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CHANCE
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[ Also see Accident Adventure Cards Certainty Choice Destiny Doubt Fate Fickleness Fortune Gambling Luck Opportunity Providence Vicissitudes Wagers ]

How slight a chance may raise or sink a soul!
      - Philip James Bailey,
        Festus--A Country Town

To talk of luck and chance only shows how little we really know of the laws which govern cause and effect.
      - Hosea Ballou

Chance never writ a legible book; chance never built a fair house; chance never drew a neat picture; it never did any of these things, nor ever will; nor can it be without absurdity supposed able to do them; which yet are works very gross and rude, very easy and feasible, as it were, in comparison to the production of a flower or a tree.
      - Isaac Barrow

Chance is but a mere name, and really nothing in itself; a conception of our minds, and only a compendious way of speaking.
      - Richard Bentley

Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Perhaps it may turn out a sand,
  Perhaps turn out a sermon.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend

As the ancients wisely say
  Have a care o' th' main chance,
    And look before you ere you leap;
      For as you sow y'are like to reap.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

It is strictly and philosophically true in Nature and reason that there is no such thing as chance or accident; it being evident that these words do not signify anything really existing, anything that is truly an agent or the cause of any event; but they signify merely men's ignorance of the real an immediate cause.
      - Adam Clarke

Chance is but the pseudonyme of God for those particular cases which He does not choose to subscribe openly with His own sign manual.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To admit that there is any such thing as chance, in the common acceptation of the term, would be to attempt to establish a power independent of God.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
      - Democritus

I do not believe such a quality as chance exists. Every incident that happens must be a link in a chain.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
      - Euripides

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when He did not want to sign.
  [Fr., Le hasard c'est peut-etre le pseudonyme de Dieu, quand il ne veut pas signer.]
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault),
        Le Jardin d'Epicure (p. 132)

Nature goes on her way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Chance has something to say in everything, even how to write a good letter.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Surely no man can reflect, without wonder upon the vicissitudes of human life arising from causes in the highest degree accidental and trifling. If you trace the necessary concatenation of human events a very little way back, you may perhaps discover that a person's very going in or out of a door has been the means of coloring with misery or happiness the remaining current of his life.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend upon such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man's hands to set the tables, yet is he not certain to win the game.
      - George Herbert

Chances rule men and not men chances.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

Many shining actions owe their success to chance, though the general or statesman runs away with the applause.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Such is the chance of war.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Chance generally favors the prudent.
      - Joseph Joubert

Chance often gives us that which we should not have presumed to ask.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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