Phrases with "impelled"

Victor Hugo The corpse, impelled by every spasm of the wind, had shocks, starts, fits of rage: it went, it came, it rose, it fell, driving back the scattered swarm. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith The critic who has hatched a witticism is impelled to this opinion. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope Such was the nature of his mind and spirit; and this nature had impelled him to his present enterprise at Castle Richmond. But he had gone thither with an unwonted resolve not to be passionate. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The reasons that impelled Burns to this step were the increase of his family by the birth of a son in August, 1789, and the prospect that his second year’s harvest would be a failure like the first. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Arthur Machen Great stones crash through the windows, thunder down the chimneys, impelled by no visible hand. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

He discovered it afterwards to his cost, but in the meantime suffered himself to be impelled by the regent into courses which his own reason must have disapproved. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I was, as it were, impelled to be moving and doing; and even so, the day seemed endless. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

George Gissing He even reckoned with this when proposing to put the child under Mrs. Abbott’s care, thinking that, in revolt against such an alternative, Alma might be impelled to take the duty upon herself. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Walter Scott He had pride, was not without a consciousness of talent, and the sense of his father’s feelings upon the subject impelled him to the utmost exertion. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Caroline Lamb The moon shone brightly on her light figure, which seemed to spring from the earth, as if impelled forward by the strength of passion. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Leon Trotsky What was it in particular that impelled us to start the revolutionary propaganda? It is difficult to say. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Again my duty to my Sheldon impelled me to be false to all my new-born instincts, and boldly give utterance to another bouncer. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Ann Radcliffe Sterner principles now nerved the breast of Osbert against her influence and impelled him on to deeds of arms. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Henry James They still went to the Gardens, but there was a difference even there; she was impelled perpetually to look at the legs of other children and ask her nurse if THEY were toothpicks. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing The motive which impelled her was obscure even to her own mind, for ever since receiving the letter she had suffered harassing doubts where now she affected to have none. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft It was sheer madness that impelled and guided me — if, indeed, my whole underground adventure was not — as I hope — a hellish delusion or phase of dreaming. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

David Hume But no man, having seen only one body move after being impelled by another, could infer that every other body will move after a like impulse. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Hunger impelled him to taste of the roast fragments of a human being who had perished in the fire, and from that moment he ravened for man’s flesh. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

She had, so far, done nearly everything that her friends did around her; a lover only was lacking, and curiosity and a craving to be like the others had impelled her to secure one. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Guy de Maupassan Some power has impelled me hither, I do not know why; I have nothing to say except that I have come; here I am! Pardon the morning call and the candor of my explanation. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Social animals are impelled partly by a wish to aid the members of their community in a general manner, but more commonly to perform certain definite actions. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Frances Hodgson Burnett She was not intelligent enough to have any real comprehension of the mood which had impelled her to come. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

As I paused to gaze, I saw to the right, gliding quickly through the air, what appeared a small boat, impelled by sails shaped like wings. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Enough that, looking only through the mechanism by which this moral world is impelled and improved, you know that cruelty is impossible to wisdom. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Marjorie Bowen Claude, impelled against his will, followed. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

My schooling first impelled her towards books; and, if music had been the food of sorrow, the productions of the wise became its medicine. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Marjorie Bowen Instead, I felt there was somewhere I ought to go — impelled as it were, to get up and walk to some given point. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

Still we moved, impelled by a breath so faint that one could scarcely feel it. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Politics, the interests of nations, were the mainsprings which impelled the play, and the game assumed diplomatic vastness and financial grandeur. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Jules Verne The OMBU now began to drift rapidly along, impelled by wind and current. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Fanaticism and the love of battle alike impelled them to the war, while the kings and princes of Europe had still another motive for encouraging their zeal. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

