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Motive Sayings By Isaac Asimov: There is nothing straight about you; no motive that hasn't another behind it; no statement There is nothing straight about you; no motive that hasn't another behind it; no statement that hasn't three meanings. — Isaac Asimov
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Motive Sayings By Jean Antoine Petit-Senn: The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds. — Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
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Motive Sayings By Oswald Chambers: If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men. — Oswald Chambers
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Motive Sayings By Karen Blixen: Circumstances can have a motive force by which they bring about events without aid of Circumstances can have a motive force by which they bring about events without aid of human imagination or apprehension. On such occasions you yourself keep in touch with what is going on by attentively following it from moment to moment, like a blind person who is being led, and who places one foot in front of the other cautiously but unwittingly. Things are happening to you, and you feel them happening, but except for this one fact, you have no connection with them, and no key to the cause or meaning of them. [ ... ] - a passage outside the range of imagination, but within the range of experience. — Karen Blixen
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Motive Sayings By Nikola Tesla: I can now state that I have succeeded in operating a motive device by means I can now state that I have succeeded in operating a motive device by means of [cosmic rays]. I will tell you in the most general way, the cosmic ray ionizes the air, setting free many charges - ions and electrons. These charges are captured in a condenser which is made to discharge through the circuit of the motor. — Nikola Tesla
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Motive Sayings By Bidemi Mark-Mordi: Mistakes are a combination of your choices and has nothing to do with your capacity. Mistakes are a combination of your choices and has nothing to do with your capacity. — Bidemi Mark-Mordi
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Motive Sayings By Simone Weil: Money destroys human roots wherever it is able to penetrate, by turning desire for gain Money destroys human roots wherever it is able to penetrate, by turning desire for gain into the sole motive. It easily manages to outweigh all other motives, because the effort it demands of the mind is so very much less. Nothing is so clear and so simple as a row of figures. — Simone Weil
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Motive Sayings By Dalai Lama: If one's cause is supported by sound reasoning, there is no point in using violence. If one's cause is supported by sound reasoning, there is no point in using violence. It is those who have no motive other than selfish desire and who cannot achieve their goal through logical reasoning who rely on force. — Dalai Lama
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Motive Sayings By David F. Wells: As Jonathan Edwards observed a long time ago, we act on our strongest motive. If As Jonathan Edwards observed a long time ago, we act on our strongest motive. If our strongest motive, our deepest desire, is to know God, it will generate the discipline that we need to pursue this, because we will want to know God more than anything else. If this is not our strongest motive, we will find ourselves with multiple, alternative, and competing foci. These will inevitably distract us. — David F. Wells
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Motive Sayings By Giancarlo Esposito: I try to be careful with my persuasiveness. When my heart is really behind it, I try to be careful with my persuasiveness. When my heart is really behind it, and when I have no ulterior motive, then I know I'm truly persuasive. — Giancarlo Esposito
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Motive Sayings By Subhas Chandra Bose: Gird up your loins for the task that now lies ahead. I had asked you Gird up your loins for the task that now lies ahead. I had asked you for men, money and materials. I have got them in generous measure. Now I demand more of you. Men, money and materials cannot by themselves bring victory or freedom. We must have the motive-power that will inspire us to brave deeds and heroic exploits. — Subhas Chandra Bose
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Motive Sayings By Henry Theodore Tuckerman: Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive Society is the offspring of leisure; and to acquire this forms the only rational motive for accumulating wealth, notwithstanding the cant that prevails on the subject of labor. — Henry Theodore Tuckerman
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Motive Sayings By Robert S. Mendelsohn: Greed plays a role in causing unnecessary surgery, although I don't think the economic motive Greed plays a role in causing unnecessary surgery, although I don't think the economic motive alone is enough to explain it. There's no doubt that if you eliminated all unnecessary surgery, most surgeons would go out of business. They'd have to look for honest work, because the surgeon gets paid when he performs surgery on you, not when you're treated some other way. In pre-paid group practices where surgeons are paid a steady salary not tied to how many operations they perform, hysterectomies and tonsillectomies occur only about one-third as often as in fee-for-service situations. — Robert S. Mendelsohn
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Motive Sayings By Brendon Burchard: Declaring that we will master our fears is the first great leap toward freedom. Our Declaring that we will master our fears is the first great leap toward freedom. Our vitality, growth, and destiny all demand that we can topple fear. As so much hangs in the balance, let us better understand what fear really is. Fear is the human motive of aversion. Fear doesn't help us commit to higher aims. It doesn't help us imagine greatness. Its sole aim is immediate release from threat, strain, or pain. It often becomes a by-all-means-necessary approach to controlling any given situation so that the body - but most often the ego - can feel safe and unchallenged. — Brendon Burchard
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Motive Sayings By Charles Bukowski: You think of killing himon the spotbut discard that thought andleave,down into the urine-stinkingelevator, they You think of killing him
on the spot
but discard that thought and
leave,
down into the urine-stinking
elevator,
they have you crucified too,
America at work,
where they rip out your intestines
and your brain and your
will and your spirit.
