We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains--chains
of training, custom, convention, association, environment--in a word,
Circumstance--and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in
- "3,000 Years Among the Microbes"
Circumstance--which moves by laws of its own, regardless of parties and
policies, and whose decrees are final and must be obeyed by all--and will
- Mark Twain in Eruption
Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.
- Mark Twain's Notebook
A man may plan as much as he wants to, but nothing of consequence is likely
to come of it until the magician circumstance steps in and takes the matter
off his hands.
- "The Turning Point of My Life"
Portrait of Clemens by Mike Cedeno
from the Dave Thomson collection.