William Shakespeare quote about fate from Twelfth Night - Fate, show thy force. Ourselves we do not owe: what is decreed must be; and be this so!
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Fate, show thy force. Ourselves we do not owe: what is decreed must be; and be this so!
 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Twelfth Night
Topic fate destiny
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Act I, Scene 5
Note Written between 1601 and 1602 Olivia line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1526/pg1526-images.html

Context

“I'll give him reasons for't. Hie thee, Malvolio.
MALVOLIO. Madam, I will. [Exit.]
OLIVIA. I do I know not what: and fear to find Mine eye too great a flatterer for my mind. Fate, show thy force. Ourselves we do not owe:
What is decreed must be; and be this so! [Exit.]
ACT II. SCENE I. The sea-coast.
[Enter ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN.]
ANTONIO. Will you stay no longer; nor will you not that I go with you?” source

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