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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.
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
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.
What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
William Butler Yeats
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.
It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
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.
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.
No one does anything from a single motive.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
Jean de la Bruyere
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
Miguel de Cervantes
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.
However much we might deplore the profit motive, or consumerist values, if everyone just wants i-Pods we would probably be better off than if they wanted class revolution.
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.
William Howard Taft
Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous. For example, if I have evil intent and I galvanize that evil intent with many others, the capacity to destroy is immense. Where goodness is the motive, unity is phenomenal and actually has some good issues to it.
America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
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
We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action.
Would we not do well to have the pleasing of God as our motive rather than to try to elevate ourselves above our brother and outdo another?
Ezra Taft Benson
What is the motive to the secret ballot? This, and only this: Like other confederates in crime, those who use it are not friends, but enemies; and they are afraid to be known, and to have their individual doings known, even to each other.
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.
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