Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Circumstances do not determine a man, they reveal him.
We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.
I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow.
Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: it was somebody's name, or he happened to be there at right time, or it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
It is not our circumstances that create our discontent or contentment. It is us.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
It would be a mistake to link anything that Israel does to a certain circumstance. And it is a mistake to feel comfortable in any circumstance just because Israel did not act on it.
Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.
I have never thought that the circumstance of God's having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself.
I'm always watching people over a short time frame, putting them in an extreme position. Sometimes you don't see the humanity in a person because the time frame is so short and the circumstance so extreme.
People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that.
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