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Coincidence

 

"Accident, hazard, chance, whatever you choose to call it-a mystery to ordinary minds-becomes a reality to superior men."

Napoleon

 

 

"It is wrong then, to chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidence, but it is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life. For he thereby deprives his life of a dimension of beauty."

Milan Kundera

 

"First a shudder runs through you,

and then the old awe steals over you."

-Plato

 

"Every time I have become aware of  a synchronicity experience, I have had an accompanying feeling that some grace came along with it."

-Jean Shinoda Bolen

 

 

"At dinner-time I was strangely haunted by what I would call the sense of preexistence-videlicet, a confused idea that nothing that passed was said for the first time, that the same topics had been discussed, and the same persons had stated the same opinions on the same subjects. "

Walter Scott

Journal Feb. 17, 1828

 

"We all have some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time-of our having been surrounded dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects and circumstances-of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remembered it.

Charles Dickens

David Copperfield

 

 

"Yet there are things in my life so extraordinary as to make me believe in predestination."

Isadora Duncan

 

 

"Chains of more-than-coincidence occur so often in my life that, if I am forbidden to call them supernatural hauntings ,let me call them a habit! Not that I like the word super-natural - I find these happenings natural enough, though superlatively unscientific."

Robert Graves

 

"For a great artist, Nemesis works to an impeccable time table, with no wavering, no unpunctuality, no hesitation. "

Phillipe Julian

 

 

"The Chinese mind as I see it at work in the I Ching, seems to be exclusively preoccupied with the chance aspect of events. What we call coincidence seems to be the chief concern of the oriental mind. "

Carl Jung

 

"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the planning's, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusion most stale and unprofitable."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 'A Case of Identity"

 

SERENDIPITY an apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries accidentally

 

"There are a few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural, by coincidence of so seemingly, marvelous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them."

Edgar Allen Poe

Book: The Roots of Coincidence" by Arthur Koestler

 Book:"The Celestine Prohecy" by James Redfield

Book: A Little Book of Coincidence" by John Martineau

Book: "Serendipity, Accidental Discoveries in Science" by Royston M. Roberts

Book: "Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle" by C.G. Jung

Book: "Coincidence or Destiny? by Phil Cousineau

Book: "When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life" by Squire Rushnell

Book: "The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of coincidence" by Deepak Chopra

 

2001

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