"Man Proposes, But God Disposes"
Context: This is a book of advice to Christians on how to improve their souls and their relationship to God. This particular expression had been used earlier and widely, in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey (p. 27, Lower's translation), and in The Vision of Piers Plowman (Line 13994, edition of 1550). In Don Quixote, Part II (1615), Book IV, chapter 55, Cervantes said: "Man appoints, and God disappoints." In Proverbs 16:9, the reading is, "A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps." Thomas à Kempis says:
The purpose of righteous men hangethrather in the grace of God thanin man's own wisdom; in himthey trust always in all things they do.For man purposeth and God disposeth;and man's way is not in man (to carry out).