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Letter "C" » contingency
«The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine.»
«Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.»
Author: Jonathan Raban
by fits and starts
, the novel
«He alone is wise who can accommodate himself to all contingencies of life; but the fool contends, and struggles like a swimmer against the stream.»
«The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.»
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
, scrape by