Quotations on Motive

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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
(Keywords: Dreams, Action, Moods, Motive, Study)

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
(Keywords: Men, Work, Ambition, Class, Motive, Spirit, Students, Will)

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Father, Man, Misery, Motive, Will)

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
(Keywords: Truth, Heart, End, May, Motive, Will)

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain.
- Stanley Baldwin
(Keywords: Politics, Motive, Will)

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
(Keywords: Deed, Judgment, Man, Motive, Snow, Will, Winter)

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
(Keywords: Death, Life, Cause, Friends, Motive, Necessity)

When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Keywords: Law, Motive, Pity)

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
(Keywords: Power, People, Energy, Motive, Personality)

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
(Keywords: Technology, Knowledge, Financial, May, Motive, Right, Scientists)

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Life, Motive, Want)

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Opportunity, Cruelty, Motive, Vice)

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
(Keywords: Love, Husband, Instinct, Motive, Pleasure, Tradition)

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
(Keywords: People, Actor, Motive, Want)

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
(Keywords: Baseball, Cause, Crime, Effect, Motive, Punishment, Result, World)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Politics, First, Media, Motive, Writing)

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
(Keywords: Power, Work, Motive, Nothing, Quantity, Results)

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
- Ernest Hemingway
(Keywords: War, Authority, Cause, Motive, Public, Right)

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
(Keywords: Being, Deed, Kindness, Motive, Motives)

I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Love, Being, Force, Motive, Universe)

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
(Keywords: Religion, Fear, Beginning, Evil, Fanaticism, Morals, Motive, Wickedness)

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
(Keywords: Government, Circumstances, Countries, England, May, Motive, Opinion, Queen, Wishes)

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
(Keywords: Desire, Film, Greed, Motive, Murder, Profit)

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
(Keywords: Men, Motive, Right, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, Actions, May, Modesty, Motive, Passion, Shame, Vice)

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action.
- Sarojini Naidu
(Keywords: Action, Courage, Motive, Sincerity, Speech, Want)

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
(Keywords: Change, Being, Man, Motive, Want)

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
(Keywords: Travel, Time, Energy, Motive, Obvious)

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
(Keywords: Poetry, Clarity, Motive, World)

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
(Keywords: Power, Desire, Force, Motive, Motives, Stupidity)

Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world.
- Tom Scholz
(Keywords: Corporations, Motive, Profit, World)

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
(Keywords: Power, Motive, Obstacles, Wind)

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
(Keywords: Action, Desire, Evil, Force, Mind, Motive, Poverty)

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.
- William Howard Taft
(Keywords: Effort, Labor, Motive, Selfishness, Socialism, Today)

My great crime in the world is blunder I will get into scrapes without intention or any bad motive.
- Stand Watie
(Keywords: Crime, Intention, Motive, Will, World)

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
- William Butler Yeats
(Keywords: Deed, Light, Motive, Shadow, Shadows)

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
- Mao Zedong
(Keywords: History, People, Force, Motive, World)









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