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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 ]

Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Nerissa at II,ix)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

They that stand high have many blasts to shake them,
  And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Margaret at I, iii)

They that stand high have many blasts to shake them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Margaret at I, iii)

Look what is done cannot be now amended:
  Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes,
    Which after-hours gives leisure to repent.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at IV, iv)

The seed ye sow, another reaps;
  The wealth ye find, another keeps;
    The robes ye weave, another wears;
      The arms ye forge, another bears.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Song--To Men of England

Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.
      - Sydney Smith

And all the bustle of departure--sometimes sad, sometimes intoxicating--just as fear or hope may be inspired by the new chances of coming destiny.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. X, ch. VI)

There are but two future verbs which man may appropriate confidently and without pride: "I shall suffer," and "I shall die."
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

And from his ashes may be made
  The violet of his native land.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (XVIII, st. 1)

Books have their own destiny.
  [Lat., Habent sua fata libelli.]
      - Maurus Terentianus, Poetics

Alas! we are the sport of destiny.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Would the face of nature be so serene and beautiful if man's destiny were not equally so.
      - Henry David Thoreau

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

Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident,
  It is the very place God meant for thee;
    And should'st thou there small room for action see,
      Do not for this give room for discontent.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench, Sonnet

We bear each one our own destiny.
  [Lat., Quisque suos patimur manes.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 743)

Everything is done by immutable laws, and our destiny is already recorded.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Philosophers never stood in need of Homer or the Pharisees, to be convinced that everything is done by immutable laws, that everything is settled, that everything is a necessary effect of some previous cause.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

What unknown power governs men! On what feeble causes do their destinies hinge!
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Your destiny is that of a man, and your vows those of a god.
  [Fr., Tes destins sont d'un homme, et tes voeux sont d'un dieu.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        La Liberte

Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.
      - Daniel Webster

Like warp and woof all destinies
  Are woven fast,
    Linked in sympathy like the keys
      Of an organ vast.
        Pluck one thread, and the web ye mar;
          Break but one
            Of a thousand keys, and the paining jar
              Through all will run.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Pluck one thread, and the web ye mar;
  Break but one
    Of a thousand keys, and the paining jar
      Through all will run.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, My Soul and I
         (st. 38)

To be a Prodigal's favourite,--then worse truth,
  A Miser's Pensioner,--behold our lot!
      - William Wordsworth, The Small Celandine


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