It was not, but it was near enough to make his heart beat, his tongue stammer and his big body move clumsily as though, in spite of itself, it must be impelled towards her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Nicot halted abruptly, as if fixed and fascinated by the look, shivered from head to foot, and sullenly, and with a visible effort, as if impelled by a power not his own, turned away. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Ford Madox Ford He was irresistibly impelled to turn to Mrs Duchemin; her face was rigid, stiff. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Edith Wharton Suddenly Newland Archer felt himself impelled to decisive action. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Herman Melville This once more impelled his own glance in the direction of Don Benito, and, as before, he could not but infer that himself formed the subject of the conference. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Man is impelled by the same general wish to aid his fellows; but has few or no special instincts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Nathaniel Hawthorne But this evening a prophetic sympathy impelled the refined and educated youth to pour out his heart before the simple mountaineers, and constrained them to answer him with the same free confidence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Guy de Maupassant And suddenly the officer appeared at the carriage-door, and jumped in, followed close behind by the two Englishmen, who were impelled by curiosity. A Duel (Un Duel) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe The association of the place and time impelled me to give him an account of the phenomenon. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

For this south wind drove the ship farther from us, and at the same time broke up the vast fields of ice and impelled the fractured masses northward. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Wilkie Collins Never was there a life more quiet and more uneventful than mine! ‘You know how I awoke to an ambition, which irresistibly impelled me to change this mode of existence. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing That Sidney would be impelled to such a decision as this she had never imagined. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

By an equally strong psychic disturbance the girl is impelled to go in a somnambulistic state to the hilltop. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Byron is resuming his place: his spirit has come again to our atmosphere; and every budding critic, as in 1820, is impelled to pronounce a verdict on his genius and character. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Jules Verne Then, impelled by its powerful screw, it attacked the ice-field from beneath like a formidable battering-ram. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Borrow We could make no sail, but were impelled along by the oars of five or six stout mariners, who sang all the while Gallegan ditties. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H.P. Lovecraft Assuredly the agency which had removed the rope was a hostile one, and had begun to wreak terrible injuries upon me when somehow impelled to desist. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

It was that of finding herself as if impelled to look up from the embroidery-frame over which she was bending. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Naturally, I was next impelled to inquire their further intent. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Hence the common assumption that men must be impelled to every action by experiencing some pleasure or pain may be erroneous. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The necessity which impelled me was a hidden, obscure necessity, a completely masked and unaccountable phenomenon. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Ford Madox Ford But then, overwhelmingly, there came over her the feeling that, if he knew of her sufferings, he might feel impelled to remain and comfort her. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Gissing So far from changing his purpose, it impelled him in the course he had chosen. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I went up to him, impelled by that invincible curiosity which urges us to follow a catastrophe to the end. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

The spot lay a little way off the direct path to the man’s work, and morbid curiosity had impelled him to go and examine the place in the early morning, before his daily labour began. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Something impelled him to turn his head towards the steep ascent which led to the byway. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The ex-queen, a princess of the house of Austria, had long impelled her husband to withstand the necessity of the times. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, impelled to some gesture, he raised his voice and in one of his first basso notes called boomingly and without reticence for the waiter. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had made up his mind not to look round again but the indefinable impulse, far stronger than any ordinary curiosity, glued his feet to the floor, impelled the slow turning of his head. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. G. Wells He was frightened by what he was doing and yet impelled to do it. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Once in the magic circle, she paused a while; the desire that urged her on, and the hate that impelled her backward, keeping her rooted there in the dusky shadow which the flapping standards threw. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Kate Chopin A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

In this case man is impelled by the same instinctive motive, which made the heroic little American monkey, formerly described, save his keeper, by attacking the great and dreaded baboon. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Jack London She possessed a gentle, caressing tongue that soothed him when it passed over his soft little body, and that impelled him to snuggle close against her and to doze off to sleep. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

He was so impelled to the exercise of the one talent that during youth and manhood his chief occupation and never-ending delight lay therein. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton Suddenly she felt impelled to speak “I am sorry Dr. Wyant has been — unfortunate. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Benjamin Disraeli She could not comprehend the idea that impelled his interruption. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jack London Before he had made more than a blot, he suddenly started up, impelled by the impact of an idea colliding with his consciousness. Lost Face by Jack London

