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Master yourself, then you can master your world. Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailers of Fate. (James Allen)

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)

For rarely man escapes his destiny. (Ludovico Ariosto)

Submit to the fate of your own free will. (Marcus Aurelius)

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. (Marcus Aurelius)

Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us! (Richard Bach)

I wanna rule my destiny. (Buju Banton)

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. (James M. Barrie)

What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes. (Samuel Beckett)

The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull. (Eric Berne)

destiny, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure. (Ambrose Bierce)

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat. (Elizabeth Bowen)

No man or woman can live another's fate. (Marion Zimmer Bradley)

Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. (Georges Braque)

On a windswept hill by a billowing sea, my destiny sits and waits for me. (Robert Brault)

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate! (Robert Browning)

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for, but rather something to be achieved. (William Jennings Bryan)

'It is destiny' phrase of the weak human heart! 'It is destiny' dark apology for every error! The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Fate is not the ruler, but the servant of Providence. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

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)

Choice, not chance, determines destiny. (Bill Byrne)

Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. (Joseph Campbell)

People's fates are simplified by their names. (Elias Canetti)

To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us. (Alexis Carrel)

One fine day (but all days are fine) as my mother was putting the bread in the oven, I went up to her, and taking her by her flour-smeared elbow I said to her, 'Mama... I want to be a painter.' (Marc Chagall)

A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star. (Edwin H. Chapin)

We are all puppets in the hands of fate and seldom see the strings... (Charles W. Chesnutt)

Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined. (Deepak Chopra)

Which brings me to my conclusion upon Free Will and Predestination, namely – let the reader mark it – that they are identical. (Winston Churchill)

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. (Winston Churchill)

We have all experienced times when, instead of being buffeted by anonymous forces, we do feel in control of our actions, masters of our own fate. On the rare occasions that it happens, we feel a sense of exhilaration... (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

It's destiny! Perhaps it is the energy that pulls on the threads and, well, I'm just leaving it as it is meant to be. (Liu Dan)

-at display of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art...
I never intended to make art. (Walt Disney)

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Being an artist is not an occupation, but a lifestyle or a destiny. (David Dory)

Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future. (Peter Drucker)

Love is not in our choice but in our fate. (John Dryden)

It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us. (George Eliot)

We must always take risks. That is our destiny. (T. S. Eliot)

There's a Chinese proberb that I think is true: You often find your destiny on the path you take to avoid it. (Hector Elizondo)

The efforts we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I don't think you can prevent an artist from being and I don't think you can cause one to be. No one knows what makes an artist. (Robert Engman)

Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

I never wanted to be a composer. I am a composer, which is a different thing. (Vivian Fine)

Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills. (B. C. Forbes)

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. (E. M. Forster)

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch, until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes, and the paint falls into positions that feel destined. (Philip Guston)

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own. (Mark Victor Hansen)

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. (Stephen Hawking)

The destiny of man is in his own soul. (Herodotus)

Destiny commands... and imposes a sacred obligation to show up in the face of one's desire for a normal, casual life... there are other forces afoot of which consciousness has only the dimmest of understandings... (James Hollis)

Do not try to find out – we're forbidden to know – what end the gods have in store for me, or for you. (Horace)

It was always my dream to be a director. A lot of it had to do with controlling my own destiny, because as a young actor you feel at everyone's disposal. But I wanted to become a leader in the business. (Ron Howard)

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. (Frank Hubbard)

Everything I touch seems destined to turn into something mean and farcical. (Henrik Ibsen)

Destiny is real. And she's not mild-mannered. She will come around and hit you in the face and knock you over and before you know what hit you, you're naked- stripped of everything you thought you knew... And it's the most beautiful thing. (C. Joybell C.)