They suck you dry, then throw
you away.
The capitalist system.
The work ethic.
The profit motive.
The memory of your father's words,
"work hard and you'll be
appreciated."
of course, only if you make
much more for them than they pay
you. — Charles Bukowski
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Motive Sayings By Hilaire Belloc: There is thus a very great deal in common between the enthusiasm with which Mohammed's There is thus a very great deal in common between the enthusiasm with which Mohammed's teaching attacked the priesthood, the Mass and the sacraments, and the enthusiasm with which Calvinism, the central motive force of the Reformation, did the same. — Hilaire Belloc
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Motive Sayings By Henry Kissinger: Historically, alliances had been formed to augment a nation's strength in case of war; as Historically, alliances had been formed to augment a nation's strength in case of war; as World War I approached, the primary motive for war was to strengthen the alliances. — Henry Kissinger
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Motive Sayings By Peter Kreeft: Each truth about God known by the mind is a new motive for loving Him Each truth about God known by the mind is a new motive for loving Him with the will. — Peter Kreeft
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Motive Sayings By W. Somerset Maugham: Sometimes I think that when we say our honour prevents us from doing this or Sometimes I think that when we say our honour prevents us from doing this or
that we deceive ourselves, and our real motive is vanity. — W. Somerset Maugham
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Motive Sayings By Alice Oswald: That is the best instruction you could ever give a poet: whether you're examining a That is the best instruction you could ever give a poet: whether you're examining a bad line in a poem or a bad motive for action, keep well your repining - meaning, don't ignore the honest muttering in your head. — Alice Oswald
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Motive Sayings By Nathan Deal: Just because scientists have the knowledge to do it, the technology to do it, and Just because scientists have the knowledge to do it, the technology to do it, and some may even have a financial motive or other incentive to do it, does not make it right. — Nathan Deal
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Motive Sayings By Swami Vivekananda: The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Throughout the history of mankind, if any motive power has been more potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves. — Swami Vivekananda
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Motive Sayings By Ken MacLeod: Naive' is not a word I associate with the Southern Rule. Superstitious, perhaps, traditional, yes, Naive' is not a word I associate with the Southern Rule. Superstitious, perhaps, traditional, yes, maddeningly set in their way, certainly but not naive." "I meant you are naive. They must have a hidden motive." "This is why I have no politics," said Darvin. "I can't think in those terms. — Ken MacLeod
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Motive Sayings By Josh Lanyon: Max's scarred brow crinkled. He reached for the coffee mug on his desk. "Motive is Max's scarred brow crinkled. He reached for the coffee mug on his desk. "Motive is tricky. See, what might be a good reason for me to kill someone might not be a good enough reason for you to kill someone."
Swift stared at his hands loosely clasped around his ankle. "I wouldn't. Deliberately hurt anyone."
"And my impulse is to hurt anyone who hurts you." When Swift's gaze lifted to his, Max said, "See how that works?"
