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Compel Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Compel

Please enjoy these Compel Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment.
He creates favorable conditions.
His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires.
- Orison Swett Marden

O accursed hunger of gold, to what dost thou not compel human hearts!
- Virgil

The Growing Smarter laws now in place compel every
community to plan their future growth and allow every
citizen the right to be heard when those decisions are made.
- Jane D. Hull

I would like above any other place to go to Hartford.
I want to face the conservatism there centered and compel it into decency.
- Victoria Woodhull

 

No military timetable should compel war when a successful outcome,
namely a disarmed Iraq may be feasible without war,
for example by allowing more time to the UN inspectors.
- Douglas Hurd

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas
he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is no reason why marriage should necessarily
compel an actress to forego her career.
- Billie Burke

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His lordship may compel us to be equal upstairs,
but there will never be equality in the servants' hall.
- J. M. Barrie

It would do the world good if every man would compel
himself occasionally to be absolutely alone.
Most of the world s progress has come out of such loneliness.
- Bruce Barton

No iron chain, or outward force of any kind,
can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.
- Thomas Carlyle

To compel the nation with challenge the traditional
American doctrine of freedom of the seas,
every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged.
- Josephus Daniels

To advise is not to compel.
- Anton Chekhov

But I can tell you what your folly and injustice will compel us to do.
It will compel us to be free from your domination,
and more self-reliant than we have been.
- John H. Reagan

I want to write such things as compel the admiring
acclamation of the world at large,
such things as are written but once in years,
things subtle but distinctly different from the books written every day.
- Mary MacLane

Why, so soon as French Canadians, who are in a minority
in this House and in the country,
were to organise as a political party,
they would compel the majority to organise as a political party,
and the result must be disastrous to themselves.
- Wilfrid Laurier

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict,
victory is always with economics.
Vested interests have never been known to have willingly
divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.
- B. R. Ambedkar

It is high time to compel man by the might of right
to give woman her political,
legal and social rights.
She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities,
powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still.
- Ernestine Rose

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born
it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
- Margaret Mead

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- Helen Keller

We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts,
and we no longer know what they mean.
- Michelangelo Antonioni

Every star has that certain something that stands out
and compels us to notice them.
- Maureen O'Hara

It is the lash of hunger which compels the poor man to submit.
In order to live he must sell - 'voluntarily' sell -
himself every day and hour to the 'beast of property.'
- Johann Most

Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true
to the Good that compels me.
- Alain Badiou

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads
us from this world to another.
- Plato

Like everything, what compels one to put pen to paper is a great question.
- Todd Solondz

It's not the heart that compels conclusions in cases,
it's the law.
- Sonia Sotomayor

But the same intelligence compels Germany to practise the same policy.
- Pierre Laval

Professors simply can't discuss a thing.
Habit compels them to deliver a lecture.
- Hal Boyle

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events
compels the soul to look upwards,
and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
- Plato

What happened on September 11 compels us to focus on who we are as Americans,
what we stand for, what really matters in our lives -
family,
friends, faith and freedom.
- Bob Taft

Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write
because I have nothing to do;
justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease
to write the moment I have nothing to say.
- Charles Caleb Colton

The growth of modern constitutional government compels
for its successful practice the exercise of reason
and considerate judgment by the individual citizens
who constitute the electorate.
- Elihu Root

For if God is a title of the highest power,
He must be incorruptible, perfect, incapable of suffering,
and subject to no other being; therefore they are not
gods whom necessity compels to obey the one greatest God.
- Lactantius

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

At first I wasn't sure that I had the talent,
but I did know I had a fear of failure,
and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it.
- Gordon Parks

Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood,
had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy
other plantations on which to employ them.
- John Sergeant Wise

It was not the part of His kindly love that he who
was to praise God's divine generosity in regard to
others should be compelled to condemn it in regard to himself.
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.
- Edgar Watson Howe

If people would write exactly what I wanted to read
I wouldn't feel so compelled to write myself.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

We submit to the majority because we have to.
But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
- Ambrose Bierce

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it,
and while our soldiers can stand and fight,
I can stand and feed and nurse them.
- Clara Barton

A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself
up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
- Anthony Trollope

If women would today would rise en masse and demand their emancipation,
the men would be compelled to grant it.
- Victoria Woodhull

This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the
souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually.
One feels them passing like a whiff of air.
- William Butler Yeats

Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
- Mary Leakey

The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings.
The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.
- Germaine Greer

Blanche is written with a terrible authority,
the authority that comes from artistic necessity when
the writer is compelled to write by his demon,
rather than by his agent or promoter.
- Paul Bailey

A wartime Minister of Information is compelled,
in the national interest, to such continuous acts of
duplicity that even his natural hair must grow to resemble a wig.
- Claud Cockburn

You can never fully put your finger on the reason why you're suddenly,
inexplicably compelled to explore one life as opposed to another.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature;
and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils,
no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
- Plato

The pertinent question: if Americans did not want these
wars should they have been compelled to fight them?
- Frank Chodorov

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten
the best thing that can happen to a young man is to
be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
- James A. Garfield

That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs
are compelled to snarl occasionally.
- William Feather

It would be curious to know what leads a man to become
a stationer rather than a baker,
when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians,
to succeed to his father's craft.
- Honore de Balzac

That children shall be compelled to receive religious
instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents,
is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest.
- Charles Tupper

Men's indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal
wrong than by violent wrong;
the first looks like being cheated by an equal,
the second like being compelled by a superior.
- Thucydides

I feel less often compelled to do the work than I was in the past.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

What I am is a thinking, feeling human being compelled by history.
- Avery Brooks

It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to
recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom,
whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and
by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood:
our body.
- Marcel Proust

In my judgment, if we had pursued this course,
the zones would have been of short duration.
England would have been compelled to take her mines
out of the North Sea in order to get any supplies from our country.
- George William Norris

Because I never thought the Lord would treat me any
different from any other honest man or that I had an
official position that compelled the Lord to help me
in any other way than He would help any other man.
- John Harvey Kellogg

We don't have sources who are dissidents on other sources.
Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us.
But we're presumably acting in such a way that people
feel morally compelled to continue our mission,
not to screw it up.
- Julian Assange

If you feel driven and compelled to make your work
and to be fiercely original and have something unique to say,
in a compelling way, then chances are the helpers will
be there for you the doors will open some,
the ice will crack.
- David Knopfler

I have always been pushed by the negative.
The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my
typewriter that very night,
before the reviews are out.
I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
- Tennessee Williams

It is true I gained muscular vigour,
but with it a prodigious appetite,
which I was compelled to indulge, and consequently increased in weight,
until my kind old friend advised me to forsake the exercise.
- William Banting

Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction,
rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre
more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though
I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature,
both fiction and nonfiction.
- Joan D. Vinge

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine
and I thought it was beautiful.
I had never been in a power plant before,
but I felt, without being overly dramatic,
compelled to make photographs of this for myself.
- John Sexton

For so long as the Jew has even one ally,
he will be convinced - in his smallness of mind -
that his salvation came from that ally.
It is only when he is alone - against all of his own
efforts and frantic attempts -
that he will,
through no choice, be compelled to turn to G-d.
- Meir Kahane

I think I felt compelled in a way because if I hadn't written the part,
I never would have been offered the part.
There are at least 10 guys who would have been offered the part before me.
- Zach Braff

He who feels compelled to consider the consequences
of these facts cannot but realize that the specific
sensibility of nerves for certain impressions is not enough,
since all nerves are sensitive to the same cause but
react to the same cause in different ways.
- Johannes P. Muller


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