„A man is what he wills himself to be.“

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„Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.“

— Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms
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„Most of the time man does not do what he wills, but what he has willed. Through his decisions, he always gives himself only a certain direction, in which he then moves until the next moment of reflection. We do not will continuously, we only will intermittently“

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Context: The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills. If he were ill he would not wish to be well. If he really abides in God's will, all pain is to him a joy, all complication, simple: yea, even the pains of hell would be a joy to him. He is free and gone out from himself, and from all that he receives, he must be free. If my eye is to discern colour, it must itself be free from all colour. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God's eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love. Sermon IV : True Hearing

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„Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process...“

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„A man never knows what a fool he is until he hears himself imitated by one.“

— Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
Quoted by Max Beerbohm in Hebert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art Collected by Max Beerbohm http://books.google.com/books?id=wM08AAAAIAAJ&q=&quot;A+man+never+knows+what+a+fool+he+is+until+he+hears+himself+imitated+by+one&quot;&pg=PA312#v=onepage (1920).

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