If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning.
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
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.
The compulsion of fate is bitter.
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.
Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs
I write because something inner and unconscious forces me to. That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty. I feel responsible to tell stories that inspire readers to consider more deeply who they are.
Prayer is commission. Out of the quietness with God, power is generated that turns the spiritual machinery of the world. When you pray, you begin to feel the sense of being sent, that the divine compulsion is upon you.
A spirit, breathing the language of independence, is natural to Englishmen, few of whom are disposed to brook compulsion, or submit to the dictates of others, when not softened by reason, or tempered with kindness.
Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.
How often I have found that we grow to maturity not by doing what we like, but by doing what we should. How true it is that not every 'should' is a compulsion, and not every 'like' is a high morality and true freedom.
We receive the truths of science by compulsion. Nothing but ignorance is able to resist them.
Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.