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Destiny

  • Everything is chance, or nothing is chance. If I believed the first, I would be unable to live on, but I am not yet fully convinced of the second.

  • ... though fortune's wheel is generally on the turn, sometimes when it gets into the mud, it sticks there.

  • Of course you have to believe in destiny; that everything is sheer chance is an intolerable notion.

  • Go to meet destiny halfway and destiny will come to your assistance.

  • Destiny is thrifty. To weave her tapestry, she uses even the tiniest snips of thread.

  • No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.

  • And though we waited another three weeks, the end was sure, and we did what we had to do. Fate had spread her nets and lighted her lamps, and into her snare we went, our eyes wide open, like the fish of Deep Water Bay.

  • Thus strangely are our souls constructed and by such slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity or ruin.

  • For every rapture there is a price and nothing is sustained forever. The path that destiny takes in the end leads to a balance of payments. No one remains overdrawn forever. Destiny's bank is inexorable, all accounts must balance.

  • Men heap together the mistakes of their lives and create a monster which they call Destiny.

  • People born to be hanged are safe in water.

    • Jane Clemens,
    • in Albert Bigelow Paine, The Boys' Life of Mark Twain ()

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  • I believe, not theoretically, but from direct personal experience, that very few of the things that happen to us are purposeless or accidental (and this includes suffering and grief — even that of others), and that sometimes one catches a glimpse of the link between these happenings. I believe — even when I am myself blind and deaf, or even indifferent — in the existence of a mystery ...

  • No man alive remembers being born, he thought, but it must be like this, a force thrusting you into life, whether you would or no, and something within yourself urging you the same way, too. Only if you can resist your birth can you resist your destiny.

  • Everyone has a Destiny who knows what kind of destiny he has.

  • It's dangerous to start attributing your fortunes to luck and your misfortunes to fate.

  • In my life's chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need.

  • Nemeses aren't born. They are made.

  • ... the detour often turns out to be one's true destiny.

  • Imagine the unimaginable. Think of the most unbelievable thing that could happen and, believe me, Destiny will outdo you and come up with something even more unbelievable. Life's like that.

  • You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.

  • ... the adventures we wind up with often aren't the ones we chose in the beginning.