Quotes: compulsion

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  • Andrew Matthews
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    A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.
  • Machiavelli
    Machiavelli
    Florentijns staatsphilosopher 1469-1527
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    A wise man will see to it that his acts always seem voluntary and not done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
  • Auberon Herbert
    Auberon Herbert
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    How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it, seeing that what is moral is the free act of an intelligent being?
  • Themistocles
    Themistocles
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    I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
  • Henri-Frédéric Amiel
    Henri-Frédéric Amiel
    Swiss philosopher and poet 1821-1881
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    If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
  • Betty Friedan
    Betty Friedan
    American feministisch writer 1921-
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    Instead of fulfilling the promise of infinite orgasmic bliss, sex in the America of the feminine mystique is becoming a strangely joyless national compulsion, if not a contemptuous mockery.
  • Plato
    Plato
    Greek philosopher 427 BC - 347 BC
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    Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the compulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation.
  • Plato
    Plato
    Greek philosopher 427 BC - 347 BC
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    No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
  • John Milton
    John Milton
    English poet, polemicist and man of letters 1608-1674
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    Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
  • Ivan Illich
    Ivan Illich
    Austrian-American theologist, writer 1926-
    Ivan Illich
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    The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
    Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)
  • Jonathan Raban
    Jonathan Raban
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    There's an enduring American compulsion to be on the side of the angels. Expediency alone has never been an adequate American reason for doing anything. When actions are judged, they go before the bar of God, where Mom and the Flag closely flank His presence.
  • Martin Buber
    Martin Buber
    Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher
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    We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.
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