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Free Will Quotes

Scott Adams
Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.
Scott Adams
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That people don't want to give this away of their own free will goes without saying.
Juergen Peters
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Niccolo Machiavelli
God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us
Niccolo Machiavelli
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Abraham Lincoln
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln
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P. J. O'Rourke
One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.
P. J. O'Rourke
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Martin Luther
If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least thing, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly
Martin Luther
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 Bible,
No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will. [John 10:18]
Bible,
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Agatha Christie
There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.
Agatha Christie
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Martin Luther
If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright
Martin Luther
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Marianne Williamson
God created the law of free will, and God created the law of cause and effect. And he himself will not violate the law. We need to be thinking less in terms of what God did and more in terms of whether or not we are following those laws.
Marianne Williamson
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It is uncommon that there is ever really free will ... Ninety-nine out of 100 times, it's not free will. It is very difficult to confirm will, and I am concerned that when an army unit comes at night, no one will refuse to collaborate, out of fear.
Aharon Barak
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Marcus Aurelius
"The robber of your free will," writes Epictetus, "does not exist
Marcus Aurelius
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 Epictetus
You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will
Epictetus
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This free will business is a bit terrifying anyway. It's almost pleasanter to obey, and make the most of it.
Ugo Betti
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The liberated man is not the one who is freed in his ideal reality, his inner truth, or his transparency; he is the man who changes spaces, who circulates, who changes sex, clothes, and habits according to fashion, rather than morality, and who changes opinions not as his conscience dictates but in response to opinion polls.
Jean Baudrillard
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The strongest knowledge (that of the total freedom of the human will) is nonetheless the poorest in successes: for it always has the strongest opponent, human vanity.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Albert Camus
Whereas the Greeks gave to will the boundaries of reason, we have come to put the will's impulse in the very center of reason, which has, as a result, become deadly.
Albert Camus
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Walter Bagehot
The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.
Walter Bagehot
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William James
Fatalism, whose solving word in all crises of behavior is ''All striving is vain,'' will never reign supreme, for the impulse to take life strivingly is indestructible in the race. Moral creeds which speak to that impulse will be widely successful in spite of inconsistency, vagueness, and shadowy determination of expectancy. Man needs a rule for his will, and will invent one if one be not given him.
William James
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Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
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It can even come about that a created will cancels out, not perhaps the exertion, but the result of divine action; for in this sense, God himself has told us that God wishes things which do not happen because man does not wish them! Thus the rights of men are immense, and his greatest misfortune is to be unaware of them.
Joseph De Maistre
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We are all bound to the throne of the Supreme Being by a flexible chain which restrains without enslaving us. The most wonderful aspect of the universal scheme of things is the action of free beings under divine guidance.
Joseph De Maistre
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William Shakespeare
We defy augury. There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'Tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all.
William Shakespeare
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We human beings do have some genuine freedom of choice and therefore some effective control over our own destinies. I am not a determinist. But I also believe that the decisive choice is seldom the latest choice in the series. More often than not, it will turn out to be some choice made relatively far back in the past.
Arnold Toynbee
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C.S. Lewis
For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.
C.S. Lewis
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