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