bring oneself

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Verb1.bring oneself - cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative; "He could not bring himself to call his parents"
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
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It is as much as one can bring oneself to give lips up to a husband; and, indeed, could I ever have been persuaded to marry, I believe I should not have soon been brought to endure so much." "You will pardon me, dear madam," said Sophia, "if I make one observation: you own you have had many lovers, and the world knows it, even if you should deny it.
When dinner is cooked, one cannot bring oneself to eat in darkness and goes to bed hungry.
Working hard to bring oneself fulfillment, and finding the perfect balance as not to compromise, but to enhance productivity is something I will continue to work on this year, and is hopefully something I'm able to share with my peers.
Also for those who can, making Itikaaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadan, so as to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of Allah, so as to bring oneself closer to Allah.
"Experiencing failure is the key to learning how to bring oneself back," he says.