Destiny Quotes

What’s your destiny?  Here’s a few quotes to help you find out:

1. Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. -Unknown

2. One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it. -French Proverb

3. Dreams are like stars…you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny. -Unknown

4. I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be. -Douglas Adams

5. Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. -Richard Wright

6. I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person. -Rita Mero

7. Nature is at work.. Character and destiny are her handiwork. She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence. All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow. -David Seabury

8. We are made for larger ends than Earth can encompass. Oh, let us be true to our exalted destiny. -Catherine Booth

9. Destiny. A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

10. Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for. -Lawrence Block

11. I can’t control my destiny, I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There’s only now, there’s only here. Give in to love or live in fear. No other path, no other way. No day but today. -Johnathan Larson

12. The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. -Jan Patocka (1907-1977)

13. No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. -Henry Miller (1891-1980)

14. There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny. -Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

15. As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life. -Napoleon Bonaparte

16. Actions are the seed of fate; deeds grow into destiny. -Jean Nidetch

17. Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle. -Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

18. A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers. -Epictetus (AD50-138)

19. It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. -Anthony Robbins

20. Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire. -Orison Swett Marden

21. Destiny is no 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

22. Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny. -Carl Schurz (1829-1906)

23. More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny. -Anthony Robbins

24. It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. -Anthony Robbins

25. It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. -Winston Churchill

26. No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. -Agnes DeMille

27. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become. -Jim Rohn

28. It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. -Anthony Robbins

29. Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny. -Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

30. Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him. -Henry Miller

31. A tree falls the way it leans. -Bulgarian Proverb

32. We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance. -Benjamin Disraeli

33. A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. -Benjamin Disraeli

34. It appears I am destined for something; I will live. -Robert Clive

35. We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams. -Les Brown

36. And the high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule, or to impose himself in any other way. -Albert Einstein

37. Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. -Voltaire

38. Men are not prisoners of Fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. -Franklin Roosevelt

39. In my clinical experience, the greatest block to a person’s development is his having to take on a way of life which is not rooted in his own powers. -Rollo May

There’s a lot of other great destiny quotes out there; can any of you share some of them below in the comments section?

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    • David Parrish
    • January 27, 2011

    We become what we do. If we do nothing, we become nothing. If we do something, we become something.

    If you work hard you become dependable. If you pray hard, you become a prayer warier. If you give well, you become generous and if you love well you become kind. Destiny then is the sum of what you do.

    Three frogs sat on a limb, two decided to jump off. How many remained?

    No, not one, but three. Thinking you will do something is not the same thing as doing something. Consequently thinking you will be something doesn’t cause you to be something. Your destiny rests in what you do, not in what you would like to do.

    1. Reply

      Awesome words, David! Of course, that’s normal for you. I was wondering were you were. Did you ever see my previous replies to your comments?

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    You inspire me daily! I believe there is a quote for every emotion and situation in life.
    I love how words form meaningful philosophy. Written language, especially in poetic rhythm, has the power to capture any given moment. Your array of quotes proves that. Keep up the good work!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Tessie, and thanks for visiting daily. 🙂 BTW, I like your blog. Keep that up and keep commenting here so we can all be reminded to click on your name. 🙂

    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • January 27, 2011

    Full of wisdom.

    • Lee
    • February 7, 2011

    So many great quotes about destiny, I enjoy reading them all. Thank you Shawn for giving us all inspiring thoughts each day.

    May I share some thoughts on destiny?

    Anything that exists, within the depths of the earth or the oceans, or the fall of a single leaf, all occur in compliance with destiny.

    Destiny is an event that will inevitably happen in the future.

    I believe that destiny is a sequence of opportunities (and, alas, challenges) that is given to every human being through the course of his or her life. What you do with those, which ones you grab, which ones you pass, what you endure and where you fail – is entirely up to you.

    You should think of the opportunities and challenges that the destiny gives you like paths and barriers on an endless field. How you walk the field is up to you. You can take an easy path or cut a new way, you can halt at a barrier or jump over it (sometimes just bypass) – but they do not determine your journey, your choices do. So in effect – destiny is something you actually have absolute control of: these are your choices that shape it.

    Wishing you a wonderful day!

    • sally
    • February 11, 2012

    Dear Shawn,

    I like this quotes most “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. -Winston Churchill” Thanks for all the wonderful quotes who shared…..keep it up!

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