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.


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