Man proposes, God disposes

Man proposes, God disposes.

Prov. People may make plans, but they cannot control the outcome of their plans. Jill: Are you really going to be able to finish writing your novel by the end of the year? Bob: Man proposes, God disposes.
See also: dispose, god, man
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The critic Christopher Ricks, for example, writing about Spark in 1968, commented that "Perhaps when man proposes, God disposes with as cool a disposition as Mrs.
But I learn from The Private Collection of Edgar Degas (Abrams, pounds 50) that for poor Degas it was very much a question of man proposes, God disposes since his collections were sold off finally in 1918, while the bombs were falling on Paris and the museum never happened.