Quotations on Free will

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I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: God, Books, Free will, Sense, Surprises, Writers, Writing)

Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Being, Conscience, Duty, Free will, Liberty, Safety, Sin)

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.
- Scott Adams
(Keywords: People, Free will, Illusion, Pleasure)

And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Happiness, Free will, Ruin)

God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: God, Cause, Environment, Free will, Result)

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Soul, Darkness, Free will, Light, Necessity)

There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.
- Agatha Christie
(Keywords: God, Free will, Man)

Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines.
- Roger Ebert
(Keywords: God, Free will, Man, Play, Theology)

I think there's great potential for autonomy, but we have to remember that we live in a world where people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances.
- Thomas Frank
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Free will, May, Potential, World)

The Indians gave up the land of their own free will, and for it received brass kettles, blankets, guns, shirts, flints, tobacco, rum and many trinkets in which their simple hearts delighted.
- Patrick Gordon
(Keywords: Free will, Land)

I mean, they call it Stockholm Syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder. And, you know, I had no free will. I had virtually no free will until I was separated from them for about two weeks.
- Patty Hearst
(Keywords: Disorder, Free will, Post, Stress)

I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay.
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Keywords: Destiny, Free will, Living, Meaning, Words)

The intuition of free will gives us the truth.
- Corliss Lamont
(Keywords: Truth, Free will, Intuition)

That free will was demonstrated in the placing of temptation before man with the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree which would give him a knowledge of good and evil, with the disturbing moral conflict to which that awareness would give rise.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Keywords: Knowledge, Awareness, Conflict, Evil, Free will, Man, Temptation)

This means that to man God gave a degree of free will.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
(Keywords: God, Free will, Man)

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
(Keywords: Creation, Determinism, Free will, Man, Reason, Weight)

Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will.
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Keywords: Free will, Future, Service)

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
(Keywords: God, Free will, Glory)

I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin's; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.
- Michelangelo
(Keywords: Life, Evil, Free will, Heaven, Sin)

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Keywords: Life, Cards, Determinism, Free will, Play)

The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will.
- Edward Sapir
(Keywords: Control, Free will, Language, Psychology)

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.
- Charles Spurgeon
(Keywords: Soul, Free will, Heaven, Hell)









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