Quotes with circumstances
Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.
A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
Plans of operations are made as circumstances may demand: to execute these plans, the great principles of war must be observed.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
Love is what we call the situation which occurs when two people who are sexually comptatible discover that they can also tolerate one another in various other circumstances.
Opposing circumstances create strength. Opposition gives us greater power of resistance. To overcome one barrier gives us greater ability to overcome the next.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.
How to Succeed or, Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune (1896)
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible.
As quoted in Time magazine article "World: Saints and Statesmen" published on November 6, 1978.
I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic of circumstances. That guise lasted until Vietnam, where I realized that I was dealing with human lives and if one were lost, it could never be replaced. I quickly learned that there was nothing wrong with being emotional.
The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)
Evolution is a blind giant who rolls a snowball down a hill. The ball is made of flakes--circumstances. They contribute to the mass without knowing it. They adhere without intention, and without foreseeing what is to result. When they see the result they marvel at the monster ball and wonder how the contriving of it came to be originally thought out and planned. Whereas there was no such planning, there was only a law: the ball once started, all the circumstances that happened to lie in its path would help to build it, in spite of themselves.
The Secret History of Eddypus