Quotes for
the Journey:

Coincidence



Coincidences are
spiritual puns.

G. K. Chesterton

   

Coincidences are a true paradox. . . on the one hand they seem to be the source of our greatest irrationalities--seeing causal connections when science tells us they aren't there.  On the other hand, some of our greatest feats of scientific discovery depend on coincidences.       -Josh Tenenbaum

   

The more frequently one uses the word "coincidence" to explain bizarre happenings, the more obvious it becomes that one is not seeking, but evading the real explanation.       -Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

   
When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.       -Deepak Chopra
   
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.       -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
   

All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course.       -Tom Stoppard

    

Having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual than any coincidence could possibly be.       -Isaac Asimov

  
When we're interested in something, everything around us appears to refer to it (the mystics call these phenomena "signs," the skeptics "coincidence," and psychologists "concentrated focus," although I've yet to find out what term historians should use).    -Paulo Coelho

The problem of synchronicity has puzzled me for a long time, ever since the middle twenties, when I was investigating the phenomena of the collective unconscious and kept on coming across connections which I simply could not explain as chance groupings or "runs."  What I found were "coincidences" which were connected so meaningfully that their "chance" concurrence would represent a degree of improbability that would have to be expressed by an astronomical figure.       -Carl Jung
    
Coincidence, if traced far enough back, becomes inevitable.       -Hineu
    
Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous.       -Doris Lessing
   

The belief in coincidence is the prevalent superstition of the Age of Science.       -Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

   

Coincidence is the word we use when we can't see the levers and pulleys.       -Emma Bull

    
Coincidence obeys no laws and if it does we don't know what they are.  Coincidence, if you'll permit me the simile, is like the manifestation of God at every moment on our planet.  A senseless God making senseless gestures at his senseless creatures.  In that hurricane, in that osseous implosion, we find communion.      -Roberto Bolaņo
  
This is a dynamic and mysterious universe and human life is, no doubt, conditioned by imponderables of which we are only dimly aware.  People sometimes say, "the strangest coincidence happened."  Coincidences may seem strange, but they are never a result of caprice.  They are orderly laws in the spiritual lives of humans.  They affect and influence our lives profoundly.  These so-called imponderables are so important that you should become spiritually sensitized to them.  Indeed, the more spiritually minded you become the more acute your contact will be with these behind-the-scenes forces.  By being alive to them through insight, instruction, and illumination, you can make your way past errors and mistakes on which, were you less spiritually sensitive, you might often stumble.     -Norman Vincent Peale, Stay Alive All Your Life
  
There are no real coincidences in life for those with faith strong enough to recognize coincidences for what they really are:  intricate pieces of the providential design God created for each of our lives.     -Delia Parr, Love's First Bloom
  
The stronger your will, the clearer and more defined your goals will be and the greater the "coincidences" that will appear in front of you, helping you get where you wish--Heaven or hell.  You decide what you want.     -Alfredo Karras
  
 
Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which--miraculously, it seems--merge into a significant event.  It provides the neatest paradigm of the bisociation of previously separate contexts, engineered by fate. Coincidences are puns of destiny.  In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled
into one acoustic knot; in the coincidental happening, two strings of events are knitted together by invisible hands.    -
Arthur Koestler
  
As soon as we notice that certain types of events "like" to cluster together at certain times, we begin to understand the Chinese, whose theories of medicine, philosophy, and even building are based on a "science" of meaningful coincidences.     -Marie Louise von Franz
  
We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.      -David Richo
  
Every individual decision is nothing but coincidence, every artistic decision is coincidence.     -Alva Noto
  
Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.  It is wrong then, to chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidences, but it is right to chide people for being blind to such coincidences in their daily lives.  For they thereby deprive their lives of a dimension of beauty.     -Milan Kundera
  
In mathematics, two angles that are said to coincide fit together perfectly.  The word "coincidence" does not describe luck or mistakes.  It describes that which fits together perfectly.     -Wayne Dyer
  
In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents.  Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.     -William S. Burroughs
  

   

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