In Hamlet, after the King has issued a challenge for Hamlet to fight a duel, which is supposed to be a sporting event with Laertes, but in which the King has planned for Hamlet to die, Hamlet’s closest friend, Horatio warns him to avoid the contest. Hamlet, however, dismisses the fear of death.
HORATIO: If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will
forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit.
HAMLET: Not a whit. We defy augery. There is special
providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis
not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it
be not now; yet it will come. The readiness is all. (5. 2. 217-220)
Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works of Shakespeare Seventh
Edition. David Bevington editor. Pearson. 2014.