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Motive quotes by K.M. Golland
#1. Let's get one thing straight. I kiss you because I want to fucking kiss you, because I like it and because you taste good. So don't think for one second that I have an ulterior motive. #Quote by K.M. Golland
Motive quotes by Dorothy L. Sayers
#2. Can I have the heart to fluster the flustered Thipps further - that's very difficult to say quickly - by appearing in a top-hat and frock-coat? I think not. Ten to one he will overlook my trousers and mistake me for the undertaker. A grey suit, I fancy, neat but not gaudy, with a hat to tone, suits my other self better. Exit the amateur of first editions; new motive introduced by solo bassoon; enter Sherlock Holmes, disguised as a walking gentleman. #Quote by Dorothy L. Sayers
Motive quotes by Ben Bradlee
#3. Everybody who talks to a newspaper has a motive. That's just a given. And good reporters always, repeat always, probe to find out what that motive is. #Quote by Ben Bradlee
Motive quotes by Smith Wigglesworth
#4. The Lord would so cleanse the motive and desires of our hearts that we will seek but one thing only, and that is, His glory. #Quote by Smith Wigglesworth
Motive quotes by Michael Ondaatje
#5. Don't we forgive everything of a lover? We forgive selfishness, desire, guile. As long as we are the motive for it. #Quote by Michael Ondaatje
Motive quotes by Paul Theroux
#6. No one was interested in Malabo - this was why the people in the village must have suspected him of having a deeper motive for visiting. He wanted something from them - why else would he come all this way to live in a hut? Altruism was unknown. Forty years of aid and charities and NGOs had taught them that. Only self-interested outsiders trifled with Africa, so Africa punished them for it. #Quote by Paul Theroux
Motive quotes by Toba Beta
#7. Should we still be friends when it could be more profitable if otherwise? #Quote by Toba Beta
Motive quotes by Charles Bukowski
#8. It began when they come took me from my home
And put me in Dead Row,
Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know.
And I'll say it again
I..am..not..afraid..to..die.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
A tooth for a tooth
And anyway I told the truth
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is burning
And I think my head is glowing
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this weighing up of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And I've got nothing left to lose
And I'm not afraid to die.

And the mercy seat is glowing
And I think my head is smoking
And in a way I'm hoping
To be done with all this looks of disbelief.
An eye for an eye
And a tooth for a tooth
And anyway there was no proof
Nor a motive why.

And the mercy seat is waiting
And I think my head is burning
And in a way I'm yearning
To be done with all this measuring of truth.
An eye for an eye
And a truth for a truth
And anyway I told the truth
But I'm afraid I told a lie. #Quote by Charles Bukowski
Motive quotes by Miguel De Unamuno
#9. What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. #Quote by Miguel De Unamuno
Motive quotes by Ezra Taft Benson
#10. One of our Church educators published what he purports to be a history of the Church's stand on the question of organic evolution. His thesis challenges the integrity of a prophet of God. He suggests that Joseph Fielding Smith published his work, Man: His Origin and Destiny, against the counsel of the First Presidency and his own Brethren. This writer's interpretation is not only inaccurate, but it also runs counter to the testimony of Elder Mark E. Petersen, who wrote this foreword to Elder Smith's book, a book I would encourage all to read. Elder Petersen said:

Some of us [members of the Council of the Twelve] urged [Elder Joseph Fielding Smith] to write a book on the creation of the world and the origin of man.... The present volume is the result. It is a most remarkable presentation of material from both sources [science and religion] under discussion. It will fill a great need in the Church and will be particularly invaluable to students who have become confused by the misapplication of information derived from scientific experimentation.


When one understands that the author to whom I alluded is an exponent of the theory of organic evolution, his motive in disparaging President Joseph Fielding Smith becomes apparent. To hold to a private opinion on such matters is one thing, but when one undertakes to publish his views to discredit the work of a prophet, it is a very serious matter.

It is also apparent to all who have the Spirit o #Quote by Ezra Taft Benson
Motive quotes by Jose Saramago
#11. Such insignificant differences as a few hundred years here or there were the motive for long, long controversies, both public and academic, which almost always resulted in the violent breakup of personal relationships and even in mortal enmities. #Quote by Jose Saramago
Motive quotes by Emile Chartier
#12. One must be truthful with oneself about one's own motives, especially if one is to survive in the world. It takes rigor, and it takes courage. #Quote by Emile Chartier
Motive quotes by Krista Tippett
#13. The Internet - its beauty is that it's a self-perfecting organism, right? But as long as it's an ad-supported medium, the motive will be to perfect commercial interest, to perfect the art of the listicle, the endless slideshow, the infinitely paginated oracle, and not to perfect the human spirit of the reader or the writer. You've #Quote by Krista Tippett
Motive quotes by Sunday Adelaja
#14. By building up people, you build up your own image. However, this should not be your main motive. #Quote by Sunday Adelaja
Motive quotes by Henry Watson Fowler
#15. Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium. #Quote by Henry Watson Fowler
Motive quotes by Ernest Becker
#16. We said it is impossible for man to feel "right" in any straightforward way, and now we can see why. He can expand his self-feeling not only by Agape merger but also by the other ontological motive Eros, the urge for more life, for exciting experience, for the development of the self-powers, for developing the uniqueness of the individual creature, the impulsion to stick out of nature and shine. Life is, after all, a challenge to the creature, a fascinating opportunity to expand. Psychologically it is the urge for individuation: how do I realize my distinctive gifts, make my own contribution to the world through my own self-expansion? #Quote by Ernest Becker
Motive quotes by Lady Violet
#17. Love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike. #Quote by Lady Violet
Motive quotes by Sydney Lea
#18. You'd better discover a more important motive than publication for your work or else you'll go crazy. My sense is that you'll be writers only if you are convinced that to write is something for which there is no substitute in your life. You must therefore be ambitious for your work rather than for its promotion. The good news here is that if you assign secondary importance to publishing and primary to writing itself, you will write better, and will thus increase your odds of getting publishing. #Quote by Sydney Lea
Motive quotes by Jamie West Zumwalt
#19. In our fight for justice, it is all too easy to mirror the hatred we encounter. Sometimes we must take a stand for the ones who are being oppressed, but when we do it out of a motive of Love, maybe the world moves one step closer to looking like heaven. #Quote by Jamie West Zumwalt
Motive quotes by Bertrand Russell
#20. Vanity is a motive of immense potency. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Motive quotes by Osamu Dazai
#21. I never could think of prostitutes as human beings or even as women. They seemed more like imbeciles or lunatics. But in their arms I felt absolute security. I could sleep soundly. It was pathetic how utterly devoid of greed they really were. And perhaps because they felt for me something like an affinity for their kind, these prostitutes always showed me a natural friendliness which never became oppressive. Friendliness with no ulterior motive, friendliness stripped of high-pressure salesmanship, for someone who might never come again. Some nights I saw these imbecile, lunatic prostitutes with the halo of Mary. #Quote by Osamu Dazai
Motive quotes by Elizabeth Gilbert
#22. You're not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn't have to be original, in other words, it also doesn't have to be important. For example, whenever anyone tells me that they want to write a book in order to help other people I always think 'Oh, please don't. Please don't try to help me.' I mean it's very kind of you to help people, but please don't make it your sole creative motive because we will feel the weight of your heavy intention, and it will put a strain upon our souls. #Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert
Motive quotes by Arthur Conan Doyle
#23. There are no crimes and no criminals in these days. What is the use of having brains in our profession? I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it. #Quote by Arthur Conan Doyle
Motive quotes by Andre Gide
#24. Actions whose motives he cannot understand that is, actions not prompted by the hope of profit. #Quote by Andre Gide
Motive quotes by Richard Rorty
#25. My principal motive is the belief that we can still make admirable sense of our lives even if we cease to have ... an ambition of transcendence. #Quote by Richard Rorty
Motive quotes by Kim Il-sung
#26. In a nutshell, the idea of Juche means that the masters of the revolution and the work of construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and the work of construction. In other words, one is responsible for one's own destiny and one has also the capacity for hewing out one's own destiny. #Quote by Kim Il-sung
Motive quotes by Timothy J. Keller
#27. Our greatest motive for surrendering to him cannot be for what he will do in us. It must be to love him for what he did for us. In #Quote by Timothy J. Keller
Motive quotes by Neville Goddard
#28. Man's responsibility, then, is to choose his destination; the motive power to bring him there is furnished by the Infinite. #Quote by Neville Goddard
Motive quotes by Alan W. Watts
#29. Wanting to get out of pain is the pain; it is not the "reaction" of an "I" distinct from the pain. When you discover this, the desire to escape "merges" into the pain itself and vanishes. Discounting aspirin for the moment, you cannot remove your head from a headache as you can remove your hand from a flame. "You" equals "head" equals "ache." When you actually see that you are the pain, pain ceases to be a motive, for there is no one to be moved. It becomes, in the true sense, of no consequence. It hurts - period. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Motive quotes by Robert Byrd
#30. We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends. #Quote by Robert Byrd
Motive quotes by Grant Cardone
#31. Building trust is key to discovering and understanding your buyers' motives. #Quote by Grant Cardone
Motive quotes by Samuel Johnson
#32. The whole world is put in motion by the wish for riches and the dread of poverty. #Quote by Samuel Johnson
Motive quotes by Mark W. Sasse
#33. An unbridled pursuit of justice will never stand on moral pillars but will eventually sink to the same morally-bankrupted motive which caused the need for justice in the first place. At that point, the pursuit becomes nothing but a personal quest to justify one's own anger and refusal to live life once again. This became the reality of the shell of a man known as Thuy's father. Thang stood firmly on a collision course with death. Nothing else could satisfy the bitterness. Neighbors, once sympathetic, backed away, frightened that his angst might engulf and destroy #Quote by Mark W. Sasse
Motive quotes by Wilhelm Reich
#34. A living creature develops a destructive impulse when it wants to destroy a source of danger ... The original motive is not pleasure in destruction ... I destroy in a dangerous situation because I want to live and do not want to have any anxiety. In short, the impulse to destroy serves a primary biological will to live ... #Quote by Wilhelm Reich
Motive quotes by Athol Fugard
#35. The things that converge in the writing of a play come from a complex of motives, a genesis shrouded in a certain kind of mystery. #Quote by Athol Fugard
Motive quotes by Tom Scholz
#36. Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world. #Quote by Tom Scholz
Motive quotes by George Eliot
#37. We are most of us brought up in the notion that the highest motive for not doing a wrong is something irrespective of the beings who would suffer the wrong. #Quote by George Eliot
Motive quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr
#38. Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. #Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr
Motive quotes by Louis MacNeice
#39. None of our hearts are pure, we always have mixed motives.
Are self deceivers, but the worst of all
Deceits is to murmur 'Lord, I am not worthy'
And, lying easy, turn your face to the wall. #Quote by Louis MacNeice
Motive quotes by Larry David
#40. I couldn't be happier that President Bush has stood up for having served in the National Guard, because I can finally put an end to all those who questioned my motives for enlisting in the Army Reserve at the height of the Vietnam War. #Quote by Larry David
Motive quotes by Angelica Hopes
#41. Security means the state of being free from danger or threat.

