Quotations on Destiny

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There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man's general destiny.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Experience, Ability, Destiny, Man, Unity)

Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Destiny, Man)

What is the highest secret to victory and peace? To will what God wills, and strike a league with destiny.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: God, Peace, Victory, Destiny, Will)

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Character, Habit, Destiny, Harvest, Law)

For me, it was not destiny to make it to where I am now - I thought for a long- time I would become a go-kart mechanic, or a job like this, not an F1 driver.
- Fernando Alonso
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Destiny, Job, Now)

Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Family, Destiny, Destruction, Salvation, Woman)

Destiny has two ways of crushing us - by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Destiny, Wishes)

More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: History, Destiny, Friends, Nations, United)

I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.
- Susan B. Anthony
(Keywords: People, Being, Destiny, Lies, Nation, states, United, Woman)

No man can be stronger than his destiny.
- Mary Austin
(Keywords: Destiny, Man)

A dark and terrible side of this sense of community of interests is the fear of a horrible common destiny which in these days of atomic weapons darkens men's minds all around the globe.
- Emily Greene Balch
(Keywords: Men, Fear, Community, Destiny, Sense, Weapons)

Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Destiny, Old, Temper, Woman)

Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.
- Dennis Banks
(Keywords: Destiny, Meaning, Spirituality)

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.
- Charles Barkley
(Keywords: Government, Education, People, Control, Destiny, Help, Poor)

What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Destiny, Man)

Children... are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God's children.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: God, Children, Destiny, Parents, Responsibility)

The spirit and determination of the people to chart their own destiny is the greatest power for good in human affairs.
- Matt Blunt
(Keywords: Power, People, Determination, Destiny, Spirit)

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Destiny, Self)

We are made for larger ends than Earth can encompass. Oh, let us be true to our exalted destiny.
- Catherine Booth
(Keywords: Destiny, Earth)

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug
(Keywords: Civilization, Destiny, Living, Mankind, World)

Automation and technology would be a great boon if it were creative, if there were more leisure, more opportunity to engage in raising a family, providing guidance to the young, all the stuff we say we need. America will work if we're all in it together. It'll work when there's a shared sense of destiny. It can be done!
- Jerry Brown
(Keywords: Technology, Work, Family, Opportunity, America, Destiny, Guidance, Leisure, Sense, Will)

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it.
- Leo Buscaglia
(Keywords: Change, People, Control, Destiny, Lonely, Want)

We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Keywords: History, People, Culture, Destiny, Language)

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Art, Time, People, Friend, Being, Destiny, Silence)

The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
- Alexis Carrel
(Keywords: Society, Possibility, Destiny, Duty, First)

The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Health, History, Control, Awareness, Destiny, First, Habits)

Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.
- Fidel Castro
(Keywords: Men, Destiny, Man)

It's our destiny to explore. It's our destiny to be a space-faring nation.
- Eugene Cernan
(Keywords: Destiny, Nation, Space)

The Destiny of every Nation is bound to the Destiny of all Others.
- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
(Keywords: Destiny, Nation)

An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Thoughts, Destiny, Example, Order, Past)

The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
(Keywords: Survival, Destiny, Future, Question, Road, Years)

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.
- Princess Diana
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Society, People, Goal, Destiny, Help, Nothing, Running, Trying, Will)

I already played James Dean in a film called Race with Destiny, but it hasn't come out yet.
- Casper Van Dien
(Keywords: Destiny, Film, Race)

My mother's passion for something more, to write a different destiny for a dirt-poor farmer's daughter, was to shape my entire life.
- Faye Dunaway
(Keywords: Life, Daughter, Mother, Destiny, Passion)

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: God, Alcohol, Comfort, Destiny, Folly, Man)

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination.
- Lawrence Durrell
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, People, Life, Artists, Compromise, Destiny, Potential)

The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.
- Freeman Dyson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Destiny, Question, Space, Will)

There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Destiny, Theory)

Which reminds me of a fortune cookie: you often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it.
- Hector Elizondo
(Keywords: Destiny, Fortune)

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
- Albert Ellis
(Keywords: Life, Mother, Control, Blame, Destiny, Ecology, President, Problems, Years)

However painful it may be for me to accept this conclusion, I am obliged to state it: for the black man there is only one destiny. And it is white.
- Frantz Fanon
(Keywords: Destiny, Man, May, State)

For the black man there is only one destiny. And it is white.
- Frantz Fanon
(Keywords: Destiny, Man)

So we've moved from an era when women's biology was women's destiny to today, which is an era in which men's biology is men's destiny.
- Warren Farrell
(Keywords: Men, Women, Destiny, Today)

How shall a man escape from that which is written; How shall he flee from his destiny?
- Ferdowsi
(Keywords: Destiny, Man)

For success, the author must make the reader care about the destiny of the principals, and sustain this anxiety, or suspense, for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett
(Keywords: Success, Anxiety, Care, Destiny, Suspense, Words)

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Keywords: Destiny, Road)

American future lies in the East. The great free markets of the Pacific Rim are the American destiny.
- Donald Freed
(Keywords: American, Destiny, Future, Lies)

Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug.
- Max Frisch
(Keywords: Marriage, Destiny, Sense)

Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can't help but reach for the stars. It's our nature. It's our destiny.
- Bill Frist
(Keywords: Nature, Adventure, Americans, Commerce, Destiny, Help, Potential, Space, Stars, Tests, Will)

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Destiny, Joy, Sorrow)



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