„Adorable ambuscades of providence!“

Les Misérables

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Victor Hugo308
French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

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„With Thee in shady solitudes I walk,
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Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 433.

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„He who provides life provides also a living.“

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—  Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875

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„History is the revelation of providence.“

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„I have the grace of providence to be poor.“

—  António de Oliveira Salazar Prime Minister of Portugal 1889 - 1970

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„Providence is a greater mystery than revelation.“

—  Richard Cecil (clergyman) British Evangelical Anglican priest and social reformer 1748 - 1810

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„Nature provides exceptions to every rule.“

—  Margaret Fuller, book Woman in the Nineteenth Century

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Context: Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But, in fact, they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
History jeers at the attempts of physiologists to bind great original laws by the forms which flow from them. They make a rule; they say from observation what can and cannot be. In vain! Nature provides exceptions to every rule. She sends women to battle, and sets Hercules spinning; she enables women to bear immense burdens, cold, and frost; she enables the man, who feels maternal love, to nourish his infant like a mother.

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