„I will nought but as Thou wilt.“

—  Juliana von Norwich, buch Revelations of Divine Love, Revelations of Divine Love (c. 1393), Chapter 2, Context: These two desires of the Passion and the sickness I desired with a condition, saying thus: Lord, Thou knowest what I would, — if it be Thy will that I have it — and if it be not Thy will, good Lord, be not displeased: for I will nought but as Thou wilt.
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—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
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—  Kage Baker, The Machine's Child
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—  Aleister Crowley, buch The Book of the Law
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