When an inner situation inside of us is not made conscious, it is projected outside of us as fate. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Am I caught in a self-centred, narrow little cell which refuses to look beyond? Do I see it when you come along and tell me that my brain is the brain of all mankind? (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Riddle of destiny, who can show / What thy short visit meant, or know / What thy errand here below? (Charles Lamb)

We are, after all, artists of our own destiny. (Mark Larson)

Thy fate is the common fate of all; / Into each life some rain must fall. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Fate loves the fearless. (James Russell Lowell)

What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny... (Maxwell Maltz)

Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires. (Orison Swett Marden)

We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be. (Orison Swett Marden)

There is a destiny that makes us brothers / None goes his way alone / All that which we send into the lives of others / Comes back onto our own. (Edwin Markham)

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny. (Bob Marley)

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow. (William McFee)

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. (Marshall McLuhan)

Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own. (H. L. Mencken)

You can choose to be an object in your life and let others tell you who you are and what you are capable of being. Or you can choose to be the subject in your life and determine your own destiny by transforming yourself into a creative thinker. (Michael Michalko)

-at age 17...
By the single example of this painter devoted to his art with such independence, my destiny as a painter opened out to me. (Claude Monet)

Man's destiny is nowhere spelled out, nor is his duty. (Jacques Monod)

-Rainbow Valley...
It is never quite safe to think we have done with life. When we imagine we have finished our story, fate has a trick of turning the page and showing us yet another chapter. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

I wish I knew where I was going. Doomed to be carried of the spirit into the wilderness, I suppose. I wish I could be more moderate in my desires, but I cannot, and so there is no rest. (John Muir)

Our destiny can be examined, but it cannot be justified or totally explained. We are simply here. (Iris Murdoch)

The worst moment for them [my patients] was when they discovered they were masters of their own fate. It was not a matter of bad or good luck. When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair. (Anais Nin)

I am going to be an artist! – I don't really know where I got my artist idea... I only know that by that time it was definitely settled in my mind. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Our stories are singular but our destiny is shared. (Barack Obama)

Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour. (Ovid)

A man must know his destiny. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. (Randy Pausch)

But blind to former as to future fate, what mortal knows his pre-existent state? (Alexander Pope)

There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. (Steven Pressfield)

What must be, must be. (proverb)

Just think, the shoes I wouldn't be caught dead in might actually turn out to be the shoes I am caught dead in. (David Rakoff)

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. (Charles Reade)

What we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny. (Anthony Robbins)

The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing. (Jim Rohn)

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. (J. K. Rowling)

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. (Rumi)

Getting into alignment with our truth is like opening the door to destiny. (Linda Saccoccio)

There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

It's the niceties that make the difference, fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

My health may be better preserved if I exert myself less, but in the end doesn't each person give his life for his calling? (Clara Schumann)

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. (Albert Schweitzer)

I am passive. I just open myself up to it and take whatever happens. (Mary Smart)

The ability to be in control of one's destiny is paramount for success in the arts. Those of us who are possessed and in quixotic pursuit of sublime visual expression don't really have a choice. (Alan Soffer)

When it comes to luck, you make your own. (Bruce Springsteen)

Nothing is the destiny of everyone; it is our commonness made dumb. (Mark Strand)

What a man thinks of himself - that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate. (Henry David Thoreau)

Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny. (Paul Tillich)

Let your natural inclination be a road sign that will take you to your destiny. (Robert R. Toth)

The single common denominator of men and women who achieve great things is a sense of destiny. (Brian Tracy)

There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. (Diana Trilling)

Actions are the seed of fate; deeds grow into destiny. (Harry S. Truman)

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Let us follow our destiny, ebb and flow. Whatever may happen, we master fortune by accepting it. (Virgil)

The destiny of any painter depends on the courage of one collector, critic or art historian. However, the number of cowards leads, 10,000 to one. (Milos Vujasinovic)

But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided. (Alfred North Whitehead)

The tissue of life to be we weave with colors all our own, / And in the field of destiny we reap as we have sown. (John Greenleaf Whittier)

Whether we be young or old, / Our destiny, our being's heart and home, / Is with infinitude, and only there; (William Wordsworth)


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