Danger means the possibility of suffering harm or injury. The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant happening.

There are times I have to stress as I express the correct, precise, real and honest definitions; so that the deceptive, politically motivated folks who destructively branded me as "threat to danger" would realise their double denial duplicity, dishonesty and hypocrisy.

Have you at least questioned the personal motives and faulty malicious and intentional misjudgment or at least be honestly curious to discern the motive of a cunning person who warns you against another as a danger, a threat or a risk to life or security?

Did the political harridan mean political threat to her political coalition or a danger to reveal the harridan's creative deception matched with her political ambitious power links? ~ Angelica Hopes, K.H. Trilogy #Quote by Angelica Hopes
Motive quotes by Madame Roland
#42. Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant. #Quote by Madame Roland
Motive quotes by Hamza Yusuf
#43. mam Mawlud says that abandoning a good act out of fear of ostentation (رياء) is worse than engaging in ostentation itself. A person should not abandon, for example, going to the mosque because he fears ostentation as the motive. One should not submit to an irrational fear that is perhaps inspired by evil whisperings, and thus deprive himself of the blessing of congregational prayer in a mosque. It is better to continue with one's good deeds and to continue to keep one's intentions pure and sincere #Quote by Hamza Yusuf
Motive quotes by Robert Sirico
#44. [There is] a strange split in thinking common to those on the religious left, who are quick to denounce the profit motive and commercialism. Yet, they seem to think that the key to happiness is giving people more stuff - by enlisting the coercive power of government. This perverse way of thinking holds that 'social justice' demands that we take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who have less of it. That's not social justice; that's materialism. #Quote by Robert Sirico
Motive quotes by Rick Riordan
#45. Gods tend to be selfish. Even when they're helpful, they always have their own motives. That's why you have to be careful about trusting them. #Quote by Rick Riordan
Motive quotes by Sarojini Naidu
#46. We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action. #Quote by Sarojini Naidu
Motive quotes by Dinesh D'Souza
#47. Capitalism encourages entrepreneurs to act with consideration for others even when their ultimate motive is to benefit themselves. #Quote by Dinesh D'Souza
Motive quotes by A.E. Marling
#48. To sway opinion should never be the motive of argument. I argue only for pleasure. #Quote by A.E. Marling
Motive quotes by Daniel Van Basten
#49. Belgium may not have had the imperial might of Germany. Belgium may not have been blessed with the same level of industrial prowess. Belgium certainly didn't have the same manpower. But what the Battle of Liege did manage to showcase to the Allies, Europe and the rest of the world, was that if you had the stomach for battle, a strong enough motive to succeed and an irrevocable love for one's country, these factors alone could drive you to an outcome in the realms of the impossible. #Quote by Daniel Van Basten
Motive quotes by William Shakespeare
#50. What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord?
Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff
That beetles o'er his base into the sea,
And there assume some other horrible form
Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason
And draw you into madness? Think of it.
[The very place puts toys of desperation,
Without more motive, into every brain
That looks so many fathoms to the sea
And hears it roar beneath.] #Quote by William Shakespeare
Motive quotes by Sri Aurobindo
#51. The only work that spiritually purifies us is that which is done without personal motives. #Quote by Sri Aurobindo
Motive quotes by Abraham Lincoln
#52. Negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do anything for us, if we will do nothing for them? If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive, even the promise of freedom. And the promise being made, must be kept. #Quote by Abraham Lincoln
Motive quotes by Walter Pater
#53. Poetry, at all times, exercises two distinct functions: it may reveal, it may unveil to every eye, the ideal aspects of common thingsor it may actually add to the number of motives poetic and uncommon in themselves, by the imaginative creation of things that are ideal from their very birth. #Quote by Walter Pater
Motive quotes by Hwa Sung Ryu
#54. Judging requires a lot of negative energy. When we stop our thoughts from judging another person's hidden motive, intention or character, and simply address our differences, we create a dialogue of peace and reconciliation. #Quote by Hwa Sung Ryu
Motive quotes by Horia Sima
#55. There is no doubt, that in this world, there are all sorts of people who look nice, but are empty inside; who do not feel either moral or spiritual aspirations in addition to the physical gifts with which nature blessed them ... But Corneliu Codreanu, his magnificient physique corresponds to an exceptional inner wholeness. Exclamations of admiration from men left him indifferent. Praise angered him. He had only a fighter's greatness and the ambition of great reformers... The characteristic of his soul was goodness. If you want to penetrate the initial motive which prompted Corneliu Codreanu to throw in a fight so hard and almost desperate, the best answer is that he did it out of compassion for suffering people. His heart bled with thousands of injuries to see the misery in which peasants and workers struggled. His love for the people - unlimited! He was sensitive to any suffering the working masses endured. He had a cult for the humble, and showed an infinite attention to their aspirations and their hopes. The smallest window, the most trivial complaint, were examined with the same seriousness with which he addressed grave political problems. #Quote by Horia Sima
Motive quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#56. Not long ago, having expressed some disagreements in print with an old comrade of long standing, I was sent a response that he had published in an obscure newspaper. This riposte referred to my opinions as 'racist.' I would obviously scorn to deny such an allegation on my own behalf. I would, rather, prefer to repudiate it on behalf of my former friend. He had known me for many years and cooperated with me on numerous projects, and I am quite confident that he would never have as a collaborator anyone he suspected of racial prejudice. But it does remind me, and not for the first time, that quarrels on the left have a tendency to become miniature treason trials, replete with all kinds of denunciation. There's a general tendency - not by any means confined to radicals but in some way specially associated with them - to believe that once the lowest motive for a dissenting position has been found, it must in some way be the real one. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Motive quotes by Ayn Rand
#57. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism. #Quote by Ayn Rand
Motive quotes by Margaret Atwood
#58. Most of us will. We'll choose knowledge no matter what, we'll maim ourselves in the process, we'll stick our hands into the flames for it if necessary. Curiosity is not our only motive: love or grief or despair or hatred is what drives us on. We'll spy relentlessly on the dead: we'll open their letters, we'll read their journals, we'll go through their trash, hoping for a hint, a final word, an explanation, from those who have deserted us--who've left us holding the bag, which is often a good deal emptier than we'd supposed.

