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Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.
The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.
Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.
W. H. Auden
I later spent... five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting a legal argument for release.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Wonder is involuntary praise.
Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause.
William J. Brennan, Jr.
This is part of the involuntary bargain we make with the world just by being alive. We get to experiences the splendor of nature, the beauty of art, the balm of love and the sheer joy of existence, always with the knowledge that illness, injury, natural disaster, or pure evil can end it in an instant for ourselves or someone we love.
I've said it before - and I'll say it again: it always seems to me that we come to know our same-sex parents through the bodily and the involuntary; through a kind of fossicking of our own physical strata. As we come to resemble our fathers, so we re-encounter the individual who reared us.
Pursuing employment or climatic relief, we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past, but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past.
I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and... almost involuntary in my life.
Gun control impinges upon the Second Amendment; involuntary commitment impinges upon the liberty clause of the Fifth Amendment; curbing 'entertainment' violence impinges upon First Amendment free speech. That's a lot of impingement, a lot of amendments. But there's no free lunch. Increasing public safety almost always means restricting liberties.
The involuntary character of psychiatric treatment is at odds with the spirit and ethics of medicine itself.
Laughter is involuntary. If it's funny you laugh.
An involuntary return to the point of departure is, without doubt, the most disturbing of all journeys.
Writing songs and looking for ideas is like blinking my eyes. It's an involuntary muscle. I do it without thought.
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