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

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