But what about those who plant such clues, for us to stumble on? Why do they bother? Egotism? Pity? Revenge? A simple claim to existence, like scribbling your initials on a washroom wall? The combination of presence and anonymity--confession without penance, truth without consequences--it has its attractions. Getting the blood off your hands, one way or another.

Those who leave such evidence can scarcely complain if strangers come along afterwards and poke their noses into every single thing that would once have been none of their business. And not only strangers: lovers, friends, relations. We're voyeurs, all of us. Why should we assume that anything in the past is ours for the taking, simply because we've found it? We're all grave robbers, once we open the doors locked by others.

But only locked. The rooms and their contents have been left intact. If those leaving them had wanted oblivion, there was always fire. #Quote by Margaret Atwood
Motive quotes by W. Somerset Maugham
#59. His life had seemed horrible when it was measured by its happiness, but now he seemed to gather strength as he realised that it might be measured by something else. Happiness mattered as little as pain. They came in, both of them, as all the other details of his life came in, to the elaboration of the design. He seemed for an instant to stand above the accidents of his existence, and he felt that they could not affect him again as they had done before. Whatever happened to him now would be one more motive to add to the complexity of the pattern, and when the end approached he would rejoice in its completion. It would be a work of art, and it would be none the less beautiful because he alone knew of its existence, and with his death it would at once cease to be.
Philip was happy. #Quote by W. Somerset Maugham
Motive quotes by LeCrae
#60. Never assume people's motives. It's the easiest way to find yourself upset over nothing or misjudging people #Quote by LeCrae
Motive quotes by Ossian Everett Mills
#61. This it is to be a man of the highest type: to be and not seem; to do and not simply to talk; to have the right ideal, the true motive and patiently to transform conduct in accordance with it. #Quote by Ossian Everett Mills
Motive quotes by Daniel M. Gilbert
#62. People want to be happy, and all the other things they want are typically meant to be a means to that end. #Quote by Daniel M. Gilbert
Motive quotes by George Orwell
#63. The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States ... #Quote by George Orwell
Motive quotes by Edwin Hubbel Chapin
#64. Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening. #Quote by Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Motive quotes by Sidney Hook
#65. Before impugning an opponent's motives, even when they legitimately may be impugned, answer his arguments. #Quote by Sidney Hook
Motive quotes by Comte De Lautreamont
#66. Throughout my life I have seen, without one exception, narrow-shouldered men performing innumerable idiotic acts, brustalising their fellows, and corrupted souls by every means. They call the motive for their actions: fame. Seeing these exhibitions I've longed to laugh, with the rest, but that strange imitation was impossible. Taking a penknife with a sharp-edged blade, I slit the flesh at the points joining the lips. For an instant I believed my aim was achieved. I saw in a mirror the mouth ruined at my own will! An error! Besides, the blood gushing freely from the two wounds prevented my distinguishing whether this really was the grin of others. But after some moments of comparison I saw quite clearly that my smile did not resemble that of humans: the fact is, I was not laughing. #Quote by Comte De Lautreamont
Motive quotes by Marie Rutkoski
#67. Logically speaking," he said lightly, "the idea that you hired someone to attack me doesn't make much sense. I'm not sure what your motive would be."
"I could have wanted to put an end to the rumors."
"That would be a shame. I like the rumors. #Quote by Marie Rutkoski
Motive quotes by Paul Gallico
#68. No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined. #Quote by Paul Gallico
Motive quotes by Toba Beta
#69. I can hear you preach about freedom,
yet your motive that makes me listened. #Quote by Toba Beta
Motive quotes by Bertrand Russell
#70. In the higher walks of politics the same sort of thing occurs. The statesman who has gradually concentrated all power within himself ... may have had anything but a public motive ... The phrases which are customary on the platform and in the Party Press have gradually come to him to seem to express truths, and he mistakes the rhetoric of partisanship for a genuine analysis of motives ... He retires from the world after the world has retired from him. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Motive quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#71. Postpone to the great object of Liberty every smaller motive and passion. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Motive quotes by David Akadjian
#72. I want to also emphasize here that your end goal is trust and you should never say or do something you don't believe to pursue an ulterior motive. You will not be authentic and it will come back to haunt you. You want people to trust you and you want to be able to trust them. The way to do this is to be honest about your beliefs. #Quote by David Akadjian
Motive quotes by Thomas Merton
#73. What a revelation it was, to discover so many ordinary people in a place together, more conscious of God than of one another: not there to show off their hats or their clothes, but to pray, or at least to fulfill a religious obligation, not a human one. For even those who might have been there for no better motive than that they were obliged to be, were at least free from any of the self-conscious and human constraint which is never absent from a Protestant church where people are definitely gathered together as people, as neighbors, and always have at least half an eye for one another, if not all of both eyes. #Quote by Thomas Merton
Motive quotes by Joe Conason
#74. The problem isn't that conservatives are wrong about the efficiency of markets or the creativity of enterprise. It's that they have made false idols of both, usually without acknowledging that markets work best when well regulated, that private enterprise cannot meet every human need, that government has always played a critical role in our economy, and that the profit motive can be socially and environmentally destructive as well as dynamic. #Quote by Joe Conason
Motive quotes by Brennan Manning
#75. None of us has ever seen a motive. Therefore, we don't know we can't do anything more than suspect what inspires the action of another. For this good and valid reason, we're told not to judge.
Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become. #Quote by Brennan Manning
Motive quotes by Kurt Hahn
#76. The experience of helping a fellow man in danger, or even of training in a realistic manner to be ready to give this help, tends to change the balance of power in a youth's inner life with the result that compassion can become the master motive. #Quote by Kurt Hahn
Motive quotes by George Orwell
#77. Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news - things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that 'it wouldn't do' to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralised, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is 'not done' to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was 'not done' to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals. #Quote by George Orwell
Motive quotes by Francis Atterbury
#78. Even the wisdom of God hath not suggested more pressing motives, more powerful incentives to charity, than these, that we shall be judged by it at the last dreadful day. #Quote by Francis Atterbury
Motive quotes by Franz Kafka
#79. The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. #Quote by Franz Kafka
Motive quotes by Rick Yancey
#80. It occurred to me ... that aberrance is a wholly human construct. There were no such things as monsters outside the human mind. We are vain and arrogant, evolution's highest achievement and most dismal failure, prisoners of our self-awareness and the illusion that we stand in the center, that there is us and then there is everything else but us. But we do not stand apart from or above or in the middle of anything. There is nothing apart, nothing above, and the middle is everywhere - and nowhere. We are no more beautiful and essential or magnificent than an earthworm. In fact - and dare we go there, you and I? - you could say the worm is more beautiful, because it is innocent and we are not. The worm has no motive but to survive long enough to make baby worms. There is no betrayal, no cruelty, no envy, no lust, and no hatred in the worm's heart, and so who are the monsters and which species shall we call aberrant? #Quote by Rick Yancey
Motive quotes by Peter Kreeft
#81. Why would the apostles lie? ... Liars always lie for selfish reasons. If they lied, what was their motive, what did they get out of it? What they got out of it was misunderstanding, rejection, persecution, torture, and martyrdom. Hardly a list of perks! #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Motive quotes by Benjamin Tucker
#82. The main question ... is not what motive inspired the law, but what it will be possible for men of bad motive to do with the law ... #Quote by Benjamin Tucker
Motive quotes by Ayn Rand
#83. Your house is made by its own needs. Those others are made by the need to impress. The determining motive of your house is in the house. The determining motive of the other is in the audience. #Quote by Ayn Rand
Motive quotes by Michael Reeves
#84. Men sometimes have strange motives for the things they do. #Quote by Michael Reeves
Motive quotes by Mignon McLaughlin
#85. True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive. #Quote by Mignon McLaughlin
Motive quotes by Chris  Pavone
#86. But there's this giant deception at the foundation of their relationship, their happiness. This impure motive. There was that small mistake that the woman made, uttering the wrong number. And then the man reconstructed an entire intrigue, a big thick plot - a seduction and affair and relationship and marriage proposal, a whole life - around her error and his notice of it. Taking advantage of her lie.

