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Some [individuals] have had a deep conviction of their destiny, and in that conviction has prospered; but when they cease to act as an instrument, and think of themselves as the active source of what they do, their pride is punished by disaster … The concept of destiny leaves us with a mystery, but it is a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, has meaning.
T. S. Eliot, as cited in the article “Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force” by M. Allen Cunningham, Poets & Writers (Jan/Feb 2014)