Apologies to fans of The Exorcist for stealing their line for T-shirt, but if we’re talking about being constantly compelled then all bow to physics. The three paragraphs of text are the original three laws of Motion as written by Sir Isaac Newton translated as closely as possible from the original Latin text. And as none can escape the laws of motion (at least in the everyday human-scale world), the quote seems a perfect fit.
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The translated text reads:
Every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed.
The change of momentum of a body is proportional to the impulse impressed on the body, and happens along the straight line on which that impulse is impressed.
To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.
And for those who prefer the integrity of the Latin original:
Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare.
Mutationem motus proportionalem esse vi motrici impressae, et fieri secundum lineam rectam qua vis illa imprimitur.
Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi.
And just in case I’ve totally distracted you from T-shirts and are instead thinking of Physics, Latin, Newton or The Excorcist, here you go:
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