The Count of Monte Cristo
"Ah, but who can ever know what may happen, my dear fellow? Man proposes, God disposes…"
Andrea sighed and said: "But as long as I remain in Paris and nothing forces me to leave, this money that you just mentioned is guaranteed?"
"Oh, yes, absolutely." (61.46-48)
"The next day you could read in Le Moniteur: "Yesterday's article in Les Messager announcing Don Carlos' escape and a rebellion in Barcelona was without foundation. King Don Carlos is still in Burgos and the peninsula is entirely tranquil. A telegraphic signal, misread because of the fog, gave rise to this false report." (68.164)
"My life has been worn away by the pursuit of difficult things and in breaking down those who, voluntarily or otherwise, of their own free will or as a result of chance, stood in my way and raised such obstacles. It is rare to feel an ardent desire for something and not find that it is ardently defended by those from whom one would like to take it or seize it." (67.14)