But does that make their relationship less real? Does that make it impossible that they genuinely love each other? #Quote by Chris Pavone
Motive quotes by Steven Pinker
#87. The human moral sense can excuse any atrocity in the minds of those who commit it, and it furnishes them with motives for acts of violence that bring them no tangible benefit. #Quote by Steven Pinker
Motive quotes by William S. Burroughs
#88. Many doctors are drawn to this profession (psychology) because they have an innate deficiency of insight into the motives, feelings and thoughts of others, a deficiency they hope to remedy by ingesting masses of data. #Quote by William S. Burroughs
Motive quotes by Sabrina Jeffries
#89. I do find it odd," she went on, "that you should care how Mr. Pinter feels about me. I thought all you wanted was to have some man marry me. He would be as good as any."
Gran winced. "Not if he is after your fortune. That is what happened to your mother, and I regret to this day that I did not see beneath your father's winning smiles and title to his mercenary motive."
Celia swallowed past the lump in her throat. "Well, since Mr. Pinter has no title and barely knows how to smile, you needn't worry. If he has a mercenary motive, he's hiding it well." She surreptitiously kicked her tucker under the table as she stepped forward. "Now, let's go have some tea, shall we?"
After another hard look about the room, Gran took the arm Celia offered and let her grandmother accompany her out the door. But while they walked down the corridor, Celia's mind kept stumbling over Gran's revelation.
A rich wife of rank would enhance his chances.
It wouldn't be the first time a man had pretended to find her fetching for his own reasons. But if Gran's suspicions about Jackson's motives proved true, it would definitely be the last. Because Celia would rather enter a loveless marriage with the Duke of Lyons than be used by Jackson Pinter. #Quote by Sabrina Jeffries
Motive quotes by Katherine Anne Porter
#90. There is no such thing as an exact synonym and no such thing as an unmixed motive. #Quote by Katherine Anne Porter
Motive quotes by Confucius
#91. See a person's means ... Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests. How can a person conceal his character? #Quote by Confucius
Motive quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer
#92. Motives are causes experienced from within. #Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer
Motive quotes by Francis Macdonald Cornford
#93. The political motive in the academic breast is honest enough. It is fear---genuine, perpetual, heart-felt timorousness. All the Political Arguments are addressed to this passion. Have you ever noticed how people say, 'I'm afraid I don't ...' when they mean, 'I think I don't ...'? #Quote by Francis Macdonald Cornford
Motive quotes by Jeff Dunham
#94. I'm not trying to teach anybody anything, I'm not trying to say anything, I have no political motive whatsoever. My motive is just the big laugh. #Quote by Jeff Dunham
Motive quotes by Stephen Fry
#95. Humanism inspires a lot of enthusiasm for everyday life and urges people to be better to one another, to work towards a better future and a common good. If I believed there was an afterlife I would have so much less motive for filling this life with every experience that is offered up to me. #Quote by Stephen Fry
Motive quotes by Kyra Dune
#96. Everyone has an ulterior motive. Everyone wants something, and everyone is willing to do whatever they have
to in order to get it. Regardless of who winds up hurt in the process. #Quote by Kyra Dune
Motive quotes by Calvin Coolidge
#97. It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan. #Quote by Calvin Coolidge
Motive quotes by Dada J. P. Vaswani
#98. Anger becomes righteous when you use it to defend the rights of another, without nursing any selfish motive. #Quote by Dada J. P. Vaswani
Motive quotes by George Eliot
#99. To be candid, in Middlemarch phraseology, meant, to use an early opportunity of letting your friends know that you did not take a cheerful view of their capacity, their conduct, or their position; and a robust candor never waited to be asked for its opinion. #Quote by George Eliot
Motive quotes by Steven Pinker
#100. Because much of the content of education is not cognitively natural, the process of mastering it may not always be easy and pleasant, notwithstanding the mantra that learning is fun. Children may be innately motivated to make friends, acquire status, hone motor skills, and explore the physical world, but they are not necessarily motivated to adapt their cognitive faculties to unnatural tasks like formal mathematics. A family, peer group, and culture that ascribe high status to school achievement may be needed to give a child the motive to persevere toward effortful feats of learning whose rewards are apparent only over the long term. #Quote by Steven Pinker
Motive quotes by Sigmund Freud
#101. The motive forces of phantasies are unsatisfied wishes, and every single phantasy is the fulfillment of a wish, a correction of unsatisfying reality. #Quote by Sigmund Freud
Motive quotes by Wallace D. Wattles
#102. To exercise some sort of control over others is the secret motive of every selfish person. #Quote by Wallace D. Wattles
Motive quotes by Marcel Proust
#103. And even in my most carnal desires, oriented always in a particular direction, concentrated round a single dream, I might have recognized as their primary motive an idea, an idea for which I would have laid down my life, at the innermost core of which, as in my day-dreams while I sat reading all afternoon in the garden at Combray, lay the notion of perfection. #Quote by Marcel Proust
Motive quotes by Erwin Raphael McManus
#104. Within the universe's intention and its unique design around relationship, we find that the focal point of the universe, the motive of the universe, is love. God created life so that we could know love. Everything God does is an expression of his love. It is neither trite nor superficial that the Scriptures summarize this in three simple words: "God is love." It is critical to understand this because, if we are to reclaim our role in the creative process and express our lives as masterful works of art, we, too, must be sure that our motivation is the expansion of love. #Quote by Erwin Raphael McManus
Motive quotes by Megan Marshall
#105. All great acquisitions come from voluntary thought" was Elizabeth's guiding principle. She would not cultivate any motive for learning in her students besides curiosity, claiming that study for the sake of reward or in fear of punishment produced "superficial rather than profound" knowledge. #Quote by Megan Marshall
Motive quotes by C.S. Lewis
#106. If God were a Kantian, who would not have us till we came to Him from the purest and best motives, who could be saved? #Quote by C.S. Lewis
Motive quotes by Ayn Rand
#107. Man's motive power is his moral code. #Quote by Ayn Rand
Motive quotes by Jean Ziegler
#108. I'm against the theory of the multinational corporations who say if you are
against hunger you must be for GMO. That's wrong, there is plenty of
natural, normal good food in the world to nourish the double of humanity.
There is absolutely no justification to produce genetically modified food
except the profit motive and the domination of the multinational
corporations. #Quote by Jean Ziegler
Motive quotes by Anna Letitia Barbauld
#109. Young gentlemen, who are to display their knowledge to the world, should have every motive of emulation, should be formed into regular classes, should read and dispute together, should have all the honors, and, if one may say so, the pomp of learning set before them, to call up their ardor. It is their business, and they should apply to it as such. #Quote by Anna Letitia Barbauld
Motive quotes by Peter Kreeft
#110. Each truth about God known by the mind is a new motive for loving Him with the will. #Quote by Peter Kreeft
Motive quotes by George Orwell
#111. Aesthetic enthusiasm. Perception of beauty in the external world, or, on the other hand, in words and their right arrangement. Pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story. Desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable and ought not to be missed. The aesthetic motive is very feeble in a lot of writers, but even a pamphleteer or writer of textbooks will have pet words and phrases which appeal to him for non-utilitarian reasons; or he may feel strongly about typography, width of margins, etc. Above the level of a railway guide, no book is quite free from aesthetic considerations. #Quote by George Orwell
Motive quotes by Yvor Winters
#112. What I desire of a poem is a clear understanding of motive, and a just evaluation of feeling A poem in the first place should offer us a new perception..bringing into being a new experience Verse is more valuable than prose for its rhythms are faster and more highly organised and lead to greater compexity. #Quote by Yvor Winters
Motive quotes by Eugen Kogon
#113. One must know ones enemy as he is, not as one, for whatever motives, wishes him to be. #Quote by Eugen Kogon
Motive quotes by Margaret Mitchell
#114. Didn't you get the money for the taxes? Don't tell me the wolf is still at the door of Tara." There was a different tone in his voice.

