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.
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
Yet when I approach 584 Her loveliness, so absolute she seems And in herself complete, so well to know Her own, that what she Wills to do or say, Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.john milton
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
The core of common culture is religion. Tribes survive and flourish because they have gods, who fuse many Wills into a single will, and demand and reward the sacrifices on which social life depends.roger scruton
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
Every man is free to do that which he Wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man.Herbert Spencer
James Branch Cabell made this book so that he who Wills may read the story of mans eternally unsatisfied hunger in search of beauty. Ettarre stays inaccessible always and her lovliness is his to look on only in his dreams. All men she must evade at the last and many ar the ways of her elusion.james branch cabell
What each individual Wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed.Friedrich Engels
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
In the life of nations, what in the last resort decides questions is a kind of Judgment Court of God... Always before god and the world the stronger has the right to carry through what he Wills.Adolf Hitler
Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it; We are happy now because God Wills it.james russell lowell
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
Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature Wills.marcus aurelius
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
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
So well to know Her own, that what she Wills to do or say Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.john milton
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.
Custom calls me to 't: What custom Wills, in all things should we do't, The dust on antique time would lie unswept, And mountainous error be too highly heap't For truth to o'erpeer.william shakespeare
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.
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.
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)
Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground long heath, brown furze, anything. The Wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death.Gonzalo, scene i
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"
Love is a flame to burn out human Wills, Love is a flame to set the will on fire, Love is a flame to cheat men into mire.john masefield
I will see you tomorrow, if God Wills it.Who: Pope John Paul I, an hour before he died of a heart attack.