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Motives Quotes

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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

Related topics: Values Wisdom

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.

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

 

First of all; Frank was the BOSS.
We didn't question any of his motives or decisions at the time.
- Jimmy Carl Black

Look at the means which a man employs,
consider his motives, observe his pleasures.
A man simply cannot conceal himself!
- Confucius

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

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

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

Those who joined us for selfish personal reasons,
for a career or other motives will be the ones to leave.
- Janos Kadar

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

The inner thought coming from the heart represents
the real motives and desires.
These are the cause of action.
- Raymond Holliwell

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

But I have the satisfaction, at the same time,
to reflect that the impression to be made depends upon
the consistency of the charge and the motives of the prosecutors.
- Robert Walpole

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

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern
with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
- Eric Hoffer

What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are
usually but the pretexts for it.
- Miguel de Unamuno

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

Even in political considerations, now-a-days,
you have stronger motives to feel interested in the
fate of Europe than in the fate of the Central or Southern parts of America.
- Lajos Kossuth

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of
motives be fixed by laws of nature,
so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances.
- Thomas Reid

A lot of times people's main motives and plan in life
is to hurt as many people as they can,
but I think there's enough good people that help make the world a good place.
- Tina Yothers

Before impugning an opponent's motives,
even when they legitimately may be impugned,
answer his arguments.
- Sidney Hook

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

Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable
and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things.
But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter.
- Victor Garber

It's the millenium, motives are incidental.
- Jamie Kennedy

I always thought it hadn't influenced me very much,
but I heard from many people from England that many
motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books.
- Cornelia Funke

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

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

Living en famille provides the strongest motives for
rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
- Quentin Crisp

There is no music that can't be used politically,
but the motives behind the creation of that music can be non-political.
- Earle Brown

This unusual and highly successful species spends a
great deal of time examining his higher motives and
an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.
- Desmond Morris

Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of
the situation and act out of noble motives,
or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
- Philip Zimbardo

Humanity is made up of an infinity of different individuals.
Each of us travels for motives exclusively his own.
- Ella Maillart

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.
- Samuel Johnson

The automobile is technologically more sophisticated than the bundling board,
but the human motives in their uses are sometimes the same.
- Charles M. Allen

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

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that
it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer,
the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense,
a way of concealing motives and thoughts,
as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and
preventing communication.
- Abraham Maslow

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals,
needs, and motives.
- Thomas Mann

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

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

We have nothing less to do than to get inside of whole
peoples and change their motives and dispositions.
- John Raleigh Mott

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

Men are more accountable for their motives,
than for anything else; and primarily,
morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections.
- Archibald Alexander

I am convinced that the majority of people would be
generous from selfish motives,
if they had the opportunity.
- Charles Dudley Warner

In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible
which aren't credible today,
especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out.
Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets.
- P. D. James

The motives of these parents vary, many parents don't
like the curriculum being taught to their kids,
or are wary of the threat of peer pressure or the presence
of drugs or violence lurking in too many of our schools today.
- Ernest Istook

When any government, or any church for that matter,
undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read,
this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,
the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along
with the current of popular opinion,
where influence, respectability, and all those motives
which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear.
- Benjamin F. Wade

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.
- Larry David

The pains of disconcerted or frustrated habits,
and the inherent pleasure there is in following them,
are motives which nature has put into our wills without
generally caring to inform us why;
and she sometimes decrees,
indeed, that her reasons shall not be ours.
- Chauncey Wright

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others
and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us,
and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak,
the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's,
if we are always criticizing trivial actions -
which often are not real defects at all,
but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
- Saint Teresa

Every diminution of the public burdens arising from
taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power
and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy
new motives for patriotic affection and support.
- Andrew Jackson

Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?
Let me just put this in fairly simple terms:
Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast,
certainly putting our troops in greater danger.
No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.
- Karl Rove

All governments in all wars have used all the means
at their disposal to put their own motives,
decisions and actions, and the actions of their military forces,
in the best possible light.
- Bruce Jackson

It is the greatest scam in history.
I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it.
Global Warming; It is a scam.
Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political
motives manipulated long term scientific data to create
an illusion of rapid global warming.
- John Coleman

No period of history has ever been great or ever can
be that does not act on some sort of high,
idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside,
and we are paying the penalty for it.
- Alfred North Whitehead

When I consider what it was that moved me to join the Communist Party,
I have to cast my mind back for more than a quarter
of a century to try and ascertain what precisely my
motives at that time were.
- Bram Fischer

People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct,
and when they are astonished they are very apt to think
they ought to be alarmed.
The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it.
- Jane Porter

Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when,
as in Munich, people are taken hostage,
people are killed.
But probing the motives of those responsible and showing
that they are also individuals with families and have
their own story does not excuse what they did.
- Steven Spielberg

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions
which I carried out during many conflicts,
which very often occurred between brothers of the same country,
are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations
based on personal ambitions.
- Omar Bongo

Mankind are divided into sects, and individuals think
very differently on religious subjects,
from the purest motives; and that gracious common Parent,
who loves all his children alike, beholds with approbation
every one who worships him in sincerity.
- Joseph Lancaster

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.
- Robert Byrd

It must inquire not merely about the circumstances of the time in general,
but in particular about the writer's position with regard to these things,
the interests and motives, the leading ideas of his literary activity.
- Ferdinand Christian Baur

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

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

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

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

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

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


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