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The following are related quotes:
- “Thus, by the will of “τιχης” (luck, fortune, chance), all things have thought.”
- “Man can do what he will, but he cannot will what he wills.”
- — Arthur Schopenhauer (1839), On the Freedom of the Will (pg. 45-46)
- “Mendeleev is dead”, looking at a personal signed photograph of the chemist, “Now where is his will? He was a very great man. His will has the greatest part of him. What has become of that will? I don’t know.”
- “If thought is capable of being classified with electricity, or will with chemical affinity, as a mode of motion, it seems necessary to fall at once under the second law of thermodynamics. Of all possible theories, this is likely to prove the most fatal to professors of history.”
- “Fate is playing a cruel trick on us. And yet we will always believe that there is a way to turn the tide in our favor, if we only want it hard enough. Man is able to pursue any goal, no matter how unobtainable it may seem. Over the course of an entire lifetime, no resistance, no obstacle is great enough, to stop the human will in its tracks. Isn’t this stubbornness in our striving what distinguished us from animals that know only short term desire? And throughout the ages, is not this unquenchable thirst at the heart of any progress that is ever made? No matter what motivates our will, it guides us on our path. We will only be able to finally let go, when we have reached our goal.
- — Jantje Friese (2020), Dark (S3E7) (character: H.G. Tannhaus) (22:44-24:50)
- Will – Hmolpedia 2020.