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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 ]

The generality of men have, like plants, latent properties, which chance brings to light.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

I shot an arrow into the air
  It fell to earth I knew not where;
    For so swiftly it flew, the sight
      Could not follow it in its flight.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Arrow and the Song

Chance is a kind of god, for it preserves many things which we do not observe.
      - Menander

Chance governs all.
      - John Milton

That power which erring men call chance.
      - John Milton

Or that power
  Which erring men call chance.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 587)

Next him high arbiter
  Chance governs all.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 909)

No victor believes in chance.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

The opposites of apparent chance are constancy and sensible interposition.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

There must be chance in the midst of design; by which we mean that events which are not designed necessarily arise from the pursuit of events which are designed.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
      - Louis Pasteur

Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
      - Louis Pasteur

Chance is a second master.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

All chance, direction, which thou canst not see.
      - Alexander Pope

There was no difference between the behavior of a god and the operations of pure chance.
      - Thomas Pynchon

Chance is blind and is the sole author of creation.
      - Xavier Saintine (pseudonym of Joseph Francois Boniface),
        Picciola (ch. III)

Discouragement seizes us only when we can no longer count on chance.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

Chance will not do the work--Chance sends the breeze;
  But if the pilot slumber at the helm,
    The very wind that wafts us towards the port
      May dash us on the shelves.--The steersman's part is vigilance,
        Blow it or rough or smooth.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel
         (ch. XXII)

Ours is no sapling, chance-sown by the fountain,
  Blooming at Beltane, in winter to fade.
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lady of the Lake--Hail to the Chief
         (canto II)

But as the unthought-on accident is guilty
  To what we wildly do, so we profess
    Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
      Of every wind that blows.
      - William Shakespeare

I have set my life upon a cast, and I will stand the hazard of the die.
      - William Shakespeare

Prithee go hence,
  Or I shall show the cinders of my spirits
    Through th' ashes of my chance.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

Against ill chances men are ever merry,
  But heaviness foreruns the good event.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Scroop, Archbishop of York at IV, ii)

But as th' unthought-on accident is guilty
  To what we wildly do, so we profess
    Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
      Of every wind that blows.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Florizel at IV, iv)


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