Ideas from 'Julius Caesar' by William Shakespeare [1599], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Complete Works' by Shakespeare,William [ ,]].

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 1. On Reason
Good reasons must give way to better
                        Full Idea: Good reasons must of force give way to better.
                        From: William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar [1599], 4.3.205)
                        A reaction: [Brutus to Cassius] This remark is an axiom of rationality. But, of course, reasons can come in groups, and three modest reasons may compete with one very good reason.
20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 2. Willed Action / b. Volitionism
The cause of my action is in my will
                        Full Idea: The cause is in my will. I will not come./That is enough to satisfy the senate./But for your private satisfaction,/Because I love you, I will let you know.
                        From: William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar [1599], II.ii)
                        A reaction: This asserts the purest form of volitionism, but then qualifies it, because Caesar's will has been influenced by his wife's dreams.