She looked up to meet his dark eyes and caught an expression which startled and puzzled her at first, and then made her suddenly smile, a sweet and charming smile which was seldom on her face these days. What a perverse wretch he was, but how nice he could be at times! She knew now that the real reason for his call was not to tease her but to make sure she had gotten the money for which she had been so desperate. She knew now that he had hurried to her as soon as he was released, without the slightest appearance of hurry, to lend her the money if she still needed it. And yet he would torment and insult her and deny that such was his intent, should she accuse him. He was quite beyond all comprehension. Did he really care about her, more than he was willing to admit? Or did he have some other motive? Probably the latter, she thought. But who could tell? He did such strange things sometimes.

"No," she said, "the wolf isn't at the door any longer. I--I got the money."

"But not without a struggle, I'll warrant. Did you manage to restrain yourself until you got the wedding ring on your finger?" She tried not to smile at his accurate summing up of her conduct but she could not help dimpling. #Quote by Margaret Mitchell
Motive quotes by Christopher Hitchens
#115. I had become too accustomed to the pseudo-Left new style, whereby if your opponent thought he had identified your lowest possible motive, he was quite certain that he had isolated the only real one. This vulgar method, which is now the norm and the standard in much non-Left journalism as well, is designed to have the effect of making any noisy moron into a master analyst. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
Motive quotes by Leslie Jamison
#116. It's easier, somehow, if there's a reason for tragedy - lust or jealousy or hatred or revenge. We can find in these explanations an emotional tenor commensurate with the gravity of the act. There's something we recognize as human, a motive toward which we can direct our rage but can also understand, at some primal level, as an extension of ourselves. #Quote by Leslie Jamison
Motive quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#117. The Liberty of the press consists in the right to publish with impunity truth with good motives for justifiable ends, though reflecting on government, magistracy, or individuals. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Motive quotes by Mary Midgley
#118. . . . Neither ecological nor social engineering will lead us to a conflict-free, simple path . . . Utilitarians and others who simply advise us to be happy are unhelpful, because we almost always have to make a choice either between different kinds of happiness--different things to be happy _about_--or between these and other things we want, which nothing to do with happiness.

. . . Do we find ourselves a species naturally free from conflict? We do not. There has not, apparently, been in our evolution a kind of rationalization which might seem a possible solution to problems of conflict--namely, a takeover by some major motive, such as the desire for future pleasure, which would automatically rule out all competing desires. Instead, what has developed is our intelligence. And this in some ways makes matters worse, since it shows us many desirable things that we would not otherwise have thought of, as well as the quite sufficient number we knew about for a start. In compensation, however, it does help us to arbitrate. Rules and principles, standards and ideals emerge as part of a priority system by which we guide ourselves through the jungle. They never make the job easy--desires that we put low on our priority system do not merely vanish--but they make it possible. And it is in working out these concepts more fully, in trying to extend their usefulness, that moral philosophy begins. Were there no conflict, it [moral philosophy] could never have arisen.

