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CIRCUMSTANCE
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Odd instances of strange coincidence.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Queen Caroline's Advocate in the House of Lords, on her association with Bergami

The massive gates of circumstance
  Are turned upon the smallest hinge,
    And thus some seeming pettiest chance
      Oft gives our life its after-tinge.
        The trifles of our daily lives,
          The common things, scarce worth recall,
            Whereof no visible trace survives,
              These are the mainsprings after all.
      - Anonymous, in "Harper's Weekly"

What saves the virtue of many a woman is that protecting god, the impossible.
      - Honore de Balzac

Epicureans, that ascribed the origin and frame of the world not to the power of God, but to the fortuitous concourse of atoms.
      - Richard Bentley, Sermons (II),
        preached in 1692

It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence upon us.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Circumstance, that unspiritual god and miscreator, makes and helps along our coming evils.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

And circumstance, that unspiritual god,
  And miscreator, makes and helps along
    Our coming evils, with a critch-like rod,
      Whose touch turns hope to dust--the dust we all have trod.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 125)

Men are the sport of circumstances, when
  The circumstances seem the sport of men.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 17)

I am the very slave of circumstance
  And impulse--borne away with every breath.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act IV, sc. 1)

The long arm of coincidence.
      - Charles Haddon Chambers, Captain Swift

By some fortuitous concourse of atoms.
  [Lat., Fortuito quodam concursu atomorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (bk. I, 24)

Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.
      - William Cowper, Letter to Mr. Newton

Circumstances beyond my individual control.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. 20)

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of man. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Man is not the creature of circumstances,
  Circumstances are the creatures of men.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Vivian Grey (vol. II, bk. VI, ch. 7)

It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are.
      - Epictetus ch. XXIV

Lift where you stand.
      - Edward Everett

A man is not little when he finds it difficult to cope with circumstances, but when circumstances overmaster him.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. XXI)

We are surrounded, ambushed, by the robber troops of circumstances.
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad)

Circumstances alter cases.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick),
        The Old Judge (ch. XV)

Man, without religion, is the creature of circumstances.
      - Thomas Hardy, Guesses at Truth (vol. I)

Thus we see, too, in the world that some persons assimilate only what is ugly and evil from the same moral circumstances which supply good and beautiful results--the fragrance of celestial flowers--to the daily life of others.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse

And I endeavour to subdue circumstances to myself, and not myself to circumstances.
  [Lat., Et mihi res, non me rebus, subjungere conor.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 1, 191)


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