Selected Quotes about Fate & Destiny

Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailers of Fate. -- James Allen

Nothing happens by chance, my friend... No such thing as luck. A meaning behind every little thing, and such a meaning behind this. Part for you, part for me, may not see it all real clear right now, but we will, before long. -- Richard Bach

The longing for a destiny is no nowhere stronger than in our romantic life. All too often forced to share our bed with those who cannot fathom our soul, can we not be forgiven if we believe ourselves fated to stumble one day upon the man or woman of our dreams. -- Alain de Botton

Do not mistake consequence for fate. -- Kirstin Brown

I won't say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like 'What I'm going to be if I grow up'. -- Lenny Bruce

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. -- William Jennings Bryan

I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves. -- George Gordon Byron

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. -- Joseph Campbell

It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth. -- Joseph Conrad

All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey;This Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd long:In prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute. -- John Dryden

Fate is the same for the man who holds back, the same if he fights hard. We are all held in a single honor, the brave with the weaklings. A man dies still if he has done nothing, as the one who has done much. -- Homer

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. -- Alan Kay

And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own. -- André Malraux

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him. -- Henry Miller

If fortune smiles, who doesn't? If fortune doesn't, who does? -- Chinese Proverb

Stern is the on-look of necessity, Not without shudder may a human hand Grasp the mysterious urn of destiny. -- Friedrich von Schiller

This is probably the source for: "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." -- William Shakespeare

The glories of our blood and state Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate; Death lays his icy hands on kings. -- James Shirley

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. -- Oscar Wilde

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