A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.
Anatomy is destiny.
And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way.
But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler. Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing. It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say ''no.'' I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.
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.
Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only by default or stupendous suffering.
Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
He that is born to be hanged shall never be drowned.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it
I have a feeling this is destiny. [On the eve of her third marriage]
I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them.
I must in the face of a storm, think, live and die as a king.
If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.
It appears I am destined for something; I will live.
It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.
Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.