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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

9315 Mihel Eyquem

AUTHOR:Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne (1533–1592)
QUOTATION:I moreover affirm that our wisdom itself, and wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation.
Note 1.
Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of great design as of chance.—Francis, Duc de La Rochefoucauld: Maxim 57. [back]