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Circumstances Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Circumstances

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

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

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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

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

 

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain

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

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

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

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

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

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

Take responsibility for your whole life -
regardless of circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Accept Circumstances - Choose Responses.
- 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

Philanthropy is commendable,
but it must not cause the philanthropist
to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice
which make philanthropy necessary.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I forgive myself completely
for having created stories of suffering.
I forgive myself for all
my angers, resentments, jealousies,
and all the other emotions of suffering.
I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances,
determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
- Blaine Lee

Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate and markets
and roadways and others, I do control myself
and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Circumstances are beyond human control,
but our conduct is in our own power.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

While you can and should keep your composure and happiness
regardless of circumstances - regardless of your friends,
family and co-workers - regardless of gossip, sarcasm, and negativity.
Nonetheless, life is much easier and more pleasant
when you spend as much time as possible
in the company of enthusiastic positive people -
not necessarily those who agree with you,
but those who respect your right to your point of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself.
I choose to be flexible in my dealings with those around me.
I understand that my way is not the only way -
that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others,
and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness
from the ideas and traditions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start.
- Nido Qubein

A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances
must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically
necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.
- Barbara Mikulski

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in the world are the people who
get up and look for the circumstances they want,
and if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw

I am I plus my circumstances.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Man is not the creature of circumstances,
circumstances are the creatures of men.
We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
- Benjamin Disraeli

To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous
circumstances is the test of a man -
and also a nation.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I don't know that love changes.
People change.
Circumstances change.
- Nicholas Sparks

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I;
it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is.
It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the
best possible under any and all circumstances.
- Orison Swett Marden

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill
and a laxative on the same night.
- Dave Barry

We are responsible for actions performed in response
to circumstances for which we are not responsible.
- Allan Massie

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be,
you are special, and you still have something unique to offer.
Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
- Barbara de Angelis

Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible
circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
- Robertson Davies

If all Europe lies flat while the Russian mob tramps over it,
we will then be faced with a war under difficult circumstances,
and with a very good chance of losing it.
- James Forrestal

An understanding is perhaps better than an alliance,
which may stereotype arrangements which cannot be regarded
as permanent in view of the changing circumstances from day to day.
- Edward Grey

I am clearly vulnerable on the question of socializing
under circumstances not appropriate for a married man.
- Chuck Robb

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of
motives be fixed by laws of nature,
so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances.
- Thomas Reid

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
- Amy Tan

It is a fact often observed,
that men have written good verses
under the inspiration of passion,
who cannot write well under other circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much.
Circumstances affect it so much.
- Derek Bailey

I've learned from experience that the greater part
of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

You have a right to your opinion about the work that you're doing.
An artist is as equally important as the director.
If you believe that, you can work in any circumstances.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

In some circumstances, the refusal to be defeated is
a refusal to be educated.
- Margaret Halsey

Technology has saved us money in some circumstances,
but it has really afforded us the ability to cover
stories from locations we might not have been able to in the past.
- Jim Walton

So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves,
instead of letting them alter us, which is what they are meant to do.
- Mother Maribel

We, too, must change as circumstances evolve.
- Baldwin Spencer

I never blamed Pinochet, or my torturers,
or external circumstances.
- Fernando Flores

Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying
or adapting themselves to circumstances.
- Samuel Butler

In the course of the reform, some new circumstances
that we had not anticipated have appeared.
- Zhu Rongji

It was hard enough to drive those heavy old cars back
then under normal circumstances,
but with a crazed monkey clawing you at the same time,
it becomes nearly impossible!
- Tim Flock

Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances.
- Virgil


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