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Top 25 Quotes about Destiny & Fate

Inspirational Quotes about Destiny & Fate

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“One love,
One heart,
One destiny.”

– Bob Marley


24 “Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”

– Lemony Snicket


23“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare


22 “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


21 “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”

–  Jean de La Fontaine, Quotes from Fables

Inspirational Quotes about Fate

20 “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

– D. Chopra


19“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.”

– William Jennings Bryan


18“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt Quotes from the Pan American Day Address


17“I do not believe in a fate that falls on all men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

– G. K. Chesterton, Quotes from On Holland


16“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

– The Bhagavad Gita

Inspirational Quotes about Destiny

15“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

– Gautama Buddha, Quotes from the Sayings Of Buddha


14 “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

– C.S. Lewis


13 “I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”

– Salman Rushdie, Quotes from Midnight’s Children


12“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

– Aristotle


11“Ethos Anthropou Daimon. A man’s character is his fate.”

– Heraclitus

Inspirational Quotes about Destiny & Fate

10“Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.”

– Alan Moore, Quotes from The Watchmen


9“Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart – the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.”

– Edward Bulwer-Lytton


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“It’s all in the genes”: an explanation for the way things are that does not threaten the way things are. Why should someone feel unhappy or engage in antisocial behavior when that person is living in the freest and most prosperous nation on earth? It can’t be the system! There must be a flaw in the wiring somewhere.”

– Louis Menand


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“Of course it hurt that we could never love each other in a physical way. We would have been far more happy if we had. But that was like the tides, the change of seasons–something immutable, an immovable destiny we could never alter. No matter how cleverly we might shelter it, our delicate friendship wasn’t going to last forever. We were bound to reach a dead end. That was painfully clear.”

– Haruki Murakami, Quotes From Sputnik Sweetheart


6

“We the mortals touch the metals,
the wind, the ocean shores, the stones,
knowing they will go on, inert or burning,
and I was discovering, naming all the these things:
it was my destiny to love and say goodbye.”

– Pablo Neruda, Quotes from Still Another Day


5

“In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin, — seven or eight ancestors at least, — and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Quotes about Destiny & Fate

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“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”

– Paulo Coelho, Quotes from The Devil and Miss Prym


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“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

– Haruki Murakami, Quotes from Kafka on the Shore


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“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

– Theodore Roosevelt


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Invictus by  William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

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