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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Will
 
My will is something sorted with his wish:
Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed;
For what I will, I will, and there an end.
        Shakespeare.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act I. Scene 3.
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  [Antonio to Proteus on hearing from him that Valentine desired his presence at the Emperor’s court.]  2
He that will not when he may,
When he will, he shall have nay.
        Burton.—Anat. of Melancholy, Part III. Sect. 2. Memb. 5. Subsect. 5.
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She that will not when she may,
When she will, she shall have nay.
        Murphy.—The Upholsterer, Act II.
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He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wold—a.
        Percy Reliques, Vol. II. The Baffled Knight.
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He that complies against his will,
Is of his own opinion still;
Which he may adhere to, yet disown,
For reasons to himself best known.
        Butler.—Hudibras, Part III. Canto III. Line 547.
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She can’t help her temper; and, if she complies against her will, you know it is the more obliging in her.
        Fielding.—The Different Husbands, Act I. Scene 1.
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In idle wishes fools supinely stay,
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
        Crabbe.—The Birth of Flattery.
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And binding nature fast in fate,
Left free the human will.
        Pope.—Universal Prayer, Verse 3.
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