87+ 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

One of the greatest gifts that God has given us is free will. Even though it’s free, we don’t take advantage of it as much as we could when it comes to matters of the heart. — Niecy Nash

From spending my decades thinking about behavior and the biological influences on it, I’m convinced by now free will is what we call the biology that hasn’t been discovered yet. It’s just another way of stating that we’re biological organisms determined by the physical laws of the universe. — Robert Sapolsky

Humanist thinkers such as Rousseau convinced us that our own feelings and desires were the ultimate source of meaning and that our free will was, therefore, the highest authority of all. — Yuval Noah Harari

Reality is on a delay. For you, nothing is now. Realizing this fact is unsettling. If we can only react to the past, how do we manage to navigate the present? It’s easy to spiral into a treatise on free will while in the fetal position, overthinking our forever past. — Kyle Hill

This means that to man God gave a degree of free will. — Kenneth Scott Latourette

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

Humans have an amazing capacity to believe in contradictory things. For example, to believe in an omnipotent and benevolent God but somehow excuse Him from all the suffering in the world. Or our ability to believe from the standpoint of law that humans are equal and have free will and from biology that humans are just organic machines. — Yuval Noah Harari

I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay. — Muhammad Iqbal

If a man’s free will to adopt ideas and values is inalienable, his freedom of action – his freedom to put these ideas into effect in the world – is not in such a fortunate condition. — Murray Rothbard

God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things. — Adam Hamilton

I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin’s; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived. — Michelangelo

Implicit in true freedom of spirit lies a proud and virile will. Such glorious power of free will to choose, envisages beneficent social responsibility as manifest and welcome. — Louis Sullivan

I think it is important to remind people of the extent of our free will. — Jeffrey Eugenides

Some people believe God is involved in every little decision we make. Some people believe you’re given the free will to make the decisions. Sometimes people believe God is not involved at all. — Dean Cain

One of the greatest gifts God ever gave to humanity was that of liberty. We love freedom and bloom under it. We cannot and should not try to force people to live by a certain religious code. To do so negates our free will. — Sam Brownback

For me, the single most important question is how to construct a society that is just, safe, peaceful – all those good things – when people finally accept that there is no free will. — Robert Sapolsky

One of the things that all religions have is a narrative of doomsday. There has to be some kind of overarching fear of the future. If there wasn’t, none of the religions could invoke this important thing – that science has no evidence of, by the way – called free will. — Greg Graffin

The intuition of free will gives us the truth. — Corliss Lamont

That free will was demonstrated in the placing of temptation before man with the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree which would give him a knowledge of good and evil, with the disturbing moral conflict to which that awareness would give rise. — Kenneth Scott Latourette

I wasn’t angry with God that I lost my husband. I was devastated; I was broken. I still am, in many ways. But I feel like God gives free will to everyone, and people who want to choose evil, they have that same free will. — Taya Kyle

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. — Jawaharlal Nehru

More-radical scholars insist that an inherent clash exists between science and our long-held conceptions about consciousness and moral agency: if you accept that our brains are a myriad of smaller components, you must reject such notions as character, praise, blame, and free will. — Paul Bloom

You are free to choose what you want to make of your life. It’s called free agency or free will, and it’s your birthright. — Sean Covey

Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel. Since 1967, anyone can practice his religion according to his own conscience and complete free will. — Reuven Rivlin

The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one’s control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one’s free will. — Edward Sapir

There’s too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. — Agatha Christie

I am an artist, and I have the ability and the free will to choose the way the world will envision me. — Lady Gaga

God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us. — Niccolo Machiavelli

Your true nature doesn’t come out. So the gods let you do what you want because free will would be compromised if they showed up at the White House saying, ‘Take us to your leader.’ — Tarsem Singh

In philosophy, they talk a lot about humans being actual organic machines, and the idea of free will is something that we’ve made up. We actually don’t have free will. We’re acting according to our programming as organic mechanisms. — Joel Kinnaman

But I don’t actually adopt the point of view that our subjective impression of free will, which is a kind of indeterminacy behavior, comes from quantum mechanical indeterminacy. — Murray Gell-Mann

God gave us free will, and we may choose to exercise it in ways that end up hurting other people. — Francis Collins

There have always been arguments showing that free will is an illusion: some based on hard physics, others based on pure logic. — Ted Chiang

Arcade-game characters have no free will. They’re programmed to do one thing day in and day out – they don’t have a choice in the matter. — Rich Moore

The conundrum of free will and destiny has always kept me dangling. — William Shatner

You don’t have free will when you have lung cancer. — Bill O’Reilly

This free will business is a bit terrifying anyway. It’s almost pleasanter to obey, and make the most of it. — Ugo Betti

When the Nobel Committee chose to honor me, the road I had chosen of my own free will became a less lonely path to follow. — Aung San Suu Kyi

I have been motivated by this idea since I was a kid that if we invented machines that were created in the way that people are – were aware, have free will, inventive machines, machines that would be geniuses – potentially, they could reinvent themselves. They’re not just applying it to other things – they could actually redesign themselves. — David Hanson

The fact that the underlying laws of physics are deterministic and impersonal does not mean that at the human level we can’t talk about ideas about reasons and goals and purposes and free will. — Sean M. Carroll

Most people with whom I talk, often quite educated, think the military is made up of knife-between-the-teeth grunts, uneducated robots without any kind of free will whatsoever – people who goose step to Republican philosophy and particularly the Bush cowboy mentality. — Rod Lurie

Humans are powerless, and even in our exercise of free will, either the Universe is gonna get down with your plan, or it isn’t. — Courtney A. Kemp

I don’t know that I believe that God is in control of everything that happens. As a Jew, I believe that we have free will and we are responsible for our actions. But I guess it’s something I’m still probing. — David Gregory

