I am curious about the meaning of this sentence:
"Man proposes and God disposes."
(Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times, M. Kline, vol. 1, page 181)
Whole paragraph is as follows:
"It has often been said that man proposes and God disposes. It is more accurate to say of the Greeks that God proposed them and man disposed of them. The Greek mathematicians were wiped out. But the fruits of their work did reach Europe in a way we have yet to relate."