Quotation Explorer - 'Motives'

As an artist, my talents are not mine alone to just keep. My creations have to touch lives, spread love and let my skills be used only in good things but should be selfless not through selfish motives. In this manner, I am giving the gift back to my Master Creator." - Elizabeth's Quotes - Elizabeth E. Castillo
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. - Bertrand Russell
The man who pursues moral ends with unmoral means is involved in acontradiction of motives, and nullifies the object at which he aims,since he denies it by his actions. - Fredrich Von Bernhardi
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. - James M. Barrie
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
Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work together for the benefit of all. - John Maynard Keynes
Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided. - John Locke
I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in ... but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape. - George Orwell
Four things to learn in life: To think clearly without hurry or confusion; To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly. - Helen Keller
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. - Oscar Wilde
Companies' motives to make profit means they neglect inherent social or moral values. - Russell Brand
We have to teach the young that no one is out to do them any favours, even NGOs are formed for some motives, either to steal or to promote a particular person's image or that of an organisation etc.If you must get anything out of anyone, you must come with a bargaining chip. - Magnus Nwagu Amudi
You can question somebody's views and their judgment without questioning their motives or patriotism. - Barack Obama
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it. - Samuel Johnson
Every soul is a soul. It is the motives, deeds and actions that define the personality of each soul. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Without trust and respect, only fear and distrust of others' motives and intentions are left. Without trust and respect between parties, it is nearly impossible to find good solutions to effective communication. - Deborah A. Beasley
How frequently are the honesty and integrity of a man disposed of by a smile or a shrug. How many good and generous actions have been sunk into oblivion by a distrustful look, or stamped with the imputation of bad motives, by a mysterious and seasonable whisper!
Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on. - Sir Winston Churchill
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. - Bertrand Russell
God knows the motives of every man. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
When Bad People start doing Good things with bad motives; bad people wont become Good people but the World will start doubting the Goodness of Good Things! - kundhan karunakar
Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.
If you want to write you must have faith in yourself. Faith enough to believe that if a thing is true about you, it is likely true about many people. And if you can have faith in your integrity and your motives, then you can write about yourself without fear. - Gordon Atkinson
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
Doubt is a disease that infects the mind creating a mistrust of peoples motives and ones own perceptions. Doubt has the ability to call into questions everything you ever believed about someone and reinforce the darkest suspicions of our inner circle. - Emily Thorne
To truly motivate others 1) discover what their motives, desires & drivers are 2) genuinely connect with and support them from the heart. - Rasheed Ogunlaru
There are two motives for writing a book: one, that you may save what you know, the other, that you may share what you know with the public. - Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
If your motives aren't clean, money itself becomes evil. But When we don't have money enough evil, the world tells us we're losers. So what determines our place in society is not how much kindness is in our hearts but how much evil is in our wallet. - Todd McFarlane
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld
We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood our motives. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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