Volition Quotes

Quotes tagged as "volition" (showing 1-26 of 26)
Robert A. Heinlein
“I never do anything I don't want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Ayn Rand
“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Max Planck
“This is one of man's oldest riddles. How can the independence of human volition be harmonized with the fact that we are integral parts of a universe which is subject to the rigid order of nature's laws?”
Max Planck, Where is Science Going?

Andrzej Sapkowski
“No one wants to suffer. But that is the fate of each. And some suffer more. Not necessarily of their own volition. It's not about to enduring the suffering. It's about how you endure it.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Wieża Jaskółki

Ursula K. Le Guin
“This was the way he had to go; he had no choice. He had never had any choice. He was only a dreamer.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“‎''I froze. Like an idiot I froze. He was staring right at me. (...) He wore an innocent and mesmerizing smile directed right at me. I did my best to ignore it but having a gorgeously naked man staring at me like I was the only girl in the world was impossible to brush off. ”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Volition

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“So, how is it that you don’t have a girlfriend?” I asked boldly.
Joel shrugged.
“Have you ever had a girlfriend?” There was no way that he’d never had a girlfriend.
He shrugged again.
“You’re not serious.”
“You’re surprised?”
“I’m sorry, do you own a mirror?”
Joel laughed in that I’ll-never-understand-women kind of way. “I’ve never wanted one,” he admitted, though it seemed that there was more to it.
“What? A mirror? Or a girlfriend?”
He laughed again, even harder this time. “A girlfriend.”
“Are you gay?”
He smiled. “No, I’m not gay.”
“Oh.” I blushed. Why was I being so nosy all of a sudden?”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Volition

Ursula K. Le Guin
“«I am tired,» he said. «I did a lot today. That is, I did something. The only thing I have ever done. I pressed a button. It took the entire will power, the accumulated strength of my entire existence, to press one damned OFF button.»

«You have lived well,» the Alien said.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

Lily Paradis
“All I knew was that I couldn't have him right now. It was impossible. Could I have him in a year? Two years? Five years? Ten years? I didn't know. All I knew was that although the universe was pushing us together, it was also pushing us apart.”
Lily Paradis, Volition

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“The thirst we shared for one another made it clear that the distraction would only come from deprivation. Charlotte was always on my mind. In my dreams, her name balancing fatally on my lips at all times, the scent of her drove me on through my everyday tasks. It was in denying myself of her soft skin and intoxicating presence that I truly began to lose touch.”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Severance

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“I knew that she couldn’t hear me if she was there. But the sound was enough to grab me, to hold me to hope, and with desperation that I’d never known before I knew that I must find my way back to her.”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Severance

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“I was investing more and more of myself into an outcome I couldn’t predict and would very likely be disappointed by. But for me there was no other option.”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Severance

Amy Neftzger
“I have a choice. That’s why I’m still here.”
Amy Neftzger, The Ferryman

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“Joel sat back in his chair and laughed at what seemed to be an inside joke, one in which I wanted very much to be let in on. An amiable smile stretched across his lips quoted by perfect dimples. I stared at him wanting nothing more than to indulge myself in that smile.”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Volition

“All that ye potentially possess can…be manifested only as a result of your own volition.”

“Constant love despite almost impossible anti-clamix towards this place of the rising sun...”
Alexander Zalan, Pavilion of Thoughts

Ravi Zacharias
“Marriage is the harmony of God synchronizing two wills with the will of the Father.”
Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“If someone suffers enough pain and abuse, his volitional capacities will diminish to nothing.”
David L. Conroy, Out of the Nightmare: Recovery from Depression and Suicidal Pain

Shawn Kirsten Maravel
“I pulled my chair up to the table and Alex sat down, following suit, unable to guard a smile from breaking onto his lips. He was handsome; I had to give him that. His hair was perfectly gelled and his face was smooth and free of stubble. I could even detect the scent of cologne, something I knew him to rarely wear.
“I didn’t expect you to show up,” he admitted.
“Then why’d you invite me?” I hoped that I hadn’t sounded rude.
He chuckled and tucked his napkin into his lap. I did the same. “I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment.”
Shawn Kirsten Maravel, Severance

Amit  Chatterjee
“The Practising Manager’s Growth Mantra

-Growth in an enterprise is created through remarkable achievements, not incremental achievements like efficiency or effectiveness.

-Remarkable achievements are possible only in complexity.

-Only volitional engagement can work in complexity. Luckily, there is no certainty in complexity. Hence, motivational engagement cannot work.

-People who make choices based on the purpose can only be volitionally engaged—they are the growth managers, the leaders.”
Amit Chatterjee, Ascent: A Practising Manager's Growth Mantra

Lily Paradis
“I look up into the sky to see all the drops falling on the ground before they make contact. I realize the drops have more in common with me than I think. We're all just falling until we're not falling, and we don't really have a choice where we land.”
Lily Paradis, Volition

Vincent Louis Carrella
“We write or we are written upon. The whole of our lives is the clumsy attempt to wield the pen with grace.”
Vincent Louis Carrella

“When you think that it cannot be worse and there's no way out, try not to breathe, then you'll realize how much you possess.”
Alexander Zalan, Inspiration Per Moment

Wole Soyinka
“Power, of course. The primitive fear of being controlled. It does not matter whether it is an invasion from outer space or power wielded from a subterranean command post: some alien force is about to take control on us, to dominate - and, if necessary in the process, to terminate our existence. We never stop to think - or, at best, a secondary consideration is whether such a force might be for the good, that humanity might indeed be improved by such a takeover. Volition, to which we desperately cling, is the very definition of our mature completion as social beings.”
Wole Soyinka

“Everything what you do has sense. If you don't like the world around you can draw your own, compose a beat, a line, imagine something, train yourself. Don't be indolent, act!”
Alexander Zalan

Friedrich Engels
“In the second place, however, history is made in such a way that the final result always arises from conflicts between many individual wills, of which each in turn has been made what it is by a host of particular conditions of life. Thus there are innumerable intersecting forces, an infinite series of parallelograms of forces which give rise to one resultant — the historical event. This may again itself be viewed as the product of a power which works as a whole unconsciously and without volition. For what each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed. Thus history has proceeded hitherto in the manner of a natural process and is essentially subject to the same laws of motion. But from the fact that the wills of individuals — each of whom desires what he is impelled to by his physical constitution and external, in the last resort economic, circumstances (either his own personal circumstances or those of society in general) — do not attain what they want, but are merged into an aggregate mean, a common resultant, it must not be concluded that they are equal to zero. On the contrary, each contributes to the resultant and is to this extent included in it.”
Friedrich Engels, On Historical Materialism

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