He did, and while it wasn't intended as a compliment, it did warm his heart in a funny way. He managed to joke, "Why, I think that's the most romantic thing anyone's ever said to me. — Josh Lanyon
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Motive Sayings By St. Jerome: Vanity is truly the motive power that moves humanity, and it is flattery that greases Vanity is truly the motive power that moves humanity, and it is flattery that greases the wheels. — St. Jerome
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Motive Sayings By Peter Sloterdijk: Being-'subject' means taking up a position from which an actor can make the transition from Being-'subject' means taking up a position from which an actor can make the transition from theory to practice. This transition usually takes place once an actor has found the motive that liberates them from hesitation and disinhibits them for action. — Peter Sloterdijk
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Motive Sayings By Frank C. Lockwood: The common ground where the activities of God and man become one is the motive The common ground where the activities of God and man become one is the motive of perfect love; for in the last resolve love is the essence of God's nature. When he thinks, love is his thought; when he wills, love is the product of his will. To the degree, therefore, that man thinks and wills the good
to the degree that he realizes love in his finite dealings
he interfuses himself with God. — Frank C. Lockwood
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Motive Sayings By Thomas Paine: The prejudice of unfounded belief often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at The prejudice of unfounded belief often degenerates into the prejudice of custom, and becomes at last rank hypocrisy. When men, from custom or fashion or any worldly motive, profess or pretend to believe what they do not believe, nor can give any reason for believing, they unship the helm of their morality, and being no longer honest to their own minds they feel no moral difficulty in being unjust to others. — Thomas Paine
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Motive Sayings By Samuel Taylor Coleridge: No one does anything from a single motive. No one does anything from a single motive. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Motive Sayings By G.K. Chesterton: He stared and talked at the girl's red hair and amused face for what seemed He stared and talked at the girl's red hair and amused face for what seemed to be a few minutes; and then, feeling that the groups in such a place should mix, rose to his feet. To his astonishment, he discovered the whole garden empty. Everyone had gone long ago, and he went himself with a rather hurried apology. He left with a sense of champagne in his head, which he could not afterwards explain. In the wild events which were to follow, this girl had no part at all; he never saw her again until all his tale was over. And yet, in some indescribable way, she kept recurring like a motive in music through all his mad adventures afterwards, and the glory of her strange hair ran like a red thread through those dark and ill-drawn tapestries of the night. For what followed was so improbable that it might well have been a dream. — G.K. Chesterton
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Motive Sayings By Michael Erard: One difference is that individuals living in multilingual communities seem to settle on an optimal One difference is that individuals living in multilingual communities seem to settle on an optimal cognitive load. The hyperpolyglot possesses a similar patchwork of linguistic proficiencies. Yet he or she exceeds this optimum with a conspicuous consumption of brain power (...) For multilinguals, learning languages is an act of joining society. There's no motive, no separable 'will to plasticity' that's distinct from what it means to be a part of that society. Being a hyperpolyglot means exactly the opposite. The hyperpolyglot's pursuit of many languages may be a bridge to the rest of the world, but it walls him off from his immediate language community. — Michael Erard
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Motive Sayings By Mark Skousen: Most of Marx's predictions have failed to materialize, and his labor theory of value and Most of Marx's predictions have failed to materialize, and his labor theory of value and other ideas have been proven wrong. Marx failed to recognize the incentive system built into the capitalist model - consumer choice and the profit motive of the entrepreneur. The irony is that capitalism, not socialism or Marxism, that has liberated the worker from the chains of poverty, monopoly, war, and oppression, and has better achieved Marx's vision of a millennium of hope, peace, abundance, leisure, and aesthetic expression for the 'full' human being. — Mark Skousen
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Motive Sayings By Victor Hugo: The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because. The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because. — Victor Hugo
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Motive Sayings By David Akadjian: I want to also emphasize here that your end goal is trust and you should I want to also emphasize here that your end goal is trust and you should never say or do something you don't believe to pursue an ulterior motive. You will not be authentic and it will come back to haunt you. You want people to trust you and you want to be able to trust them. The way to do this is to be honest about your beliefs. — David Akadjian
