What is compass north?

Famous quotes containing the words north and/or compass:

    The battle of the North Atlantic is a grim business, and it isn’t going to be won by charm and personality.
    —Edmund H. North, British screenwriter, and Lewis Gilbert. First Sea Lord (Laurence Naismith)

    Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain. But if we describe a word to compass these things, a world that is a long, brute game, then we bump against another mystery: the inrush of power and delight, the canary that sings on the skull.
    Annie Dillard (b. 1945)