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In 55BC, Greek atomic theory philosopher by Lucretius employed the term fate, in the context of Epicurean swerve theory, as follows: (Ѻ)

“Again, if ev'r all motions are co-linked,
And from the old ever arise the new
In fixed order, and primordial seeds [atoms]
Produce not by their swerving some new start
Of motion to sunder the covenants of fate,
That cause succeed not cause from everlasting,
Whence this free will for creatures o'er the lands,
Whence is it wrested from the fates,—this will
Whereby we step right forward where desire
Leads each man on, whereby the same we swerve
In motions, not as at some fixed time,
Nor at some fixed line of space, but where
The mind itself has urged? For out of doubt
In these affairs 'tis each man's will itself
That gives the start, and hence throughout our limbs
Incipient motions are diffused”


The following are the discerning views of Shakespeare on fate:

Fate, show thy force; ourselves we do not owe;
What is decreed must be, and be this so!”
William Shakespeare (1602), Twelfth Night (Act 1, Scene 5); cited by Edward Farber (1961), in respect to ranking greatest chemists [2]


Scottish mathematical physicist and engineer William Rankine employs the term fate, in the fifth stanza of his 1845 poem "The Mathematician in Love", in the context of third law of motion (see: laws of motion), as follows:

No doubts of the fate of his suit made him pause,
For he proved, to his own satisfaction,
That the fair one returned his affection; — “because,
“As every one knows, by mechanical laws,
Re-action is equal to action.”


Bray | No Fate / No Chance
The following are Bray quotes on fate and or chance:

“The scientist does not behold in nature what the poet does. He sees no blind chance, no miracles, no fate, unless you call perfection by that name.”
Henry Bray (1910), The Living Universe (pg. 216)

“Neither fate nor chance is found, but everywhere law and harmony, that make the mighty cosmos one.”
Henry Bray (1910), The Living Universe (pg. 226)


The 2007 film No Country for Old Men, by the Coen brothers, employs “flipism” (Ѻ) as a vicarious arbiter of fate; the character Chigurh occasionally gives his victims a second chance by flipping a coin and letting fate decide if he should spare them or not: (Ѻ)

Chigurh: “Call it.”
Carla Jean: “The coin don’t have no say. It’s just you.”
Chigurh: “I got here the same way the coin did.”


Fate quote (god, fate, accident)
A typical or popular “fate” quote (Ѻ) showing the interplay and or contrast with akin terms: accident or god.
The following are noted quotes:

“A man’s character is his fate.”
Heraclitus (475BC)

“The human species is but one of many. Viewed from a sort of universal microscope, we appear as but a vast collection of molecules in motion. In our current state we are firmly attached to an earthly substrate, feeding off the energy gradient of the sun. The fate of our chemical species is undeniably tied to the affinities and energies of interaction required to maintain our evolving earth ecosystem. We live in a closed system. In order to understand the nature of things, we must learn more about both our reactions and our products.”
Jeff Tuhtan (2012), PhD “A Modeling Approach for Alpine Rivers Impacted by Hydropeaking Including the Second Law Inequality” [1]

See also

1. Tuhtan, Jeff. (2012). “A Modeling Approach for Alpine Rivers Impacted by Hydropeaking Including the Second Law Inequality” (pg. 1) (pdf), PhD dissertation, Stuttgart University, Germany.
2. Farber, Eduard. (1961). Great Chemists (pg. 8). Interscience Publishers.

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