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

I was raised as an Orthodox Jew in a major neighborhood specializing in that, in Brooklyn. And somewhere when I was about 14, something changed. And that change probably involved updating every molecule in my body, in that I sort of realized: this is nonsense, there’s no God, there’s no free will, there is no purpose. — Robert Sapolsky

I took two or three months and I came up with a reason that I thought was enough and I went with it: if there is a God he’s definitely not benevolent. We should mean less to him than ants. And if there is a God or there are gods they would value, more than anything, free will. — Tarsem Singh

You marry out of free will. If I marry, it will be from a personal choice, not some social compulsion or norm. — Sonam Kapoor

I wonder whether being a scientist’s daughter makes you so conflicted about free will and fate. — Lucy Hawking

The numerous evils to which individual persons are exposed are due to the defects existing in the persons themselves. We complain and seek relief from our own faults; we suffer from the evils which we, by our own free will, inflict on ourselves and ascribe them to God, who is far from being connected with them! — Maimonides

Robots will someday, or maybe, wake up. They may be really smart. They may be as creative, smart and capable as human beings, and fully conscious, and self discerning with free will. — David Hanson

Happiness is only attained by the free will agreeing in its freedom to accord with the will of God. — Sabine Baring-Gould

This great question of predestination and free will, of free moral agency and accountability, and being saved by the grace of God, and damned for the glory of God, have occupied the mind of what we call the civilized world for many centuries. — Robert Green Ingersoll

I am a Catholic because I choose to be a Catholic. And then I go to the Mass because I choose. It is out of my free will. — Paulo Coelho

The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in every atom of creation, could have had but one motive – a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will. — Paramahansa Yogananda

We acknowledge but one motive – to follow the truth as we know it, whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts we are well assured that the truth which has made us free, will in the end make us glad also. — Mortimer Adler

Show me one neuron that has some cellular semblance of free will. And there is no such neuron. — Robert Sapolsky

Intellectually, I believe there’s no free will. — Robert Sapolsky

I mean, they call it Stockholm Syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder. And, you know, I had no free will. I had virtually no free will until I was separated from them for about two weeks. — Patty Hearst

We must believe in free will, we have no choice. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will. — Henry Cabot Lodge

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. — Thomas Carlyle

God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal – there’s no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause. — Orson Scott Card

God’s interventions are miracles: events that cannot happen by merely natural agents but only by a supernatural agent. They no more interfere with our free will than natural events like earthquakes. We choose how to respond to them. — Peter Kreeft

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will. — Willem de Kooning

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven. — Charles Spurgeon

I used to very politely say that if there is free will then it’s in all sorts of boring places, like whether you’re going to pick up this or that fork as you begin your meal. There really is none: It’s all biology. — Robert Sapolsky

I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will. — Richard Dawkins

The Indians gave up the land of their own free will, and for it received brass kettles, blankets, guns, shirts, flints, tobacco, rum and many trinkets in which their simple hearts delighted. — Patrick Gordon

Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God. — Paramahansa Yogananda

I think there’s great potential for autonomy, but we have to remember that we live in a world where people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances. — Thomas Frank

Every woman who chooses – joyfully, thoughtfully, calmly, of their own free will and desire – not to have a child does womankind a massive favour in the long term. — Caitlin Moran

Elsevier operates by racket: if you do not send money, you will not read any papers. On my website, any person can read as many papers as they want for free, and sending donations is their free will. Why Elsevier cannot work like this, I wonder? — Alexandra Elbakyan

Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will. — John Dalberg-Acton

Many scientists think that philosophy has no place, so for me it’s a sad time because the role of reflection, contemplation, meditation, self inquiry, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, free will, is in a way not given any importance, which is the domain of philosophers. — Deepak Chopra

As far as I can see, it’s not important that we have free will, just as long as we have the illusion of free will to stop us going mad. — Alan Moore

I’m one of those writers who, when writing, believes she’s god-and that she hasn’t bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books. — Lynn Abbey

God wills in man only that which is good, in the kingdom of his grace; where the free will yields itself up into the grace, there God wills that which is good in the will, through the grace. — Jakob Bohme

I really wanted to do something positive on the Internet. I wanted to try to get young people talking about, thinking about, life’s big questions-make it cool and OK to wonder about the heart, the soul and free will and God and death and big topics like that, big human topics. — Rainn Wilson

Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will. — Georg C. Lichtenberg

Ontologically, chocolate raises profoundly disturbing questions: Does not chocolate offer natural revelation of the goodness of the Creator just as chilies disclose a divine sense of humor? Is the human born with an innate longing for chocolate? Does the notion of chocolate preclude the concept of free will? — David Augsburger

An unexamined faith is not worth having, for fundamentalism and uncritical certitude entail the rejection of one of the great human gifts: that of free will, of the liberty to make up our own minds based on evidence and tradition and reason. — Jon Meacham

Remove grace, and you have nothing whereby to be saved. Remove free will and you have nothing that could be saved. — Anselm of Canterbury

Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can’t give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines. — Roger Ebert

What I worry about ultimately is that when we’re stripped of our privacy, when we’re stripped of free will, when we start to merge with machines in a more robust way, at some point, we’ll cease to be identifiably human. And therefore, I think our humanity is, in some ways, the thing that’s under existential threat. — Franklin Foer

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

Genetics play a huge part in who we are. But we also have free will. — Aidan Quinn

Humans like to think of themselves as unusual. We’ve got big brains that make it possible for us to think, and we think that we have free will and that our behavior can’t be described by some mechanistic set of theorems or ideas. But even in terms of much of our behavior, we really aren’t very different from other animals. — Mark Pagel

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