Destiny waits in the hands of God, shaping the still unshapen.
T. S. ELIOT, Murder in the Cathedral
Destiny is not the same as fate. The word refers not to anything terrible or even to anything inevitable, in the usual sense of the word, but to the temporal and free unfolding of a person's essential being. A destiny is a spiritual drama.
GREGORY WOLFE, The New Religious Humanists
The soul of man createth its own destiny.
NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS, "Extract"
Destiny is a journey. Therefore, it is essential for anyone who wants to reach his or her planned destination to stay on course. Detouring can cause a trip that is only meant to take a day turn into a trip that takes weeks... The only way you can travel into your destiny is to release yourself of other routes that cause lengthy detours, taking you back to the beginning and sometimes to dead end streets.
KRISTI LUV WILSON, Driving Destiny
Destiny is selfhood. To live your destiny is to be raised above accidental circumstances to the level of your essential being. This is not merely because destiny precludes accidents and thus provides a propitious life-environment. The relationship between destiny and self is more intimate than that. Destiny defines the self: you ARE your destiny. To speak of destiny as though it is merely something that happens to you is to assume that a person is in essence always the same, changeless at the core amid the ceaseless changes of life and history. But the truth is that what happens to you--including in this category the ideas and impulses that arise within you in response to outward events--defines your identity. The only way you could be fully identified would be by a story--of the kind God alone could tell--of the unfolding of your life in all its depths and complexities. Thus living your destiny is carrying on your life as the one you really are.
GLENN E. TINDER, The Fabric of Hope
Each man's destiny is hung like a medallion around his neck.
GAI EATON, Islam and the Destiny of Man
Destiny is not a strange power which determines what shall happen to me. It is myself as given, formed by nature, history, and myself. My destiny is the basis of my freedom; my freedom participates in shaping my destiny.
PAUL TILLICH, Systemic Theology
Destiny is consciousness of oneself, but consciousness of oneself as an enemy.
GEORG WILHELM FRIEIDRICH HEGEL, Theologische Jugenschriften
Destiny ... a word which means more than we can find any definitions for. It is a word which can have no meaning in a mechanical universe: if that which is wound up must run down, what destiny is there in that? Destiny is not necessitarianism, and it is not caprice: it is something essentially meaningful. Each man has his destiny, though some men are undoubtedly "men of destiny" in a sense in which most men are not.
T. S. ELIOT, On Poetry and Poets
Destiny is not preordained. Destiny is ordained totally by you. Every single moment of your NOW existence is the result of your previous thought. The idea that everything is already laid out for you in advance is a hallucination. You can and do manifest your own destiny.
WAYNE W. DYER, Manifest Your Destiny
Destiny is ... the range of formal or structured human possibility within which human freedom is actual.
DONALD J. KEEFE, Thomism and the Ontological Theology of Paul Tillich
Motive is causative, work is operative, destiny is resultant.
THOMAS ROBERT SLICER, Meditations
Many people don't think much about their destiny, and may even be intimidated by the term, mistakenly believing that something as grand as "destiny" is reserved for historical figures, spiritual leaders, and famous people. I firmly believe that every one of us has a destiny, and to discover what it is, we have to connect with what makes us feel the most vibrant and joyful.
PEGGY MCCOLL, Your Destiny Switch
Certain mystical philosophers have personified Destiny, and from this point of view each man's personal destiny is his archetype or "other self"--his "angel"--with whom he must be reunited if he is to rise above his fragmentary identity as a worldling and become whole, as he is (and always has been) in the mind of God.
GAI EATON, Islam and the Destiny of Man
A great destiny needs a generous diet.... What can be expected of a people that live on macaroni!
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, Feb. 27, 1945
Don't you know that what happens to you once always happens again? You always react in the same way to the same thing. It's no accident when you make a mess. Then you do it again. It's called destiny.
CESARE PAVESE, The Devil in the Hills
- Long tarries destiny,
- But comes to those who pray.
AESCHYLUS, The Libation Pourers
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
ANTHONY ROBBINS, Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Control of Your Life
We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding.
DAVID RICHO, The Power of Coincidence