Compulsion Quotes

Compulsion Quotes by Anuj, Kate Morton, Frank Chodorov, Jonathan Dee, Joan Didion, Samuel Gompers and many others.

If a quote of two individuals looks identical or almost similar to make it difficult to know as who said it first to be Mr. Right, then it is perhaps sensible to give credit for the same to one who travels in life light by choice and not compulsions than other who is too eager to board on a success flight.
Nell was not one for friends and had never hidden her distaste for most other humans, their neurotic compulsion for the acquisition of allies.
There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.
I wrote my first novel in the same conditions as most first novelists – I had a full-time job, I shared an apartment, I had no time – and so I became a compulsive outliner of everything. Ever since then, my process has consisted of trying to forcibly rid myself of that compulsion.
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.
No lasting gain has ever come from compulsion.
The guarantees of civil liberty are but guarantees of freedom of the human mind and spirit and of reasonable freedom and opportunity to express them…The very essence of the liberty which they guarantee is the freedom of the individual from compulsion as to what he shall think and what he shall say
I think that I am a compulsive person, but now I’m learning to put those compulsions into healthy things.
In late marriage alone lies the compulsion to retain an institution which, twist and turn as you like, is and remains a disgrace to humanity, an institution which is damned ill-suited to a being who with his usual modesty likes to regard himself as the ‘image‘ of God.
Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord.
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.
In any discussion of religion and personality integration the question is not whether religion itself makes for health or neurosis, but what kind of religion and how is it used? Freud was in error when he held that religion is per se a compulsion neurosis. Some religion is and some is not.
If we become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them.
A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyone‘s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyone’s opinions, threats, wishes, plans.
Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.
For most people who write, writing is a compulsion. If I could be healed of it, I would, and I think a lot of people who write feel the same way.
T. R. Pearson
When I was in the PMO, Digvijaya Singh used to call me whenever he wanted to see the PM. He used to go through me. He is under compulsion to criticise me, but I am under no compulsion to criticise him.
You marry out of free will. If I marry, it will be from a personal choice, not some social compulsion or norm.
Sometimes it’s even hard to tell the difference between a tic and a compulsion. But while tics stem from an urge in a specific part of the bodyeither completely unconsciously or through a premonitory sensation that’s satisfied only by the tic – OCD bubbles up as conscious thoughts in the mind.
Humorists are not humorous twenty-four hours a day. In fact, when you get to know them well, they are often not humorous at all. They tend to be hypersensitive, taut, neurotic creatures driven by God know what obscure compulsion to earn their living the hard way.
Science is unflinchingly deterministic, and it has begun to force its determinism into morals. On some shining tomorrow a psychoanalyst may be put into the box to prove that perjury is simply a compulsion neurosis, like beating time with the foot at a concert or counting the lampposts along the highway.
The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog
One of our theories is that one can offset this excessive compulsion toward the spectacular with a return to simplicity.
As a child, I was always making sound; it was a compulsion. I loved to scream and yell and sing; it freed me from all the thoughts in my head. I begged for opera lessons because opera singing is the most formidable, most emotional way to use your voice.
Even after The Kite Runner was published I continued to practice for another eighteen months. But I had always had a love of writing and a compulsion to do it.
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.
There came a time in everyone’s life when they realized that in spite of how hard they’d been running from themselves, everywhere they went, there they were: Addictions and compulsions were nothing but marching bands of distraction, masking truths that were unpleasant, but ultimately undeniable.
If we import compulsion in matters of religion, there is no doubt that we shall be committing suicide.
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.
A writer has to have some kind of compulsive drive to do his work. If you don’t have it, you’d better find another kind of work, because it’s the only compulsion that will drive you through the psychological nightmares of writing.
Anarchism aims to strip labor of its deadening, dulling aspect, of its gloom and compulsion. It aims to make work an instrument of joy, of strength, of color, of real harmony, so that the poorest sort of a man should find in work both recreation and hope.
I think it’s in our nature to try to get beyond that next horizon. I think that when we, as a species, are scratching that itch, we’re actually following an evolutionary compulsion that is wired into us. I think good things come of it.
