69+ Best Free Will Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded. Free will is closely linked to the concepts of moral responsibility, praise, guilt, sin, and other judgements which apply only to actions that are freely chosen.

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Famous Free Will Quotes

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. Scott Adams

That’s the thing about freewill: Every decision we make is a choice against something as much as it is for something else. Rebecca Serle

Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. C.S. Lewis

Man, what are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even Zeus himself can overpower. Epictetus

And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin. Aeschylus

Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in faces though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment. Herman Melville

Let all the free will in the world do all it can with all its strength; it will never give rise to a single instance of ability to avoid being hardened if God does not give the Spirit, or of meriting mercy if it is left to its own strength. Martin Luther

Freewill at the level of mind is an illusion. The options you see, the thoughts you get and the option you choose is all part of hard script. The real freewill is at the soul level and you exercise it only in the moments when your soul is awake. Shunya

If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will then we may take it it is worth paying. C. S. Lewis

To each man shall his own free actions bring both his suffering and his good fortune. Jupiter is impartially king over all alike. The Fates will find the way. Virgil

The essence of spiritual life is simply to use our free will properly. Radhanath Swami

Almost two hundred sixty six years ago on my home world, Earth, my forefathers did the same thing. They declared their independence and free agency from an enemy that oppressed them. No one at that time expected this rebellion force to win the war. They were severely outnumbered, and they were extremely inexperienced compared to their enemy. Despite those odds, they succeeded in winning the war, giving them their independence and freewill to choose. Shaun F. Messick

The neutral view of free will is impossible. It involves choice without desire. R. C. Sproul

We are slaves to the dictates of free will. Vijay Fafat

Free will is to mind what chance is to matter. Charles Darwin

Freewill is fractal. R.A.Delmonico

Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed. George Macdonald

To give a gift, we think that someone must receive it. But possibly the greatest gift is granting the recipient permission to reject it, for then we have freed that gift of every agenda that would render it as less than a gift. Craig D. Lounsbrough

Morality pertains only to the sphere of man’s free will only to those actions which are open to his choice. Ayn Rand

You are free to the choice that you want, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice. That choice you make today may break or make your family in future. Itayi Garande

Man has reason, discrimination and free will such as it is. The brute has no such thing. It is not a free agent, and knows no distinction between virtue and vice, good and evil. Man, being a free agent, knows these distinctions, and when he follows his higher nature, shows himself far superior to the brute, but when he follows his baser nature can show himself lower than the brute. Mahatma Gandhi

You browse through Netflix or Hotstar to find something interesting to watch. At last, you end up watching your favourite show that you have already watched several times. This world is also a show. But there are many such shows available in parallel realms. When you go to sleep here, your soul browses through the list of other shows, watches a few teasers, but at last comes back to this show because it is attached to the characters of this show. Shunya

Mankind has a free will; but it is free to milk cows and to build houses, nothing more. Martin Luther

There is no space where God is not. Yet, I can eliminate Him from the space which is me. And if He has granted me that kind of power, I should probably be far too scared to ever use it. Craig D. Lounsbrough

The greatest judgment which God himself can, in the present life, inflict upon a man is to leave him in the hand of his own boasted free will. Augustus Toplady

If a man is drawn, says an objector, he comes against his will. We answer If he comes unwillingly, he does not believe if he does not believe, he does not come. For we do not run to Christ on our feet but by faith; not with the movement of the body, but with the freewill of the heart. Think not that thou art drawn against thy will the mind can be drawn by love. Augustine of Hippo

Free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man. Freedom cannot be conceived simply. Flannery O’Connor

No his mind is not for rent To any god or government Always hopeful, yet discontent He knows changes aren’t permanent But change is. Neil Peart

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have both free will and a benevolent higher power who protects you from yourself. Arthur C. Clarke

To make the gift truly a gift, God had to hand us Christmas packaged with the right to reject it, for part of the gift is the right to refuse the gift. Yet, the best gift that we can give ourselves is to refuse that right. Craig D. Lounsbrough

No one has free will until they are an adult, and by then the choices that were made for them, have already set them on a course that gives limited freedom in the choices to be made. J.D. Stroube

Wonders of the free will abyss finding screams of yesterday’s hollow eyes crying out for a second chance. John M. Sheehan

