Inevitability Quotes

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Pablo Neruda
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
Pablo Neruda

Terry Eagleton
“After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.”
Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right

Michael Ondaatje
“This last night we tear into each other, as if to wound, as if to find the key to everything before morning.”
Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter

“Just because an apple falls one hundred times out of a hundred does not mean it will fall on the hundred and first.”
Derek Landy, Death Bringer

Robert Jordan
“Whether the bear beats the wolf or the wolf beats the bear, the rabbit always loses.”
Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

Golda Meir
“Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard there's nothing you can do.”
Golda Meir, As good as Golda;: The warmth and wisdom of Israel's Prime Minister

Jamaica Kincaid
“The inevitable is no less a shock just because it is inevitable.”
Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother

Stanisław Lem
“So one must be resigned to being a clock that measures the passage of time, now out of order, now repaired, and whose mechanism generates despair and love as soon as its maker sets it going? Are we to grow used to the idea that every man relives ancient torments, which are all the more profound because they grow comic with repetition? That human existence should repeat itself, well and good, but that it should repeat itself like a hackneyed tune, or a record a drunkard keeps playing as he feeds coins into the jukebox...”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

H. Rider Haggard
“Time after time have nations, ay, and rich and strong nations, learned in the arts, been, and passed away to be forgotten, so that no memory of them remains. This is but one of several; for Time eats up the works of man.”
H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure

Brian Evenson
“Anything can happen: anything. Or nothing. Who can say? The world, monstrous, is made that way, and in the end consumes us all. Who am I, administrated or no, to have the audacity to survive it?”
Brian Evenson, Fugue State

Nadine Gordimer
“Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be.”
Nadine Gordimer, Get a Life

Núria Añó
“The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.”
Núria Añó

Atul Gawande
“Death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things.”
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Helen Humphreys
“I'm beginning to feel as though everything has happened before, that our story has already been told. Just as we were powerless to stop the fox stealing the chicken, so there seems to be an inevitability to all that takes place at Mosel. This is a ghost story. And we have somehow become the ghosts of these young men who worked this estate before the Great War. The living are the dead.”
Helen Humphreys, The Lost Garden

Helen Simonson
“I have produced no children of my own and my husband is dead," she replied, an acid tone in her voice. "Thus I am more to be pitied than revered. I am expected to give up the shop to my nephew, who will then be able to afford to bring a very good wife from Pakistan. In exchange, I will be given houseroom and no doubt, the honor of taking care of several small children of other family members."

The Major was silent. He was at once appalled and also reluctant to hear any more. This was why people usually talked about the weather.”
Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Matthew Woodring Stover
“Everything dies. In time, even stars burn out.”
Matthew Stover

Philip K. Dick
“Kevin is right about his cat. It’s all there in his dead cat. The Great Judge can’t answer Kevin: ‘Why did my cat die?’ Answer: ‘Damned if I know.’ There is no answer; there is only a dead animal that just wanted to cross the street. We’re all animals that want to cross the street only something mows us down half-way across that we never saw.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS

“Even night is a gesture, sleep
a cog in its wheel of stars. Lie down.
At some point you lie down.”
Marianne Boruch, Cadaver, Speak

Charles Yu
“As everyone knows, water hates poor people.”
Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The size of an ending will never offset the inevitability of a beginning.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Clive James
“...and in the spell
Of Proust's great paragraphs we hear and see
The ocean into which we all, as he did,
Must sink back, our achievements left behind –
Whether a necessary task fulfilled
Or else whole symphonies – and be reclaimed
By nature, which has no mind of its own
But simply makes us welcome, as the ashes
Of Maria Callas, spread on the Agean,
Were first a cloud, and then a mist, then nothing
But an everlasting song reduced to atoms
Which, though they drift apart, are still together
In the memories of those of us who live.”
Clive James, Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

Romain Gary
“It was as though I were appealing a medical verdict to a higher court; and I knew, after all, though the law is occasionally flexible enough to grant a suspended sentence, it is futile to keep appealing against decrees of nature.”
Romain Gary

Romain Gary
“— Let’s say that it’s a good idea to see these things as they are, in order to gain some necessary detachment...
— He gave a sad little smile.
— I know, I know - the hardest peace treaties are the ones one has to conclude with oneself.”
Romain Gary

Iris Murdoch
“I just don't know what's going to happen. All I know is that whatever it is it's got to happen. Next week.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

H.G. Wells
“There are occasions when a moralising novelist can merely wring his hands and leave matters to take their course.”
H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll

Andrés Barba
“Everything fights death, I thought, from maggots to sequoias, from the river Eré to a termite. I will not die, I will not die, I will not die.”
Andrés Barba, República luminosa

Homer
“Hector...boast while you may. The victory is yours, a gift from Zeus the Son of Cronos and Apollo. They conquered me...Listen to this and ponder it well. You too, I swear it, have not long to live. Already sovran Destiny and Death are very close to you, death at the hands of Achilles, the peerless son of Peleus”
Homer, The Iliad

Homer
“However, what is done is better left alone, though we resent it still, and we must curb our hearts perforce...as for my death, when Zeus and the other deathless gods appoint it, let it come.”
Homer, The Iliad

Samuel R. Delany
“The inevitable is that unprepared for.”
Samuel R. Delany, Nova

Max Gladstone
“Sixty years ago my family lived in an orange grove. Forty years ago we were one house in a field of houses, with few orange trees between. Twenty years ago we were one of many houses in a row in a rich neighborhood. Ten years ago, mainlanders bought up all the houses, all but my family’s, because my father didn’t sell. So now we have a hotel to the left of us, and a surf shop to the right, and two bars on the street, and three mansions, and no orange trees. My father sits on the porch and rocks, as he’s done all my life. Even if you live sixty years on one block, the block moves around you.

Gladstone, Max. The Craft Sequence . Tom Doherty Associates. Kindle Edition.”
Max Gladstone, Full Fathom Five

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