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form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





When a man's willing and eager the god's join in.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


A man can do all things if he but wills them.


Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472, Italian architect, painter, sculptor, writer)


Will localizes us; thought universalizes us.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.


St. Thomas Aquinas


There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


When thou standest still from thinking and willing of self, the eternal hearing, seeing, and speaking will be revealed to thee, and so God heareth and seeth through thee. Thine own hearing, willing, and seeing hindereth thee, that thou dost not see nor hear God.


Jacob Boehme (1575-1624, German mystic)


Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.


Richard Cecil (American poet)


A person who is wise does nothing against their will, nothing with sighing or under coercion.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Will cannot be quenched against its will.


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


The education of the will is the object of our existence.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Nothing is easy to the unwilling.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


In oratory the will must predominate.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


Man has will, but woman has her way.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


To live by one man's will becomes the cause of all misery.


Richard Hooker (1554-1600, British theologian)


People do not lack strength; they lack will.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.


Bobby Knight (1940-, American basketball coach)


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


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


What a person wills and not what they know determines their worth or unworth, power or impotence, happiness or unhappiness.


Robert Lindner


What a person wills and not what they know determines their worth or unworth, power or impotence, happiness or unhappiness.


Robert Lindner


The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Will is character in action.


William McDougall (1871-1938, British psychologist)


Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.


Addison Mizner


The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Where there's a will, there's a way.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


A boy's will is the will of the wind.


Norse Proverb (Sayings of Norse origin)


If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


All things must; man is the only creature that wills.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


The will of man is his happiness.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Will it, and set to work briskly.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


No action will be considered blameless, unless the will was so, for by the will the act was dictated.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The will is deaf and hears no heedful friends.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Will and intellect are one and the same.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


The one who wills is the one who can.


Author Unknown


When the will is ready the feet are light.


Author Unknown


Who wills the end, wills the means.


Author Unknown


Willingness is essential in any initiation or in making an dream come true. "I can t" often means "I won t." You can change "I won t" to "I will" with willpower.


Marcia Wieder (American speaker, trainer, author)


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