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A Quote by William Jennings Bryan on achievement, chance, choice, and destiny

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)

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A Quote by William James on adoption, chance, community, genius, individuality, justice, life, men, mystery, nations, people, purity, surprises, time, and work

Sporadic great men come everywhere. But for a community to get vibrating through and through with intensely active life, many geniuses coming together and in rapid succession are required. This is why great epochs are so rare, - why the sudden bloom of a Greece, an early Rome, a Renaissance, is such a mystery. Blow must follow blow so fast that no cooling can occur in the intervals. Then the mass of the nation glows incandescent, and may continue to glow by pure inertia long after the originators of its internal movement have passed away. We often hear surprise expressed that in these high tides of human affairs not only the people should be filled with stronger life, but that individual geniuses should seem so exceptionally abundant. This mystery is just about as deep as the time-honored conundrum as to why great rivers flow by great towns. It is true that great public fermentations awaken and adopt many geniuses who in more torpid times would have had no chance to work. But over and above this there must be an exceptional concourse of genius about a time, to make the fermentation begin at all. The unlikeliness of the concourse is far greater than the unlikeliness of any particular genius; hence the rarity of these periods and the exceptional aspect which they always wear.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William James on chance, darkness, death, heroism, interest, life, and victory

What excites and interests the looker-on at life, what the romances and the statues celebrate, and the grim civic monuments remind us of, is the everlasting battle of the powers of light with those of darkness; with heroism reduced to its bare chance, yet ever and anon snatching victory from the jaws of death.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by William Ernest Henley on chance, circumstances, fate, soul, and tears

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903)

Source: Echoes. Invictus

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A Quote by William Cowper on chance

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'Tis hard if all is false that I advance  A fool must now and then be right, by chance.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation

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A Quote by William Cowper on chance

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A fool must now and then be right - by chance.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: Conversation. Line 96.

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A Quote by Willard Van Orman Quine on chance, change, problems, science, present, and world

For me the problem of induction is a problem about the world: a problem of how we, as we are now (by our present scientific lights), in a world we never made, should stand better than random, or coin-tossing chances changes of coming out right when we predict by inductions. . . .

Willard Van Orman Quine (1908 -)

Source: H. Kornblith, ed. Naturalizing Epistemology, 1994, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, p.66.

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A Quote by Will Rogers on chance, reason, and war

I have always said that a conference was held for one reason only, to give everybody chance to get sore at everybody else. Sometimes it takes two or three conferences to scare up a war, but generally one will do it.

Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on chance, fate, and theory

Every high C accurately struck demolishes the theory that we are the irresponsible puppets of fate or chance.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Walter Anderson on chance, difficulty, honesty, improvement, life, and risk

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves

Walter Anderson

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