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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.
For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
William Butler Yeats
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
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
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
Jean de la Bruyere
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.
It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.
No one does anything from a single motive.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
If you're actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you'll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
Miguel de Cervantes
America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
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.
Mysteries and thrillers are not the same things, though they are literary siblings. Roughly put, I would say the distinction is that mysteries emphasize motive and psychology whereas thrillers rely more heavily on action and plot.
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.
I don't necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I'd much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I'd prefer to play the villain because there's a reason, there's a motive behind their madness.
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
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.
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