H. G. Wells We are therefore impelled to reconstruct the social and economic organization until the new conditions are satisfied. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hester Prynne — slowly, as if impelled by inevitable fate, and against her strongest will — likewise drew near, but paused before she reached him. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Gissing Emmeline had moved towards the door, and stood struggling with the feminine rage which impelled her to undignified altercation. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Jules Verne Late in the day they passed through the capricious channels of Hong Kong, and the Tankadere, impelled by favourable winds, conducted herself admirably. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Helen Zimmern Why Mr. Edgeworth had written his life is not made clear, even by the preface, in which he attempts to explain the reasons that impelled him. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman A strong smell of lovage came in her nostrils; a purple gown near the door swung softly against her face as if impelled by some wind from within. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Ann Radcliffe That thrilling curiosity, which objects of terror often excite in the human mind, impelled him to take a second view of this dismal spectacle. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Maria Edgeworth After all, I am impelled by the genius of imprudence to tell you, that, in spite of Mr. Percival’s cure for first loves, I consider love as a distemper that can be had but once. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

What had she done? Was she the cause? She longed to learn all the circumstances that led to this hasty marriage, and whether inconstancy or resentment had impelled him to the fatal act. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Maria Edgeworth Of naturally violent passions, unused to the control of authority, habit, reason, or religion, and at this time impelled by love and jealousy, Olivia is on the brink of despair. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I look back, sir, and repent the violence of that unhappy night; but know no change in the melancholy passion that impelled me to crime. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Victor Hugo He felt himself impelled towards the man whom he heard called Lord David — his defender, and perhaps something nearer. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jack London Many young men of the Oligarchy, impelled by sense of right conduct, or their imaginations captured by the glory of the Revolution, ethically or romantically devoted their lives to it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

She had never so far felt impelled to draw His attention to the spiritual needs of younger sons. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

None saw the steersman; the bark fared fast, impelled by Siegfried’s mighty strength. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

A fretful restlessness impelled Stobart to pursue his wanderings. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Before the Evolution we had completed the round of your inventions and discoveries, impelled by the force that drives you on; and we have since disused most of them as idle and unfit. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

The boat, impelled afresh, made a slight ripple, and my elation was replaced in a moment by all the torments of the most acute anxiety. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing Clara rose, as it impelled by mental anguish; she stretched out her band to the mantel-piece, and so stood, between him and the light, her admirable figure designed on a glimmering background. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Jules Verne The canoe, impelled by the two oars, advanced without difficulty. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Suddenly, impelled as by a new thought, she returned to my side and said, in a whispered tone — “You told me you would speak with perfect frankness. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Virginia Woolf We feel ourselves indeed driven to them, impelled not by calm judgement but by some imperious need to anchor our instability upon their security. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Wilkie Collins As a last resource, impelled by her blind distrust of the change in the position of the bed, she attempted to move it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Hardy I am impelled to add one sentence to round off its record of the past. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

M. P. Shiel She said that she felt impelled to act in that way. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Thomas Hardy At the door Elfride had been again almost impelled by her feelings to pour out all. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe Volition I had none, but appeared to be impelled into motion, and flitted buoyantly out of the city, retracing the circuitous path by which I had entered it. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now please—” She felt herself being gently impelled into the cab. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Caroline Lamb Alice was innocent: he who first seduced her from peace, deceived her; but St. Clara was not of this character, I understand—I think I understand the feelings which impelled her to evil. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Hope In an instant a dozen arms took gentle hold of him and impelled him forward. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

He added that, impelled as though by a supernatural force, he went to take up his position boldly between two sentries who were quite near one another. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Elizabeth Gaskell They were all drawn towards the house-door by some irresistible impulse; impelled thither — not by a poor curiosity, but as if by some solemn blast. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Virginia Woolf They are all impelled by some necessity. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Almost without thinking, rather as if impelled by some inward prompter, I stealthily followed the figure. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Sigmund Freud Nevertheless, this reproach impelled me to compare the technique of wit with the dream-work. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Brown held both his skinny hands together behind his back in the grip of one vast fist, and now and then impelled him forward with a fierce push. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Thomas Hardy He looked at himself in the glass, and felt glad at those inner deficiencies in Avice which formerly would have impelled him to reject her. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

