We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Compelled Quotes from Clint Dempsey, Shabana Azmi, Gord Downie, Ezra Taft Benson, Sam Neill. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble, or we can be compelled to be humble.
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.
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.
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.
What a person feels within themselves and about themselves radiates from them. Trust me, I have worked with people – both men and women – who are not what most would consider conventionally attractive, but who exude such a magnetism about them that people are compelled to watch them on stage or screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The artist sees the tragic to such a degree that he is compelled to express the non-tragic.
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.
That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs are compelled to snarl occasionally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a person who feels compelled and then gets immersed.
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.
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.
I always feel compelled to lend my voice to things I strongly believe in.
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.
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.
Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
All the wealthiest people in the U.S. seem compelled to brag about how humble they are.
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.
Most of what one feels compelled to write stems from a deep emotional uncertainty.
Growing up, I was so compelled by artists whose looks were inseparable from their music. Bjork was my hero.
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.
‘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.
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.
I don’t write for the money. I write because something in me is constantly compelled.
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?
Emotion is something that you don’t simply receive. Emotion is compelled. Other than that, we’re just shells until we’re possessed or reanimated from time to time by different emotions.
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.
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.
I just feel that I’m compelled; that I have a responsibility to give back to those less fortunate.
Over the last 20 years, everyone who interviews me feels compelled to ask at least one question about ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau.’
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.
Working with Brock Lesnar is a daily challenge because every Monday night that we’re on television, I feel compelled to deliver, at least from my end, the best performance I’ve ever put on.
Nature doesn’t feel compelled to stick to a mathematically precise algorithm; in fact, nature probably can’t stick to an algorithm.
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.
You can only watch injustice go on for so long until you’re compelled to say something. To speak out against it.
Surely, I must at all times attempt to obey the law of the state. But when the will of God and the will of the state conflict, I am compelled to follow the will of God.
Throughout the 19th century, Britain bought cheaply from the countries of the empire and compelled subject countries to buy our goods at high prices.
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.
I first thought about doing a project about Anna Wintour and ‘Vogue’ when I read an article in ‘New York Magazine’ about the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Ball, the annual fundraising gala that Anna oversees. It created such a fascinating portrait that I couldn’t help but be compelled.
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.
A lot of the surreal writing that I love is really dreamlike. Like Murakami. He uses the real world, and it’s pretty recognizable, but its populated by these strange visitors, or it has these underground spaces. I was always really compelled by that.
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.
As a human being, when I see things going on in my community, I feel compelled to do something, to say something.
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.
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.
In 1853, American warships bullied Japan out of centuries of virtual isolation and into the modern world. The threat of force compelled Japan, like India and China before it, to accept trade agreements that were economically ruinous and eroded national sovereignty.
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.
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.
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.
We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
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?
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.
All of us from fertile egg to embryo to corpse, are exactly that: warm, wet, furry animals compelled by the sexuality of our forefathers and foremothers to be, either directly or indirectly, our own exciting and excitable, provocative and provocable selves.
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.
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.
I believe in the verb, not the noun – I am not a writer, but someone compelled to write.
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.
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.
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.
Every other civilized nation in the world has been compelled to care for its forests, and so must we if waste and destruction are not to go on to the bitter end, leaving America as barren as Palestine or Spain.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I found myself compelled – like this weird, shameful compulsion – to draw cute animals.
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.
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.
There is nothing that I’m more compelled to do than get up in front of a crowd and make people laugh.
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.
Mankind is not special by virtue of our address in the universe, or what spins around us, or because life originated here. Slowly, but surely, we’ve been compelled to renounce the comfort of these beliefs.
Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.
I don’t really have a preferred genre. It’s more up to the individual project itself and if I feel compelled by it.
I feel less often compelled to do the work than I was in the past.
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.
What compelled me about the story of Chernobyl more than anything else was something very universal. Yes, Chernobyl happened because in many ways, the Soviet system was deeply corrupt and evil, but the Soviet system did not arrive to us from some other planet. It was devised by humans.
You can never fully put your finger on the reason why you’re suddenly, inexplicably compelled to explore one life as opposed to another.
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.
I’ve always been compelled by some force to be a performer.
I usually don’t find myself reacting to my characters. I just create them … And let the audience decide whether they’re empathetic or scared or compelled to cheer me on.
I just feel like if I really believe what Dr. King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ then I should be compelled to use my God-given platform to effect change.
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.
While some misuse their freedom to perpetrate evil, millions respond by feeling compelled to use their freedom to do good.
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.
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.
If people would write exactly what I wanted to read I wouldn’t feel so compelled to write myself.
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.
When Oprah Winfrey tells you that you need to have your own show, you feel compelled to do it. Especially if she’s gonna pay for it!
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.
I’m more compelled as an artist to see diversification than I am to keep watching an Anglo point of view in storytelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There have been times in my life when I felt compelled to write things down as a matter of therapy, but whatever I kept about those days, I shredded. It was too personal.
If we’re not compelled to gain a deeper understanding of good and evil, how can we make the world a better place? How can we find ourselves at the end of our lives and know that our lives were significant? Those things would be impossibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you have really good writing, you’re compelled by the actors who are in it, and you may think it’s the actors or the design or the filmmaking of it, but then you’re like, ‘Well, the base is a really rich story that these guys have created.’
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.
I’m compelled to paint nearly every day. I just felt like making a painting, went out and bought paints and a canvas. Now it fulfills me creatively when I’m not doing music: it’s something you can do by yourself and it’s totally yours. It’s a great adjunct to my life.