compelling motive

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  • He who does not love has no compelling motive toward God and no abiding principle to control life. Cited from Our Lady Saint Mary, by J. G. H. Barry
  • The spur of some compelling motive had driven this party at top speed. Cited from The Sheriff's Son, by William MacLeod Raine
  • One of these persons had a compelling motive, something to gain by using this deadly element. Cited from Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3, Collected by Francis J. Reynolds
  • If we do, would it not be the paramount, compelling motive? Cited from Love's Final Victory, by Horatio
  • Let our hearts go out in helpfulness to those about us, and sympathy for human kind becomes a compelling motive in our lives before we are aware. Cited from How to Teach Religion, by George Herbert Betts
  • He had shown himself to be desirous of recognition and influence; but ambition had not been the compelling motive in his life. Cited from The Promise Of American Life, by Herbert David Croly
  • In the home the compelling motive of his life may be consecrated to the highest ideals, long before childhood has merged into manhood. Cited from Society, by Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • And in the face of his poverty and the little he could offer, compared with what she must lose, he did not urge what was the compelling motive after all, his need of her. Cited from The Street of Seven Stars by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But he made it, led by what was, in him, an overruling sense of right, and by the sweetest compelling motive, for highest duty and for her his Queen. Cited from Queen Victoria V1, by Sarah Tytler
  • I know that they will gladly embrace this economy and equality of sacrifice, satisfied that it is necessary for the most vital and compelling motive in all their lives -- winning through to victory. Cited from The Fireside Chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • The pity which had been the restraining compelling motive in her life with him still clung about his image, even while she remonstrated with him in indignant thought and told him that he was unjust. Cited from Middlemarch, by George Eliot[#1]
  • The child's love for the story, his desire to satisfy a conscious need, gives him an immediate and compelling motive for mastering the symbols, which in themselves are of incidental and subordinate interest. Cited from How to Teach Phonics, by Lida M. Williams
  • Admiral Matelief drew up while on this expedition a good resume of Dutch aspirations in the East Indies that shows the compelling motive in their expeditions thither. Cited from History of the Philippines, by Antonio de Morga
  • The desire of the people to improve their economic and social condition is the compelling motive that drives them, in spite of homesickness and ignorance, to venture into an unknown country and to face dangers and difficulties that could not be foreseen. Cited from Society, by Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • He could not throw the onus of it upon her, by revealing to her that the necessity of protecting her name against the befoulment of The Searchlight was the compelling motive of his passivity. Cited from Success, by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • We say "deliberately overlooked" because the writer who prepared the scenario for this modern five-reel version had the same opportunity as had the scenarioist who made the other adaptation, years ago, to read the original stage-play and to introduce this most compelling motive for Mathias's crime. Cited from Writing the Photoplay, by J. Berg Esenwein and Arthur Leeds