It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion.Herman Melville
In hell, sinners shall forever lay all the blame on their own wills. Hell is a rational torment by conscience.Richard Baxter
The One Unbounded, Undivided Good,By all His Creatures partly understood.If therefore Sense of its apparent PartsRaise not His Love or Worship in our Hearts,Our selfish wills or Notions we may feast,And have no more Religion than a Beast.john byrom
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
This death’s livery which walled its bearers from ordinary life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less abject for that its beginning was voluntary.thomas edward ("t. e.") lawrence
There is no dealing with great sorrow as if it were under the control of our wills. It is a terrible phenomenon, whose laws we must study, and to whose conditions we must submit, if we would mitigate it.sheridan le fanu
The purest evil that human efforts could attain, in other words, was probably achieved by those men who made their wills the same and who made their eyes see the world in the same way, men who went against the pattern of life's diversity, men whose spirits shattered the natural wall of the individual body, making nothing of this barrier, set up to guard against mutual corrosion, men whose spirit accomplished what flesh could never accomplish.yukio mishima
God wills, man dreams, the work is born.fernando pessoa
Who could so watch, and not forget the rackOf wills worn thin and thought become too frail,Nor roll the centuries back —And feel the sinews of his soul grow hale,And know himself for Rome's inheritor?vita sackville-west
Every person, if he so wills, can become a paradigmatic human being, not by brushing of his accidental qualities, but by remaining in them and ennobling them. He ennobles them by choosing them.Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or II, Hong p. 262.
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.
Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.william shakespeare
"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))
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.william ernest hocking
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.holmes, oliver wendell, sr.
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.jesus christ
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, and we are only the thread of the Pattern.robert jordan
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
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
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))
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))
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))
I do not intend to encumber myself with cases. Decisions upon other words something like those in question, in other wills, where the whole context of those other wills must be gone into, can afford very little assistance.Eyre, C.J., Doe et dem. Dacre v. Dacre (1798), 2 Bos. &. Pull., 258.
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.
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.
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.
Against their wills what numbers ruin shun, Purely through want of wit to be undone! Nature has shown by making it so rare, That wit's a jewel which we need not wear.Edward Young
The wills above be done! but I would fain die a dry death.The Tempest, Act I, scene 1, line 70.
Let's choose executors and talk of wills: And yet not so, for what can we bequeath, Save our desposed bodies to the ground?Act III, scene 2, line 148.
Let's choose executors and talk of wills: And yet not so, for what can we bequeath Save our deposed bodies to the ground?william shakespeare