What do you call something that will not happen because is contradicts the fate? For example, an anecdote. "One day, a train rushed out from poit A to point B. Simultaneously, another train started moving from point B to point A. They both had high speed, and the crash could have been awful. But the trains never met. Just because ". Thank you!

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    "It wasn 't in the stars" is a common expression.
    – Nigel J
    Sep 5 '18 at 18:24

You may use the expression it was not meant to happen:

It was meant to:

  1. verb [usually passive]:

    • If you say that something was meant to happen, you believe that it was made to happen by God or fate, and did not just happen by chance.

(Collins Dictionary)

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    Or wasn't meant to be
    – Jim
    Sep 5 '18 at 18:46
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    It wasn't in the cards. and It wasn't in the stars. References to fortune telling Sep 5 '18 at 19:59
  • @Jas.MacOisdealbha - you should post an answer, rather than a comment
    – user 66974
    Sep 5 '18 at 20:02

A common expression that I have heard used is 'written in the stars'.​ Or in the context of the question 'not written in the stars'.

If you believe that something is written in the stars, you believe that it will be made to happen by a force that controls the future


Shakespeare disagreed, however. Or, at least, he put disagreement in the mouth of Cassius :

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Shakespeare Concordance - Julius Caesar : Act I, Scene 2, line 231

Note: The expression 'It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves' is a common misquote of the above line. See Quora.

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