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

There may be some tenderness in the conscience and yet the will be a very stone; and as long as the will stands out, there is no broken heart.
      - Richard Alleine

A willing heart adds feather to the heel
  And makes the clown a winged Mercury.
      - Joanna Baillie, De Montfort
         (act III, sc. 2)

God takes men's hearty desires and will, instead of the deed, where they have not power to fulfill it; but he never took the bare deed instead of the will.
      - Richard Baxter

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XII, v. 2)

He that will not when he may,
  When he will he shall have nay.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sect. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5),

He that complies against his will,
  Is of his own opinion still,
    Which he may adhere to, yet disown,
      For reasons to himself best known.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto III, l. 547)

We are too fond of our own will; we want to be doing what we fancy mighty things: but the great point is to do small things, when called to them, in a right spirit.
      - Richard Cecil

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined will of a peasant.
      - Confucius

The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.
      - Confucius, Analects (bk. IX, ch. XXV)

Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
      - George Crabbe

Barkis is willin'!
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. I)

"When a man says he's willin'," said Mr. Barkis, "it's as much as to say, that man's a-waitin' for a answer."
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. VIII)

Everything in this world depends upon will.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.
      - Epictetus

How does our will become sanctified? By conforming itself unreservedly to that of God.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

A man can do what he ought to do; and when he says he cannot, it is because he will not.
  [Ger., Der Mensch kann was er soll; und wenn er sagt er kann nicht, so will er nicht.]
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Letter

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.
  [Ger., Aber wer fest auf dem Sinne beharrt, der bildet die Welt sich.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Hermann und Dorothea (IX, 303)

The only way of setting the will free is to deliver it from wilfulness.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

It is the will that makes the action good or ill.
      - Robert Herrick

The readinesse of doing doth expresse
  No other but the doer's willingnesse.
      - Robert Herrick, Hesperides--Readinesse

There is nothing more precious to a man than his will; there is nothing which he relinquishes with so much reluctance.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

People do not lack strength; they will.
      - Victor Hugo

In the moral world there is nothing impossible if we can bring a thorough will to it. Man can do everything with himself, but he must not attempt to do too much with others.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

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