WILLPOWER QUOTES

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Willpower is trying very hard not to do something you want to do very much.

JOHN ORTBERG, The Life You've Always Wanted

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The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.'

CHARLES DICKENS, David Copperfield

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Where there's a will, there's a way.

ENGLISH PROVERB

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Willpower is not some mythical force that we either have or don't have. Willpower is our decision to use higher-mind thinking instead of lazing around in the clutches of our primal mind.

A. B. CURTISS, Depression Is a Choice

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The will is the keystone in the arch of human achievement. It is the culmination of our complex mental faculties. It is the power that rules minds, men and nations.

THOMAS PARKER BOYD, The How and Why of the Emmanuel Movement

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Willpower is essential to the accomplishment of anything worthwhile.

BRIAN TRACY, Getting Rich Your Own Way

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You are only as lazy or lacking in willpower as you think you are.

KEN CHRISTIAN, Your Own Worst Enemy

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Will, without reason, is a blind man's motion; will, against reason, is a madman's motion.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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Great heart will not be denied.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Return of the King

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Willpower is a myth. The problem with trying to use willpower to achieve and sustain a behavioral change is that it is fueled by emotion. And as we all know, our emotions are, at best, fickle. They come and go. When your emotions start running down -- and they will -- even your best-laid plans will fall flat.

PHILLIP C. MCGRAW, Relationship Rescue

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Willpower is useful at times. I use willpower to get the garbage out on Friday mornings. But there's a price to pay for relying on willpower. Using willpower is the opposite of using your imagination and of losing yourself in an activity. Willpower reduces any activity to the very low status of "chore."

LESLIE GODWIN, From Burned Out to Fired Up

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You may fetter my leg, but my will not even Zeus himself can overpower.

EPICTETUS, Discourses

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Most of life's actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.

ROBERT MCKEE, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting

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Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, attributed, Effortless Willpower

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Willpower is likely the most important keystone habit there is. Willpower has more of an impact on individual success than intelligence, talent or education level.

P. JAMES HOLLAND, The Power of Habit

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Willpower is another important ingredient in self-control. Sticking to one's plan is hard work. Without the willpower to bring about changes, the best laid plans and all the monitoring in the world will not be good enough.

SHAHRAM HESHMAT, Eating Behavior and Obesity

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The problem with blaming everything on willpower is that when failure occurs, as it often does, you end up blaming yourself for being weak or inadequate. Willpower is not sprinkled on like fairy dust or granted to the few lucky souls born with the right stuff. Instead, willpower comes from the ways people structure things to stimulate the will--where there is a way, there is a will.

GRAHAM SIMPSON, Spa Medicine: Your Gateway to the Ageless Zone

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Science is showing us that there are neurological (brain) factors that contribute to self-control and willpower, along with learning and upbringing. And when these brain systems are functioning improperly or become damaged, normal levels of self-control and willpower are impossible.

RUSSELL A. BARKLEY, Taking Charge of ADHD

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The higher life begins for us ... when we renounce our own will to bow before a Divine law.

GEORGE ELIOT, Romola

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Willpower can produce short-term change, but it creates constant internal stress because you haven't dealt with the root cause.

RICK WARREN, The Purpose-Driven Life

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