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Accident counts for much in companionship as in marriage.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

What men call accident is God's own part.
      - Philip James Bailey

If anything had to happen to one of us, why did it have to happen to you?
      - Charles Boyer,
        said playing the character Michel Marnet in the movie, "Love Affair"

Chapter of accidents.
      - Edmund Burke, Notes for Speeches
         (vol. II, p. 426), (1852 edition)

Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. XXVIII)

To what happy accident is it that we owe so unexpected a visit?
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. XIX)

Aunt Jane observed, the second time
  She tumbled off a bus,
    'The step is short from the Sublime
      To the Ridiculous.'
      - Harry Jocelyn Clive Graham, Equanimity,
        in Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes

Our wanton accidents take root, and grow
  To vaunt themselves God's laws.
      - Charles Kingsley, Saint's Tragedy
         (act II, sc. 4)

Sometimes there are accidents in our lives the skillful extrication from which demands a little folly.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men will not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men will not turn them to their hurt.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Nothing under the sun is accidental, least of all that of which the intention is so clearly evident.
  [Ger., Nichts unter der Sonne ist Zufall--am wenigsten das wovon die Absicht so klar in die Augen leuchtet.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Emilia Galotti
         (IV, 3)

The just season of doing things must, be nicked, and all accidents improved.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Nothing with God can be accidental.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

At first laying down, as a fact fundamental,
  That nothing with God can be accidental.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. VI)

The Orientals have another word for accident; it is "kismet,"--fate.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

By many a happy accident.
      - Thomas Middleton,
        No Wit, no Help, like a Women's
         (act IV, sc. 1)

Promptly improve your accidents.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Accident is simply unforeseen order.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

What the reason of the ant laboriously drags into a heap, the wind of accident will collect in one breadth.
  [Was der Ameise Vernunft muhsam, zu Haufen schleppt, jagt in einem Hui der Wind des Zufalls zusammen.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fiesco (act II, sc. 4)

I have shot mine arrow o'er the house
  And hurt my brother.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, ii)

Moving accidents by flood and field.
      - William Shakespeare, Othello

Of moving accidents by flood and field.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at I, iii)

How comes it to pass, if they be only moved by chance and accident, that such regular mutations and generations should be begotten by a fortuitous concourse of atoms.
      - John Smith (2) ("John Smith of Cambridge"),
        Select Discourses (vol. III, p. 48)

A happy accident.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        L'Allemagne (ch. XVI)

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