Fatalism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "fatalism" (showing 1-30 of 59)
Dave Eggers
“But everyone disappears, no matter who loves them.”
Dave Eggers, What Is the What

Slavoj Žižek
“[T]his readiness to assume the guilt for the threats to our environment is deceptively reassuring: We like to be guilty since, if we are guilty, it all depends on us. We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives. What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be. To avoid this impotence, we engage in frantic, obsessive activities. We recycle old paper, we buy organic food, we install long-lasting light bulbs—whatever—just so we can be sure that we are doing something. We make our individual contribution like the soccer fan who supports his team in front of a TV screen at home, shouting and jumping from his seat, in the belief that this will somehow influence the game's outcome.”
Slavoj Žižek

Kazuo Ishiguro
“Your life must now run the course that's been set for it.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Marilyn Hacker
“From Orient Point

The art of living isn't hard to muster:
Enjoy the hour, not what it might portend.
When someone makes you promises, don't trust her

unless they're in the here and now, and just her
willing largesse free-handed to a friend.
The art of living isn't hard to muster:

groom the old dog, her coat gets back its luster;
take brisk walks so you're hungry at the end.
When someone makes you promises, don't trust her

to know she can afford what they will cost her
to keep until they're kept. Till then, pretend
the art of living isn't hard to muster.

Cooking, eating and drinking are a cluster
of pleasures. Next time, don't go round the bend
when someone makes you promises. Don't trust her

past where you'd trust yourself, and don't adjust her
words to mean more to you than she'd intend.
The art of living isn't hard to muster.

You never had her, so you haven't lost her
like spare house keys. Whatever she opens,
when someone makes you promises, don't. Trust your
art; go on living: that's not hard to muster.”
Marilyn Hacker

“You can’t change the past. You can’t even change the future, in the sense that you can only change the present one moment at a time, stubbornly, until the future unwinds itself into the stories of our lives.”
Larry Wall

Mario Benedetti
“La verdad, es que en el fondo soy un fatalista. Si a uno le llega la hora, da lo mismo un Boeing que la puntual maceta que se derrumba sobre uno desde un séptimo piso”
Mario Benedetti, La muerte y otras sorpresas

Juli Zeh
“Was die Menschen täglich ihre Entscheidungen nennen, ist nichts weiter als ein gut einstudiertes Spiel.”
Juli Zeh, Spieltrieb

Tennessee Williams
“I’ve been accused of having a death wish but I think it’s life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessly, on any terms whatsoever.”
Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth

Amit Kalantri
“Seeing the mud around a lotus is pessimism, seeing a lotus in the mud is optimism.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Submission, when it is submission to the truth — and when the truth is known to be both beautiful and merciful — has nothing in common with fatalism or stoicism as these terms are understood in the Western tradition, because its motivation is different. According to Fakhr ad-Din ar-RazT, one of the great commentators upon the Quran: The worship of the eyes is
weeping, the worship of the ears is listening, the worship of the tongue is praise, the worship of the hands is giving, the worship of the body is effort, the worship of the heart is fear and hope, and the worship of the spirit is surrender and satisfaction in Allah.”
Fakhr ad-Din ar-Razi, Gai Eaton

Jorge Luis Borges
“And yet, and yet… Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny … is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

Leo Tolstoy
“We are forced to fall back on fatalism as an explanation of irrational events (that is to say, events the reasonableness of which we do not understand).”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Samuel Butler
“Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.”
Samuel Butler

Thérèse de Lisieux
“Qu'importe, mon Dieu, que je brûle toute l'éternité en enfer, si c'est ta volonté.”
Thérèse de Lisieux

Simone de Beauvoir
“La fatalité triomphe dès que l'on croit en elle.”
Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day

Sara Baume
“And I wonder if any of the road-kill creatures actually wanted to die and threw themselves beneath the speeding wheels. A lethargic swallow who couldn't bear the prospect of flying all the way back to Africa again. An insomniac hedgehog who couldn't stand the thought of lying awake all winter with no one to talk to.”
Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Omar Khayyám
“My tomb shall be in a spot where the north wind may scatter roses over it.”
Omar Khayyám

Pervez Hoodbhoy
“A society oriented towards fatalism, or one in which an interventionist deity forms part of the matrix of causal connections, is bound to produce fewer individuals inclined to probe the unknown with the tools of science.”
Pervez Hoodbhoy, Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality

Andy Weir
“When I was up there, stranded by myself, did I think I was going to die? Yes. Absolutely, and that’s what you need to know going in because it’s going to happen to you. This is space. It does not cooperate. At some point everything is going to go south on you. Everything is going to go south and you’re going to say 'This is it. This is how I end.' Now you can either accept that or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math, you solve one problem. Then you solve the next one, and then the next and if you solve enough problems you get to come home.”
Andy Weir, The Martian: A Screenplay

Tatyana Tolstaya
“Dostoyevsky's indignation at Afanasy Fet's innocent lyrics, "Whispers, timid breath, the nightingales trilled," is well known. This is simply disgraceful, wrote Dostoyevsky indignantly, and he speculated what an insulting impression such empty verses would have made if they'd been given to someone to read during the Lisbon earthquake! Some people protested: Yes, of course, Dostoyevsky is right, but we aren't having an earthquake, and we aren't in Lisbon, and after all, are we not allowed to love, to listen to nightingales, to admire the beauty of a beloved woman? But Dostoyevsky's argument held sway for a long time. It did so because of the way Russians perceive Russian life: as a constant, unending Lisbon earthquake.”
Tatyana Tolstaya, Pushkin's Children: Writing on Russia and Russians

Richard Baxter
“What interest hath this empty world in me? and what is there in it that may seem so lovely, as to entice my desires and delight from thee, or make me loth to come away? When I look about me with a deliberate, undeceived eye, methinks this world is a howling wilderness, and most of the inhabitants are untamed, hideous monsters. All its beauty I can wink into blackness, and all its mirth I can think into sadness ; I can drown all its pleasures in a few penitent tears, and the wind of a sigh will scatter them away (650).”
Richard Baxter, The Saints' Everlasting Rest

“He is a curious avatar. Passion and pain, made manifest. The dreams he had are gone. All that is left is this unflinching need to prove the world false. Does he truly understand his own actions? Or does he merely flail about as marionettes do without skilled hands to guide them?”
Grant Smuts, Where The Gods Lie Dreaming

“Or was that fatalism another good move in design space? Did the universe evolve eyes and wings and sense organs and bitter amusement at the prospect of death all the same way?”
James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn

Isaac Asimov
“Frustration of my plans to lighten the disaster will convince people that the future holds no promise for them. Already they recall the lives of their grandfathers with envy. They will see that political revolutions and trade stagnations will increase. The feeling will pervade the Galaxy that only what a man can grasp for himself at that moment will be of any account. Ambitious men will not wait and unscrupulous men will not hang back. By their every action they will hasten the decay of the worlds.”
Isaac Asimov, The Foundation Trilogy

Andrzej Sapkowski
“Then the prophetess said to the witcher: "I shall give you this advice: wear boots made of iron, take
in hand a staff of steel. Then walk until the end of the world. Help yourself with your staff to break the land before you and wet it with your tears. Go through fire and water, do not stop along the way,
do not look behind you. And when the boots are worn, when your staff is blunt, once the wind and the heat has dried your eyes so that your tears no longer flow, then at the end of the world you may
find what you are looking for and what you love...

The witcher went through fire and water, he did not look back. He did not take iron boots or a staff
of steel. He took only his sword. He did not listen to the words of prophets. And he did well because she was a bad prophet.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Czas pogardy

Oscar Wilde
“Every one should have their hands told once a month so as to know what not to do. Of course, one does it all the same, but it is so pleasant to be warned.”
Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

Christa Wolf
“I've known one thing for a long time: there's a role in the big machine even for someone who makes fun of it.”
Christa Wolf, Medea

“İf her feelings belong to you, she will come back to you, if not, she will never, whatever you do. You probably will think about what to do then: if everything has already been predetermined, why should I make any efforts to gain her love instead of doing absolutely nothing and just passively waiting for future results? However, it has already been predetermined that this also does not depend on you -- you simply cannot choose to be a passive observer -- just like it is not at all in your hands whether to love her or not.”
Elmar Hussein

Oakley Hall
“The retreating slow crack of Blaisedell's bootheels had been a sound as lonely, and as fatal.”
Oakley Hall, Warlock

Charles de Gaulle
“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.”
Charles de Gaulle

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