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HeraclitusCharacter is destiny.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Winston ChurchillIt is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Ambrose BierceDestiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Albert CamusFate is not in man but around him.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Karl JungUntil you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Sigmund FreudAnatomy is destiny.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Elbert HubbardLots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardLife is a compromise between fate and free will.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

T. S. EliotWe must always take risks. That is our destiny.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

George WashingtonThere is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

DanteDo not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet

NapoleonDestiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Franklin RooseveltThere is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Arthur ClarkeIt may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer


Latin Quotes

HoraceLeave all else to the gods.

Permitte divis cetera.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet


Quotes in Verse

William BlakeSome are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to endless night.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter


Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseOne cannnot evade destiny.

Το πεπρωμένον φυγείν αδύνατον.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

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HeraclitusCharacter is destiny.

Ήθος ανθρώπω δαίμων.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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PlatoNobody can escape destiny.

Την ειμαρμένην ουδ’ αν είς εκφύγοι.

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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