482. Sin; Volition
"...no evil is insupportable but that which is accompanied with
consciousness of wrong."
Johnson: Rasselas [Princess Nekayah]
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607. Choice; Memory; Volition
"It is ... the faculty of remembrance which may be said to place
us in the class of moral agents. If we were to act only in
consequence of some immediate impulse, and receive no direction
from internal motives of choice, we should be pushed forward by
an invincible fatality, without power or reason for the most part
to prefer one thing to another, because we could make no
comparison but of objects which might both happen to be
Johnson: Rambler #41 (August 7, 1750)
680. Choice; Volition
"A very small part of the year is spent by choice."
Johnson: Idler #14 (July 15, 1758)
1,736. Choice; Volition
"Choice is more often determined by accident than by reason."
Johnson: Idler #55 (May 5, 1759)