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He who sends the storm steers the vessel.
      - Thomas Adams

The ways of heaven are dark and intricate,
  Puzzled in mazes, and perplex'd with errors;
    Our understanding traces them in vain,
      Lost and bewilder'd in the fruitless search;
        Nor sees with how much art the windings run,
          Nor where the regular confusion ends.
      - Joseph Addison

And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform,
  Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
      - Joseph Addison, The Campaign

Fear not, but trust in Providence,
  Wherever thou may'st be.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley), The Pilot

But they that are above
  Have ends in everything.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Maid's Tragedy (act V, sc. 4)

Everything that happens in this world is a part of a great plan of God running through all time.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

God's providence is on the side of clear heads.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If God but cares for our inward and eternal life, if by all the experiences of this life He is reducing it and preparing for its disclosure, nothing can befall us but prosperity. Every sorrow shall be but the setting of some luminous jewel of joy. Our very morning shall be but the enamel around the diamond; our very hardships but the metallic rim that holds the opal, glancing with strange interior fires.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Providence is but another name for natural law. Natural law itself would go out in a minute if it were not for the divine thought that is behind it.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

We are apt to believe in Providence so long as we have our own way; but if things go awry, then we think, if there is a God, He is in heaven, and not on earth.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

You may say, "I wish to send this ball so as to kill the lion crouching yonder, ready to spring upon me. My wishes are all right, and I hope Providence will direct the ball." Providence won't. You must do it; and if you do not, you are a dead man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A cockle-fish may as soon crowd the ocean into its narrow shell, as vain man ever comprehend the decrees of God!
      - William Beveridge

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXI, v. 6)

If heaven send no supplies,
  The fairest blossom of the garden dies.
      - William Blake

Surely there are in every man's life certain rubs, doublings, and wrenches, which pass a while under the effects of chance, but at the last, well examined, prove the mere hand of God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

If heaven send no supplies,
  The fairest blossom of the garden dies.
      - Sir William Browne (1), Visions (ch. V)

Through heaven and earth
  God's will moves freely, and I follow it,
    As color follows light. He overflows
      The firmamental walls with deity,
        Therefore with love; His lightnings go abroad,
          His pity may do so, His angels must,
            Whene'er He gives them charges.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

God smiles as He has always smiled;
  Ere suns and moons could wax and wane,
    Ere stars were thundergirt, or piled
      The Heavens, God thought on me His child;
        Ordained a life for me, arrayed
          Its circumstances, every one
            To the minutest; ay, God said
              This head this hand should rest upon
                Thus, ere He fashioned star or sun.
      - Robert Browning

In some time, his good time, I shall arrive;
  He guides me and the bird
    In his good time.
      - Robert Browning, Paracelsus (pt. I)

There is a Power whose care
  Teaches thy way.
      - William Cullen Bryant

God sendeth cold after clothes.
      - William Camden, Remains

Chance is a nickname for Providence.
  [Fr., Le hasard est un sobriquet de la Providence.]
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Go, mark the matchless working of the power
  That shuts within the seed the future flower;
    Bids these in elegance of form excel.
      In color these, and those delight the smell;
        Sends nature forth, the daughter of the skies,
          To dance on earth, and charm all human eyes.
      - William Cowper

'Tis Providence alone secures
  In every change both mine and yours.
      - William Cowper, A Fable--Moral

Behind a frowning Providence
  He hides a smiling face.
      - William Cowper,
        Light Shining Out of Darkness

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