We may say that hysteria is a caricature of an artistic creation, a compulsion neurosis a caricature of a religion, and a paranoiac delusion a caricature of a philosophic system.
I don’t know why I write. If I knew the answer, I probably wouldn’t have to. But it is a compulsion. You don’t choose it, it chooses you. And I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody.
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
I really only take roles that I love and that I have some kind of innate compulsion or need to tell that story. Although it’s almost like I have no control over it. It’s like they choose me.
What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion.
It’s a wonderful thing to perceive the world and to interact with it and with other people and nature from that deep place of utter stillness, where the compulsion to immediately label and interpret whatever arises around you is no longer there.
When I was a kid, I was very much a perfectionist, and I had a bunch of different compulsions.
In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.
The man who has become a thinking being feels a compulsion to give every will-to-live the same reverence for life that he gives to his own. He experiences that other life in his own.
The search for some ultimate significance in the universe, and in our little transient role in it, the compulsion to learn, to know, to find the truth, to answer questions and solve problems – these constitute the essence of an aware existence, the central core of intelligent life.
Dale Rex Coman
My identity is based around being a writer. I can’t not write. It’s a compulsion.
Study depends on the goodwill of the student, a quality that cannot be secured by compulsion.
Those who turn good organizations into great organizations are motivated by a deep creative urge and an inner compulsion for sheer unadulterated excellence for its own sake.
When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something–anything–before it is all gone.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Since outright slavery has been discredited, “democracy” is the only remaining rationale for state compulsion that most people will accept.
Those of us with this ancient compulsion to tell stories sometimes start with a single kernel of something.
You know, many writers really don’t like to write. I think this the chief complaint of so many. They hate to write; they do it under the compulsion that makes any artist the victim he is, but they loathe the process of sitting down trying to turn thoughts into reasonable sentences.
Cheerfulness consists in not regarding things as our own, but as entrusted to us by God for the benefit of our fellow-servants. It consists in scattering them abroad generously with joy and magnanimity, not reluctantly or under compulsion.
Freedom is not only the absence of external restraints. It is also the absence of irresistible internal compulsions, unmanageable passion, and uncensorable highlights.
I am a news presenter, a news broadcaster, an anchorman, a managing editor – not a commentator or analyst. I feel no compulsion to be a pundit.
For me writing and acting all comes out of the same place, a compulsion to review and connect to something. For me they are more similar than different.
Train children not by compulsion but as if they were playing.
As the son of a feminist mother, I grew up with the idea that work was a sort of salvation for women as it would give them freedom from the domestic grind. Now it seems work is a form of slavery, undertaken out of apparent compulsion rather than choice.
As a writer, I have this compulsion to take characters who appear formidable and bombard them with adversity until they crumble. What’s interesting is watching them rise again, and seeing how they’ve changed and grown, if indeed they have.
Government means always coercion and compulsion and is by necessity the opposite of liberty.
Mencheres slid through the water toward her, drawn by the same inexorable compulsion that led moths to dance with flames. He’d had several lifetimesworth of reason, cold machinations, and, ultimately, emptiness. Perhaps the moths knew what he didn’t, that the joy of the flame was worth the price of destruction.
Writing isn’t a job so much as a compulsion. I’ve been writing since I was very young because for some strange reason, I must write, and also because when I write, I feel more alive and closer to the world than when I’m not writing.
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.
The desire to succeed has a lot less compulsion than the fear of failure.
To financeentitlementprograms, the government threatens force against the taxpayers who provide the money. Why are people who favor compulsion called humanitarians, while those who favor freedom are stigmatized as greedy?
I wrote because I had to. I couldn’t stop. There wasn’t anything else I could do. If no one ever bought anything, anything I ever did, I’d still be writing. It’s beyond a compulsion.
My compulsion to always be working has become less strong and my current business is purely down to this enormous alimony. If I wasn’t doing this I’d be making documentaries about wildlife and other subjects that interest me.
I guess I don’t try to justify climbing or defend it, because I can’t. I see climbing as a compulsion that, at its best, is no worse than many other compulsions – golf or stamp collecting or growing world-record pumpkins.
