Top 120 Compelled Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Compelled Quotes from famous people such as Reza Aslan, Chris Hughes, Fred Allen, Paddy Considine, Sam Neill, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Whether you're talking about MSNBC or Fox or CNN, it's

Whether you’re talking about MSNBC or Fox or CNN, it’s all about getting enough interest out there, sensationalizing the story in such a way that people are compelled to tune in.
Reza Aslan
I am a person who feels compelled and then gets immersed.
Chris Hughes
We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
Fred Allen
It’s different being a director. I suppose, especially if it’s a story you’ve written and you feel compelled to tell, in some ways it’s a lot easier than acting because you’re orchestrating the piece. As an actor, sometimes you’re trying to second-guess what people want.
Paddy Considine
If it looks like fun, and it looks like quality, then I’ll do it. I don’t feel compelled to work – or not to work.
Sam Neill
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
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
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
The concept of neutrality can lead to a brooding and pervasive devotion to the secular and a passive, or even active, hostility to the religious. Such results are not only not compelled by the Constitution, but, it seems to me, are prohibited by it.
Arthur Goldberg
There is nothing that I’m more compelled to do than get up in front of a crowd and make people laugh.
Bert Kreischer
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
When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.
Nikki Haley
I always feel compelled to lend my voice to things I strongly believe in.
Keri Hilson
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
Our films have the ability to tell global audiences who we are, and this is something the government should feel compelled to protect. My film, ‘Bend it Like Beckham,’ for example, would not have been made without the backing and support of the U.K. Film Council.
Gurinder Chadha
Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.
John Dewey
I’ve thought about writing, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s like schoolwork – you start doing your revisions two nights before you’re compelled to turn it in.
Matthew Goode
I think that crying is a way women and men express frustration, anger, or passion. And we should not feel compelled to mute those emotions.
Jennifer Palmieri
I don’t know how it is for people who write fiction or literature, but for me, when I’m writing music, especially with this album, I felt compelled to hold up my end of the conversation. I want people to connect deeper with it.
Adam Granduciel
If a job fell from Heaven that was in America, I’d have a go, but I don’t feel compelled to go and hunt it down.
Tamsin Greig
In addition to removing our democratically elected government, Israel wants to sow dissent among Palestinians by claiming that there is a serious leadership rivalry among us. I am compelled to dispel this notion definitively.
Ismail Haniyeh
I just feel that I’m compelled; that I have a responsibility to give back to those less fortunate.
Stewart Rahr
Citizenship and ethnicity can become, in certain contexts, restrictive, and perhaps that’s one reason I was interested in people who feel compelled to mask their origins and thereby circumvent the restrictions.
Rachel Kushner
The good thing about being a writer is that you don’t need anything except for a laptop. You can really do your own work, and if you’re not manically compelled to write all the time before you do it professionally, it’s probably not a business for you, anyway.
Robert Ben Garant
I guess when you write a personal story, people feel compelled to share their own stories.
Darin Strauss
Animal hoarding was a dirty secret until hoarders appeared on our TV screens and showed how they are compelled to collect so many dogs, cats or parrots that the animals end up in cages only inches bigger than their own bodies. For life.
Ingrid Newkirk
When the period arrives – come when it may – that this government will be compelled to resort to internal taxes for its support in time of peace, it will mark one of the most difficult and dangerous stages through which it is destined to pass.
John C. Calhoun
Where John Lennon and Yoko Ono holed up for a week in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Amsterdam for their ‘Bed-in for Peace’ on March 25, 1969, Firouzeh and I are compelled to do our ‘Bed-in against Fracking’ which has been thrust upon us all undemocratically.
Bez
Working on ‘Big Give’ was an opportunity that I felt compelled to do. It was my chance to share in showing people how they can give big in their own life, to send the message that giving goes way beyond the gift of money. We want to share that the best thing you can give is your time and understanding.
Nate Berkus
Ordinary citizens are obliged and, if need be, compelled by force to meet their commitments. But let higher obligations of an international order be involved, and governments repudiate them, more often than not with a disdainful shrug of the shoulders.
Charles Albert Gobat
The wild Indian power of escaping observation, even where there is little or no cover to hide in, was probably slowly acquired in hard hunting and fighting lessons while trying to approach game, take enemies by surprise, or get safely away when compelled to retreat.
John Muir
I like to jot down ideas on the back of envelopes and t

I like to jot down ideas on the back of envelopes and to recognise the potential value in small things. I also like the freedom to think without feeling compelled to write too early. Stories are often better if we can hold back and get to know the characters and the sounds of language.
Nick Earls
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
Gravity may put the planets into motion, but without the divine Power, it could never put them into such a circulating motion as they have about the Sun; and therefore, for this as well as other reasons, I am compelled to ascribe the frame of this System to an intelligent Agent.
Isaac Newton
‘The Living And The Dead’ is one of those scripts that you read and are instantly compelled and engaged by. It’s intelligent, chilling, and engrossing.
Colin Morgan
I had to choose between the president and the Constitution. I was aware of the fact that I could be compelled to testify. But I chose the Constitution. No Army officer wants to be put in that position, but there I was.
Alexander Vindman
Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
Mary Leakey
Ronald Reagan, who led the larger New Right project of re-sanctifying U.S. foreign policy after its Vietnam disaccreditation, felt compelled to drape his support for Central American death squads in the rhetoric of American exceptionalism.
Greg Grandin
The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing.
Deepak Chopra
No-one is forced to stand for Parliament; no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities.
Michael Gove
That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs are compelled to snarl occasionally.
William Feather
Most of what one feels compelled to write stems from a deep emotional uncertainty.
Antonya Nelson
I think people who are compelled to achieve never really think they’ve achieved… I think the moment you get to a place when you think ‘Oh I’m a fashion legend’ then that’s when you’re no longer competitive in your field.
Tom Ford
Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.
E. W. Howe
No one should ever feel compelled to replace the development of and adherence to his or her own set of personal values and beliefs with an adherence to some partisan label.
Kat Timpf
Luckily, my creative juices are pretty much on tap. If I’m compelled to do something, I can go for it and get it done.
Devin Townsend
No age is compelled to take its beauty from preceding epochs.
Willis Polk
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
I feel less often compelled to do the work than I was in the past.
Daniel Day-Lewis
If women would today would rise en masse and demand their emancipation, the men would be compelled to grant it.
Victoria Woodhull
While some misuse their freedom to perpetrate evil, millions respond by feeling compelled to use their freedom to do good.
Adam Hamilton
I like to explore different ideas of race, how the concept of race has evolved in the country. It’s one thing I enjoy talking about, but I don’t feel compelled to talk about it.
Colson Whitehead
I feel one shouldn’t turn director unless one is compelled to tell a story.
Ranvir Shorey
My wife and I have chosen to bring up our children as vegetarians. In another time or place, we might have made a different decision. But the realities of our present moment compelled us to make that choice.
Jonathan Safran Foer
I was only fifteen when I finished my high-school studies, always having held first rank in my class. The fatigue of growth and study compelled me to take almost a year’s rest in the country. I then returned to my father in Warsaw, hoping to teach in the free schools.
Marie Curie
‘Transparent’ was huge for me when I first saw it. I felt that, from an authorial point of view, no one was trying to sell characters to us, you know? It’s the idea of not having to adore these characters and want to cuddle them; you just have to be into them and their psychology and be compelled by them.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, I listened. At debates and rallies, I heard their voices clearly and felt compelled to do something more. Thousands and thousands of women spoke with confidence and conviction.
Brooke Baldwin
As a human, I feel extremely compelled to use my platform and my influence in whatever way for the benefit and not just for my sole benefit.
Doug Baldwin
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
I have been compelled to dig deep inside and pull out strengths I never knew I possessed in order to protect my family.
Nadya Suleman
I don’t write for the money. I write because something in me is constantly compelled.
Beth Moore
I don’t really know how strong someone is if they’re compelled to a life of violence. Is that strong? No. That’s damaged.
Ruth Negga
Throughout my life, there's just periods when I write a

Throughout my life, there’s just periods when I write and periods when I don’t. I don’t feel like anything’s really blocked. It’s just not where things are at right now, and it’s just a matter of time until there’s something going on where I feel compelled to write.
Mark Kozelek
Growing up, I was so compelled by artists whose looks were inseparable from their music. Bjork was my hero.
Caroline Polachek
We explore our environment, more than we are compelled to utter poetry, when we’re toddlers. We start doing that later. Before that happens, every child is a scientist.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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’ve always believed that if you are precise in your thoughts, it’s not the lines you say that are important – it’s what exists between the lines. What I’m compelled by most is that transparency of thought, what is left unspoken.
Vera Farmiga
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.
Thich Nhat Hanh
It is crucial that we develop real awareness of ourselves as citizens of Earth, linked by mutual and indissoluble bonds. When we clearly recognize this reality and ground ourselves in it, we are compelled to take a strict accounting of our way of life.
Daisaku Ikeda
Policy makers should be compelled to take action given the serious costs of long-term unemployment when overall unemployment is already high. A week of unemployment is worse when it is experienced as part of a longer spell.
Janet Yellen
I don’t really have a preferred genre. It’s more up to the individual project itself and if I feel compelled by it.
Marco Beltrami
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
Whenever I write songs, it’s my outlet for a certain feeling. I just don’t as often feel compelled to write when I’m not really sad about something, or wanting to sort through something dark.
Phoebe Bridgers
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
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
I am compelled to continuously see the bright side. It is in my DNA. My kids look at me and say: ‘Mom, you’re so happy!’ And I do feel happy. I feel joyful inside. I can’t explain it.
Goldie Hawn
Once I opened a book, I felt compelled to finish it. I was drawn into a world, and I had to know what would happen, how it would end.
Marissa Moss
If I feel compelled or feel that I really need to say something at a certain time, I’ll say it. But more do than not; I’m trying to lead by example.
Clint Dempsey
Americans don’t like to stand by while innocent people are killed and watch a human disaster unfold. It goes against our very fiber. We feel compelled to do something.
Kathleen Troia McFarland
The bereaved are often treated badly. There is no statutory paid bereavement leave, with the emotionally stunned often compelled to work within days of losing a loved one.
Owen Jones
I can tell you that as a writer and as a reader, I regard character as king. Or queen. No matter how riveting the action or interesting the plot twists, if I don’t feel like I’m meeting someone who feels real, I’m not going to be compelled to read further.
Maggie Stiefvater
Operas elucidate, in a way sometimes absent in other theatrical productions, the very human fact that in every hero, there is a thread of duplicity. In every villain, there is another side to consider: We don’t have to like him or her, but we are compelled to think about motivation.
Karen DeCrow
My heart would race when I went to Pacific Science Center because I would pretend to be an astronaut, and now I get to come back and give back to the community that I think compelled me to where I am.
Anne McClain
Democracy is a bundle of rights and freedoms wrestled from the powerful. Our rulers only surrender their power when compelled to – when the cost of resisting pressure from below becomes greater than the cost of giving ground to it.
Owen Jones
If a motive affects me, and I am compelled to act on it because it proves to be the ‘strongest’ of its kind, then the thought of freedom ceases to have any meaning. How should it matter to me whether I can do a thing or not, if I am forced by the motive to do it?
Rudolf Steiner
I think part of what acting did for me is it kind of represents all my greatest fears. I’m sort of compelled to do it, but at the same time, it’s so frightening. But I think that the things that frighten me the most in life are the things I should be doing.
Hannah Ware
I just have this thing in my head that I want to do serious stories that are still just way too cute and drawn in a really cute, appealing, rounded, childish way, and it’s like, I don’t know if it makes sense – but it’s just something I’m really strongly compelled to do.
Bryan Lee O’Malley
All the wealthiest people in the U.S. seem compelled to brag about how humble they are.
Craig Brown
People who are artists professionally are not artists because they want to be artists; they have to be artists. They’re compelled to get that creativity out and to share that with others.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
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
After the Tiananmen Massacre, I felt compelled not only to continue writing but to actively resist the restrictions placed on freedom of speech. I set up the publishing company in Hong Kong, with offices in Shenzhen in mainland China, and managed to publish works of fiction, philosophy, and politics by unapproved authors.
Ma Jian
Don’t think twice. If it’s a character that you feel compelled to play and story that you feel needs to be told, don’t think twice.
Jenny Slate
As I began to get a deeper understanding of the vital life-saving work Save the Children does, I felt compelled to help in any way I could. This is about safe-keeping, inspiring and empowering a future generation – to facilitate them to make their own lives a little bit better.
Erin O’Connor
Dwight D. Eisenhower, in my judgment, will go down in h

Dwight D. Eisenhower, in my judgment, will go down in history as one of the four ‘great’ presidents since the U.S. reluctantly became an empire in World War II; Richard Nixon as the nearest to a sociopath by the time he was compelled to resign.
Nigel Hamilton
I’ve always been compelled by some force to be a performer.
Lady Starlight
People of conscience are compelled to oppose racism, sexism, and intolerance of people with different sexual identities and orientation wherever and whenever they see it.
Stan Van Gundy
Nature doesn’t feel compelled to stick to a mathematically precise algorithm; in fact, nature probably can’t stick to an algorithm.
Margaret Wertheim
I’m absolutely compelled for NASA to send international astronauts to Mars to find out if Mars ever harbored life.
John M. Grunsfeld
I’m more compelled as an artist to see diversification than I am to keep watching an Anglo point of view in storytelling.
Joe Russo
Sertorius was far from being strong enough to renew the gigantic enterprise of Hannibal. He was lost if he left Spain, where all his successes were bound up with the peculiarities of the country and the people; and even there, he was more and more compelled to renounce the offensive.
Theodor Mommsen
I know what it’s like to be genuinely intrigued and compelled by a story and to have a sense that there’s an adventure to be had and a film to be conjured.
Bennett Miller
I’m never happier than when I’m not working. The strip is a job – that’s why I take money for it. It’s a job I’m passionate about, but it’s a job I totally leave in the studio when I walk out of here, unless I’m late and I have to work at home. I never think of the strip unless I’m compelled to.
Garry Trudeau
I’ve always felt compelled to explore range, because, as far as I know, we’re only here once. So let’s see how much we can encompass.
Twyla Tharp
I just feel compelled to continue to be transparent. It just really levels the playing field and eradicates the shame that I have, or that one might have, about being human. So I’m going to just keep going.
Alanis Morissette
It’s so funny to see the evolution in my music and personal style as a whole because, for me, they all work together as art. As my music changes, I’m compelled to change my hair, clothes, or shoes. It all has to be cohesive.
Ravyn Lenae
Having grown up so familiar with creating a pleasing facade, I now end up compelled to reveal things inside and say, ‘Okay, now you really see me. Do you still love me?’ And then it’s never enough; it always has to be total self-revelation.
Kathryn Harrison
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
We were big Clash fans, you know, big Who fans and I think we would listen to this music and talk about music and do nothing but music night and day, and when it came time to actually making our own music, you feel compelled to sort of tuck all those influences away, not show them.
Gord Downie
Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
Christopher Hitchens
Are ideals confined to this deformed experiment upon a noble purpose, tainted, as it is, with bargains and tied to a peace treaty which might have been disposed of long ago to the great benefit of the world if it had not been compelled to carry this rider on its back?
Henry Cabot Lodge
I found myself compelled – like this weird, shameful compulsion – to draw cute animals.
Lynda Barry
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
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 never, ever decided that I had to write a novel because, to me, there’s no such decision that ought to be made. It’s only something that I felt compelled to do, and it began to evolve.
Arundhati Roy
A man’s mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
Anthony Trollope
The artist sees the tragic to such a degree that he is compelled to express the non-tragic.
Piet Mondrian
I feel compelled to make art that on one hand reflects and sometimes almost creates like a sense of comfort when confronted with the strangeness of the world.
Moby
If the game designer produces more content than he can consume per month, some fraction of the people will say more quests, more tests, more challenges, more whatever, and they will be compelled by it.
Max Levchin
As a human being, when I see things going on in my community, I feel compelled to do something, to say something.
Doug Baldwin
I’ve done whatever I’ve been compelled to do, and I’ve done it all to the best of my abilities. If I’ve been recognized or honored for what I’ve done then those are bonuses, not the reason for doing what I did.
Shabana Azmi