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  • You may impose silence upon me, but you can not prevent me from thinking.

  • Now who is to decide between 'Let it be' and 'Force it'?

  • ... statutory regulations, legislative enactments, constitutional provisions, are invasive. They never yet induced man to do anything he could and would not do by virtue of his intellect or temperament, nor prevented anything that man was impelled to do by the same dictates.

    • Emma Goldman,
    • "What I Believe," in The New York World ()
  • If the bird does like its cage, and does like its sugar, and will not leave it, why keep the door so very carefully shut?

  • We will rescue ourselves from our present dilemma when we substitute intelligence for force.

  • Be gentle, for you know not what you may be killing with too much forcing.

    • Jenny Read,
    • 1974, in Kathleen Doyle, ed., Jenny Read: In Pursuit of Art and Life ()
  • Coercion. The unpardonable crime.

  • How pure are those who have never forced anything open!

    • Colette,
    • 1928, in Enid McLeod, trans., Break of Day ()
  • You can't push a wave onto the shore any faster than the ocean brings it in.

  • Coercive measures may have a restraining effect for a time, but can never subdue an untractable spirit: it is only by engaging the affections and enlarging the understanding, that the heart can be meliorated or principles be formed; for like a bow forcibly bent, the mind recoils from oppression with elastic power.

  • ... there is no way really to make anyone do anything.

  • Beware of trying to accomplish anything by force ...

  • Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season.

  • A watermelon that breaks open by itself tastes better than one cut with a knife.

  • Fruit forced is never half so sweet / As that comes quite in season.

    • Caroline Anne Southey,
    • "To Little Mary," The Birth-Day: A Poem, to Which Are Added Occasional Verses ()