I really created my career out of my own compulsion. Because I knew if I owned an exercise studio and I had to teach my classes there, I wasn’t going to gain my weight back.
Coercion or compulsion never brings about growth. It is freedom that accelerates evolution.
It is a part of the nature of man to resist compulsion.
Each story presents a mystery that has to be solved in the process of writing. When I’m at work on a story, I’m completely immersed in that world and in the lives of those characters; they’re utterly real to me. Then, when I’ve completed the story, it all just falls away. The whole compulsion to understand is over.
We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a singleminded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature.
Writers do not want to think they are less rational than other people, and at the mercy of compulsions, but in their hearts they know they are like those people who are taken for walks by their dogs, towed through hedges and ditches by an untrained sub-human energy.
Every effort under compulsion demands a sacrifice of energy. I never paid such a price.
The free man is not he who defies the rules … but he who, recognizing the compulsions inherent in his being, seeks rather to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest each day’s experience.
If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.
Any imposition from without means compulsion. Such compulsion is repugnant to religion.
Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith
The Americans speak so much about freedom in their sermons. Freedom as a possession is a doubtful thing for a church; freedom must be won under the compulsion of a necessity. Freedom for the church comes from the necessity of the Word of God. Otherwise it becomes arbitrariness and ends in a great many new ties.
Government planning always involves compulsion.
I’m not sure I understand the compulsion to label things.
I don’t missSaturday Night Live.’ I feel less of a need for the fulfillment that performance used to give… I don’t have to do everything right away. As long as I can walk and jump, I’ll still perform, but I no longer feel such a compulsion.
Writing is work, but it’s also a compulsion, and once you get your characters on paper, you can’t abandon them. You have to respond to them.
The denial of an objective moral law, based on the compulsion to deny the existence of God, results ultimately in the denial of evil iteself.
Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?
Only he who can view his own past as an abortion sprung from compulsion and need can use it to full advantage in the present.
One fact stands out in bold relief in the history of man’s attempts for betterment. That is that when compulsion is used, only resentment is aroused, and the end is not gained. Only through moral suasion and appeal to man’s reason can a movement succeed.
I’m not an exhibitionist; I don’t have a compulsion to share the ins and outs of my daily life with a public audience.
The real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the real joy of living.
As meditation deepens, compulsions, cravings and fits of emotion begin to lose their power to dictate our behavior. We see clearly that choices are possible; we can say yes or we can say no. It is profoundly liberating.
Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition.
I don’t write these stories for the rewards that come back to me. I write them because I have to write them. It’s a sickness on some level. It’s a compulsion.
I like to control my environment, because I feel if I have my physical space in order, then I’m free to dream. So there is some compulsion involved. But the dividend I get is the freedom to be totally disorderly in my dreamworld.
I’ve been writing since I was six. It is a compulsion, so I can’t really say where the desire came from; I’ve always had it. My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down!
Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature… what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action. If you know these things abut a person, you can touch him at the core of his being.
To find love is the great human undertaking…and it’s always complicated by our compulsions and unconscious patterns, to say nothing of issues of trust and control.
Without sounding clichГ©, music is like air. It provides for me. I don’t necessarily look for what I can get out of it. It’s a compulsion. I’ve always gotten out of it everything.
The Element is about discovering your self, and you can’t do this if you’re trapped in a compulsion to conform. You can’t be yourself in a swarm.
By nature, man is lazy, working only under compulsion; and when he is strong we will always live, as far as he can, upon the labor or the property of the weak.
Change can’t be a compulsion. It has to happen organically.
The compulsion of fate is bitter.
I make music and I can’t stop. It’s a compulsion and an obsession and a curse.
Adrian!You Used compulsion on that guy. That…. I mean, it’s…..” “Awesome?Yeah,I Know
Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation.
Once efficiency is universally accepted as a rule, it becomes an inner compulsion and weighs like a sense of sin, simply because no one can ever be efficient enough, just as no one can ever be virtuous enough.
When you pray, you begin to feel the sense of being sent.
