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Motive Quotes

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Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Wisdom

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things,
quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people,
or delusions of superiority.
- Charles Kuralt

When the severity of the law is to be softened,
let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
- Miguel de Cervantes

It is a good motive, fame and money,
as it is tangible and measurable.
Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible
and certainly not a way to become rich.
- Dirk Benedict

 

It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
- Jean de la Bruyere

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind,
and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
- Walter Scott

No one does anything from a single motive.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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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.
- Nathan Deal

Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world,
A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did
have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity.
- George Oppen

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive.
Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
- Ayn Rand

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself;
it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind.
Every man without passions has within him no principle of action,
nor motive to act.
- Claude Adrien Helvetius

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever
outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
- Denis Diderot

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life,
has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest
to mankind through the ages.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness
is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do,
and of all they are willing to endure.
- William James

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action,
nor motive to act.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

The light of lights looks always on the motive,
not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
- William Butler Yeats

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force
in the making of world history.
- Mao Zedong

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole,
my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
- Lord Byron

Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive
of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis
of all human labor and effort,
enterprise and new activity.
- William Howard Taft

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.
- Paul Gallico

You will find in politics that you are much exposed
to the attribution of false motive.
Never complain and never explain.
- Stanley Baldwin

From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts,
regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out.
- Jurgen Habermas

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives.
Kindness can become its own motive.
We are made kind by being kind.
- Eric Hoffer

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
- George Eliot

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess,
and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
- Joseph Addison

The motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary -
public authority,
just cause, right motive.
- Ernest Hemingway

I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe.
- Laurence Housman

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than
others with a good motive.
- Lord Byron

My great crime in the world is blunder I will get into
scrapes without intention or any bad motive.
- Stand Watie

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage
in speech and earnestness in action.
- Sarojini Naidu

Cruel and cold is the judgment of man,
Cruel as winter, and cold as the snow;
But by-and-by will the deed and the plan Be judged
by the motive that lieth below.
- Lewis J. Bates

I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles.
I have no larger issue that I really want to show people.
I'm an actor, that's all.
I just do what I do.
- Sally Field

I think the motive is to establish in federal law the
personhood from conception forward and try and alter
the Constitution through statute.
- Zoe Lofgren

Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive
run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world.
- Tom Scholz

America - a great social and economic experiment,
noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
- Herbert Hoover

If interstellar travel is as time- or energy-
demanding as the above figures indicate,
it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be.
- Barney Oliver

For the life of me, I don't understand what honest
motive there is in putting this in front of this body
to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional
amendment that is not going to happen,
and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities.
- Dianne Feinstein

Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy.
It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times;
it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality
a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.
- Kate Chopin

Individual ambition is undoubtedly a strong motive in student work,
but there is such a thing among students everywhere as ambition for others,
call it class spirit, esprit de corps,
good fellowship, or good will to men.
- Herbert Baxter Adams

In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries,
according to their circumstances, their wishes,
their wants.
England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so.
- Lajos Kossuth

Desire is poverty.
Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind.
Desire is the motive force for action.
Desire in the mind is the real impurity.
Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
- Swami Sivananda

We acknowledge but one motive - to follow the truth as we know it,
whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts
we are well assured that the truth which has made us free,
will in the end make us glad also.
- Mortimer Adler

This part of being a man, changing the way we parent,
happens only when we want it to.
It changes because we are determined for it to change;
and the motive for changing often comes out of wanting
to be the kind of parent we didn't have.
- Augustus Y. Napier

The husband - by primitive instinct partly,
certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as
the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure
as legitimately the prime motive for activity.
- Havelock Ellis

My head can get to murder and rape for profit because
I can understand greed as a human motive,
but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film.
I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other.
- Donna Leon

Few men could explain why they enlisted,
and if they attempted they might only prove that they
had done as a politician said the electorate does,
the right thing from the wrong motive.
- Patrick MacGill

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue;
it is built upon shame,
a passion in our nature, and may be either good or
bad according to the actions performed from that motive.
- Bernard de Mandeville

In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness;
in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism.
Fear, either as a principle or a motive,
is the beginning of all evil.
- Anna Jameson

I, Alexander B. Campbell, make this statement of the
cause of my death to relieve the coroner of the necessity of an inquest,
and also let my friends know the motive that led me to take my own life.
- Alex Campbell

What appeared to the earlier physicists to be the constant
quantity of heat is nothing more than the whole motive
power of the motion of heat,
which remains constant so long as it is not transformed
into other forms of work,
or results afresh from them.
- Hermann von Helmholtz

The atmosphere is much too near for dreams.
It forces us to action.
It is close to us.
We are in it and of it.
It rouses us both to study and to do.
We must know its moods and also its motive forces.
- Cleveland Abbe

I first came to think about media and politics in the late 1960s,
having observed some distortions up close,
but since then I wouldn't say that my personal experience
has remained an important motive for my writing about media.
- Todd Gitlin

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.
- Charles Darwin

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives,
everything he does becomes tainted.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

I have always examined closely the motives of any group
for which I am asked to raise money.
- Kate Smith

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives,
or else to be a monster.
- George Eliot

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
- James M. Barrie

And then there's Israel - a lot of people support Israel,
and it's important to Israel to take out Iraq.
So it's all mixed together.
It's a combination of motives.
- Chris Matthews

You should be careful what you wish for,
as the reasons for war get confused.
One person can be very clear in their motives,
but others can have different agendas.
- Dougray Scott

People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.
- Albert Ellis

Men killing other men really is an extraordinary phenomenon.
Why does it happen? And how long has it gone on? And
have the motives changed?
- John Keegan

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them,
any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Since the end of the nineteenth century,
if not earlier, presidents have misled the public about
their motives and their intentions in going to war.
- Robert Higgs

This kind of charge reveals a good deal about the personality
of the people who make it;
to impute such motives to another man is to imply you're harboring them yourself.
- Jim Garrison

CAIR officials or former officials have been arrested
on charges related to terrorism yet all it offers is
silence and stonewalling in discussing what are its real motives.
- Paul Weyrich

We can only write well about our sins because it is
too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether
it was the result of good or evil motives.
- Edward Dahlberg

I don't know why they're doing it.
I have to assume that their motives are positive,
not negative.
But they don't understand the severity of the problem in this state.
- Gray Davis


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