Simone de Beauvoir On Chance

75efd-img_0216Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908–April 14, 1986)

What astonishes me, just as it astonishes a child when he becomes aware of his own identity, is the fact of finding myself here, and at this moment, deep in this life and not in any other… Chance … has a distinct meaning for me. I do not know where I might have been led by the paths that, as I look back, I think I might have taken but that in fact I did not take. What is certain is that I am satisfied with my fate and that I should not want it changed in any way at all. So I look upon these factors that helped me to fulfill it as so many fortunate strokes of chance.

Ann Druyan On Chance

   Ann Druyan   (June 13, 1949 -) 
Ann Druyan (June 13, 1949 -) 

…we were the beneficiaries of chance, that pure chance could be so kind that we could find one another in the vastness of space and the immensity of time. We knew that every moment should be cherished as the precious and unlikely coincidence that it was.