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The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Natural History of Intellect

There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny.

HAN SOLO, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Mrs. George William Fairfax, Sep. 12, 1758

Destiny is the essence of worldly powers.


There can be no exit from manifest destiny.


No one's born with their destiny stamped on their forehead ... we make the choices to fulfill our destiny.

NAOMI JUDD, Naomi's Breakthrough Guide

Each person discovers a field of allurements, the totality of which bears the unique stamp of that person's personality. Destiny unfolds in the pursuit of individual fascinations and interests ... By pursuing your allurements, you help bind the universe together. The unity of the world rests on the pursuit of passion.

BRIAN SWIMME, The Universe is a Green Dragon

For Destiny never swerves
Nor yields to men the helm.


Every day brings forth a new destiny.


Wedding is destiny, and hanging likewise.


Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen.

T. S. ELIOT, Murder in the Cathedral

Youth is often a scoffer at destiny.


Who recollects distinctly his past adventures, knows his destiny to come.


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.


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.


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

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