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Circumstance Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Circumstance

Please enjoy these Circumstance Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

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In all my ways of seeing - may I use new glasses,
a telescope and a microscope.
And may I always allow myself to see a circumstance
through the tender hearts of my friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

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.
- Martha Washington

 

We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

What are the proper grounds for joy?
Is it circumstance which will
determine the stature of my spirit?
Ah, no. It is choice. It is always a choice -
in the face of any event - for joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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On a given day, a given circumstance,
you think you have a limit.
- Ayrton Senna

We were trained to live by our wits,
in any circumstance.
- William Stephenson

The historian's job is to aggrandize,
promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
- Peter Conrad

If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance
can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater

I was the only Black person on the set.
It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which
every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.
- Sidney Poitier

In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud:
Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody,
but unbowed.
- William Ernest Henley

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
- Charles Richter

McCain I'd vote against under any circumstance.
- Pat Robertson

Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first.
I was just chosen to command that flight.
Circumstance put me in that particular role.
That wasn't planned by anyone.
- Neil Armstrong

Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail
are suitable to the occasion.
It arises from circumstance, custom,
and nature.
- Marcus V. Pollio

I am what time, circumstance, history,
have made of me, certainly, but I am also,
much more than that.
So are we all.
- James A. Baldwin

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -
for no particular excellence in themselves,
but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
- William Hazlitt

I have the happy circumstance of either being accused
of political grandstanding on the one hand or cover-ups on the other.
- Ben Chandler

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.
- Theodore Roethke

He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper;
but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
- David Hume

It always remains true that if we had been greater,
circumstance would have been less strong against us.
- George Eliot

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to
feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage,
you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him.
You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

At the first general meeting of this Corporation in 1820,
his Lordship presided; a circumstance,
which may well be considered an era in the history
of the Church of Upper Canada.
- John Strachan

I have never thought that the circumstance of God's
having forgiven me was any reason why I should forgive myself.
- Charles Simeon

If we were in a similar circumstance in the future
I would want to make sure that our reporting was at
least as diverse as it was during this most recent war.
- Jim Walton

The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance
which my memory can evoke;
it will therefore commence when I had attained the
age of eight years and four months.
- Giacomo Casanova

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.
- Bashar al-Assad

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.
- Clive Bell

In England, the profession of the law is that which
seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent,
from the circumstance, that in it ability,
coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage,
cannot fail of obtaining reward.
- Charles Babbage

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.
- Anthony Powell

A child too, can never grasp the fact that the same
mother who cooks so well,
is so concerned about his cough, and helps so kindly with his homework,
in some circumstance has no more feeling than a wall
of his hidden inner world.
- Alice Duer Miller

Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under
what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate,
but you wouldn't really call that privacy.
That's ignorance.
- Bruce Sterling

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.
- Irvine Welsh

I thank you for your kind invitation to introduce me
to the president of the Republic.
Since I have not been out of my atelier for two months,
I have no appropriate costume for this circumstance.
Please excuse me.
- Camille Claudel

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional
manipulation which the male is free to exploit,
since love is the only circumstance in which the female
is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.
- Kate Millett

I don't think I could ever do a network sitcom because
the humor is often based on some trite circumstance.
I don't want to be a part of a show where it's mostly
about coming up with the jokes.
- Sherilyn Fenn

The fleet being thus more inclosed will more readily observe the signals,
and with greater facility form itself into the line
of battle a circumstance which should be kept in view
in every order of sailing.
- William Falconer

And I am also here to say that if something were to happen,
we are prepared to respond swiftly, to respond effectively,
and to respond strongly.
That is our tradition as a country.
And that is a tradition that we will uphold,
regardless of any circumstance because this nation is one that is very,
very strong and, indeed, extraordinarily resilient.
- Janet Napolitano

There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging
stories have to be mutually exclusive -
in fact,
each can fuel the other.
As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost.
If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding
of a time or a circumstance,
then the hope is that change can happen.
- Edward Zwick

Let this circumstance of our constitution therefore
be directed to this noble purpose,
and then all the objections urged against it by jealous
tyranny and affrighted superstition will vanish.
- Adam Weishaupt

I like to talk about a thing I call a "practiced pause."
Just a few moments of pausing allows me
to consider a circumstance and take stock
of what the best direction might be.
Reactions tend to rise from habit and unconsidered action.
A Response is considered and thoughtful.
My actions are my own and I am, singularly,
responsible for what I see, say, feel and exert.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Always Do Your Best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment;
it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
Under any circumstance, simply do your best,
and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

People with deep faith and big hearts are concerned,
as I am about the circumstance that Ms.
Schiavo is in.
I want them to know I will do what I can,
but there are limits to what any particular person -
irrespective of the title they currently hold -
can do.
- Jeb Bush

The circumstance is the incredible part,
but I always knew in my heart that something was going to be out there,
just for the world to notice me.
It sounds so cocky, but it's happening.
- Kato Kaelin

The historical circumstance of interest is that the
tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts
of the continents since their origins as stronghold
of the flowering plants 150 million years ago.
- E. O. Wilson

There cannot be found in the animal kingdom a bat,
or any other creature, so blind in its own range of
circumstance and connection,
as the greater majority of human beings are in the
bosoms of their families.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Today, I choose to create joy in my life.
Whatever my external circumstances,
I choose to see all of life through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,
than on outward circumstances.
- Benjamin Franklin

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Like a Chameleon, I Adapt to Changing Circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

We can let circumstances rule us,
or we can take charge and
rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Accept Circumstances - Choose Responses.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not our circumstances that create
our discontent or contentment.
It is us.
- Vivian Greene

The answer to circumstances is choosing a positive response,
and the most positive choice is to be of service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you can always choose your own inner peace -
regardless of circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Circumstances don't defeat you -
you defeat yourself when you give up.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A happy person is not a person in a
certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a
certain set of attitudes.
- Hugh Downs

Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Happiness is a choice - independent of circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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