„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).
„It was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of men — where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane; where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same time.“
— Charles Lindbergh American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist 1902 - 1974
Thoughts on his first parachute jump in The Spirit of St Louis (1953)
„All that is good in civilization must be for the equal use of all, in order that each man may make his life most worthwhile to the common life and to himself.“
— George D. Herron American clergyman, writer and activist 1862 - 1925
„Thy fate is the common fate of all;
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882
"The Rainy Day", Bentley's Miscellany ( December 1841 http://books.google.com/books?id=pW8AAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Thy+fate+is+the+common+fate+of+all+Into+each+life+some+rain+must+fall+some+days+must+be+dark+and+dreary%22&pg=PA626#v=onepage).
„"There are five people you meet in heaven," the Blue Man suddenly said. "Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth."“
— Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
„Ah! where shall weary man take sanctuary,
where live his little span of life secure?
and 'scape of Heaven serene th' indignant storms
that launch their thunders at us earthen worms?“
— Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Stanza 106, lines 5–8 (tr. Richard Francis Burton)
— Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
„There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to – if there are no doors or windows – he walks through a wall.“
— Bernard Malamud American author 1914 - 1986
"The Man in the Drawer", in Rembrandt's Hat (1973); cited from Selected Stories (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985) p. 225
„Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.“
— John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
Epilogue. Compare: "Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long", Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, part i. sect. 2, memb. 1, subsect. 2.
— Thomas Gray English poet, historian 1716 - 1771
III. 3, Line 16
— Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
Quoting Plato, as translated by Abraham Arden Brill, "The Interpretation of Dreams" https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Freud_-_The_interpretation_of_dreams.djvu/511 (1913 edition), p.493