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Motive Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Motive

Please enjoy these Motive Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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