Quotes with destiny
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.
Speech delivered by the leader of the Democratic Party at the Washington Day banquet given by the Virginia Democratic Association at Washington, D.C., February 22, 1899.
Men do not shape destiny. Destiny produces the man for the hour.
I Won't Be a Dictator, interview with Ruth Lloyd in January 1959, printed in The Spokesman-Review (May 25, 1959)
Even when you think you have your life all mapped out, things happen that shape your destiny in ways you might never have imagined.
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.
The Bhagavad Gita - that ancient Indian Yogic text - says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
Eat, Pray, Love
A spirit of harmony can only survive if each of us remembers, when bitterness and self - interest seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.
This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty ... what you will.
Tropic of Cancer (1934)
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
The Wisdom of the Heart (1951)
Every man is working out his destiny in his own way and nobody can be of any help except by being kind, generous, and patient.
Henry Miller on Writing (1964)
As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life.
In spite of all these disquieting triumphs in the field of natural science, it's astonishing how little man has learned about himself, and how much there is to learn. How little we know about this brain which made social evolution possible, and of the mind. How little we know of the nature and spirit of man and God. We stand now before this inner frontier of ignorance. If we could pass it, we might well discover the meaning of life and understand man's destiny.
I am not a fortune teller. I would like to be judged for my work, and not for my life. If there is any possibility of changing your destiny, it may be only in your creative life, certainly not in your life, period.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I know; the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.
Cutting for Stone
There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.
Letter to Mrs. George William Fairfax (12 September 1758).
The function of history...is to describe and make understandable the forces which have shaped the destiny of man and brought him to the present time equipped as he now is with these ideas and institutions.
The whole thing has been about spelling out the notion of inner necessity. That someone who has to do something, has to live in a certain way or discovers something is really him, what he belongs to, what is his destiny - I'm drawn to all that. I do regard myself as very lucky because I was able to spend my life in a subject which I enormously enjoyed.
Discussing his career. Interview with Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian (November 29, 2002).