„I moreover affirm that our wisdom itself, and wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance.“

Book III, Ch. 8. Of the Art of Conversation
Essais (1595), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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