklace) (1884)
Contexto: The girl was one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no expectations, no way of being known, understood, loved, married by any rich and distinguished man; so she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.
— Alice Borchardt, livro The Dragon Queen
The Dragon Queen
„Nix had told Emma before she'd left for Europe that on this trip she would 'do that which you were born to do.' Apparently, Emma was born to get kidnapped by a deranged Lykae. Her fate sucked.“
— Kresley Cole, livro A Hunger Like No Other
Fonte: A Hunger Like No Other
„Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality; an attribute that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable of it.“
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
I, p. 448
1810s, Letters to John Taylor (1814)
Contexto: Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality; an attribute that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable of it. There is nothing moral or immoral in the idea of it. The definition of it is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power; it can elect between objects, indifferent in point of morality, neither morally good nor morally evil. If the substance in which this quality, attribute, adjective, call it what you will, exists, has a moral sense, a conscience, a moral faculty; if it can distinguish between moral good and moral evil, and has power to choose the former and refuse the latter, it can, if it will, choose the evil and reject the good, as we see in experience it very often does.
„There's no escaping fate, it just keeps going. Day and night, the future just keeps coming at you.“
— Chuck Palahniuk, livro Invisible Monsters
Fonte: Invisible Monsters
— Emily Prager American writer 1948
A Visit from the Footbinder
„The self… is not an organic thing that has a specific location, whose fundamental fate is to be born, to mature, to die; it is a dramatic effect arising diffusely from a scene that is presented.“
— Erving Goffman, livro The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
p 252; Cited in: Javier Trevino, Goffman's Legacy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003, p. 55.
1950s-1960s, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, 1959
„I have borne the musket of a soldier, the traveller’s cane, and the pilgrim’s staff: as a sailor my fate has been as inconstant as the wind: a kingfisher, I have made my nest among the waves.“
— François-René de Chateaubriand, livro Memórias de alémtúmulo
Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1848 – 1850)
Contexto: I have borne the musket of a soldier, the traveller’s cane, and the pilgrim’s staff: as a sailor my fate has been as inconstant as the wind: a kingfisher, I have made my nest among the waves.
I have been party to peace and war: I have signed treaties, protocols, and along the way published numerous works. I have been made privy to party secrets, of court and state: I have viewed closely the rarest disasters, the greatest good fortune, the highest reputations. I have been present at sieges, congresses, conclaves, at the restoration and demolition of thrones. I have made history, and been able to write it. … Within and alongside my age, perhaps without wishing or seeking to, I have exerted upon it a triple influence, religious, political and literary.
„What would I tell her? That I have always known I belonged here? That one day some action will be required that will prove my life's value? A forty-six-year-old man, waiting for fate to take over… it likely already has.“
— Philipp Meyer American writer 1974
Fonte: The Son (2013), p. 269
„It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate awaiting them on this earth.“
— Joseph Conrad, livro Chance
Chance (1913), part I, Ch. 6
„Man may […] be master of his fate, but he has a precious poor servant. It is easier to command a lapdog or a mule for a whole day than one's own fate for half-an-hour.“
— Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953
Fonte: The Path to Rome (1902), p. 299
— Christopher Marlowe, O Judeu de Malta
Ferneze, Act V
The Jew of Malta (c. 1589)
„I tried very hard. But I can't help it. The Fates are cruel. They sent you to me, my brave one, knowing that you would break my heart.“
— Rick Riordan, livro The Battle of the Labyrinth
Fonte: The Battle of the Labyrinth