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Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

To become the master of his circumstances--to override them, as the stately ship overrides the waves, stormy or smooth, as her obedient element--not 'whelmed and lost in them--this is the aim and effort of every loftier nature.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.

KARL MARX, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

JAMES ALLEN, As a Man Thinketh

An opportunity is a conjunction of circumstances by which one may improve his condition of life or his equipment for life.

WILLIAM DE WITT HYDE, Vocations

I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learnt, from experience, that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us, in our minds, wheresoever we go.

MARTHA WASHINGTON, letter to Mrs. Warren, Dec. 26, 1789

People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Mrs. Warren's Profession

Good advice is like a tight glove; it fits the circumstances, and it does not fit other circumstances.

CHARLES READE, A Terrible Temptation


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