Accepting the Inevitable

Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Accepting the Inevitable

The moving hand, once having writ, moves on. Nor all thy piety nor wit can lure it back to cancel half a line. ~ Omar Khayyam, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

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

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. ~ John F. Kennedy

President Kennedy said that those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable. I would say that the converse is true. ~ Jacqueline Novogratz

It’s the thought of peace that makes war inevitable. ~ Anthony T. Hincks

In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence. ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing. ~ Samuel Butler

Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. ~ Joe Biden

Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Change is inevitable. And in a way, change is a sort of magic. However, not everyone believes in something as frugal as the unexplained. ~ Katlyn Charlesworth

Changing is what people do when they have no options left. ~ Holly Black, Red Glove

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. ~ Coco Chanel

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. ~ James Russell Lowell

The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful. ~ Amelia Barr

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve

They say death and taxes are the only things that are inevitable. The truth is, you cannot pay your taxes. I’ve done it, and there are consequences, but it can be done. Death you’re not going to get out of, and you kind of got to deal with it. ~ Steve Earle

You know, I’ve never actually really believed that death is inevitable. I just think it’s a rumor. ~ David Carradine

Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable ‘banana peel’ of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene, if we will even so much as smile. ~ Douglas Fairbanks

Nothing is inevitable until it happens. ~ A. J. P. Taylor

Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world. ~ Rebecca Harding Davis

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age. ~ Clive Bell

To keep any great nation up to a high standard of civilization there must be enough superior characters to hold the balance of power, but the very moment the balance of power gets into the hands of second-rate men and women, a decline of that nation is inevitable. ~ Christian D. Larson

Character is destiny, and politicians usually get the scandals they deserve, with a sense of inevitability about them. ~ George Packer

One must choose between Obscurity with Efficiency, and Fame with its inevitable collateral of Bluff. ~ William McFee

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. ~ Marshall McLuhan

Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man. ~ Thomas Wolfe

It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable not a sadness and though occurring not a shock. ~Gertrude Stein

The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps. ~ Jorge Luis Borges