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.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. - George Santayana
Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. - George Santayana
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. - Ayn Ranc
Not taking the Bible (or other texts based on 'revealed truths') literally leaves it up to the reader to cherry-pick elements for belief. There exists no guide for such cherry-picking, and zero religious sanction for it. - Jeffrey Tayler
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. - Ayn Rand