It seems to me that the Somerset Maugham quote is the most generally applicable to the times we live in, the Marcus Aurelius quote to be pragmatically inspired (if that's not an oxymoron), the Georges Braque to offer infinite possibility, and the aforementioned Friedrich Schiller to reveal a timeless truth which could be said to embrace the quote by Herodotus.
But all are remarkable in some way. Do any strike a particular chord with you?
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.
W. Somerset Maugham
It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
Simone de Beauvoir
Character is destiny.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.
Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.
I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.
Lyndon B. Johnson
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
Agnes de Mille
The destiny of man is in his own soul.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
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