A person who wills to have a good will, already has a good will--in its rudiments. There is solid satisfaction in knowing that the mere desire to get out of an old habit is a material advance upon the condition of submergence in that habit. The longest step toward cleanliness is made when one gains--nothing but dissatisfaction with dirt.
Every campaign, Garry Wills once wrote, "taught Nixon the same lesson: mobilize resentment against those in power." History taught the same to many conservative and reactionary populist movements, whose real attitude to those in power and authority was one of a servile, envious, vicarious adoration.christopher hitchens
I hope you are looking forward to the tsunami of industrial effluent which is coming your way in the first quarter of the new year. You will not be able to avoid it, unless you are Helen Keller. One way or another, Wills and Kate are going to get you.Rod Liddle, "From here until the royal wedding, it’s sewage all the way". The Spectator, 1 January 2011.
Progress toward a more abundant material life does not come like manna from heaven, however. My message certainly is not one of complacency. The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their Wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well.julian simon
I feel perfectly willing to stay my threescore years and ten, if it be thought I need so much tuition from this planet; but it seems to me that my future upon earth will soon close. It may be terribly trying, but it will not be so very long, now. God will transplant the root, if he Wills to rear it into fruit-bearing.margaret fuller
Pure community is a matter of no interest to any will; but a community which pursues a common good is of supreme interest to all Wills; and what we have here said is that whatever the nature of that common good ... it must contain the development of individual powers, as a prior condition for all other goods.william ernest hocking
It is of great advantage that man should know his station, and not imagine that the whole universe exists only for him. We hold that the universe exists because the Creator Wills it so; that mankind is low in rank as compared with the uppermost portion of the universe, viz., with the spheres and the stars; but, as regards the angels, there cannot be any real comparison between man and angels, although man is the highest of all beings on earth; i.e., of all the beings formed of the four elements.maimonides
The idea of an isolated American painting , so popular in this country during the thirties, seems absurd to me, just as the idea of a purely American mathematics or physics would seem absurd... And in another sense, the problem doesn’t exist at all; or, if it did, would solve itself: An American is an American and his painting would naturally be qualified by the fact, whether he Wills or not. But the basic problems of contemporary painting are independent of any one country.jackson pollock
In Jesus, God Wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality.Karl Barth, as quoted in Basket of Gems (2009) by Mark Stibbe, p. 89.
Discretion is a science of understanding, to discern between falsity and truth, between wrong and right, between shadows and substance, between equity and colourable glosses and pretences, and not to do according to their (men's) Wills, and private affections; for, as one saith, talis discretio diseretionem conundit?Lord Edward Coke, Rooke's Case (1598), 5 Rep. 99 b.
What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, to see what it really is that God Wills that I shall do; the crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.Later expression of such thoughts in a letter to Peter Wilhelm Lund (31 August 1835)
"...one can say that the historical task and political purpose of neoconservatism would seem to be this: to convert the Republican party, and American conservatism in general, against their respective Wills, into a new kind of conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy."— Iriving Kistol, "The Neoconservative Persuasion"
In [the Irving Kristol] era, rather than being the "stupid party," Republicans became the party of ideas. Neoconservatism's task was, he said, to "convert the Republican Party and American conservatism in general, against their respective Wills, into a new kind conservative politics suitable to governing a modern democracy."Jonathan Tobin, in "The power of ideas", in The Jerusalem Post (29 September 2009)
God Wills, man dreams, the work is born.Original: Deus quer, o homem sonha, a obra nasce.
In spite of or in defiance of the whole of existence he Wills to be himself with it, to take it along, almost defying his torment. For to hope in the possibility of help, not to speak of help by virtue of the absurd, that for God all things are possible:;– no, that he will not do. And as for seeking help from any other:;– no, that he will not do for all the world; rather than seek help he would prefer to be himself:;– with all the tortures of hell, if so it must be.Søren Kierkegaard, in The Sickness Unto Death (1849) published using the pseudonym "Anti-Climacus"
I will see you tomorrow, if God Wills it.Who: Pope John Paul I, an hour before he died of a heart attack.
Despise not death , but welcome it, for nature Wills it like all else.Marcus Aurelius, in Lessons from Sedona: A Spiritual Pathway to Serenity and Contentment: Volume ..., p.482