Fate, Chance & God Quotes

[W]hat is called chance is the instrument of Providence… ~Horace Walpole, 1777 letter to Countess of Ossory

Chance is a nickname of Providence. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (Chamfort) (c.1740–1794), translated from French

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not want to sign. ~Théophile Gautier, c.1845, translated from French

Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. ~Charlotte Clemensen Taylor, 1986

Coincidences are little hellos from heaven. ~Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium [S7, E5, 2016]

You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window, well, sometimes out of nowhere he’ll do you one better and he’ll kick a whole wall down. ~Glee, “Furt” [S2, E8, 2010, Burt Hummel], written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan

Fate, Chance, God’s Will — we all try to account for our lives somehow. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be Fate. ~Robert Brault, 2010, rbrault.blogspot.com

Destiny = our free will + God’s free will ~Terri Guillemets, 2009

The place you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
~Hāfez, 14th century

I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen. ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love, 2006

Great thanks to Garson O’Toole for his excellent research on some of these quotations! –tg