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11 Sayings about Will

These are English sayings and proverbs about Will and Willpower. In this context "will" is a noun that means: a person's power to decide and act; determination; desire, wish

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He that complies against his will, is of his own opinion still

If you force someone to do something or agree with something, it doesn't mean that they really agree.

He that wills the end wills the means

If you are determined to do something you will find the way to do it.

Never spur a willing horse

Don't urge someone who is already working well to work harder and faster. If you do, he may work less hard or be less eager.

No pain, no gain

If we do not do hard work, and suffer some pain, we will achieve or gain nothing.

None so blind as those who will not see

Nobody is blinder than the person who decides he does not want to see. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.

None so deaf as those who will not hear

Nobody is deafer than the person who decides he does not want to listen. Often used in reference to prejudice and intolerance.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart

Someone who is eager, keen and determined can achieve anything.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak

Even though we may want to say "No" to temptation (doing something bad), our body may be unable to resist it.

The wish is father to the thought

Our opinions or beliefs are often influenced by our desires and hopes. The phrase "father to" is used in the sense of parentage: the thought is born from the wish.

Where there's a will there's a way

If we have the determination to do something, we can always find the path or method to do it.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

You can show people the way to find something or to do something, but you cannot force them to act after that.

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