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Volume IX, Number 3 | summer 2016

Miscellany

A young nobleman in ancient Athens fell in love with a statue of Agathe Tyche, goddess of good fortune. He hugged and kissed it, then offered the local council a large sum of money to purchase it. When his request was denied, he decorated the statue extravagantly with crowns and garlands, offered a sacrifice, uttered a lengthy lamentation, and killed himself.

Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.

- Calvin Coolidge, 1932

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