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1 "Homer correctly stated: 'The will of Zeus is done', referring to the fate and nature of the universe by which all things are governed." Chrysippus (ca. 280-207 bce), Stoic philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

2 "The Laws of the Universe express the divine Will, and lead to the manifestation of divine Purpose. This is wisdom. They ordain and nurture the Plan." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

3 "You are enveloped in God's will as a soul is enveloped in a body, or water is enveloped by air, or the universe is enveloped by the galaxy." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

4 "The will of God is the universal cause of all things; it is impossible that the divine will should not produce its effect." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

5 "You must know your soul to be endowed with free will, and to be God's fairest work in the image of himself, its maker." Cyril of Jerusalem, 'The Catechetical Lectures' Cyril of Jerusalem and Nemesius of Emesa (William Telfer, Editor)

6 "At the origin of everything lies God's simple will and pleasure." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 6, a. 2 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

7 "A breath of Will blows eternally through the universe of souls in the direction of the Right and Necessary. It is the air which all intellects inhale and exhale, and it is the wind which blows the world into order and orbit." Ralph Waldo Emerson The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

8 "Everything that has come to pass has been by Your will. And there is no other beside You." The closing Psalm to 'The Manual of Discipline', a 1st century bce Essene text The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

9 "We must regain our respect for our uniqueness of mind and power of will so that we may utilize them to aid us in examining and selecting the most sound and growth-producing alternatives among the many choices the future will offer." Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.)

10 "God's will embraces the totality of our development and faith. Trust and love are the keys that open us to the fullness of God's will for us." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

11 "To do God's will you must attempt to see with his vision, know with his love, live with his life. It is as simple as that. It is not a complex pattern." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

12 "Goodwill abides at the centre. This centre... is everywhere, and is hence, in a certain sense, to be found in all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

13 "The will toward mystery has an urge to unite, to love and be loved, to enter into the mystery of self and other. To go past such duality to the One that lies beyond thought or thinker, to the heart of the unspeakable wholeness and delight that patiently awaits our inward arrival." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

14 "For Clement of Alexandria, moral freedom is our glory; that we are made in the image of God really means that we have what he calls 'autexousia', a term often trnslated as 'free will', but, more accurately, 'the power to constitute one's own being'." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

15 "A great deal lies waiting in the womb of our spiritual evolution, but it can come to birth only through our willing, conscious cooperation." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

16 "Everywhere the will of God reigns supreme." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

17 "The attitude of all should be: 'Thy will be done, O God! And let me find myself content with what I cannot change, and to change that which I may that will be in closer keeping with Thee." Edgar Cayce Visions and Prophecies for a New Age (Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.)

18 "Impulses of will are immersed in the streams of world-will-energy and are 'plugged in' to them." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

19 "It is God's will that is done, forever and ever." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

20 "It is God's Will that constitutes the existence of all things that are." Libellus IX:2 Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

21 "Cultivate a state of goodwill to all. Never by thought or word or deed hurt another." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

22 "Meaning and purposefulness are not the prerogatives of the mind; they operate in the whole of living nature." Carl G. Jung, 'Man and His Symbols' The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

23 "Each time we make use of our free will by giving, we are in copartnership with the infinite Bestower. When this is accomplished with clear awareness of what we are doing, we raise the consciousness of creation." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

24 "All individual acts of the will rest upon, depend upon, the final and all-embracing desire for the good itself – which is none other than God." Introduction Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master (Robert Barron)

25 "Everything, the very least, or what seems to us great, every change of the seasons, everything which touches us in mind, body, or estate, is overruled to each of us by the all-holy and all-loving will of God." Rev. Edward B. Pusey (1800-1882) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite