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providence
as in:  divine providence


On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
  resulting from God’s intervention or plan; or lucky — especially with regard to when something happened
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Strongly Associated with:   provident, improvident
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  • On the eve of battle, he prayed that providence was in our favor.
  • Providence has been good to me.
  • And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • Sometimes, when Providence is not so kind, I...
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game

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  • Providence had meditated better things for me than I could possibly imagine for myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • So that by the favour of Providence, and vigour of his youth, being now but thirty years old, he came, at last, to conquer all the inconveniencies of his solitude, and to be very easy.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • PUTNAM: It is a providence the thing is out now!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I went right along, not fixing up any particular plan, but just trusting to Providence to put the right words in my mouth when the time come;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • It is a providence.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • Sometimes the widow would take me one side and talk about Providence in a way to make a body’s mouth water; but maybe next day Miss Watson would take hold and knock it all down again.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • I judged I could see that there was two Providences, and a poor chap would stand considerable show with the widow’s Providence, but if Miss Watson’s got him there warn’t no help for him any more.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Call it what you like, fate, luck, providence.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Morena made a few more attempts to express her need for a real woman, perhaps thinking that I was too dense to get her meaning, but my response remained the same—I was sure that the right woman was out there somewhere in the correctional system and that providence would deliver her to Danbury with all haste.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Not be so thankful or beholden to me, necessarily, but at least she’d be somewhat appreciative of the providence of institutions that brought her from the squalor of the orphanage—the best of which can be only so happy—to an orderly, welcoming suburban home in America, with a hopeful father of like-enough race and sufficient means.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But the block-long pile of death and destruction providentially spared the 48 children asleep in the Janet Home, virtually next door to the ill-fated apartment house.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Nothing . saved her from being crushed to death in a mad attempt to find her children but the providential appearance of an acquaintance, who told her that the children were all safe at the St. James Hotel.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • It makes you believe in Providence, doesn’t it?
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • [I] am the more willing to kill as many of them as God in his providence will permit me.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Providentially, though, it was music that helped save her, as it had in the past.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It is Providence that put them in our path.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • "I think this goes more to the idea of ’relentless irony’ than ’divine providence"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • His death was regarded by the slaves as the result of a merciful providence.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • There’s a providence that watches over the deserving.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He always made sure his kids never got into trouble, was concerned about money, and trusted the providence of the Holy Father to do the rest.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • How providential that he had presence of mind to think of the water-jug!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But a merciful providence had sent this storm of cold rain—and now all it was necessary to do was to set off a few fireworks, and thump awhile on a drum, and all the homeless wretches from a mile around would pour in and fill the hall!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • She had not had time to be aware of him, except as of a providential comrade-in-competence; now she glanced at him with conscious attention.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This would be such a benefit that we could only look upon it as a providential blessing.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • It will be laid to us, whose providence Should have kept short, restrain’d, and out of haunt This mad young man.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The crawlway was Yossarian’s lifeline to outside from a plane about to fall, but Yossarian swore at it with seething antagonism, reviled it as an obstacle put there by providence as part of the plot that would destroy him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • With this view of the nature and end of man Dante’s conception of the history of the race could not be other than that its course was providentially ordered.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I was feeling more depressed than ever when providence came to my aid again at the last moment, this time in the form of Helena Lewicka, Mrs Jaworska’s sister-in-law.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Through God’s providence, the brothers met.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • "I have settled it all;" and then Teddy’s mother picked him up from the dust and hugged him, crying that he had saved Teddy from death, and Teddy’s father said that he was a providence, and Teddy looked on with big scared eyes.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Although she was not particularly religious, the mother liked to make her plots providential.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Father Kleinsorge later came to regard this as a bit of providential interference, inasmuch as the suitcase contained his breviary, the account books for the whole diocese, and a considerable amount of paper money belonging to the mission, for which he was responsible.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Strange providence! Shall I call the tree tyrannical, since where it stands nothing survives but itself and its highborne guests?
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Then the Archbishop of Canterbury by Merlin’s providence let purvey then of the best knights that they might get, and such knights as Uther Pendragon loved best and most trusted in his days.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • From this instance, reader, Be encouraged to diligence in thy calling, And distrust not Providence.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • You never can tell, Hilde, but if it is truly so, then one must certainly ask whether or not God’s providence is behind everything.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Fishing was not only recreation but the necessary daily harvest of a crop providentially swimming at their feet.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was idyllic: and Father Conmee reflected on the providence of the Creator who had made turf to be in bogs whence men might dig it out and bring it to town and hamlet to make fires in the houses of poor people.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then the Archbishop of Canterbury by Merlin’s providence let purvey then of the best knights that they might get, and such knights as Uther Pendragon loved best and most trusted in his days.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • There, ’tis a happy providence that I be no worse.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • If then his providence Out of our evil seek to bring forth good, Our labour must be to pervert that end, And out of good still to find means of evil; Which ofttimes may succeed so as perhaps Shall grieve him, if I fail not, and disturb His inmost counsels from their destined aim.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Verily, in the all-wise and unknowable providence of God, who moveth in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, have I never heard the fellow to this question for confusion of the mind and congestion of the ducts of thought.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • For some hours he sat there in the sun, and whether it was the warmth of it, or the sight of the wide plain beneath stretching away to blue and distant mountains, or the mere passage of time, or the divine providence for the soul that is distressed, he could not say; but there was some rising of the spirit, some lifting of the fear.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The elderly heads nodded recognition of Tom’s wisdom once more, and one individual murmured, "An’ the King be mad himself, according to report, then is it a madness of a sort that would improve the sanity of some I wot of, if by the gentle providence of God they could but catch it."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The Midway Drive-In Theater is long gone now, as if, by providence, someone saw fit to remove the scene of so many lovely lies.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
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