Quotes about destiny

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Mehmed II photo

„To turn away from the enemy is cowardice. Misfortune is the fate of the enemy.“

—  Mehmed II Ottoman sultan 1432 - 1481

When he learned that the Crusaders had come toward him
Source: Ahmet Akgündüz - Mehmed's tolerance http://www.ahmetakyol.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9849&Itemid=47

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„And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it,
neither brave man nor coward, I tell you—
it's born with us the day that we are born.“

—  Homér, Iliad

VI. 488–489 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Μοῖραν δ' οὔ τινά φημι πεφυγμένον ἔμμεναι ἀνδρῶν,
οὐ κακὸν οὐδὲ μὲν ἐσθλόν, ἐπὴν τὰ πρῶτα γένηται.

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„You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life.“

—  Brian Tracy American motivational speaker and writer 1944

The 21 Success Secrets of Self-made Millionaires (2001), Conclusion : Success Is Predictable, p. 63
Context: You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Except the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.

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„The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life.“

—  Viktor E. Frankl, book Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning (1946; 1959; 1984)
Context: The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.

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„Not to know vice at all, and keep true state,
Is virtue, and not fate:
Next to that virtue is to know vice well,
And her black spite expel.“

—  Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637

Epode, lines 1-4
The Works of Ben Jonson, First Folio (1616), The Forest

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„Certainly inside my heart I know degrees of difference. But I can't blame any of these men who share a common fate with me. The big folly of this trial is that it lacks the two men who are to blame for anything which is criminal, namely Hitler and Himmler.“

—  Karl Dönitz President of Germany; admiral in command of German submarine forces during World War II 1891 - 1980

To Leon Goldensohn, July 14, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.

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„Fate is written in the face.“

—  Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993

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