Man may […] be master of his fate, but he has a precious poor servant. It is easier to command a lapdog or a mule for a whole day than one's own fate for half-an-hour.
— Hilaire Belloc, born on this date in 1870
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I think Heraklitos had a rather more succinct view of fate when he wrote, in what is only a fragment for us, that: "man´s character is his fate". A true realist!
That he was.