#Quote by Mary Midgley
Motive quotes by Jiddu Krishnamurti
#119. To live without comparison, to live without any kind of measurement inwardly, never to compare what you are with what you should be. The word 'meditation' means not only to ponder, to think over, to probe, to look, to weigh; it also has a much deeper meaning in Sanskrit - to measure, which is `to become'. In meditation there must be no measurement. This meditation must not be a conscious meditation in deliberately chosen postures. This meditation must be totally unconscious, never knowing that you are meditating. If you deliberately meditate it is another form of desire, as any other expression of desire. The objects may vary; your meditation may be to reach the highest, but the motive is the desire to achieve, as the business man, as the builder of a great cathedral. Meditation is a movement without any motive, without words and the activity of thought. It must be something that is not deliberately set about. Only then is meditation a movement in the infinite, measureless to man, without a goal, without an end and without a beginning. And that has a strange action in daily life, because all life is one and then becomes sacred. And that which is sacred can never be killed. To kill another is unholy. It cries to heaven as a bird kept in a cage. One never realizes how sacred life is, not only your little life but the lives of millions of others, from the things of nature to extraordinary human beings. And in meditation which is without measurement, there is the very action of t #Quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Motive quotes by J.K. Rowling
#120. Well, Harry, while we've still got you here, you won't mind helping with the preparations for Bill and Fleur's wedding, will you? There's still so much to do."
"No--I--of course not," said Harry, disconcerted by this sudden change of subject.
"Sweet of you," she replied, and she smiled as she left the scullery.
From that moment on, Mrs. Weasley kept Harry, Ron, and Hermione so busy with preparations for the wedding that they hardly had any time to think. The kindest explanation of this behavior would have been that Mrs. Weasley wanted to distract them all from thoughts of Mad-Eye and the terrors of their recent journey. After two days of nonstop cutlery cleaning, of color-matching favors, ribbons, and flowers, of de-gnoming the garden and helping Mrs. Weasley cook vast batches of canapés, however, Harry started to suspect her of a different motive. All the jobs she handed out seemed to keep him, Ron, and Hermione away from one another; he had not had a chance to speak to the two of them alone since the first night, when he had told them about Voldemort torturing Ollivander.
"I think Mum thinks that if she can stop the three of you getting together and planning, she'll be able to delay you leaving," Ginny told Harry in an undertone, as they laid the table for dinner on the third night of his stay.
"And then what does she think's going to happen?" Harry muttered. "Someone else might kill off Voldemort while she's holding us here making vol-au-vents? #Quote by J.K. Rowling
Motive quotes by Whittaker Chambers
#121. First and foremost, he never imputes a base motive to anyone else. If someone is rude to him, he assumes that the rudeness is unintentional. If he knows that it is intentional, he acts as if it were not. He never insulted anyone himself except by intention. He never met anger with anger. He never patronized anyone because he never assumed that he knew more than anyone else or that uneducated people are unintelligent. He never corrected (or smiled at) other people's slips. "Always," my mother would say, "allow other people the luxury of being mistaken. They will find out for themselves soon enough. If they don't, they are the kind of people in whom it does #Quote by Whittaker Chambers
Motive quotes by John Barth
#122. Now, 'tis e'er the wont of simple folk to prize the deed and o'erlook the motive, and of learned folk to discount the deed and lay open the soul of the doer. Burlingame declared the difference 'twixt sour pessimist and proper gentleman lies just here: that one will judge good deeds by a morality of the motive and ill by a morality of deed, and so condemn the twain together, whereas your gentleman doth the reverse, and hath always grounds to pardon his wayward fellows. #Quote by John Barth
Motive quotes by Margaret Atwood
#123. We'll choose knowledge no matter what, we'll maim ourselves in the process, we'll stick our hands into the flames for it if necessary. Curiosity is not our only motive; love or grief or despair or hatred is what drives us on. We'll spy relentlessly on the dead; we'll open their letters, we'll read their journals, we'll go through their trash, hoping for a hint, a final word, an explanation, from those who have deserted us
who've left us holding the bag, which is often a good deal emptier than we'd supposed. #Quote by Margaret Atwood
Motive quotes by Bernard Of Clairvaux
#124. Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire ... Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives. #Quote by Bernard Of Clairvaux
Motive quotes by Hugh Reginald Haweis
#125. Think not you are charitable if the love of Jesus and His brethren be not purely the motive of your gifts. Alas! you might not give your superfluities, but "bestow all your goods to feed the poor;" you might even "give your body to be burned" for them, and yet be utterly destitute of charity, if self-seeking, self-pleasing or self-ends guide you; and guide you they must, until the love of God be by the Holy Ghost shed abroad in your heart. #Quote by Hugh Reginald Haweis
Motive quotes by Franklin Lushington
#126. This, I suppose, constitutes one of the greatest dangers of retiring, the sudden cutting off of motive power while the mechanism is still running at top speed. It would be so much better and easier, if it were possible, to cut off the motive power gradually; in other words to retire by slow and easy stages, instead of being in full production one day, crying "Come on! Come on!" and turning aimlessly around the next still saying "Come on!" but for no reason. #Quote by Franklin Lushington
Motive quotes by Dallin H. Oaks
#127. Motive is also important in our quest for knowledge and in the questioning that accompanies it. In commenting on our duty to educate for eternity, Eugene England writes: Teaching or learning - with the Spirit of God simply means (though it is not simple) that we are doing so with an eye single to eternal, not worldly, values, with an eye single to lasting development of the mind and spirit and to useful service to others, especially to aid in their lasting development of mind and spirit. #Quote by Dallin H. Oaks
Motive quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#128. In the 'in-itself' there is nothing of 'causal connections', of 'necessity', or of 'psychological non-freedom'; there the effect does not follow the cause, there is no rule or 'law'. It is we alone who have devised cause, sequence, for-each-other, relativity, constraint, number, law, freedom, motive, and purpose; and when we project and mix this symbol world into things as if it existed 'in itself', we act once more as we have always acted- mythologically. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Motive quotes by Nikola Tesla
#129. I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device. #Quote by Nikola Tesla
Motive quotes by Bertrand Russell
#130. The root of the matter is a very simple and old fashioned thing ... love or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Motive quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#131. The little princess, like an old war horse that hears the trumpet, unconsciously and quite forgetting her condition, prepared for the familiar gallop of coquetry, without any ulterior motive or any struggle, but with naive and lighthearted gaiety. #Quote by Leo Tolstoy
Motive quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
#132. Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat. #Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Motive quotes by Agatha Christie
#133. All the same, lots of women buy their clothes in Paris, and have not, on that account, necessarily poisoned their husbands. #Quote by Agatha Christie
Motive quotes by Ken Kesey
#134. But, gee," the other nurse says, "what on earth would MAKE a man want to do something like disrupt the ward for, Miss Ratched? What possible motive ... ?"
"You seem to forget, MISS Flinn, that this is an institution for the insane. #Quote by Ken Kesey
Motive quotes by Ram Dass
#135. We've gotten lost in our Ego and have forgotten that our Soul's only motive is to merge with the Beloved. #Quote by Ram Dass
Motive quotes by Alvin Lee
#136. I'm not conscious of the speed ... it's not my motive ... my motive is displaying a voice through the fingerboard ... it can get to the point where I don't have control over what I am playing ... I never end the gig until I can't sing anymore #Quote by Alvin Lee
Motive quotes by Linda Howard
#137. because there may be a few coincidences in life, but none in crime. Everything has a motive. #Quote by Linda Howard
Motive quotes by Dharma Mittra
#138. With constant practice, one can improve his physical body and mental attitude rapidly, thereby igniting the higher motives of making one's self useful to himself and all mankind. #Quote by Dharma Mittra
Motive quotes by Rob Liano
#139. Motivation is desire or inspiration.
A motive is a reason. What's your reason? #Quote by Rob Liano
Motive quotes by Eric Hoffer
#140. It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. #Quote by Eric Hoffer
Motive quotes by Honore De Balzac
#141. No woman dares to refuse love without a motive, for nothing is more natural than to yield to love. #Quote by Honore De Balzac
Motive quotes by Maria Shriver
#142. It's always inspiring to me to meet people who feel that they can make a difference in the world. That's their motive, that's their passion ... I think that's what makes your life meaningful, that's what fills your own heart and that's what gives you purpose. #Quote by Maria Shriver