Motive Sayings By Matt Haig: Where we are from there is no remorse because action has a logical motive and Where we are from there is no remorse because action has a logical motive and always results in the best outcome for the given situation. — Matt Haig
Motive Sayings By Karl Barth: We act unbelievingly and disobediently when, for whatever motive, we distort, falsify, or suppress the We act unbelievingly and disobediently when, for whatever motive, we distort, falsify, or suppress the facts about our life in nature and history. — Karl Barth
Motive Sayings By Euginia Herlihy: Your love for me is transparent, no hidden agenda, no ulterior motive. Your love for me is transparent, no hidden agenda, no ulterior motive. — Euginia Herlihy
Motive Sayings By Soseki Natsume: But once I could look back on it in a calmer frame of mind, it But once I could look back on it in a calmer frame of mind, it struck me that his motive was surely not so simple and straightforward. Had it resulted from a fatal collision between reality and ideals? Perhaps - but this was still not quite it. Eventually, I began to wonder whether it was not the same unbearable loneliness that I now felt that had brought K to his decision. — Soseki Natsume
Motive Sayings By Donald G. Dutton: What are the final lessons learned? I came to the conclusion that the most powerful What are the final lessons learned? I came to the conclusion that the most powerful human motive by far is the striving for attachment to loved ones in perpetuity. Humans will do anything for this, including blowing themselves (and others) to pieces. I learned that tribalism is universal. It may start with the attachment to another (typically, the mother and disinterest in those who are not her), and it may be furthered by the division of in-group as those we recognize and out-group as the rest, but our capacity for symbolism established in- and outgroups in us all, and we view their actions completely differently. We need, if we are to survive, a sense both of humanity as a tribe and of humanity's potential for radical violence. If we delude ourselves that we are the civilized entity we appear to be on the surface, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, only with more powerful and devastating weapons. — Donald G. Dutton
Motive Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: The little princess, like an old war horse that hears the trumpet, unconsciously and quite The little princess, like an old war horse that hears the trumpet, unconsciously and quite forgetting her condition, prepared for the familiar gallop of coquetry, without any ulterior motive or any struggle, but with naive and lighthearted gaiety. — Leo Tolstoy
Motive Sayings By W. Somerset Maugham: He was occupied with the forming of a pattern out of the manifold chaos of He was occupied with the forming of a pattern out of the manifold chaos of life, and the materials with which he worked seemed to make preoccupation with pigments and words very trivial. Lawson had served his turn. Philip's friendship with him had been a motive in the design he was elaborating: it was merely sentimental to ignore the fact that the painter was of no further interest to him. — W. Somerset Maugham
Motive Sayings By Maximus The Confessor: In all our actions, God considers the intention: whether we act for Him or for In all our actions, God considers the intention: whether we act for Him or for some other motive. — Maximus The Confessor
Motive Sayings By Jane Austen: Where there is a disposition to dislike, a motive will never be wanting; Where there is a disposition to dislike, a motive will never be wanting; — Jane Austen
Motive Sayings By Parul Wadhwa: I have a distinct air of myself standing amidst such a crowd of people. My I have a distinct air of myself standing amidst such a crowd of people. My eyes set above, looking at the tall building if it bespeaks a promising note. I don't know how fair is life, All I know is I have a plan to alter the face of it, the way I choose. A purpose, a driving motive, and an obsession. — Parul Wadhwa
Motive Sayings By Danny Castillones Sillada: To be human is, primarily, to embrace that we are human with strengths and weaknesses, To be human is, primarily, to embrace that we are human with strengths and weaknesses, and that our humanity is preordained to seek the Truth, Good and Beauty as part of our humanity. To be human is to be an agent of peace, justice, and reconciliation in our community or society. To be human is to be heroic and generous in an unobtrusive way, free from any selfish motive, with no media to show the litany of our good deeds. To be human is to have time to listen to the story of a grieving soul, to give hope to the hopeless, to give love to the unloved.(Danny Castillones Sillada, A reason to be Human: Human Pathos and Compassion) — Danny Castillones Sillada
Motive Sayings By Dalai Lama: One interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, One interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, the irony is that even after obtaining the object of your desire you are still not satisfied. The true antidote of greed is contentment. — Dalai Lama
Motive Sayings By Franz Kafka: The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but The ulterior motives with which you absorb and assimilate Evil are not your own but those of Evil. — Franz Kafka
Motive Sayings By Mahavatar Babaji: Even in the world, the yogi who faithfully discharges his responsibilities, without personal motive or Even in the world, the yogi who faithfully discharges his responsibilities, without personal motive or attachment, treads the sure path of enlightenment. — Mahavatar Babaji
