Quotation Explorer - 'Compulsion'

COMPULSION, n. The eloquence of power. - Ambrose Bierce
There is no compulsion in religion.
Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition. - Ed Norton
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent. - Plato
A new type of superstition has got hold of people's minds, the worship of the state. People demand the exercise of the methods of coercion and compulsion, of violence and threat. Woe to anybody who does not bend his knee to the fashionable idols! - Ludwig von Mises
Muhammad adhered meticulously to the charter he forged for Medina, which - grounded as it was in the Quranic injunction, "Let there be no compulsion in religion" (2:256) - is arguably the first mandate for religious tolerance in human history. - Huston Smith
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. - Plato
I always wanted to be a writer, and I always wrote something stories, poetry, articles, newsletters, letters. Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. - Marina Oliver
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
At its best, this is my calling. At its worst, it is a mad compulsion that I just can’t shake. - Zoe Klein
Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could havemade me do it, or prevented me from doing it. - J.K. Rowling
I, sole heir to the Munodi line and memory, am childless. A friend who knows such things has told me that this explains my compulsion to capture what I can with black ink on white paper." ("The Volatilized Ceiling of Baron Munodi") - Rikki Ducornet
Make love an another human compulsion and you will fortify its limitation. Acquire it like knowledge and you will understand everything - Ashutosh Gupta
When you GIVE under compulsion or Grudgingly you are giving under the LAW of giving and NOT the GRACE given for giving. God loves a cheerful (thankful) giver, which is giving under GRACE. 2 Cor 9:7 - John Paul Warren
When you GIVE under compulsion or Grudgingly you are giving under the LAW of giving and NOT the GRACE given for giving. - John Paul Warren
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion. - Themistocles
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. - Betty Friedan
[Justice George Sutherland said, in the majority opinion for the Carter Coal case] 'One who does a thing in order to avoid a monetary penalty does not agree; he yields to compulsion precisely the same as though he did so to avoid a term in jail. - Jim Powell
I take my actions because of my passion not because of compulsion. - Amit Kalantri
Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning. - Walter Gropius
How could I possibly NOT be disappointed by what I would find? Nothing had ever met my expectation, since nothing could compete with my doctoring imagination, my pathetic compulsion to make the world quanter, funnier, kinder, and more mysterious than it actually was. - Armistead Maupin
In spite of its alluring name, the welfare state stands or falls by compulsion. It is compulsion imposed upon us with the state’s power to punish noncompliance. Once this is clear, it is equally clear that the welfare state is an evil the same as every restriction of freedom. - Wilhelm Röpke
The quality which makes man want to write and be read is essentially a desire for self-exposure and masochism. Like one of those guys who has a compulsion to take his thing out and show it on the street. - James Jones
Books they’re kind of a compulsion for me. To find a great bookstore is a great thing. - Philip Seymour Hoffman
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire. - Aristotle
Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs. - John Dos Passos
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