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"A man can do all things if he but wills them."
-- Leon Battista Alberti

"...let us recognize that extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Let us recall that poverty is a denial of human rights. For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it."
-- Kofi Annan

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work,
but in the excellence of the work he produces.
-- Thomas Aquinas

"There is not great talent without great will power."
-- Honore de Balzac

* Do we have the will to make poverty history?
-- Bono

"The will is the keystone in the arch of human achievement.
It is the culmination of our complex mental faculties.
It is the power that rules minds, men and nations."
-- Thomas Parker Boyd

What is needed is a marriage of two impulses, a coupling of the urge to do something positive with the willingness to constantly re-evaluate how effectively our actions lead to our goal - that of ending world hunger …
-- Harry Chapin

* "Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak … Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win."
-- Cesar Chavez

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes."
-- Chinese Proverb

* What matters is the people. We must ensure that the United Nations is supported by the people and that it reflects the will of the people.
-- Anwarul Chowdhury

"Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will."
-- Norman Cousins
“We have a complete void of progressive politics in this country right now. The will of the people goes ignored and unrealized. I'm searching for the people that can enter the political system, a strong third party. We need to consolidate.”
-- Ani DiFranco

"Nothing can withstand the power of the human will
if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose."
-- Benjamin Disraeli

No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it ...
Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up.
Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle but of spiritual hospitality.
-- Harry Emerson Dosdick

"Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

* "The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics, and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


* "America has the technology and resources to meet all its energy needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?' At least one city does, and I'm proud to live in it."
~ Denis Hayes

"People do not lack strength, they lack will."
-- Victor Hugo

Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
-- Thomas Jefferson

* "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."
-- Robert F. Kennedy

"The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win."
-- Bobby Knight

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
-- Walter Lippman"

Will is character in action."
-- William McDougall

"Life is like a game of cards.
The hand that is dealt you represents determinism;
the way you play is your own will."
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
-- Barack Obama

* So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
-- Christopher Reeve

"Determination is the wake-up call to the human will."
-- Anthony Robbins

We are capable of regaining our reverence for life, of replacing the drive to conquer with the will to cooperate, of remaking our engineered institutions, including our corporations, into living systems.
-- Elisabet Sahtouris


"The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others."
-- Albert Schweitzer

"All things must; man is the only creature that wills."
-- Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your deep, driving desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny."
-- Upanishads"

Willingness is essential in any initiation or in making any dream come true.
"I can't" often means "I won't." You can change "I won't" to "I will" with will power."
-- Marcia Wieder


The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.
-- Marianne Williamson

I feel like we are at a time of great creativity if we choose to embrace it as such, if we choose to engage the will of our imaginations and imagine another way of being in the world.
~ Terry Tempest Williams

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