Compulsion Quotes

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Plato
“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

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

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

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

Sigmund Freud
“The patient cannot remember the whole of what is repressed in him, and what he cannot remember may be precisely the essential part of it.. He is obliged to repeat the repressed material as a contemporary experience instead of remembering it as something in the past.”
Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle

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

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

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

A.D. Aliwat
“Their loving was about creating an experience, and it seems that they were both almost compulsively drawn to it.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Slavery often masquerades as freedom.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

Stephen King
“But he bent over the book again. In a weird way it was just too good to put down. It was like a novel so disgusting you just have to finish it.”
Stephen King, Misery

Shunya
“If you are addicted to sweets, eat them slowly, very slowly. Slow pace unhooks you from addictive things.”
Shunya

Shunya
“If you are in a prison, either break out of it at all costs or accept it without complaints. Both options need immense strength and both will set you free. But if you are just sitting and complaining about it, you are reinforcing it.”
Shunya

Joelle Charbonneau
“Nate is crazy and fun and sometimes a touch wild, but he’s always forgiving of what he calls my compulsive need to control the world.”
Joelle Charbonneau, Need

Pyotr Kropotkin
“They fear that without compulsion the masses will not work.

But during our own lifetime, have we not heard the same fears expressed twice? Once, by the anti-abolitionists in America before the emancipation of the Negroes, and, for a second time, by the Russian nobility before the liberation of the serfs? ‘Without the whip the Negro will not work,’ said the anti-abolitionist. ‘Free from their master’s supervision the serfs will leave the fields uncultivated’, said the Russian serf-owners. It was the refrain of the French noblemen in 1789, the refrain of the Middle Ages, a refrain as old as the world, and we shall hear it every time there is a question oof sweeping away an injustice. And each time actual facts give it the lie.”
Pyotr Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread and Other Writings

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