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34 Circumstance Quotes

Men's plans should be regulated by the circumstances, not circumstances by the plans. [Lat., Consilia res magis dant hominibus quam homines rebus.]

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (XXII, 39)

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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 Quotes , Source: in "Harper's Weekly"

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Odd instances of strange coincidence.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Queen Caroline's Advocate in the House of Lords, on her association with Bergami

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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 Quotes , Source: Sermons (II), preached in 1692

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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) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 125)

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Men are the sport of circumstances, when The circumstances seem the sport of men.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto V, st. 17)

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I am the very slave of circumstance And impulse--borne away with every breath.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Sardanapalus (act IV, sc. 1)

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The long arm of coincidence.

Charles Haddon Chambers Quotes , Source: Captain Swift

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By some fortuitous concourse of atoms. [Lat., Fortuito quodam concursu atomorum.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Natura Deorum (bk. I, 24)

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Thus neither the praise nor the blame is our own.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Letter to Mr. Newton

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Circumstances beyond my individual control.

Charles Dickens Quotes , Source: The Personal History of David Copperfield (ch. 20)

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Man is not the creature of circumstances, Circumstances are the creatures of men.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Vivian Grey (vol. II, bk. VI, ch. 7)

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It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Vivian Grey (vol. II, bk. VI, ch. 7)

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To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. XXI)

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Circumstances alter cases.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick) Quotes , Source: The Old Judge (ch. XV)

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Man, without religion, is the creature of circumstances.

Thomas Hardy Quotes , Source: Guesses at Truth (vol. I)

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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 Quotes , Source: Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse

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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) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 1, 191)

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What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect. [Lat., Quid velit et possit rerum concordia discors.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 12, 19)

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For these attacks do not contribute to make us frail but rather show us to be what we are.

Thomas a Kempis Quotes , Source: Imitation of Christ, (Dibdin's translation)

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Man is the creature of circumstances.

Robert Owen Quotes , Source: The Philanthropist

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Accidental and fortuitous concourse of atoms.

Henry John Temple Palmerston Quotes , Source: on the combination of parties led by Disraeli and Gladstone

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Condition, circumstance, is not the thing; Bliss is the same in subject or in king.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 57)

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The happy combination of fortuitous circumstances.

C.P. Scott Quotes , Source: Answer of the Author of Waverly to the Letter of Captain Clutterbuck, The Monastery

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Sir, my circumstances, Being so near the truth as I will make them, Must first induce you to believe; whose strength I will confirm with oath, which I doubt not You'll give me leave to spare when you shall find You need it not.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at II, iv)

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