Motive quotes by Austin Osman Spare
#143. Darken your room, shut the door, empty your mind. Yet you are still in
great company - the Numen and your Genius with all their media, and your
host of elementals and ghosts of your dead loves - are there! They need no light by which to see, no words to speak, no motive to enact except through your own purely formed desire. #Quote by Austin Osman Spare
Motive quotes by Andrew Solomon
#144. The passion for such children contains no ego motive of anticipated reciprocity; one is choosing against, in the poet Richard Wilbur's phrase, 'loving things for reasons'. You find beauty and hope in the existence, rather than the achievements, of such a child. Most parenthood entails some struggle to change, educate and improve one's children; people with multiple severe disabilities may not become anything else, and there is a compelling purity in parental engagement not with what might or should or will be, but with, simply, what is. #Quote by Andrew Solomon
Motive quotes by Vanna Bonta
#145. The last motive in the world for acquiring vocabulary should be to impress. Words should be acquired because we urgently need them - to convey, to reach, to express something within us, and to understand others. #Quote by Vanna Bonta
Motive quotes by Llewellyn Rockwell
#146. Above all, ascribe no decent motives to the federal government. Always and everywhere, it is the enemy of truth. #Quote by Llewellyn Rockwell
Motive quotes by Robert Aickman
#147. More secrets are improperly disclosed from boredom than from any other motive; #Quote by Robert Aickman
Motive quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
#148. There is always a danger that in our asceticism we shall be tempted to imitate the sufferings of Christ. This is a pious but godless ambition, for beneath it there always lurks the notion that it is possible for us to step into Christ's shoes and suffer as he did and kill the old Adam. We are then presuming to undertake that bitter work of eternal redemption which Christ himself wrought for us. The motive of asceticism was more limited--to equip us for better service and deeper humiliation. #Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Motive quotes by J.G. Ballard
#149. To keep the world sane we depend on motive, we rely on cause and effect. Kick those props away and we see that the meaningless act is the only one that has any meaning. #Quote by J.G. Ballard
Motive quotes by George Eliot
#150. Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster. #Quote by George Eliot
Motive quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche
#151. The less men are fettered by tradition, the greater becomes the inward activity of their motives, and greater again in proportion to their outer restlessness. #Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
Motive quotes by George Crabbe
#152. Men of many words sometimes argue for the sake of talking; men of ready tongues frequently dispute for the sake of victory; men in public life often debate for the sake of opposing the ruling party, or from any other motive than the love of truth. #Quote by George Crabbe
Motive quotes by John Le Carre
#153. What did theories matter any more? She wanted to say. The rats have taken over the ship, it's often as simple as that; the rest is narcissistic crap. It must be. (...) For exploitation read property and you have the whole bit. First the exploiter hits the wage-slave over the head with his superior wealth; then he brainwashes him into believing that the pursuit of property is a valid motive for breaking him at the grindstone. That way he has him hooked twice over. (...) "You disappoint me, Charlie. All of a sudden you lack consistency. You've made the perceptions. Why don't you go out and do something about them? Why do you appear here one minute as an intellectual who has the eye and brain to see what is not visible to the deluded masses, the next you have not the courage to go out and perform a small service - like theft - like murder - like blowing something up - say, a police station - for the benefit of those whose hearts and minds are enslaved by the capitalist overlords? Come on, Charlie, where's the action? You're the free soul around here. Don't give us the words, give us the deeds." (...) Anger suspended her bewilderment and dulled the pain of her disgrace (...) She wished terribly that she could go mad so that everyone would be sorry for her; she wished she was just a raving lunatic waiting to be let off, not a stupid little fool of a radical actress (...) (part I, chapter 7) #Quote by John Le Carre
Motive quotes by Jeremy Dyson
#154. Everyone had an ulterior motive in his worldview. Everyone was self-serving and therefore a potential instrument of pain. The world was a lonely, awful, brutal, terrible place. #Quote by Jeremy Dyson
Motive quotes by Steve Aylett
#155. Pounce if I'm outta some arbitrary line, Specter, but from what you say this demilout's runnin' hogwild over creation with no better motive than a gratuitous and luxurious will to do evil. #Quote by Steve Aylett
Motive quotes by Giancarlo Esposito
#156. I try to be careful with my persuasiveness. When my heart is really behind it, and when I have no ulterior motive, then I know I'm truly persuasive. #Quote by Giancarlo Esposito
Motive quotes by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
#157. Selfishness is the grand moving principle of nine-tenths of our actions. #Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Motive quotes by Gregory David Roberts
#158. What dream, what hope, what despair drives us to the things we do, just to desert us when the deed is done? What hollow things are they, motive and reason, born at night to fade so quickly in the sunlight of consequence? What we do in life lives on inside us, long after ambition and fear lie frosted and opaqued on forgotten shores. What we do in life, more than what we think or say, is what we are. #Quote by Gregory David Roberts
Motive quotes by Denis Waitley
#159. Motivation is motive in action. #Quote by Denis Waitley
Motive quotes by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
#160. Sacrifice' was often a cloak for many actions that did not always stem from the highest motives. #Quote by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Motive quotes by Fiona MacDonald
#161. ...The underlying motive for the French wars [of 1562-1598] was not religious, but dynastic. By the mid-16th century, the Valois family of kings, who had ruled France since 1328, was losing its grasp on political power. Valois King Henry II died in 1559, leaving four sons, all too young or too feeble to rule alone, and three rival noble families, all eager to seize power. One, the Guise (who had married into the royal family), were Catholic; their enemies, the Bourbon and the (more moderate) Montmerency, were Protestant. The Bourbon, in particular, were supported by the many small local Protestant churches that had been set up in France by supporters of Calvin's teachings. Unlike Protestants in England or Germany, they were not controlled by powerful rulers or city councils; some were prepared to use violence and other forms of lawlessness to further Protestant reform. Concerned by this threat to public order, and continuing the Valois' kings generally hostile policy toward reform, in 1562 the Guise ordered the massacre of 74 Protestants at a church service. #Quote by Fiona MacDonald
Motive quotes by Nathan Deal
#162. Just because scientists have the knowledge to do it, the technology to do it, and some may even have a financial motive or other incentive to do it, does not make it right. #Quote by Nathan Deal
Motive quotes by Anne Carson
#163. All human desire is poised on an axis of paradox, absence and presence its poles, love and hate its motive energies. #Quote by Anne Carson
Motive quotes by Karen Witemeyer
#164. Where is the love in what you're doing? #Quote by Karen Witemeyer
Motive quotes by William Ralph Inge
#165. But the instinct of hoarding, like all other instincts, tends to become hypertrophied and perverted; and with the institution of private property comes another institution-that of plunder and brigandage. In private life, no motive of action is at present so powerful and so persistent as acquisitiveness, which unlike most other desires, knows no satiety. The average man is rich enough when he has a little more than he has got, and not till then. #Quote by William Ralph Inge
Motive quotes by Richard J. Foster
#166. The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives - altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. #Quote by Richard J. Foster
Motive quotes by Derek Prince
#167. As for myself, I have found my perfect pattern in Jesus, who said, "The Father has not left Me
alone, for I always do those things that please Him." I am no longer motivated by personal ambition.
I have discovered a sweeter, purer motive: simply to please my Father. #Quote by Derek Prince
Motive quotes by Thomas Mann
#168. People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives. #Quote by Thomas Mann
Motive quotes by Joyce Meyer
#169. A relationship with Christ changes your heart. It's not about your head. It changes your heart. Jesus comes to live in your heart, and even if a person does good works, but they do them without Christ, most of the time, their motives are wrong for why they do them. #Quote by Joyce Meyer
Motive quotes by Michael Zigarelli
#170. As Tozer said in The Pursuit of God, "it is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. #Quote by Michael Zigarelli
Motive quotes by Holly Estil Cunningham
#171. Among peoples who possess a highly developed pugnacious instinct we find the greatest progress in the arts, sciences, social and political organization, commerce and industry. The instinct takes the milder form of rivalry which is the motive force of the great portion of the serious labors of mankind. #Quote by Holly Estil Cunningham
Motive quotes by David Duke
