01. The single mother was [compelled] to take on a second part-time job in order to feed her family.
02. The government has introduced legislation to [compel] public buildings to spend a certain amount of their budget on art.
03. I felt [compelled] to work overtime to help my colleagues get the project finished on time.
04. The novel is violent and horrifying, yet at the same time [compelling] and impossible to put down.
05. Recent events in the region have [compelled] the U.N. to send in more troops to enforce the ceasefire.
06. We are [compelled] by law to attend school for at least ten years.
07. Patrick Blackett once said that people who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're boring, whereas an unhappy childhood [compels] you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy.
08. Alvin Toffler once remarked that if we do not learn from history, we shall be [compelled] to relive it.
09. Plato once noted that astronomy [compels] the soul to look upwards, and leads us from this world to another.
10. Dostoyevsky once noted that it is only by self-respect that you will [compel] others to respect you.
11. Ansel Adams once said that the [compelling] force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
12. Her parents [compelled] her to take piano lessons for a few years, so she knows how to play, but she has never really enjoyed it.
13. Isaac Newton observed that every body continues in its state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line, except in so far as it is [compelled] to change that state by forces impressed upon it.
14. In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren could not be [compelled] to salute the American flag if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.
15. A German proverb notes that to advise is not to [compel].
16. I felt [compelled] to go for a run because it was such a lovely, sunny day.
17. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that no one may be [compelled] to belong to an association.
18. Much of our behavior is controlled by internal factors that [compel] us in the direction of a goal.
19. Ashley Montagu once observed that our emotional need for love is as definite and [compelling] as our need for food.

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