„Your life must now run the course that's been set for it.“

Source: Never Let Me Go

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Japanese-born British author 1954

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„We must stop setting our sights by the light of each passing ship; instead we must set our course by the stars.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959

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„Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.“

—  Mitch Albom American author 1958

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„It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.“

—  Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington British soldier and statesman 1769 - 1852

Remark to Thomas Creevey (18 June 1815), using the word nice in an older sense of "uncertain, delicately balanced", about the Battle of Waterloo. Creevy, a civilian, got a public interview with Wellington at headquarters, and quoted the remark in his book Creevey Papers (1903), in Ch. X, on p. 236; the phrase "a damned nice thing" has sometimes been paraphrased as "a damn close-run thing."
Context: It has been a damned serious business... Blucher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. … By God! I don't think it would have been done if I had not been there.

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„Let us drink and enjoy together the wine you have brought:
For my course is set and cannot now be altered.“

—  Tao Yuanming Chinese poet 365 - 427

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„What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

As quoted in Memoirs of Count Miot de Melito (1788 - 1815) as translated by Frances Cashel Hoey and John Lillie (1881), Vol. II, p. 94
Context: What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea!

„The aim of management science is to display the best course of action in a given set of circumstances, and this must include all the circumstances.“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer British theorist, consultant, and professor 1926 - 2002

Source: Management Science (1968), Chapter 3, Quantified Insight, p. 61.

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„Please don’t let money run your life.“

—  Robert T. Kiyosaki American finance author , investor 1947

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„From now on, the pound abroad is worth 14 per cent or so less in terms of other currencies. That doesn't mean, of course, that the Pound here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank, has been devalued.“

—  Harold Wilson Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1916 - 1995

Broadcast http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/19/newsid_3208000/3208396.stm (19 November 1967), following the devaluation of the Pound Sterling. Usually remembered as "the Pound in your pocket".
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„Life's race well run,
Life's work well done,
Life's victory won,
Now cometh rest.“

—  Edward Hazen Parker American writer 1823 - 1896

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„I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.“

—  Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013

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Robert Zonka, who was named the paper's feature editor the same day I was hired at the Chicago Sun-Times, became one of the best friends of a lifetime. One day in March 1967, he called me into a conference room, told me that Eleanor Keen, the paper's movie critic, was retiring, and that I was the new critic. I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.

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