Motive Sayings By Heather Mills: The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a constant and perpetual motive throughout my life. — Heather Mills
Motive Sayings By Henry B. Irving: The silent workings, and still more the explosions, of human passion which bring to light The silent workings, and still more the explosions, of human passion which bring to light the darker elements of man's nature present to the philosophical observer considerations of intrinsic interest; while to the jurist, the study of human nature and human character with its infinite varieties, especially as affecting the connection between motive and action, between irregular desire or evil disposition and crime itself, is equally indispensable and difficult." - Wills on Circumstantial Evidence. — Henry B. Irving
Motive Sayings By Swami Vivekananda: We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be a time when this world will become perfect, when there will be no disease, nor death, nor unhappiness, nor wickedness. That is a very good idea, a very good motive power to inspire and uplift the ignorant. But if we think for a moment, we shall find on the very face of it that it cannot be so. How can it be, seeing that good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin? How can you have good without evil at the same time? — Swami Vivekananda
Motive Sayings By Ayn Rand: She sat listening to the music. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed She sat listening to the music. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive. It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean, and left nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort. Only a faint echo within the sounds spoke of that from which the music had escaped, but spoke in laughing astonishment at the discovery that there was no ugliness or pain, and there never had to be. It was the song of an immense deliverance. — Ayn Rand
Motive Sayings By Haniel Long: A man's motive in the small actions of daily life, like resting a moment on A man's motive in the small actions of daily life, like resting a moment on his pitchfork in the sun and listening intently, may be the most important thing about that man. — Haniel Long
Motive Sayings By Johannes Kepler: The sun alone appears, by virtue of his dignity and power, suited for this motive The sun alone appears, by virtue of his dignity and power, suited for this motive duty (of moving the planets) and worthy to become the home of God himself. — Johannes Kepler
Motive Sayings By Alexander MacLaren: God is His own motive. His love is not drawn out by our loveableness, but God is His own motive. His love is not drawn out by our loveableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature. — Alexander MacLaren
Motive Sayings By Taona Dumisani Chiveneko: The key trait of a Sperm Pirate is that she is not driven by desperation. The key trait of a Sperm Pirate is that she is not driven by desperation. Escaping poverty or hardship is not her motive. She usually has a good education and access to the same opportunities as the man she tries to trap. However, she understands that it is more efficient to enjoy a lavish lifestyle through the sweat of another's labour. But the Sperm Pirate is acutely aware that the infatuation of a hormonal man has a brief shelf life. This poor collateral must be cashed in before it expires. A pregnancy is the best way to convert this volatile resource into a stable asset. Babies are reliable insurance policies. They create legal obligations for financial support, even when the sweet milk of passion turns sour. — Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
Motive Sayings By Ellen Key: Unless one believes in a superhuman reason which directs evolution, one is bound to believe Unless one believes in a superhuman reason which directs evolution, one is bound to believe in a reason inherent in humanity, a motive power transcending that of each separate people, just as the power of the organism transcends that of the organ. This reason increases in proportion as the unity of mankind becomes established. — Ellen Key
Motive Sayings By Tasha Eurich: three ways to improve your team's motive-based trust in you: self-disclosure, demonstrating fairness, and acting three ways to improve your team's motive-based trust in you: self-disclosure, demonstrating fairness, and acting with integrity. — Tasha Eurich
Motive Sayings By Will Durant: The experience of the past lives little doubt that every economic system must sooner or The experience of the past lives little doubt that every economic system must sooner or later rely upon some form of the profit motive to stir individuals and groups to productivity. Substitutes like slavery, police supervision, or ideological enthusiasm prove too unproductive, too expensive, or too transient. — Will Durant
Motive Sayings By Joanne Harris: A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. Perhaps he wants shelter. Or perhaps he knows that someday he may need the firewood. — Joanne Harris
Motive Sayings By Osamu Dazai: I never could think of prostitutes as human beings or even as women. They seemed I never could think of prostitutes as human beings or even as women. They seemed more like imbeciles or lunatics. But in their arms I felt absolute security. I could sleep soundly. It was pathetic how utterly devoid of greed they really were. And perhaps because they felt for me something like an affinity for their kind, these prostitutes always showed me a natural friendliness which never became oppressive. Friendliness with no ulterior motive, friendliness stripped of high-pressure salesmanship, for someone who might never come again. Some nights I saw these imbecile, lunatic prostitutes with the halo of Mary. — Osamu Dazai
