Steve Jobs Page

“Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

- Steve Jobs

Source/Notes: Address at Stanford University (2005) -
Heraclitus Page

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny — it is the light that guides your way.”

- Heraclitus

Swami Vivekananda Page

“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future.”

- Swami Vivekananda

Source/Notes: Pearls of Wisdom
Theodore Roosevelt Page

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt Page

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Source/Notes: First Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C.. March 4, 1933


Swami Vivekananda Page

“Women will work out their destinies — much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.”

- Swami Vivekananda

Source/Notes: Pearls of Wisdom
Charles Barkley Page

“Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.”

- Charles Barkley

Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Albert Ellis Page

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don't blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

- Albert Ellis

Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: Letter from Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963


Benito Juarez Page

“Democracy is the destiny of humanity; freedom its indestructible arm.”

- Benito Juarez

Source/Notes: As quoted by US President John F. Kennedy in a speech. (29 June 1962)
Thomas Merton Page

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.”

- Thomas Merton

Sarah Palin Page

“This is Reagan country, and perhaps it was destiny that the man who went to California's Eureka College would become so woven within and interlinked to the Golden State.”

- Sarah Palin

Source/Notes: Address at California State University, June 25, 2010
William Jennings Bryan Page

“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

- William Jennings Bryan

Source/Notes: The Life and Speeches of Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan (R.H. Woodward Company, 1900), p. 63
John F. Kennedy Page

“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

- John F. Kennedy


Edwin Markham Page

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers, No one goes his way alone; All that we send into the lives of others, Comes back into our own.”

- Edwin Markham

Edward Bulwer-Lytton Page

“We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever.”

- Edward Bulwer-Lytton