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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.
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.
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.
It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
To be in theater you have to be a kind of psychologist, for you're always trying to understand character and motives.
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.
Homelessness is the fundamental idea of salvation in Jainism. It means the breaking off of all earthly relations, and therefore, above all, indifference to general impressions and avoidance of all worldly motives, the ceasing to act, to hope, to desire.
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
I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear.
Benjamin F. Wade
It saddens me when public officials and bureaucrats are criticized for ulterior motives, none of which I have ever found in a government bureaucrat, or when someone personalizes disagreements.
Michael K. Powell
Since the end of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, presidents have misled the public about their motives and their intentions in going to war.
I want my books to explore motives which make people think, 'Wow! Imagine the psychological state you'd have to be in for that to be your motive!' Whereas things like blackmail, jealousy - they're rational reasons for committing murder.
Evolutionary psychologists seem to want to unmask our noblest motives as ultimately self-interested - to show that our love for children, compassion for the unfortunate and sense of justice are just tactics in a Darwinian struggle to perpetuate our genes.
Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else; and primarily, morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections.
Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
Intellectuals are in a position to expose the lies of governments, to analyze actions according to their causes and motives and often hidden intentions.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The beginning of self-knowledge: recognizing that your motives are the same as other people's.
Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
Any actor who judges his character is a fool - for every role you play you've got to absorb that character's motives and justifications.
The hippie movement politicized my generation. When it ended, we all started looking back at our own history, looking, in my case, for motives of rebellion.
A boardroom is a collection of individuals, and individuals have varying motives, egos, agendas and qualifications. Sometimes the dynamics can go off track.
I couldn't be happier that President Bush has stood up for having served in the National Guard, because I can finally put an end to all those who questioned my motives for enlisting in the Army Reserve at the height of the Vietnam War.
For months, Obama administration officials attacked Snowden's motives and said the work of the NSA was distorted by selective leaks and misinterpretations.
This kind of charge reveals a good deal about the personality of the people who make it; to impute such motives to another man is to imply you're harboring them yourself.
The New Testament persistently presses us upward, toward higher motives for being good.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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