When God works in us, the will, being changed and sweetly breathed upon by the Spirit of God, desires and acts, not from compulsion, but responsively.
The operative assumption today is that someone, somewhere, has a better idea; and the operative compulsion is to find out who has that better idea, learn it, and put it into action-fast.
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 when something sticks in my craw. Writing is a compulsion — or an itch.
Hisaye Yamamoto
I started off like everyone else does, slogging but having a compulsion to put words on paper. I didn’t write or read horror or fantasy, other than children’s fantasy, until I was in my teens.
The biggest problem with working at a treadmill desk: the compulsion to announce constantly that you are working at a treadmill desk.
There are three ways of trying to win the young. There is persuasion, there is compulsion, and there is attraction. You can preach at them: that is a hook without a worm. You can say, You must volunteer, and that is of the devil. You can tell them, You are needed. That appeal hardly ever fails.
Creativity is the vulnerability to spiritual and physical sensation, and to experience, combined with and acting upon a certain level of skill, combined with the compulsion or longing or need or desire to give.
It is no part of a physician‘s business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients.
He that would be a painter must have a natural turn thereto. Love and delight therein are better of the Art of Painting than compulsion.
The brain may die, but my compulsion for useless trivia lives on.
I feel no compulsion to be a pundit. As a matter of fact, I really don’t have that much to say about most things. Working with hard news satisfies me completely.
To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.
There’s a natural human compulsion to chase after freedom and then to actually hand it over as fast as possible and get away from it.
Telling stories has been a compulsion of mine since I could physically say, ‘Once upon a time…’ But in high school, I realized I could study creative writing in college and actually pursue it as a viable career.
I believe the transsexual urge, at least as I have experienced it, to be far more than a social compulsion, but biological, imaginative, and essentially spiritual, too.
Some people with Tourette’s have flinging tics- sudden, seemingly motiveless urges or compulsions to throw objects….. (I see somewhat similar flinging behaviors- though not tics- in my two year old godson, now in a stage of primal antinomianism and anarchy)
The compulsion to find a lover and husband in a single person has doomed more women to misery than any other illusion.
We all have a friend or family member who can’t bear the sight of a mess. Use her obsessive compulsion to your advantage! Whisper in her ear: “I’m always impressed by how neat your house is. Can you do me a favor and help tidy this place up as the night goes on?”
I have an unfortunate compulsion. I really would rather not do it, as it is very nerve-wracking and un-fun. But when it works, there is nothing like it.
There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children‘s lessons take the form of play.
We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
No compulsion in the world is stronger than the urge to edit someone else’s document.
As soon as a friendship passed a certain point – some obscure and secret boundary – a woman quite automatically became overwhelmed by a raging compulsion to complicate things.
I think it’s in our nature to try to get beyond that next horizon. I think that when we as a species are scratching that itch we’re actually following an evolutionary compulsion that is wired into us. I think good things come of it. That’s the philosophical side.
there is still an overwhelming social compulsion-an insanity of consensus, if you will-to get rich from life rather than live richly, to “do well” in the world instead of living well.
The State is not, as many political scientists would make it, an inanimate thing; it consists of people, human beings, each of whom operates under an inner compulsion to get the most out of life with the least expenditure of labor.
No director wants to make films with stars. It is a compulsion for them.
the compulsion to work long years in pursuit of some inner vision must be fueled by stubborn fires.
Silvia Tennenbaum
Where there is a will there is a way. And this must be the way not of compulsion but of cooperation… No government and no plan can succeed without it.
The commands of democracy are as imperative as its privileges and opportunities are wide and generous. Its compulsion is upon us.
Unbelievable,” I said. “First you wanted to hide her away to keep you alive. Now you actually want her out in the world to use her compulsion for your own psycho plans.
I start to get fixated on a story and a character and an idea, and at a certain point, I really want to do it. It’s a compulsion to explore a specific thing, as opposed to a compulsion to direct, generally speaking.
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.
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.
Generally speaking, there’s some quality of compulsion that attaches itself to the idea of the list. It’s true that lists organise the daily chaos of working life. But the impulse to make lists has to do with something more than either administrative practicalities or the record of a creative process.
