Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name.
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
The accidental causes of science are only accidents relatively to the intelligence of a man.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
The affairs of this world are so shifting and depend on so many accidents, that it is hard to form any judgment concerning the future; nay, we see from experience that the forecasts even of the wise almost always turn out false.