It was a common predicament with him not to know his own motives, generally from not inquiring into them. There are men who run breathlessly - men who walk cautiously - and men who saunter easily through the journey of life. Valentine belonged to the latter class; and, like the rest of his order, often strayed down a new turning, without being able to realize at the time what purpose it was which first took him that way. Our destinies shape the future for us out of strange materials.
Wilkie Collins - Hide and Seek