Motives Quotes

One cannot live without motives. I have no motives left, and I am living.

Emil Cioran

If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.

Edward Bernays

It is the media that controls the boundaries of what is politically permissible, so better to change the media. Profit motives work against it, but if we can have the audience understand that most other forms of journalism are not credible, then it may be a forced move.

Julian Paul Assange

The automobile is technologically more sophisticated than the bundling board, but the human motives in their uses are sometimes the same.

Charles M. Allen

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.

Mohandas Gandhi

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Oscar Wilde

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.

James Russell Lowell

One of the most arrogant undertakings, to my mind, is to write the biography of a man which pretends to go beyond external facts and gives the inmost motives. One of the most mendacious is autobiography

Theodor Haecker

Trust is pervasive and inevitable because future contingencies and motives are never completely known.

B. Nooteboom

The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture

William Hazlitt

Many people live righteously for selfish or misguided reasons. If you are striving to please God, examine your motives today.

Paul Chappell

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.

Robert A. Heinlein

The most advanced methods of science and rational calculation in the hands of a social system that is at odds with human needs produce nothing but irrationality; the more advanced the science and the more rational the calculations, the more swiftly and calamitously is this irrationality engendered. Like Captain Ahab, the capitalists say, “all my means are sane, my motives and object mad.”

Harry Braverman

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Ayn Rand

People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives

Thomas Mann

We like so much to hear people talk of us and of our motives, that we are charmed even when they abuse us.

Marie de Sevigne

The more physical the activity, the less the difficulties will be. The more the activity becomes intellectual and turns into motives which exercise a determining influence on the commander's will, the more the difficulties will increase.

Carl von Clausewitz

I cannot pry into motives. I only know of the existence of great extra-social intelligences. Let us say that they distrust the machine. They may be idealists and desire to make a new world, or they may simply be artists, loving for its own sake the pursuit of truth. If I were to hazard a guess, I should say that it took both types to bring about results, for the second find the knowledge and the first the will to use it.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Costner's film captured the main character's motives, while removing 30 IQ points.

William M. Kucmierowski

This life in us; however low it flickers or fiercely burns, is still a divine flame which no man dare presume to put out, be his motives never so humane and enlightened; To suppose otherwise is to countenance a death-wish; Either life is always and in all circumstances sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some the other

Malcolm Muggeridge

The most henious and the must cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.

Mohandas K Gandhi

Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.

Quentin Crisp

Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can.

Charles Caleb Colton

Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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