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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ... that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Thomas Jefferson  --  The Declaration of Independence
  to make someone feel they must do something
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  • When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ... that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    Thomas Jefferson  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • The only explanation which I could think of for this mass exodus was that I had somehow disturbed the wolves so seriously they had felt impelled to abandon their den.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Impelled by some urge, half pity and half annoyance, Kit came forward from the shelter of the trees.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The small triumph impelled her to go on.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • It came as if self-impelled, driving all before it, a perpetual explosion.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The guard has a son twenty-three years old, and the slaying impels the young man to go to the United States.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I deeply regret the necessity that impels me to suppress any thing of importance connected with my experience in slavery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But necessity impelled him, nevertheless, to renew his acquaintance with the worthy servant, as will be seen.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited, but felt impelled to hurry on, although drenched by the rain which poured from a black and comfortless sky.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • For some reason I felt impelled to speak, because his eyes followed me in sympathy like the Gentleman Unknown.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • She screamed and turned, and then the chair legs came gently but firmly against her back and impelled her and Hall out of the room.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Thus encouraged, the matron drew near to the brink; and even Mr. Bumble himself, impelled by curiousity, ventured to do the same.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • When the train stopped, when she got off and heard the concrete of the platform under her heels, she felt light, lifted, impelled to action.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The youth, regarding him with sidelong glances, felt impelled to change his purpose.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He was impelled to do them, and did not reason about them at all.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Wrath impelled me; I denounced you at the Prefecture!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • To her, each shot seemed to impel him forward, the reverse of her desire; and for him, the closer he got to her, the more she shot him.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • "It is of no use for you to know anything about it," said the young woman, whom an instinctive mistrust now impelled to draw back.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Hitherto he made land on this coast or that largely by chance or impelled by some power beyond his control.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She stamped her foot, wavered a moment, and then, irresistibly impelled by the naughty spirit within her, slapped me on the cheek: a stinging blow that filled both eyes with water.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The remainder may perhaps be applied to purposes equally valuable hereafter, or not impossibly may be worked up, so far as they go, into a regular history of Salem, should my veneration for the natal soil ever impel me to so pious a task.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was the certainty of this fact that impelled me to offer the hint.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In an instant he was placed in the stern-sheets of the boat, between the gendarmes, while the officer stationed himself at the bow; a shove sent the boat adrift, and four sturdy oarsmen impelled it rapidly towards the Pilon.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Every thing was to take its natural course, however, neither impelled nor assisted.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I, with greater policy, concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination; by reason, by reflection, by everything.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • —Ay, My heart has clothed itself with witty words, To shroud itself from curious eyes:—impelled At times to aim at a star, I stay my hand, And, fearing ridicule,—cull a wild flower!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I opened it with fear and trepidation, persuaded that it must be something serious that had impelled her to write to me when at a distance, as she seldom did so when I was near.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Though not a hand had been extended to greet him, nor yet an eye had condescended to watch his movements, he had also entered the lodge, as though impelled by a fate to whose decrees he submitted, seemingly, without a struggle.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His mother and fear impelled him to keep away from the white wall.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Gripped by the same impelling excitement that had had hold of him when he was carrying Mary up the stairs, he stood in the middle of the room.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • A potent force within me, stronger than the persuasion of my friends, stronger even than the pleadings of my heart, had impelled me to try my strength by the standards of those who see and hear.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • So fiery she made his head and shoulders as she impelled him to the center where the greatest number fought.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Its drama lay in its lack of drama, in its quietness, in the courtesies we felt impelled to extend to one another.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Why she wished to get closer to him, she could not have said: perhaps she was impelled by an all-powerful fatality, which so often seems to rule the destinies of men.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Paul stared at the dark visage above him, wondering at the reasons which had impelled Stilgar to say just that.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Scarcely had he departed when Georgiana felt irresistibly impelled to follow him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • But having gone through so much in the morning, he found a sort of relief in a change of sensations, apart from the strong personal feeling which impelled him to defend Sonia.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • So he proceeded, impelled both by this irresistible flood, by fear, and by a vertigo which converted all this into a sort of horrible dream.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Towards this gratification he was impelled, fitfully, every now and then, after having passed weeks in which he had avoided her as the far-off bright-winged prize that only made him spring forward and find his chain all the more galling.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It was as if "something" impelled her.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • VI Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • One felt impelled to ask her, ’What’s the matter; are you hungry?
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Before closing I feel impelled to mention one other point in your statement that has troubled me profoundly.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • While yet some distance from the Pequod, she rounded to, and dropping a boat, her captain was impelled towards us, impatiently standing in the bows instead of the stern.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Though impelled by a natural craving for human sympathy, she passed through a baptism of suffering, even in recounting her trials to me, in private confidential conversations.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Down she dropped again—this time the wheel and its music were slowing and a dozen people were around her car, all of them impelled by the quality of her laughter to smile in sympathetic idiocy.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Suddenly Newland Archer felt himself impelled to decisive action.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • If ever he was impelled to cast sin from him and to repent the impulse that moved him was the wish to be her knight.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I will go far away, so far that you will never hear of me again; and yet—to-day—I know not what force impelled me towards you.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • One habitual feeling impelled him to get rid of the blame and to pass it on to her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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