I thought the next lines of
There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
and that it came from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
I was amused to find that our first English Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Rudyard Kipling, had borrowed it for the beginning of 'Kidnapped' in 1888.
The start of 'Kidnapped' reads -
"There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken any way you please, is bad
And strands them in forsaken guts and creeks
No decent soul would think of visiting.
You may arrest some rash adventurer,
Who - h'm - will hardly thank you for your pains."
Anyone want to suggest a third version?
Household Saints by Francine Prose
2 hours ago