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noun

An act or exercise of will; the act of choosing, willing, or resolving.

The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into heaven, into hell.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson Address before Divinity College, Cambridge, Massachusetts Reprinted in The Portable Emerson (1946)

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