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Free Will

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 Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) Italian poet, critic, novelist, and translator.

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 (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

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 (1826-1877) British economist.

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 (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.

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 (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

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 (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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