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99,745.  Take a fucking chance once in a while.  (Chance & Comedy)  George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty audio

 

 

2,690.  No one ever said that you would live to see the repercussions of everything you do, or that you have guarantees, or that you are not obliged to wander in the dark, or that everything will be proved to you and neatly verified like something in science.  Nothing is: at least nothing that is worthwhile.  I didn’t bring you up only to move across sure ground.  I didn't teach you to think that everything must be within our control or understanding.  Did I?  For, if I did, I was wrong.  If you won’t take a chance, then the powers you refuse because you cannot explain them, will, as they say, make a monkey out of you.  (Science & Chance & Life’s Like That)  Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale

 

 

66,557.  Against ill chances men are ever merry,

But heaviness foreruns the good event.  William Shakespeare, II Henry IV ii 81

 

83,529.  Against ill chances men are ever merry;

But heaviness foreruns the good event.  (Odds & Chance)  ibid.  IV i 307-308, Archbishop of York

 

 

83,530.  There is diversity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death.  (Odds & Chance & Numbers)  William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor V i 3

 

 

66,558.  What are the chances of that happening, eh?  Harry Hill, routine on stage

 

 

66,559.  All our lives we’re pulled about and pushed around by the mysterious workings of chance.  When chance seems cruel some call it fate, and when chance is kind we might call it luck.  Professor David Spiegelhalter, Tails You Win: The Science of Chance, BBC 2012

 

66,560.  What actually is chance?  Is it something fundamental in the fabric of the universe?  ibid.

 

66,561.  What makes random so useful is that it is completely unpredictable but in a predictable way.  ibid.

 

66,562.  The Lottery only pays back 45% of the money it takes in, far far worse than any casino game.  (Chance & Odds)  ibid.

 

66,563.  Our brains are hardwired to look for cause and effect.  (Chance & Cause)  ibid.

 

66,564.  Quantum Mechanics has shown us a sub-atomic world that is fundamentally uncertain.  (Chance & Quantum Physics)  ibid.

 

66,565.  We can never rely on predictions.  ibid.

 

66,566.  Surprises will almost certainly happen.  ibid.

 

 

67,295.  How once upon a time against all the odds something happened that could be the reason you’re alive today, thanks to the way chance works.  (Civilisation & Chance)  James Burke, Connections II 1994: The Big Spin s2e13