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William Shakespeare – Born int greatness

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William ShakespeareSome are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Your fate awaits you. Accept it in body and spirit.

William Shakespeare   (1564-1616)

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George Orwell – Ordinary men are passive

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George OrwellFor the ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle (home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics) he feels himself master of his fate, but against major events he is as helpless as against the elements. So far from endeavoring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.

George Orwell   (1903-1950)
Inside the Whale

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Aristotle – The art of governing humankind

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AristotleAll who have meditated on the art of governing humankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Pearl S. Buck – Fate is unalterable only in a sense

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Pearl BuckFate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.

Pearl S. Buck   (1892-1973)

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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan – Culture of superstition vs. science

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There is no scientific basis for how movement of planets and stars can influence our fate. There is no reason for time of birth to influence events years later. The predictions made are either obvious or shown to be random … A culture based on superstitions will do worse than one based on scientific knowledge and rational thoughts.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan  

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Horace – Fate turns out the doom of high and low

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Horace Fate with impartial hand turns out the doom of high and low; her capacious urn is constantly shaking the names of all mankind.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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