Compulsion precedes morality, indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time, to which one submits for the avoidance of pain.
It’s just a compulsion to create something new and stay busy. I don’t know how to do anything else. It was never exactly right. Those records came out in spite of their flaws. And because of their flaws they were good.
…the realm of freedom does not commence until the point is passed where labor under the compulsion of necessity and of external utility is required.
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 thing I can’t figure out is why I have an undeniable compulsion to clean public spaces, airplane bathrooms, restaurant flatware, hotel gyms and Chapstick containers… yet I have no desire to make my own bed. Ever. Seriously, who made me, and where am I from?
Actually, I’d already briefed him, early this morning. Since we were up at six. Since, at six, the nurse had been overcome with the overwhelming compulsion to take Fang’s temperature right then.
The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive.
the most elementary experience of life proves that the effects of compulsion last exactly as long as the physical or moral club can be applied.
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.
What is politics, after all, but the compulsion to preside over property and make other peoples’ decisions for them?
He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that which he would avoid.
The inversion of external compulsion into the compulsion of conscienceproduces the machine-like assiduity and pliable allegiance required by the new rationality.
Marx…. Lenin…. Mao Tse-Tung…. These men were animated by the love of brother and this we must believe though their ends meant the seizure of power, and the building of mighty armies, the compulsion of concentration camps, the forced labor and torture and killing of tens of thousands, even millions.
Kindness is more powerful than compulsion.
The multiplication of individual sects should not fool us: the important point is that the whole of America is preoccupied with the sect as a moral institution, with its immediate demand for beatification, its material efficacity, its compulsion for justification, and doubtless also with its madness and frenzy.
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.
When you have been compelled by circumstances to be disturbed in any manner, quickly return to yourself, and do not continue out of tune longer than the compulsion lasts. You will have increasing control over your own harmony by continually returning to it.
The best you can hope for in this life is that your delusions are benign and your compulsions have utility.
Can the mind become completely still without coercion, without compulsion, without discipline?
When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion…th at in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing-you may know that your society is doomed.
Affections injured by tyranny, or rigor of compulsion, like tempest-threatened trees, unfirmly rooted, never spring to timely growth
It’s hard to go out in front of people with an acoustic guitar and improvise for 30 or 40 minutes, but I had a compulsion to do it. I just had to in a way that I can’t really explain.
[Statists] believe that government should make decisions for individuals. Since individuals usually prefer to make their own decisions, coercion and compulsion become necessary correctives.
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.
The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
The state is a force incarnate. Worse, it is the silly parading of force. It never seeks to prevail by persuasion. Whenever it thrusts its finger into anything it does so in the most unfriendly way. Its essence is command and compulsion.
Technology, under all circumstances, leads to planning; in its higher manifestations it may put the problems of planning beyond the reach of the industrial firm. Technological compulsions, and not ideology or political will, will require the firm to seek the help and protection of the state.
There’s a statement in the Quran: There should be “absolutely no compulsion in religion.”
A profound dislike for merely absorbing knowledge and a compulsion to learn by doing are among the most reliable signs of genius.
Sylvia Nasar
I think if you have the compulsion to write, you’re not going to feel whole until you start putting words on paper.
The state is the only institution entitled to apply coercion and compulsion and to inflict harm upon individuals. This tremendous power cannot be abandoned to the discretion of some men, however competent and clever they may deem themselves. It is necessary to restrict its application. This is the task of the laws.
Grooming oneself with all the crazed compulsion of an under-exercised lab rat in order to hook a rich man and obtain a lush lifestyle makes a certain (albeit seedy) sense.
any compulsion tries to justify itself.
…If I don’t have twenty or thirty books right here, waiting to be read, I start jonesing. That’s my compulsion.
All my writings may be considered tasks imposed from within, their source was a fateful compulsion. What I wrote were things that assailed me from within myself. I permitted the spirit that moved me to speak out.
The poet, like the lover, is a person unable to reconcile what he knows with what he feels. His peculiarity is that he is under a certain compulsion to do so.