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  • I had a compulsion to tell the brutal truth.
  • She has a deep compulsion to make herself the center of attention.
  • Some pay their taxes with a sense of philanthropy and others through compulsion.
  • We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world so let us ... love powerfully.
    Martin Buber

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  • I would not tell you on compulsion.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Henry IV, Part 1
  • Winning doesn’t satisfy us — we need to do it again, and again. ... When we lose, the compulsion to seek future success is overpowering... We are addicted.
    Stuart Walker
  • Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.
    Ludwig von Mises
  • Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
    Plato  --  The Republic
  • I have no credit by it; it was by no choice of mine, but as if by compulsion, that I walked right up to the table and put my hand on his shoulder.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • How can an act done under compulsion have any moral element in it...?
    Auberon Herbert

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  • A compulsion had driven her here, and for the first time in three weeks the feeling was gone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • With the compulsion gone, I thought I had put the nightmare behind me.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Physical compulsion or restraint was effectual, of course, while it lasted.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They swarmed all over each other in their frenzied compulsion to bludgeon him, kick him, gouge him, trample him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A new compulsion had ignited within him.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He wondered vaguely whether in the abolished past it had been a normal experience to lie in bed like this, in the cool of a summer evening, a man and a woman with no clothes on, making love when they chose, talking of what they chose, not feeling any compulsion to get up, simply lying there and listening to peaceful sounds outside.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He felt a compulsion back to all the standards he had so vaguely yet so desperately been fleeing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • if reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "Listen," a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • that spontaneous compulsion of the male to fight with or because of or over the partner with which he has recently or is about to copulate.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • It’s a compulsion with you, and now it’s coming home to you—"
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It’s some weird compulsion."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Julian’s breath skittered, and Clary could almost feel it, feel his horror at the recollection warring with the compulsion to tell it, to relive it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Soon it became a compulsion.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I’m shivering, almost uncontrollably, and instead of taking a warming shower, I have the odd compulsion to start a log fire in the family room hearth.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I have this strong compulsion to try to pull him out of this mood, to try to distract him.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • A compulsion to reach out and snatch the vial off the desk surged to the tips of her fingers, but Cinder withheld it.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I did feel different: larger, fuller, more complete, no longer divided against myself—compulsion to comply against wish to refuse.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • You might call it a compulsion.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The next day was significant for another reason, for it marked the very first time that Henry Piedmont felt the compulsion to set foot on Yamacraw Island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I also realized that the momentum which had been building up in her memory all evening had not really diminished, and that despite her weariness she was under a compulsion to scrape out the rest of her appalling and inconceivable past to its bottommost dregs.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • None of the baroque ecstasy, none of the grotesque compulsion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He jerked his head toward the gate, and Jamie disappeared within, under compulsion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The obsessive: glove-wearing, germ-phobic, bundled year round with scarves, twitching and racked with compulsions.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And many boys had been drawn into the fighting themselves, usually by compulsion.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I didn’t realize you had this compulsion.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The compulsion or Jace’s feelings for her?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I thought of Lou Ann’s compulsions in church.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • It was a compulsion that I didn’t fully understand.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • On what compulsion must I?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • For years, I felt no compulsion to settle down.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Whatever the truth, now that Piper knew Hedge was alive, she had a strong compulsion to save him.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Yet perchance to-morrow deception will so act on me, that I shall, on compulsion, consider such a contemptible possession as the utmost happiness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He would have felt drawn back to the hotel by a compulsion he couldn’t control.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • She knew that a continuous struggle against the compulsion of a single desire was compulsion also, but it was the form she preferred to accept.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • If you choose to deal with men by means of compulsion, do so.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Under what inward compulsion?
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The compulsion grew, and I fought it uselessly, cringing on the ground where I was.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It must have torn her apart to have this compulsion and yet be unable to act on it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
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