|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Thomas à Kempis (1379 or 13801471)|
|QUOTATION:||Man proposes, but God disposes. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Imitation of Christ. Book i. Chap. 19.|
This expression is of much greater antiquity. It appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, p. 27 (Lowers translation), and in The Vision of Piers Ploughman, line 13994. ed. 1550.
A mans heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.Proverbs xvi. 9. [back]