The general fact is, that the house was never regarded by the solid part of the community as in any real sense "haunted." There were no widespread tales of rattling chains, cold currents of air, extinguished lights, or faces at the window. Extremists sometimes said the house was "unlucky," but that is as far as even they went. What was really beyond dispute is that a frightful proportion of persons died there.
~ The Shunned House
by H. P. Lovecraft
"A man's fate is his own temper; and according to that will be his opinion as to the particular manner in which the course of events is regulated. A consistent man believes in Destiny, a capricious man in Chance."
~ Vivian Grey
by Benjamin Disraeli
But our wishes are like tinder: the flint and steel of circumstances are continually striking out sparks, which vanish immediately, unless they chance to fall upon the tinder of our wishes; then, they instantly ignite, and the flame of hope is kindled in a moment.
~ Agnes Grey
by Anne Bronte
"The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment."
~ Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
"Many are the strange chances of the world," said Mithrandir, "and help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the Wise falter."
~ The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
We may taste of every turn of chance—now rule as Kings, now serve as Slaves; now love, now hate; now prosper, and now perish. But still, through all, we are the same; for this is the marvel of Identity.
by H. Rider Haggard
Fortune's a right whore: If she give aught, she deals it in small parcels, That she may take away all at one swoop.
~ The White Devil
by John Webster
"Some folk want their luck buttered."
~ The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy
"This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. Away, go; they say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death."
~ The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare
Chance is a woman, my friends, and she has her eye always upon a gallant Hussar.
~ The Crime of The Brigadier
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle