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Diplomats lie with a heavy sense of destiny.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Habits are destiny.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
Death was to be my glory, but destiny has refused it.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cornelia, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 3, sc. 4 (1642).)
No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Government and Democracy, p. 33, eds. Peter and Helen Beilenson, Peter Pauper Press (1982).)
Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
(Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. "The End of the Road," ch. 25, Years of Upheaval (1982).)
Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only by default or stupendous suffering.
(Harriet Rosenstein (b. 1932), U.S. author. Quoted in Ms. (New York, July 1974).)
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for June 1937 (1962).)
Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). I'm Not Stiller, sixth notebook, p. 249, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).
Sybille's conclusion after her experimentation with an open marriage and a temporary separation from her husband.)
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
(Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Protagoras, 709 A....)
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It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 24 (1955).)