Quotations on Motives

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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
(Keywords: Time, Ideas, Circumstances, Leading, Literary, Motives, Writer)

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
(Keywords: God, Man, Motives, Will)

First of all; Frank was the BOSS. We didn't question any of his motives or decisions at the time.
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Keywords: Time, Boss, Decisions, First, Motives, Question)

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
(Keywords: Men, Being, Germany, Italy, Law, Laws, Majority, Motives, Nation)

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
(Keywords: Environmental, History, Global warming, Illusion, Motives, Scientists)

The beginning of self-knowledge: recognizing that your motives are the same as other people's.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: People, Beginning, Motives, Self)

Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Opportunity, Living, Motives, Rudeness)

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
(Keywords: Act, Evil, Motives, Result)

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
(Keywords: Actions, Being, Motives, Past)

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
(Keywords: War, Army, End, Motives, President, Vietnam)

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
(Keywords: Negative, Positive, Motives, State)

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
(Keywords: Time, Mind, Motives, Party)

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
(Keywords: People, Man, Motives, Personality)

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
(Keywords: Government, Church, End, Forbidden, May, Motives, Oppression, Result, Tyranny)

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
(Keywords: War, End, Intentions, Motives, Public)

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Quality, Concern, Improvement, Motives, Purity, Results)

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
(Keywords: Being, Curriculum, Drugs, Kids, Motives, Parents, Pressure, Schools, Today, Violence)

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
(Keywords: Power, Affection, Motives, Public, Support, Taxation)

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
(Keywords: People, Motives, Secrets, Today)

The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Being, Motives, Vanity)

Those who joined us for selfish personal reasons, for a career or other motives will be the ones to leave.
- Janos Kadar
(Keywords: Career, Motives, Will)

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
(Keywords: America, Europe, Fate, Motives, Now)

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
(Keywords: Children, Mankind, Motives, Religious, Sincerity)

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.
- Thomas Mann
(Keywords: People, Goals, Behavior, Motives, Needs, Sense)

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
(Keywords: People, Iraq, Israel, Motives, Support)

We have nothing less to do than to get inside of whole peoples and change their motives and dispositions.
- John Raleigh Mott
(Keywords: Change, Motives, Nothing)

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)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Circumstances, Effect, Fact, Influence, Laws, Motives, Question)

We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Actions, Blush, Motives, World)

We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Keywords: Actions, Motives, World)

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
(Keywords: Danger, Liberals, Motives, Needs, Now, Troops, Words)

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
(Keywords: Life, Truth, Policy, Fear, Light, Motives, Opinions)

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
(Keywords: Heart, Influence, Motives, Opinion, Popular, Respectability)

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
(Keywords: Time, Impression, Consistency, Motives, Satisfaction)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Caring, Habits, Motives, Pleasure)

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
(Keywords: Life, People, Help, Hurt, Motives, World)









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