„You cannot escape your destiny“

—  Ernest Cline, book Armada

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—  Beth Moore American evangelist 1957

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„For rarely man escapes his destiny.“

—  Ludovico Ariosto, book Orlando Furioso

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„… They cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow.“

—  Zadie Smith, book White Teeth

Variant: Because this is the other thing about immigrants: they cannot escape their history any more than you yourself can lose your shadow.
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„You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

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„Are you up to your destiny?“

—  William Shakespeare English playwright and poet 1564 - 1616

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„If I could find a way to escape my destiny, do I deserve to?“

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„I will teach you your destiny.“

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Te tua fata docebo.
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„I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your reminding me about the apocrypha here. For the moment, its being such escaped me.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891

Source: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (1857), Ch. 45
Context: I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your reminding me about the apocrypha here. For the moment, its being such escaped me. Fact is, when all is bound up together, it's sometimes confusing. The uncanonical part should be bound distinct. And, now that I think of it, how well did those learned doctors who rejected for us this whole book of Sirach. I never read anything so calculated to destroy man's confidence in man. This son of Sirach even says — I saw it but just now: 'Take heed of thy friends'; not, observe, thy seeming friends, thy hypocritical friends, thy false friends, but thy friends, thy real friends — that is to say, not the truest friend in the world is to be implicitly trusted. Can Rochefoucault equal that? I should not wonder if his view of human nature, like Machiavelli's, was taken from this Son of Sirach. And to call it wisdom — the Wisdom of the Son of Sirach! Wisdom, indeed! What an ugly thing wisdom must be! Give me the folly that dimples the cheek, say I, rather than the wisdom that curdles the blood. But no, no; it ain't wisdom; it's apocrypha, as you say, sir. For how can that be trustworthy that teaches distrust?

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„Giving offers us the opportunity to reshape our destiny. When you give, you are reshaping your destiny.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

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„There is no governor anywhere; you are all absolutely free. There is no restraint that cannot be escaped.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007

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Context: There is no governor anywhere; you are all absolutely free. There is no restraint that cannot be escaped. We are all absolutely free. If everybody could go into dhyana at will, nobody could be controlled — by fear of prison, by fear of whips or electroshock, by fear of death, even. All existing society is based on keeping those fears alive, to control the masses. Ten people who know would be more dangerous than a million armed anarchists.

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„Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.“

—  Michael Chabon, book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Variant: "Forget about what you are escaping from," he said, quoting an old maxim of Kornblum's. "Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."
Source: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)

„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

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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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„Even the gods cannot change destiny.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

Source: Norse Mythology (2017), Chapter 14, “The Death of Balder” (p. 234)

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„Your life is inescapable. Unless you decide to escape it.“

—  David Levithan American author and editor 1972

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„When you are connected to your destiny, nothing and nothing can stop you.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

On how to stay focused - "The Secret Of My Peace In The Storm - TB Joshua" http://www.nigerianmonitor.com/the-secret-of-my-peace-in-the-storm-t-b-joshua/ Nigerian Monitor (October 27 2014)
Variant: “When you are connected to your destiny, nothing and nothing can stop you.”

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„You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.“

—  Napoleon Hill American author 1883 - 1970

Source: Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

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