Quotes by motive

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  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric Hoffer
    American writer 1902-1983
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    Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English poet and critic 1772-1834
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    No one does anything from a single motive.
  • George Eliot
    George Eliot
    English writer and poet 1819-1880
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    A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
  • Barry Unsworth
    Barry Unsworth
    English writer 1930-2012
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    As I wrote I began to see more strongly that there were inescapable analogies. You couldn't really live through the '80s without feeling how crass and distasteful some of the economic doctrines were. The slave trade is a perfect model for that kind of total devotion to the profit motive without reckoning the human consequences.
  • Bernard Mandeville
    Bernard Mandeville
    British writer and artist 1670-1733
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    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 perform'd from that Motive.
    Source: The Fable of the Bees Remark C, p. 65
  • Claude Adrien Helvétius
    Claude Adrien Helvétius
    French philosopher 1715-1771
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    By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.
  • Ayn Rand
    Ayn Rand
    Russian Writer, Philosopher 1905-1982
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    Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
  • Claude Adrien Helvétius
    Claude Adrien Helvétius
    French philosopher 1715-1771
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    Every man without passion has within him no principle of action, nor motive of act.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
  • Claude Adrien Helvétius
    Claude Adrien Helvétius
    French philosopher 1715-1771
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    He who has no passion has no principal or motive to act.
  • Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    Francois de la Rochefoucauld
    French writer 1613-1680
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    How ever a brilliant an action, it should not be viewed as great unless it is the result of a great motive.
  • Dean William R. Inge
    Dean William R. Inge
    Dean of St Paul's, London 1860-1954
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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 o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
  • P. J. O'Rourke
    P. J. O'Rourke
    American journalist 1947-
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    I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.
  • Peace Pilgrim
    Peace Pilgrim
    American activist, mystic and pacifist 1908-1981
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    I've met a few people who had to change their jobs in order to change their lives, but I've met many more people who merely had to change their motive to service in order to change their lives.
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