#172. Obviously, Jews gain certain advantages by promoting the Holocaust idea. It inspires tremendous financial aid for Israel. It makes organized Jewry almost immune from criticism. Whether the Holocaust is real or not, the Jews clearly have a motive for fostering the idea that it occurred. Not only do they have a motive, but they have the means with the media domination they now hold. #Quote by David Duke
Motive quotes by Thomas Pynchon
#173. One glance at any government budget anywhere in the world tells the story - the money is always in place, already allocated, the motive everywhere is fear, the more immediate the fear, the higher the multiples. #Quote by Thomas Pynchon
Motive quotes by Ambrose Bierce
#174. POCKET, n. The cradle of motive and the grave of conscience. In woman this organ is lacking; so she acts without motive, and her conscience, denied burial, remains ever alive, confessing the sins of others. #Quote by Ambrose Bierce
Motive quotes by Henry B. Irving
#175. The silent workings, and still more the explosions, of human passion which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature present to the philosophical observer considerations of intrinsic interest; while to the jurist, the study of human nature and human character with its infinite varieties, especially as affecting the connection between motive and action, between irregular desire or evil disposition and crime itself, is equally indispensable and difficult." - Wills on Circumstantial Evidence. #Quote by Henry B. Irving
Motive quotes by Charles Darwin
#176. A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others. #Quote by Charles Darwin
Motive quotes by Henry Ward Beecher
#177. There are not anywhere else so many ways of trickery, so many false lights, so many veils, so many guises, so many illusive deceits, as are practiced in every man's conscience in respect to his motives, thoughts, feelings, conduct, and character. #Quote by Henry Ward Beecher
Motive quotes by Sonia Levitin
#178. Stories are my art and my solace. They could also be my weapons. Stories give more than facts. Stories touch the conscience and stimulate action. That is my motive and my goal, to put research and study and feeling into that cauldron called the novel. #Quote by Sonia Levitin
Motive quotes by Wilford Woodruff
#179. Some may say [journal keeping] is a great deal of trouble. But we should not call anything trouble which brings to pass good. I consider that portion of my life which has been spent in keeping journals and writing history to have been very profitably spent. - If there was no other motive in view [except] to have the privilege of reading over our journals and for our children to read, it would pay for the time spent in writing it. #Quote by Wilford Woodruff
Motive quotes by Samuel Rogers
#180. Example is a motive of very prevailing force on the actions of men. #Quote by Samuel Rogers
Motive quotes by George Orwell
#181. The main motive for "nonattachment" is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual, is hard work. #Quote by George Orwell
Motive quotes by Edward Snowden
#182. My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. #Quote by Edward Snowden
Motive quotes by Swami Vivekananda
#183. We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be a time when this world will become perfect, when there will be no disease, nor death, nor unhappiness, nor wickedness. That is a very good idea, a very good motive power to inspire and uplift the ignorant. But if we think for a moment, we shall find on the very face of it that it cannot be so. How can it be, seeing that good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin? How can you have good without evil at the same time? #Quote by Swami Vivekananda
Motive quotes by William Shakespeare
#184. All impediments in fancy's course Are motives of more fancy. #Quote by William Shakespeare
Motive quotes by Edith Wharton
#185. Women never learn to dispense with the sentimental motive in their judgments of men. #Quote by Edith Wharton
Motive quotes by Non Nomen
#186. The will of life and death,
never share the same motivation ...
we all know that love is the ultimate motive to die for ...
but let's not kid ourselves ...
... we all know the ultimate motive to rise back from the dead is vengeance. #Quote by Non Nomen
Motive quotes by Stephen Magnus
#187. If you dont understand the MOTIVE, don't judge the means! #Quote by Stephen Magnus
Motive quotes by Oliver Goldsmith
#188. Whatever be the motives which induce men to write,
whether avarice or fame,
the country becomes more wise and happy in which they most serve for instructors. #Quote by Oliver Goldsmith
Motive quotes by Chuck Smith
#189. Prayer is not an agency by which my will is to be accomplished upon the earth. The purpose of prayer is to get God's will to be accomplished upon the earth, and so many times we ask and receive not because the motive behind our asking is really that of accomplishing my will rather than God's will. #Quote by Chuck Smith
Motive quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray
#190. If, in looking at the lives of princes, courtiers, men of rank and fashion, we must perforce depict them as idle, profligate, and criminal, we must make allowances for the rich men's failings, and recollect that we, too, were very likely indolent and voluptuous, had we no motive for work, a mortal's natural taste for pleasure, and the daily temptation of a large income. What could a great peer, with a great castle and park, and a great fortune, do but be splendid and idle? #Quote by William Makepeace Thackeray
Motive quotes by Josiah Bancroft
#191. It is not cynical to admit that the past has been turned into a fiction. It is a story, not a fact. The real has been erased. Whole eras have been added and removed. Wars have been aggrandized, and human struggle relegated to the margins. Villains are redressed as heroes. Generous, striving, imperfect men and women have been stripped of their flaws or plucked of their virtues and turned into figurines of morality or depravity. Whole societies have been fixed with motive and vision and equanimity where there was none. Suffering has been recast as noble sacrifice! #Quote by Josiah Bancroft
Motive quotes by Bertrand Russell
#192. Almost all education has a political motive: it aims at strengthening some group, national or religious or even social, in the competition with other groups. It is this motive, in the main, which determines the subjects taught, the knowledge offered and the knowledge withheld, and also decides what mental habits the pupils are expected to acquire. Hardly anything is done to foster the inward growth of mind and spirit; in fact, those who have had the most education are very often atrophied in their mental and spiritual life. #Quote by Bertrand Russell
Motive quotes by James Clear
#193. A craving is the sense that something is missing. It is a desire to change your internal state. This gap between your current state and your desired state provides a reason to act.
Desire is the difference between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Even the tiniest action is tinged with the motivation to feel differently than you do in the moment. When you binge eat or browse social media, what you really want is not a potato chip or a bunch of likes. What you really want is to feel different. #Quote by James Clear
Motive quotes by J. Alexander Greenwood
#194. The professor's motive was in the grand scheme of things terribly petty " Greenwood said. ""Pilate's Cross" is inspired by the questions this terrible crime created but as a work of fiction it is set in a different place and time and has a more complex motive for the murders. #Quote by J. Alexander Greenwood
Motive quotes by Oswald Chambers
#195. God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination. The Spirit of God revolutionises our philanthropic instincts. Much of our philanthropy is simply the impulse to save ourselves an uncomfortable feeling. The Spirit of God alters all that. As saints our attitude towards giving is that we give for Jesus Christ's sake, and from no other motive. #Quote by Oswald Chambers
Motive quotes by A.W. Tozer
#196. As water cannot rise higher than its source, so the moral quality in an act can never be higher than the motive that inspires it. For this reason no act that arises from an evil motive can be good, even though some good may appear to come out of it. Every deed done out of anger or spite, for instance, will be found at last to have been done for the enemy and against the kingdom of God. #Quote by A.W. Tozer
Motive quotes by DK Publishing
#197. Thomas Aquinas put forward the basis of modern just war theory, suggesting that war cannot be fought for personal gain and must be waged by a legitimate body, and that the overriding motive must be to secure peace. #Quote by DK Publishing
Motive quotes by Carrie Fisher
#198. No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away. #Quote by Carrie Fisher
Motive quotes by Henry Giroux
#199. Getting ahead cannot be the only motive that motivates people. You have to imagine what a good life is. #Quote by Henry Giroux
Motive quotes by Huston Smith
#200. For all we know, the larger part of the motive for trying to expand science is not self-serving; it is merely mistaken. The idealistic element in it is its desire to achieve in the understanding of man what science has achieved in the understanding of matter. Its mistake is in not seeing that the tools for the one are of strictly limited utility for the other, and that the practice of trying to see man as an object which the tools of science will fit leads first to underrating and then to losing sight of his attributes those tools miss. (The mere titles of B.F. Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" and Herbert Marcuse's "One-Dimensional Man" will, in opposite ways, suffice.) If it be asked, "But what did the nonscientific approach to man and the world give us?" The answer is: "Meaning, purpose, and a vision in which everything coheres #Quote by Huston Smith

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