When our opinions do not receive confirmation from others we generally feel impelled to restate them at length. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

You imply that Margrave may be a person thus gifted, and hence the influence he unquestionably exercised over Lilian, and over, perhaps, less innocent agents, charmed or impelled by his will. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Virginia Woolf She was off like a bird, bullet, or arrow, impelled by what desire, shot by whom, at what directed, who could say? What, what? Mrs. Ramsay pondered, watching her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Wilkie Collins These criminal stories are told with a dramatic power, which has impelled me to try if I can rival the clever French narrative. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Ivan Turgenev She asked herself what had impelled her to get that out of him, as Bazarov had expressed it, to secure his confidence, and whether she had really suspected nothing . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Elizabeth Gaskell Once in her own room she bolted the door on the inside, and then stole to the window, as if some fascination impelled her to watch all the proceedings to the end. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

The ignorant traveller, impelled by curiosity, finds no bar to his entrance. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Wilkie Collins Astonishment and curiosity impelled young Thorpe to hazard another question. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Jack London I could scarcely catch my breath, so fiercely was I impelled through the heavens. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson Before Mrs. Glendinning had been many times at the house, she had poured out all her troubles to Polly, impelled thereto by Polly’s quick sympathy and warm young eyes. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

In very anguish of mind, he sank down in the boat, burying his hands in his hair, whilst the boat, impelled by the exertions of the merry sailors, flew over the waves. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Rudyard Kipling Or, if impelled to interfere,   Exhort, uplift, advise, Lend not a base, betraying ear   To all the victim’s cries. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Olaf Stapledon The only intelligent course for a man was the calculated gratification of whatever cravings impelled him. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells But we who think are everyone impelled to this amazing effort to get it all together into some simple generality. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Meredith Mrs. Pagnell knew that she had put her foot into it; but women advised of being fools in what they say, are generally sustained by their sense of the excellent motive which impelled them. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Charles Dickens Let me believe it was something better than curiosity which riveted my attention and impelled me strongly towards this gentleman. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing It was wonderful how much she had already learnt, impelled by sheer inner necessity, of things which in general she was discouraged from studying. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

After this gruesome transfer of personality, the wife, impelled by a terrible urge she cannot understand, drowns herself as the other has done months before. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

D. H. Lawrence Then I got him to his feet, and, walking behind him, impelled him slowly upstairs. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne His thoughts reverted involuntarily to those frightened animals flying in one common direction, impelled by one common terror. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Godwin Many of the most powerful nobility, impelled either by pity for the sufferers, or induced by family affinities, supported the cause of the seculars. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Ann Radcliffe Under these illusions, the motive which principally impelled him to the interview was concealed. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Guy de Maupassan She rushed along, impelled by an imperious desire to flee, to know nothing about it, to see no one. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle I put it to myself that I had never before felt impelled to bite any of my household. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Had he not himself thought Miss Berwick was doing all in her power to throw her brother and Mrs. Rebell together? He went on speaking, as if impelled to say what he really thought. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell Quickly she went, but as quickly a shadow followed, as if impelled by some sudden terror. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Jules Verne An unusual excitement, indeed, impelled him to continue his work more eagerly than ever, nor could his daughter entice him from it. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Guy de Maupassan Her arms, her hands, her feet, impelled by an invisible force, throbbed, pulsated wildly, and her consciousness awakened abruptly, sharp and poignant. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London Every instinct of his nature would have impelled him to dash wildly away, had there not suddenly and for the first time arisen in him another and counter instinct. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Therefore the flux of such waters as follow the motion of the receding air, and are impelled by that which presses behind, is continued without end. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Edward Bellamy The lust of honor even in your sordid day notoriously impelled men to more desperate effort than the love of money could. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Elizabeth Von Arnim Briggs, impelled by his passions and her beauty, will aspire to the daughter of the Droitwiches. She, naturally and properly, will repel him. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Guy de Maupassan And they would suddenly set off at a gallop, impelled by a desire to flee, to get away, far away. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman The closet door was ajar, and a purple garment seemed suddenly to swing into view as if impelled by some wind. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Charles Dickens A movement of timid curiosity impelled her, when she approached the spot, to glance towards the fire. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Robert Louis Stevenson At the same time, he felt convinced that he dwelt under the same roof with secret malefactors; and the unregenerate instinct of the chase impelled him to severity. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce They embraced softly — impelled by the grey rainy light, the wet silent trees, the shield-like witnessing lake, the swans. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Thomas Hardy They entered upon the turf, and, impelled by a force that seemed to overrule their will, suddenly stood still, turned, and waited in paralyzed suspense beside the stone. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne In that memorable day, the 23d of April, they had, in fifteen hours, impelled by a rapid breeze, traversed a distance of more than three hundred and fifteen miles. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry Kingsley The Captain’s gig, impelled by the “might of England’s pride,” was cleverly beached alongside of the other boat, and the Captain stepped out and confronted the midshipman. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

