It's an absolutely humbling experience to have literally hundreds of people looking at you with their eyes telling a story of their own hopes and dreams.... There's a feeling that what you have attained for yourselfalthough only relatively short-lived, for a yearis a lifetime venture. It's a feeling of destiny.
(Laurel Lea Schaefer (b. c. 1952), Miss America, 1972. As quoted in Miss America, ch. 17, by Ann-Marie Bivans (1991).)
Give me today, for once, the worst throw of your dice, destiny. Today I transmute everything into gold.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 201, selection 5, number 130, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
To be an American (unlike being English or French or whatever) is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history.
(Leslie Fiedler (b. 1917), U.S. critic. repr. In Collected Essays, vol. 2 (1971). "Cross the BorderClose the Gap," Playboy (Chicago, Dec. 1969).)
I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negrospeak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.
(Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1908).
Written to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, reacting to a stirring speech he had made at the Republican Club of New York City on Lincoln's birthday. The speech, "devoted principally to the race question," argued that the African American man "should be treated with regard to his merits and not his color.")
Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.
The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.
(Freeman Dyson (b. 1923), British-born U.S. physicist, author. Disturbing the Universe, pt. 1, ch. 21 (1979).)
There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.
(Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. Trans. by K. Popper. Ueber die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitaetstheorie, ch.22 (1917).
Alluding both to Newton's theory of gravitation vis a vis Einstein's, and Einstein's vis a vis future improvements.)