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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
  • this was the first time I’d actually asked her to join me of my own volition.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • For an instant it resists, as though volitional,
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying

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  • Tell me now of thy own volition.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Each of them counts many small items of chance or volition - a step taken in time, a decision to go indoors, catching one street-car instead of the next that spared him.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • My eyes shut of their own volition.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • "Wish me luck," she said, and then her feet were carrying her toward the dais steps, almost without her volition, and then she was standing on the dais and turning to face the crowd.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He was far too busy letting the joke rush through his fingers, letting hilarity spring forth of it’s own volition along his throat, eyes squeezed shut; there it flew, whipping shrapnel in all directions.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • They saw the pains I took keeping my back straight during early mass, my hands steepled and held up of my own volition, not perched on the back of a pew as if petition were conversation.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies

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  • This time a yell tears from my body of its own volition, joining with the others in agreement.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • "Everybody has to touch it," was what Oscar Johnson had said. "He’ll listen to you. Go talk to him." So, sure, he’d gone down to the crater to talk sense to the kid. ... So he’d pressed the grenade against Cacciato’s limp hand. Was it touching? Was it volition? Maybe so, maybe not.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • ...soldiering with their legs, toiling up the hills and down into the paddies and across the rivers and up again and down, just humping, one step and then the next and then another, but no volition, no will, because it was automatic, it was anatomy, and the war was entirely a matter of posture and carriage, the hump was everything, a kind of inertia, a kind of emptiness, a dullness of desire and intellect and conscience and hope and human sensibility.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I had already been running through how I could get most of the boys to leave of their own volition.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • She heard Simon cry out in pain; her own feet moved without volition and she ran forward, only to be hurled back as if she had struck an invisible wall.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Bernie Kosar jumps up and in of his own volition and I slide in beside him.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Down they fell, onto the men who were lying unseen, jagged and dark and without volition, far below.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The next words tumbled out of her mouth without any volition on her part.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I was forced to acknowledge that volition alone, however powerful, was not going to get me up the north wall.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • 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.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Langdon needed to return of his own volition.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The Count, even if he takes the form of a bat, cannot cross the running water of his own volition, and so cannot leave the ship.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But once in the stream he seemed to lose volition, to become a part of that dusty rout.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She felt her power of volition knocked out by some single, dull blow that made her unable to move.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • These words came without his volition.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He had done what he had done without volition of his own, but Simon doubted Jace would be able to forgive himself, regardless.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • It was almost as if he had willed the word and she had spoken it without her own volition.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It seemed as though, by some nameless, interior volition, he would fain have shocked into them the same fiery emotion accumulated within the Leyden jar of his own magnetic life.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She had-of her own volition-done something nice for her son-her ridiculously spoiled son-and this was how he acted in return?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • As the impetus that carried Cherokee forward died down, he continued to go forward of his own volition, in a swift, bow-legged run.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • She is frightening me now, because what I hear in her voice is indifference, a lack of volition.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • In the horrid pain and surprise of the moment—I scarce can say it was by my own volition, and I am sure it was without a conscious aim—both my pistols went off, and both escaped out of my hands.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • For it was as though I were looking at my own legs for the first time-independent objects that could of their own volition lead me to safety or danger.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Its crew of four were ill at ease knowing that they had been brought together not of their own volition or by simple coincidence, but by some curious perversion of physics—as if relationships between people were susceptible to the same laws that governed the relationships between atoms and molecules.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • By no conscious volition of his own, the thing had drifted into his hands.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He fought down an aching shiver, stared at the lightless void where his hand seemed to remain of its own volition.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear, and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Afew days before we left Manzanar Papa decided that since we had to go, we might as well leave in style, and by our own volition.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • But as she sat there amid her guests, she felt the old ennui overtaking her; the hopelessness which so often assailed her, which came upon her like an obsession, like something extraneous, independent of volition.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He did it without plan or design, almost without volition, as if his feet ordered his action and not his head.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • These fearful precursors of a coming struggle produced no change in the countenances and movements of his three guides, so far as Duncan could discover, except that the strokes of their paddles were longer and more in unison, and caused the little bark to spring forward like a creature possessing life and volition.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In this state, the waiter’s dismal intelligence about the ships immediately connected itself, without any effort of my volition, with my uneasiness about Ham.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Also under hypnosis, people can say and do things ’not of their own volition.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Tell me that any man living wants to work all his days, from day-dawn till dark, under the constant eye of a master, without the power of putting forth one irresponsible volition, on the same dreary, monotonous, unchanging toil, and all for two pairs of pantaloons and a pair of shoes a year, with enough food and shelter to keep him in working order!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Maybe taking Deo in hadn’t been entirely an act of volition.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • But when he saw her stumble at the door of the movie theater, by his own volition he took another step toward the abyss with the sudden realization that he, and not she, might be the one to die first.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • …art—one of those masterly productions of grace, method, and elegance in which the whole corps de ballet, from the principal dancers to the humblest supernumerary, are all engaged on the stage at the same time; and a hundred and fifty persons may be seen exhibiting the same attitude, or elevating the same arm or leg with a simultaneous movement, that would lead you to suppose that but one mind, one act of volition, influenced the moving mass—the ballet was called "Poliska."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She lay in a state of percipience without volition, and the rustle of the straw and the cutting of the ears by the others had the weight of bodily touches.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He seized her hand, and then volition seemed to leave her, and she went off into a state of passivity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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