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1 "The will of God is the measure of things." Ambrose (340-397), Bishop of Milan The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

2 "If it be asked what is the test of knowledge concerning Divine Will, there is one answer only, namely, that it becomes known in love." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

3 "Why should I not tirelessly concentrate on searching into the mystery of His glorious will, which I know I must obey in all thinsg?....We are transformed when we are conformed." Bernard of Clairvaux, 'Sermon on the Song of Songs', 62.5 Bernard of Clairvaux, Essential Writings (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.)

4 "A liberated person is stable in the wisdom that all is God's will and that one is not separate from God." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

5 "God's will may not come to you in verbal or visual messages, or as anything you can articulate. It might just come as a deeply felt sense of where to go, what to do and how to act in the world from moment to moment. Clues might arrive in dreams, reveries or flashes of intuition, or in synchronistic meetings and moments, like a seemingly chance encounter with another person or a passage in a book you open in a random instance." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

6 "It is God's will that moves all things, brings all things into existence, sustains them." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

7 "You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad IV.4.5 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)

8 "Not a blade of grass moves without the will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

9 "Many theologians consider the human will to be comparable to God's will, which created the world. Theosophy and the esoteric tradition consider will in its highest aspect to be the core of our nature, for spiritual will is an expression of our most essential self." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

10 "For apart from You nothing is done, and without Your will nothing is known." The Thanksgiving Scrolll Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation (Wise/Abegg/Cook, editors)

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 "God's will is perfection." Odes of Solomon, Ode 18, v. 10 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

13 "Spiritual will is the transcendent principle within us which forms as it were the very heart and core of our being." T. K. Taimni The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

14 "God's Will is one, not many. It has no opposition, for there is none beside it." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

15 "The will of the Maker, in His goodness, wills beings always to exist and always to receive His blessings." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

16 "Because we have free will, we can choose to behave in ways that either enhance or hinder the movement of creation toward perfect completion in the divine." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

17 "The Ten Commandments, like the Buddhist precepts for living and the Hindu system of raja yoga, provide a template for using our human will to live in accordance with the divine will." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

18 "The will to live, which is present in every person, is an impulse urging us to carry life to its perfection, that is, to that state in which the purpose of God for each life will be fulfilled." Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1933?), 'With and Without Christ' Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

19 "'The beginning' is ongoing, as the eternal unfolding of the Natural Law that governs the universe, moment to moment. In theological terms it is the continuous and invincible enactment of the will of God." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

20 "I recognize and affirm that I am a center of pure self-consciousness. I am a center of will, capable of observing, directing, and using all my psychological processes." Roberto Assagioli, 'The Act of Will' Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

21 "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)

22 "All things, I say, are in God, and everything which takes place takes place by the laws alone of the infinite nature of God." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

23 "The sum of all things being the Good, it is natural that all things should partake of the Good and be arranged in combinations that are harmonious. Harmony is the manifesting expression of the Will of the eternal Good." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

24 "As long as we doubt that happiness and God's will are the same thing, we tend to decide against ourselves." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

25 "This divine impulse, striving ever after fuller manifestation of life, is seen everywhere in nature, and has often been spoken of as the Will-to-live. It appears in the seed, which pushes its growing point towards the light, in the bud bursting its prison and expanding in the sunshine. It is the creative genius in the painter, the sculptor, the poet, the musician, the craftsman." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite