Compulsion Quotes

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“Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”
Plato, The Republic

Ursula K. Le Guin
“When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“I have never thought, for my part, that man's freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker

Martina Boone
“It doesn't matter how great your shoes are if you don't accomplish anything in them.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

John Milton
“Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.”
John Milton, The Complete Poetry

Martina Boone
“We've lost a lot of years, but you can't lose love. Not real love. It stays locked inside you, ready for whenever you are strong enough to find it again.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Martina Boone
“Love doesn't come with an on-off switch. It's made of too many threads of memory and hope and heartache that weave themselves into the very core of who you are.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Alain Badiou
“Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.”
Alain Badiou, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Martina Boone
“But there was a difference between being stuck and choosing to stay. Between being found and finding yourself.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Donna Tartt
“The thought of her gave me such a continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching tooth. It was involuntary, hopeless, compulsive. For years she had been the first thing I remembered when I woke up, the last thing that drifted through my mind as I went to sleep, and during the day she came to me obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Aldous Huxley
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited

Martina Boone
“But the people who mattered were the people you chose instead of the people who were yours by an accident of birth. Real family was heart as much as, if not more than, blood.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Walter Dean Myers
“Reading is not optional.”
Walter Dean Myers

Martina Boone
“Is there a reason you look like you want to murder me?"
"Not particularly. You have that effect on people.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Martina Boone
“Sometimes, though, we let ourselves get so used to being 'fine' that we lose track of how 'not fine' we are.”
Martina Boone, Compulsion

Martina Boone
“Her hands crept around his neck, tangling in his hair to keep him closer, even though she knew that beautiful boys with expiration dates couldn't be held, only borrowed for a time.”
Martina Boone

Dante Alighieri
“It is necessity and not pleasure that compels us.
[Italian: Necessita c'induce, e non diletto.]”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

Stephen R. Donaldson
“It is wrong to ask for more than you give freely. In this way, we come to resemble what we hate.”
Stephen R. Donaldson, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

Joan Didion
“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself. I suppose that it begins or does not begin in the cradle.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Thomas Burnett Swann
“...she grasped the terrible truth that love can never be compelled, from man, from sprite, from beast; that one who loves, however she longs for requital, however long she waits, may receive in return the reverse of what she gives, the dark side of the moon.”
Thomas Burnett Swann, The Weirwoods

“Writer: It's not an occupation; it's a compulsion.”
Teresa Nielsen Hayden

David F. Ford
“The modern West has been deeply split about freedom and responsibility. On the one hand, it has championed human freedom in many forms - human rights, sexual freedom, political liberty, freedom to choose in many spheres. On the other hand, many of its most intelligent members have not believed that people are free at all, and have devoted great efforts to show that really we are the product of our genes, our unconscious drives, our education, economic pressures, or other forms of conditioning.”
David F. Ford, Theology: A Very Short Introduction

“Her child has been taken away from her, Her breasts are overflowing with milk. So she feeds the orphans. Tears are flowing from her eyes. She is happy to help the orphans but there is a pain and guilt that the milk which was for her child is being consumed by others.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Only fake happiness comes with the compulsion to flaunt it.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The sun shines, not out of affection, but out of compulsion.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Kate Elliott
“He would not let himself be overawed by her consequence! He was also the son of noble parents, if not of a king. "Then-then they'll need more Dagons," he blurted out. "Let me go, please. Let me serve the king."
"It is not my decision to make."
"How can you stop me if I refuse to take vows as a monk when my novitiate is ended?" he demanded.
She raised an eyebrow. "You have already pledged yourself to enter the church, an oath spoken outside these gates."
"I had no choice!"
"You spoke the words. I did not speak them for you."
"Is a vow sworn under compulsion valid?"
"Did I or any other hold a sword to your throat? You swore the vow."
"And," she said, lifting a hand for silence-a hand that bore two handsome rings, one plain burnished gold braid, the other a fine opal in a gold setting, "your father has pledged a handsome dowry to accompany you. We do not betroth ourselves lightly, neither to a partner in marriage-" He winced as she paused. Her gaze was keen and unrelenting. "-nor to the church. If a vow can be as easily broken as a feather can be snapped in two-" She lifted a quill made from an owl feather from her table, displaying it to him. "-then how can we any of us trust the other?" She set down her feather. "Our oaths are what makes us honorable people. What man or woman who has forsworn his noble lord or lady can ever be trusted again? You swore your promise to Our Lady and Lord. Do you mean to swear that oath and live outside the church for the rest of your days?"
Said thus, it all sounded so much more serious. No man or woman who made a vow and then broke it was worthy of honor.”
Kate Elliott, Prince of Dogs

“Porn is like sex without orgasm, compulsive without being satisfying.”
Clifford Thurlow, Cocaine Confidence

Ehsan Sehgal
“Each one holds a natural compulsion, to hunt its hunting; consequently, each one of us, is after its hunt, whether for self or others”
Ehsan Sehgal

Helen Macdonald
“(P)ulling at your heart on purpose is a compulsion as particular and disconcerting as pressing on a healing bruise.”
Helen Macdonald, Vesper Flights

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It helps to sometimes take a break by resting on your laurels.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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