The question of free will is insoluble on strictly psychological grounds. William James

Free will may be the cause of evil but it’s not an excuse for it. Layla M. Gatlin

Free will is the power of choosing good and evil. Origen

What’s dangerous about life is that we have just as much opportunity to be stupid as we do to be smart. Craig D. Lounsbrough

No tribe unites with another of its own free will. Arthur Keith

Keep being the author of your own story. Never let anyone else write it for you again. Jennifer Donnelly

One of my core beliefs is that belief itself is a choice that can be made of our own free will. Steve Pavlina

Power is given only to those you allow to have power over you. No man was born with a master. The only master of all is the Creator, and he created all men to be free. Freedom is a God given right, not a human-granted gift. No man should have to fight to breathe in good health and peace. Suzy Kassem

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

True freedom and power only comes when one is free of attachments. Bryant McGill

Think of destiny more like potentiality because of an element called free will. Ruben Papian

She loved him, and she was going to do everything she could to get him back. She hadn’t come this far just to walk away. He was the love of her life, dammit. The man she wanted to marry. The world had reversed its orbit to bring them back together, for Pete’s sake, and she wasn’t going down without a fight. Fate could only do so much; the rest was up to her. Andrea Lochen

Contempt for the things people choose of their own free will is, at its heart, contempt for free will. James Lileks

Freewill does not impune the sovereignty of God, it in fact affirms it. R. Alan Woods

Free will does not enable any man to perform good works, unless he is assisted by grace; indeed, the special grace which the elect alone receive through regeneration. For I stay not to consider the extravagance of those who say that grace is offered equally and promiscuously to all. John Calvin

Oh, as Dean says, nobody is free never, except just for a few brief moments now and then, when the flash comes, or when as on my haystack night, the soul slips over into eternity for a little space. All the rest of our years we are slaves to something traditions conventions ambitions relations. L.M. Montgomery

You have fettered yourself of your own free will, man break the fetters! Halldor Laxness

Have you ever stopped to consider the number of choices you make daily Paradoxically speaking, every time you have a choice to make and you don’t make it, by default, you are making a choice not to make a choice, which is, of course, a choice. You have no choice in the matter. This is an important question because the more conscious you are about your choices, the more likely it is you will end up where you want to be at the end of your stay on this planet. Dennis Merritt Jones

It is only work that is done as freewill offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment. Swami Vivekananda

Free your mind and free yourself from brand slavery. Bryant McGill

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Søren Kierkegaard

Ragging at its most harmless is embarrassing and silly, but at its worst, it attempts to prevent individual students from independent thinking, attempts, in fact, to eradicate freewill. Debalina Haldar

If nothing is random, and everything is predetermined, how can there be free will? The answer to that is simple. Nothing is predetermined; it is determined, or was determined, or will be determined. Mark Helprin

Do what thou wilt, the most sublimely austere ethical precept ever uttered, despite its apparent license. Aleister Crowley

Free will is to mind what chance is to matter. Charles Darwin

What does it mean that thirty thousand men, not athletes but rather weak and ordinary people, have subdued two hundred million vigorous, clever, capable, and freedom loving people? Do not the figures make it clear that it is not the English who have enslaved the Indians, but the Indians who have enslaved themselves? Leo Tolstoy

Think of destiny more like potentiality because of an element called  free will. Ruben Papian

How sick in your mind and your soul to be scared of my voice and my words. The Cure

Human beings do not like being pushed about by gods. They may seem to, on the surface, but somewhere on the inside, underneath it all, they sense it, and they resent it. Neil Gaiman

Liberty will never yield equality. Freewill produces a mess that you either accept or reject in favor of slavery. A.E. Samaan

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. V.S. Naipaul

I’ll not do anything, though you should swear your tongue out, except what I please! Emily Brontë

I have noticed that even those who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. Stephen Hawking

We do not have to believe something is right to believe a person has a right to choose it. God doesn’t force us to serve him. It is a freewill choice we make, so why in the name of all that is holy and right do we think we can force other people to live by our particular brand of religion? We are commanded to Love if we are Christ servers. Linda Wells Harr

The neutral view of free will is impossible. It involves choice without desire. R. C. Sproul