A certain man asked Mullah Nasruddin,
"What is the meaning of fate, Mullah Nasruddin?"
"Assumptions, Mullah Nasruddin replied."
"In what way?" the man asked again.
Mullah Nasruddin looked at him and said;
"You assume things are going to go well, and they don't - that you call bad luck. You assume things are going to go badly and they don't - that you call good luck. You assume that certain things are going to happen or not happen - and you so lack intuition that you don't know what is going to happen. You assume that the future is unknown. When you are caught out - you call that Fate."