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[ Also see Choice Decision Deeds Desire Enthusiasm Firmness Indecision Mind Power Purpose Resolution Self-will Strength Willfulness Willingness Wishes ]

All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Calmness of will is a sign of grandeur. The vulgar, far from hiding their will, blab their wishes. A single spark of occasion discharges the child of passions into a thousand crackers of desire.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Study to follow His will in all, to have no will but His. This is thy duty and thy wisdom. Nothing is gained by spurning and struggling, but to hurt and vex thyself; but by complying all is gained,--sweet peace.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self interest.
      - Abraham Lincoln

All life needs for lift is possible to will.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A boy's will is the wind's will.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, My Lost Youth

The star of the unconquered will,
  He rises in my breast,
    Serene, and resolute, and still,
      And calm, and self-possessed.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Light of Stars (st. 7)

Will without power is like children playing at soldiers.
      - quoted by Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        The Rovers (act IV),
        found in "Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin"

Will is not unfrequently weakness.
      - George MacDonald

Do not let the loud utterances of your own wills anticipate, nor drown, the still, small voice in which God speaks. Bridle impatience till He does. If you cannot hear His whisper, wait till you do. Take care of running before you are sent. Keep your wills in equipoise till God's hand gives the impulse and direction.
      - Alexander Maclaren

To those who are His all things are not only easy to be borne, but even to be gladly chosen. Their will is united to that will which moves heaven and earth, which gives laws to angels, and rules the courses of the world.
      - Henry Edward Manning

No one is a slave whose will is free.
      - Tyrius Maximus

God made thee perfect, not immutable;
  And good he made thee, but to persevere
    He left it in thy pow'r; ordained thy will
      By nature free, not over-rul'd by fate
        Inextricable, or strict necessity.
      - John Milton

If the will, which in the law of our nature, were withdrawn from our memory, fancy, understanding, and reason, no other hell could equal, for a spiritual being, what we should then feel from the anarchy of our powers. It would be conscious madness,--a horrid thought!
      - John Milton

If you have overcome your inclination and not been overcome by it, you have reason to rejoice.
  [Lat., Tu si animum vicisti potius quam animus te est quod gaudias.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (II, 9)

And binding nature fast in fate,
  Left free the human will.
      - Alexander Pope, The Universal Prayer
         (st. 3)

I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could.
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. III, ch. XXVII)

There dwelt in him a mighty will, which merely said to the serving company of impulses: Let it be! Such a will is not stoicism, which rules merely over internal malefactors, or knaves, or prisoners of war, or children; but it is that genially energetic spirit which conditions and binds the healthy savages of our bosoms, and which says more royally than the Spanish regent to others: I, the king.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The despotism of will in ideas is styled plan, project, character, obstinacy; its despotism in desires is called passion.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

No action will be considered as blameless unless the will was so; for by the will the act was dictated.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

We sought therefore to amend our will, and not to suffer it through despite to languish long time in error.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Of Benefits (bk. V, ch. XXV, ep. 67)

He wants wit that wants resolved will.
      - William Shakespeare

He would make his will lord of his reason.
      - William Shakespeare

My will enkindled by mine eyes and ears,
  Two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous shores,
    Of will and judgment.
      - William Shakespeare

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