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War and Peace
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  • The French soldiers went to kill and be killed at the battle of Borodino not because of Napoleon’s orders but by their own volition.
  • A man is only conscious of himself as a living being by the fact that he wills, that is, is conscious of his volition.
  • Though Napoleon at that time, in 1812, was more convinced than ever that it depended on him, verser (ou ne pas verser) le sang de ses peuples *—as Alexander expressed it in the last letter he wrote him—he had never been so much in the grip of inevitable laws, which compelled him, while thinking that he was acting on his own volition, to perform for the hive life—that is to say, for history—whatever had to be performed.

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  • She left the company of her own volition.
  • Without volition I leaned toward her, as a tree is swayed by the wind.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf

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