All things that can occur to a man,
from the moment of his birth to the moment of his death,
have been predetermined by him.
Thus, all inadvertence is deliberate,
every casual encounter is an engagement made beforehand,
every humiliation is an act of penitence,
every failure a mysterious victory,
every death a suicide.
There is no more cunning consolation than the thought that we have chosen our own misfortunes.