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. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Gissing But, as they sat by the fire and spoke in low voices, she was impelled to make all known. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Bronislaw Malinowski Only a man deeply in love, or impelled by some other desperate reason, attempts to elope with a female or to capture one. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jack London For I had come to see a malignant devil in him which impelled him to hate all the world. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

A moment later something — some impulse which it did not occur to him to analyzeimpelled him to lower the book again and seek for what he saw before. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Hardy And what if he had? How a convulsive snatching at social salvation might have impelled her to answer him she could not say. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

A mechanical impulse, which I cannot explain, prompted me to untie the string, and, impelled by an invincible curiosity, I read the first letter which came to my hand. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton Thus far she had been impelled by the blind instinct of flight; but each step seemed to bring her nearer to the realities of which her feverish vigil had given only a shadowy image. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Guy de Maupassan The attraction that impelled him toward this girl a little resembled those obscure yet innocent desires that go to make up part of all the ceaseless and unappeasable vibrations of human nerves. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Nathaniel Hawthorne A number of the youth of the village, young men and girls, had hurried up the hill-side, impelled by curiosity to see Ethan Brand, the hero of so many a legend familiar to their childhood. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

George Gissing He rushed out of the house, and walked at a great rate, impelled by the joy of feeling himself alive once more. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James What, under my endless obsession, I had been impelled to listen for was some betrayal of his not being at rest, and I presently caught one, but not in the form I had expected. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Wilkie Collins Under any other circumstances, Father Benwell’s good breeding and knowledge of the world would have impelled him to take his departure. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. P. Lovecraf Once more queerly impelled to utter a whimsical wish for a meeting with the buried nobleman, he now sees to his disquiet that only one of the padlocks remains on the great sarcophagus. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Nathaniel Hawthorne They may take the steps which lead to crime, impelled by the same sort of mental action as in working out a mathematical problem, yet be powerless with compunction at the final moment. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Thomas Carlyle Visiting Magistrates, impelled by Exeter Hall, by Able–Editors, and the Philanthropic Movement of the Age, had given orders to that effect. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Benjamin Disraeli In a moment of rashness, impelled by sacred feelings, it is reported, at least, for the whole is a mystery, he communicated what he had heard with horror to the mistress of his destinies. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Stooping over it, impelled by an irresistible impulse to know the worst, he found the body was mangled. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Rudyard Kipling Now was there or was there not a distinct flavor of beer as they shot past Mr. Prout? He was unlucky in that his conscience as a house-master impelled him to consult his associates. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He is impelled by nearly the same motives as the lower animals, when they are left to their own free choice, though he is in so far superior to them that he highly values mental charms and virtues. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Virginia Woolf Something impelled me to take my glove and rub my window. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Two Germans, a Russian, an Englishman, and a Swede made the dreaded crossing of the Tian–Shans, impelled by a motive that was to become increasingly common — scientific exploration. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

H. G. Wells Then the scientific manager was impelled to catch a black ear in his teeth and bite furiously. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Jeremy Bentham The motive that impelled you was a dissocial one: but what social motive could there have been to restrain you? None, but what might have been outweighed by a more enlarged motive of the same kind. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham