A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.
...sucking greedily at the cheese which had immediately, almost compellingly, attracted him much more than the other foods on the newspaper.
Franz Kafka -- Metamorphosis
Whatever this kid—or this bit of kid—in his head is compelling him to do, it’s completely beyond Cy’s understanding.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
As writers often do, I adapted what seemed compelling to me from the myth—angels having children, when that is such a human thing to do!
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
To my mind, there was only one compelling argument for its existence: that when a hollowgast consumes enough of us, it transforms into a different sort of creature—one that can travel through time loops.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
They—particularly my mother—had many compelling reasons why this was a wretched idea, including the cost, the fact that I was supposed to spend the summer with Uncle Bobby learning how to run a drug empire, and that I had no one to accompany me, since neither of my parents had any interest in going and I certainly couldn’t go alone.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I thought it was the most compelling description of faith that I had ever heard.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Even though it was very late in the process, I was hoping that we might win a stay when I saw some of the compelling issues in Herbert’s case.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
But you of all people should realize how thin the line is between the truth and a compelling lie.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
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I did find the work pleasing, basic and honest, but I didn’t have any extra money for gardeners and groundskeepers back then, and so there were compelling reasons to find myself in the yard, kneeling and digging and rooting.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
I could feel Meg’s command sinking into my muscles, compelling me to obey.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
That is, by far, the most compelling piece of evidence the state will present in this case.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
But it’s not a compelling argument when there’s no food on the table or a roof over your head."
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
But what surrounds the model is not something her father conveyed to her; what’s beyond the model is the most compelling thing.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
I’ll leave you to your very compelling table.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
That constant questioning of mirrors and eyes; compelling others to look for the blemish that kept you in hiding; lunacy in a small room.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
But though the letter tugged at my heart and at the same time possessed, in practical terms, a compelling logic, I realized that I had to turn my father’s invitation down.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
But the bad heart is also compelling.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Her voice was lower now, and her hands rose again to her breasts, heavy and compelling under the light bodice.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
—Or something more compelling?
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
The problem (as I’d learned, repeatedly) was that thirty-six hours in, with your body in full revolt, and the remainder of your un-opiated life stretching out bleakly ahead of you like a prison corridor, you needed some fairly compelling reason to keep moving forward into darkness, rather than falling straight back into the gorgeous feather mattress you’d so foolishly abandoned.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
She glanced back again, and remembered her first sight of him, and how striking, how compelling he’d looked—the big, tough man on the big, tough horse.
Nora Roberts -- Dark Witch
The small sour voice was compelling.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
I guess I’ve just never found a compelling reason to leave Tinos.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
I guess my concern for my own survival isn’t compelling enough.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
Today, I prepared a defense so compelling for my client, he actually offered to pay me more money.
Sara Shepard -- Pretty Little Liars
And then, most compellingly for Laila, there is Mariam.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
He turned to her, compelling her to look, but she continued to stare at the house.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Notebook
He felt a compelling desire for cool water.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
I find his divinity utterly compelling.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
To Len Fenerman especially, George Harvey’s seemed a compelling one.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
It was an obvious trick, but her voice was so compelling, even Jason bought it.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
"Hello, Peter Keating," said Ellsworth Monkton Toohey in his compelling, magical voice.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
A dry, bitter taste, but a compelling one.
Stephen King -- The Shining
Not for laughing and falling off the log"—the group of littluns on the twister giggled and looked at each other—"not for making jokes, or for"—he lifted the conch in an effort to find the compelling word—"for cleverness.
William Golding -- Lord of the Flies
The camerlegno’s voice plunged to a compelling hush.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Though I knew the history behind his and my father’s rise to power, the dream he had painted for me was too compelling, too seductive to ignore.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
It was the call, the many-noted call, sounding more luringly and compellingly than ever before.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
Absently, I wondered why the desert was so much more colorful in Melanie’s memories, so much more compelling.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
The heritage was too compelling for a wolf that was only a cub.
Jack London -- White Fang
For instance during the summer when she heard the subtle but compelling rhythms of the Bahaman drummers, she’d walk over and watch the dances.
Zora Neale Hurston -- Their Eyes Were Watching God
The hint of what was concealed in those shadows terrified me, but I caught sight of something in the glimpse, some forbidden and elemental riddle that was no less compelling than the sweet, hidden petals of a woman’s sex.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Harding had an academic bent, and the prospect of writing the first Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Diseases of Dinosauria was compelling.
Michael Crichton -- Jurassic Park
When I opened my mouth, I could taste the air—it was unpolluted now, with no trace of the compelling perfume to torment my thirst.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
He drove him from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead; compelling him to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
That is partly because the scientific data seemed so compelling.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
Poor man! such was his disposition, and success at deceiving, I do verily believe that he sometimes deceived himself into the solemn belief, that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God; and this, too, at a time when he may be said to have been guilty of compelling his woman slave to commit the sin of adultery.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
But the Bene Gesserit ways were devious and compelling.