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Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
James M. Barrie
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
What is obnoxious about the motives of politicians - whatever those motives may be - is that politicians must announce their motives as visionary and grand.
P. J. O'Rourke
Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
A lot of times people's main motives and plan in life is to hurt as many people as they can, but I think there's enough good people that help make the world a good place.
Caregiving has no second agendas or hidden motives. The care is given from love for the joy of giving without expectation, no strings attached.
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
Alfred North Whitehead
The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action.
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.
Miguel de Unamuno
I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.
Charles Dudley Warner
The thirst for education that comes with the change the gospel brings can be a blessing or a curse, depending on our motives.
Henry B. Eyring
This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.
There are so many different ways to lead. The most important thing is to be genuine. To have people around you trust you, trust in what you stand for and who you are. And I think that if people watch you day in and day out and believe in your motives and they believe that you set a high standard for yourself.
You should be careful what you wish for, as the reasons for war get confused. One person can be very clear in their motives, but others can have different agendas.
Many of our deepest motives come, not from an adult logic of how things work in the world, but out of something that is frozen from childhood.
One principle I've been fighting for that doesn't endear me to a lot of people is that black people can be just as complicated and screwed up as white people. Our motives can be just as base and violent. Suffering does not necessarily ennoble you.
Henry Louis Gates
Humanity is made up of an infinity of different individuals. Each of us travels for motives exclusively his own.
Most of the evil of the world comes about not out of evil motives, but somebody saying 'get with the program, be a team player;' this is what we saw at Enron, this is what we saw in the Nixon administration with their scandal.
Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year? Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.
The motives of these parents vary, many parents don't like the curriculum being taught to their kids, or are wary of the threat of peer pressure or the presence of drugs or violence lurking in too many of our schools today.
In 1930s mysteries, all sorts of motives were credible which aren't credible today, especially motives of preventing guilty sexual secrets from coming out. Nowadays, people sell their guilty sexual secrets.
P. D. James
Mankind are divided into sects, and individuals think very differently on religious subjects, from the purest motives; and that gracious common Parent, who loves all his children alike, beholds with approbation every one who worships him in sincerity.
The things that converge in the writing of a play come from a complex of motives, a genesis shrouded in a certain kind of mystery.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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