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Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. - Simone Weil

Against necessity, against its strength, no one can fight and win. - Aeschylus

Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion. [La., Studium discendi voluntate, quae cogi non potest, constat] - Quintilian [Marcus Fabius Quintilian]

Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic. - Julie Burchill

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. (The Republic) - Plato [Platon]

Our nature is obscured by work done by the compulsion of want or fear. The mother reveals herself in the service of her children, so our true freedom is not the freedom from action but freedom in action, which can only be attained in the work of love. - Sir Rabindranath Tagore

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. - Plato [Platon]

Prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. (The Efficacy of Prayer) - C. S. Lewis