Circumstances Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old circumstances quotes, circumstances sayings, and circumstances proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. Samuel Lover
The great advantage of being human is that we can employ rational thought and resolve to change our circumstances. Mariella Frostrup
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind. Edmund Burke
Circumstances sometimes require, that rights the most unquestionable should be advanced with delicacy. Thomas Jefferson
You can blame circumstances, but backsliding always begins in the heart. Aiden Wilson Tozer
Your character should always be stronger than your circumstances. Dave Willis
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Mario Andretti
Circumstances do not determine state of being; state of being determines circumstances. Darryl Anka
There's no doubt that relationships do suffer when circumstances change profoundly. Marian Keyes
Bad circumstances have a way of ruining things that would otherwise be pleasant. Daniel Handler
Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demand of our natures. Henry David Thoreau
The peculiar circumstances of the moment may render a measure more or less wise, but cannot render it more or less constitutional. John Marshall
Every circumstance in life, no matter how crooked and distorted and ugly it appears to be, if it is reacted to in love and forgiveness and obedience to your will can be transformed. Hannah Hurnard
Circumstances are the seeds of literature. Salvador De Madariaga
It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence upon us. Christian N. Bovee
If you are not consciously directing your life, you will lose your footing and circumstances will decide for you. Michael Beckwith
Circumstances do not determine a man, they reveal him. James Lane Allen
Constrained circumstances can bring the best out of you. Cameron Mackintosh
It is difficult to think of any circumstances where learning may be said to be impossible. Michael Joseph Oakeshott
Physical circumstance will not cause happiness. Or if it does, there is the fear of loss. Now you are a slave to it. You have become bound to it. Frederick Lenz
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. Joyce Meyer
To know all about anything is to know how to deal with it under all circumstances. William Kingdon Clifford
In difficult circumstances always act on first impressions. Leo Tolstoy
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances. Jackie Chan
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power. Benjamin Disraeli
One does not plan and then try to make circumstances fit the plans. One tries to make plans fit the circumstances. George S. Patton
The range of circumstances in which it is possible to presuppose the presence of a combination is very limited. The presence of such circumstances is the reason for the genesis of the idea in the master's brain. Emanuel Lasker
The circumstances of others seem good to us, while ours seem good to others. Publilius Syrus
The circumstances of human society are too complicated to be submitted to the rigor of mathematical calculation. Marquis de Custine
Circumstances can be very important. Find the right people to work with. Steve Lacy
You can't let your current circumstances dictate what kind of choices you make. Kelly Clark
You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything. Oprah Winfrey
Don't allow circumstance to hold you back- even negative ones. You don't have to let your circumstances define you. You can define yourself, and the best way to find yourself is through education. Mary Hatwood Futrell
Circumstances which we have resented, situations which we have found desperately difficult, have all been the means in the hands of God of driving the nails into the self-life which so easily complains. Alan Redpath
Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein
To be in circumstances that are working upon us, that from time to time place us in front of great natural Things - that is all we need. Rainer Maria Rilke
The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. And if you don't make that contribution, nobody else can make it. Rabbi Harold Kushner
Circumstances in the world of politics contribute substantially to whether or not you can be successful. Willie Brown
Circumstances are seldom right. You never have the capacities, the strength, the wisdom, the virtue you ought to have. You must always do with less than you need in a situation vastly different from what you would have chosen. Charlton Ogburn
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Henry James
Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances. Margaret J. Wheatley
Circumstances will never determine your amount of happiness. Circumstances only highlight who you already are. Dan Miller
We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within. Earl Nightingale