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DESTINY
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[ Also see Accident Anticipation Chance Change Choice Circumstance Fate Fortune Future Futurity God Gods Inevitable Life Luck Necessity Opportunity Providence Self-determination Success ]

How circumscribed is woman's destiny!
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are all sure of two things, at least; we shall suffer and we shall all die.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The wheels of nature are not made to roll backward; everything presses on toward Eternity; from the birth of Time an impetuous current has set in, which bears all the sons of men toward that interminable ocean. Meanwhile heaven is attracting to itself whatever is congenial to its nature, is enriching itself by the spoils of earth, and collecting within its capacious bosom, whatever is pure, permanent and divine.
      - Robert Hall

Character is fate. (Destiny)
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus,
        in Mullach's "Fragmenta Philosophurum Groecorum"

Destiny is always dark.
      - George Herbert

Each thing, both in small and in great, fulfilleth the task which destiny hath set down.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates

That each thing, both in small and in great, fulfilleth the task which destiny hath set down.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates

No living man can send me to the shades
  Before my time; no man of woman born,
    Coward or brave, can shun his destiny.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 623), (Bryant's translation)

All, soon or late, are doom'd that path to tread.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XII, l. 31), (Pope's translation)

Maids must be wives and mothers to fulfill the entire and holiest end of woman's being.
      - Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler)

Men must work, and women must weep.
      - Charles Kingsley

That which God writes on thy forehead thou wilt come to.
      - Koran

And this is woman's fate: all her affections are called into life by winning flatteries, and then thrown back upon themselves to perish; and her heart, her trusting heart, filled with weak tenderness, is left to bleed or break!
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Resist as much as thou wilt; heaven's ways are heaven's ways.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

What a glorious thing human life is, * * * and how glorious man's destiny!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The future works out great men's destinies;
  The present is enough for common souls,
    Who, never looking forward, are indeed
      Mere clay wherein the footprints of their age
        Are petrified forever.
      - James Russell Lowell, Act for Truth

We are but as the instrument of Heaven.
  Our work is not design, but destiny.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Clytemnestra (pt. XIX)

We are what we must
  And not what we would be. I know that one hour
    Assures not another. The will and the power
      Are diverse.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto III, st. 19)

They only fall, that strive to move,
  Or lose, that care to keep.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Wanderer (bk. III, Futility, st. 6)

Unseen hands delay
  The coming of what oft seems close in ken,
    And, contrary, the moment, when we say
      "'Twill never come!" comes on us even then.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Thomas Munster to Martin Luther (l. 382)

If the course of human affairs be considered, it will be seen that many things arise against which heaven does not allow us to guard.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

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

That old miracle--Love-at-first-sight--
  Needs no explanations. The heart reads aright
    Its destiny sometimes.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

We are but as the instrument of heaven.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)


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