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.
Nature that framed us of four elements, Warring within our breasts for regiment, Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds: Our souls, whose faculties can comprehend The wondrous architecture of the world, And measure every wandering planet's course, Still climbing after knowledge infinite, And always moving as the restless spheres, Wills us to wear ourselves, and never rest, Until we reach the ripest fruit of all, That perfect bliss and sole felicity, The sweet fruition of an earthly crown.Christopher Marlowe
Our Wills are ours, we know not how;Our Wills are ours, to make them thine.Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849), Introduction, Stanza 4.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit." Blessed are they who are stripped of every thing, even of their own Wills, that they may no longer belong to themselves.François Fénelon, p. 544. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
If we are only as the potter's clay Made to be fashioned as the artist Wills, And broken into shards if we offend The eye of Him who made us, it is well.Rights; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
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.Journal entry, Gilleleie (1 August 1835) Journals 1A; this is considered to be one of the earliest statements of existentialist thought.Variant translation: My focus should be on what I do in life, not knowing everything, excluding knowledge on what you do. The is key to find a purpose, whatever it truly is that God wills me to do; it's crucial to find a truth which is true to me, to find the idea which I am willing to live and die for.Later variant: What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know, except in so far as a certain knowledge must precede every action. The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do: the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die. ... I certainly do not deny that I still recognize an imperative of knowledge and that through it one can work upon men, but it must be taken up into my life, and that is what I now recognize as the most important thing.Later expression of such thoughts in a letter to Peter Wilhelm Lund (31 August 1835)Variant translation: I must find a truth that is true for me.
When God chooses to let himself be born in lowliness, when he who holds all possibilities in his hand takes upon himself the form of a lowly servant, when he goes about defenseless and lets people do with him what they will, he surely must know well enough what he is doing and why he Wills it; but for all that it is he who has people in his power and not they who have power over him-so history ought not play Mr. Malapert by this wanting to make manifest who he was.p. 34 (Practice in Christianity (1850))
The kingdom of God which is within us consists in our willing whatever God Wills, always, in every thing, and without reservation; and thus His kingdom comes; for His will is then done as it is in heaven, since we will nothing but what is dictated by His sovereign pleasure.François Fénelon, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers P. 269. (1895)
Our Wills are ours, we know not how; Our Wills are ours, to make them thine.Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849), Introduction, Stanza 4.
The Wills above be done! but I would fain die a dry death.The Tempest, Act I, scene 1, line 70.
The law has ever been watchful and jealous of Wills made under religious influences, and especially so when those influences connect themselves with any individual who is the object of the testator's bounty.Sir J. P. Wilde, Smith v. Tebbitt (1867), L. R. 1 Pr. & D. 437.
I regret exceedingly that, not only ordinary laymen, but, as it seems to me, professional men, do not understand the great difficulty there is in drawing Wills, and do not bestow a little more care and pains in endeavouring to draw them in such a way as that the numerous questions which often arise on them should be avoided. I regret to say that these questions often throw a great deal of expense on parties interested under the Wills, and are the cause of great heartburnings and most bitter animosities.Pearson, J., In re Wait; Workman v. Petgrave (1885), L. R. 30 C. D. 622.
I quite admit that on the question of the construction of Wills relating to real property the cases have always had greater attention given to them than in the case of personalty, because land in England passes by title, and it has always been the habit of the lawyers and Judges to look with greater strictness to the reported cases where it is a question of land than where it is a question of personalty.Chitty, J., In re Bright-Smith; Bright-Smith v. Bright-Smith (1886), L. R. 31 CD. 318.
Speaking for myself, I do not look upon Wills as Chinese puzzles; they no doubt do present great difficulties, but I do not feel myself the serious difficulty which other learned Judges have.Chitty, J., In re Roper's Estate (1889), L. J. Rep. (N. S.) 58 C. D. 442.
My distinction is, that in incorrect Wills the Court may take liberties, but that if the words are correct they have no power to make any alteration.Buller, J., Doe et dem. Dacre v. Dacre (1798), 2 Bos. & Pull. 260.
As the flowers follow the sun, and silently hold up their petals to be tinted and enlarged by its shining, so must we, if we would know the joy of God, hold our souls, Wills, hearts, and minds, still before Him, whose voice commands, whose love warns, whose truth makes fair our whole being.' God speaks for the most part in such silence only. If the soul be full of tumult and jangling voices, His voice is little likely to be heard.Alexander Maclaren, p. 559. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
What disturbs us in this world is not " trouble," but our opposition to trouble. The true source of all that frets and irritates and wears away our lives, is not in external things, but in the resistance of our Wills to the will of God expressed by external things.Alexander Maclaren, p. 588. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Only be steadfast, never waver, Nor seek earth's favor, But rest; Thou knowest what God Wills must be For all His creatures so for thee The best.Paul Fleming, p. 248. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
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