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.
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
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
In hell, sinners shall forever lay all the blame on their own Wills. Hell is a rational torment by conscience.Richard Baxter
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
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
Every man is free to do that which he Wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man.Herbert Spencer
Our Wills are ours, we know not how;Our Wills are ours, to make them thine.
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
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.
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.
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.
There are two ways of extending life : firstly by moving the two points "born" and "died" farther away from one another... The other method is to go more slowly and leave the two points wherever God Wills they should be, and this method is for the philosophers.Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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.
Our Wills are ours, we know not how; Our Wills are ours, to make them thine.
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
The Wills above be done! but I would fain die a dry death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes, And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he Wills, Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.james allen