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The Moires Clotho and Lachesis intent on weaving the thread of fate.
A Precious Thread (J. Strudwick, C.E.1885)

The Moirai, three goddesses of fate, in Greek mythology.

Quotes about the Moirai:[edit]

Three other women sat in a circle at equal distances, each on her own throne: they were the Moires, daughters of Ananke, Lachesis, Clotho, and Atropos, dressed in white and with their heads girded with bandages; on the harmony of the Sirens Lachesis sang the past, Clotho the present, Atropos the future. (Plato)

  • Even the gods had to submit to the cruel decrees of the Fates. (Stephen Fry)
  • – Who governs necessity?
    – The Moires who weave the thread and the Erinyes with implacable memory.
    – And Zeus is weaker than them?
    – Even Zeus cannot escape what is destined. (Aeschylus)
  • I imagine them as three hags with hollowed-out cheeks, dressed in black rags, sitting in a cave babbling and nodding their heads as they spin, and instead many sculptors and poets depict them as pink-cheeked maidens, with white tunics and a modest smile on their lips. (Stephen Fry)
  • But why does she who spins day and night | The distaff had not yet drawn them | which Clotho imposes on each one and compiles (Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy)
  • Then Momo gave birth, the ever-sorrowful Misery, | the Hesperidi, who cares, beyond the immense Oceàno, | they have golden apples, trees heavy with fruit, | and the sorrowful Moires, who inflict cruel torments, | Atropos, Clotho, and Lachesis, who to all mortal peoples | the good, as soon as the light comes, they share, and the evil, | and of the past the punishments inflict on men and on the gods. | Nor do these Divas ever desist from tremendous indignation, | before they inflict on every one the punishment as he has failed. (Hesiod)
  • He married the soft Tèmi seconda, che a luce da' l'Ore, | He says, with Eunomía, with Mighty Peace — on the work | they are always watching over men — and the Fates, | to whom the Chronicle bestowed the greatest honour: Lachèsi | Atropos and Klotus: good go to men and evil. (Hesiod)



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