Quotes About Compulsion

Quotes tagged as "compulsion" (showing 1-30 of 55)
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

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

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

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

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
“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“30 or 40 of such voluntary gentlemen would do more in a day than 100 of the rest that must be press'd to it by compulsion.”
John Smith

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

Patrick O'Brian
“Compulsion is the death of friendship, joy.”
Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain

Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Nothing is compulsory. Free will is paramount. But free will comes with the burden of consequences.”
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Rollo May
“The significant question is whether the activity pursued permits the release of tension without resolving the underlying conflict. If so, the conflict still remains, and hence the activity must be engaged in repeatedly. We then may have the beginning of compulsion neurosis.”
Rollo May, The Meaning of Anxiety

Russell Brand
“The instinct that drives compulsion is universal. It is an attempt to solve the problem of disconnection, alienation, tepid despair... the problem is ultimately 'being human' in an environment that is curiously ill-equipped to deal with the challenges that entails.”
Russell Brand, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

Abhijit Naskar
“When I am fully immersed in my work of nourishing humanity, it fills my head with all kinds of feel-good chemicals, such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Problems occur during the brief intervals between the finishing of one work and the beginning of another. During these intervals, my biology starts to get filled with stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin, that worsens my OCD. That is why, I can’t sit still even a day after I finish writing a book. Because if I do, my OCD begins to suffocate me inside my head. Hence, as soon as I deliver a work, I have to start working on my next scientific literature.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“Women, Elena believed, appealed to men in direct proportion to their vacuousness. The male had an overwhelming compulsion to teach, to mold what he regarded as "the weaker sex.”
Joyce Haber, The Users

Sōseki Natsume
“He had always been a middle-of-the-road sort. He had never submitted word for word to anyone's command, but neither had he passionately rebelled against anyone's advice. Depending upon the interpretation, this was the posture of a schemer or the strategy of a born vacillator. If he himself had been confronted with either of these charges, he could not have avoided wondering if they might not be true. But in large part, this was to be attributed neither to artifice nor to vacillation but rather to the flexibility of his vision, which allowed him to look in both directions at once. To this day, it was precisely this capacity that had always dampened his determination to advance singlemindedly toward a particular goal. It was not unusual for him to stand paralyzed in the midst of a situation. His posture of upholding the status quo was not the result of poverty of thought, but the product of lucid judgment; but he had never understood this truth about himself until he acted upon his beliefs with inviolable courage. The situation with Michiyo was precisely a case in point.”
Sōseki Natsume, And Then

Hans-Hermann Hoppe
“A government is a territorial monopolist of compulsion-an agency which may engage in continual, institutionalized property rights violations and the expropriation, taxation and regulation-of private property owners.”
Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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