“There is no such thing as chance ... because each event, small or large, is linked by a thousand subtle chains to all other events. We, who cannot see the linkage, cry Chance. Thus to the fallible eye of man Luck rather than Destiny seems at moments to operate.
But the notion of mere chance as the only governing factor in human affairs is unsatisfactory to human egotism. To satisfy that egotism we project the idea of the hero, the grand homme, the military genius, through whom we vicariously secure the satisfaction which comes of feeling that in part at least the governance of human affairs is in human hands.”