Motive Sayings By James Atlas: But this graveyard of dead books doesn't unnerve me. It reminds me that I had But this graveyard of dead books doesn't unnerve me. It reminds me that I had a deeper motive, one that only the approach of old age and death has unlocked. I wrote to answer questions I had - the motive of all art, whatever its ostensible subject. There were things I urgently needed to know. — James Atlas
Motive Sayings By Tim O'Reilly: I believe that the human motive to share is very powerful. The human motive to I believe that the human motive to share is very powerful. The human motive to profit is also very powerful, and I think that the profit motive and the sharing motive are not exclusive. — Tim O'Reilly
Motive Sayings By Edwin Hubbel Chapin: Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening. — Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Motive Sayings By Oswald Chambers: Our Lord did not say it was wrong to pray in the corners of the Our Lord did not say it was wrong to pray in the corners of the street, but He did say it was wrong to have the motive to "be seen of men". — Oswald Chambers
Motive Sayings By Jean Piaget: The child is a realist in every domain of thought, and it is therefore natural The child is a realist in every domain of thought, and it is therefore natural that in the moral sphere he should lay more stress on the external, tangible element than on the hidden motive. — Jean Piaget
Motive Sayings By Otto Weininger: Napoleon, the greatest of the conquerors, is a sufficient proof that great men of action Napoleon, the greatest of the conquerors, is a sufficient proof that great men of action are criminals, and therefore, not geniuses. One can understand him by thinking of the tremendous intensity with which he tried to escape from himself. There is this element in all the conquerors, great or small. Just because he had great gifts, greater than those of any emperor before him, he had greater difficulty in stifling the disapproving voice within him. The motive of his ambition was the craving to stifle his better self. — Otto Weininger
Motive Sayings By Susan B. Anthony: I deplore the horrible crime as child murder ... no matter what the motive, love I deplore the horrible crime as child murder ... no matter what the motive, love of ease, or desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent,the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed ... but oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which compelled her to the crime. — Susan B. Anthony
Motive Sayings By Immanuel Kant: To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations ... For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination. — Immanuel Kant
Motive Sayings By Bernard Of Clairvaux: Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire ... Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives. — Bernard Of Clairvaux
Motive Sayings By Glenn Greenwald: And in every instance, the motive is the same: suppressing dissent and mandating compliance. And in every instance, the motive is the same: suppressing dissent and mandating compliance. — Glenn Greenwald
Motive Sayings By Susan Vreeland: How easily a parent's motive could be misconstrued by an injured child. How easily a parent's motive could be misconstrued by an injured child. — Susan Vreeland
Motive Sayings By Ayn Rand: She had always been ... the motive power of her own happiness. She had always been ... the motive power of her own happiness. — Ayn Rand
Motive Sayings By Meister Eckhart: It is not enough for us to perform the works of virtue, exercising obedience, excepting It is not enough for us to perform the works of virtue, exercising obedience, excepting poverty or disgrace or practicing humility or detachment in some other way; rather we should strive ceaselessly until we attain the essence and ground of virtue. And we can tell if we have attained this or not by asking whether we find ourselves inclined to virtue above all else and perform the works of virtue without prior preparation of the will, practicing virtue without the ulterior motive even of a great and good cause, so that the virtuous act in fact happen spontaneously on account of love of virtue and without asking 'what for?' Then and only then do we have the perfect possession of virtue. — Meister Eckhart
Motive Sayings By Sarah Rees Brennan: I've been your friend for years with no ulterior motive," Angela reminded her, scowling."I don't I've been your friend for years with no ulterior motive," Angela reminded her, scowling.
"I don't know that," Kami said. "You could secretly harbor a fevered passion for me. You could have bodaciousasianbeauties bookmarked as one of your favorite sites. This could have been your motive for friendship all along."
Angela rolled her eyes. "I first met you when you were twelve. You were not exactly bodacious at twelve."
"I had hotential," Kami said. — Sarah Rees Brennan
Motive Sayings By Henry Watson Fowler: Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium. — Henry Watson Fowler
Motive Sayings By Gilbert K. Chesterton: I am a journalist and have no earthly motives except curiosity and personal vanity. I am a journalist and have no earthly motives except curiosity and personal vanity. — Gilbert K. Chesterton
Motive Sayings By Avery Flynn: And Mrs. Orton had the seizure right after you applied the lipstick?" Reggie's voice was And Mrs. Orton had the seizure right after you applied the lipstick?"
Reggie's voice was dead serious.
Drea nodded.
That little tidbit set off Cam's warning sirens. Not good.
Reggie closed his notebook and deposited it in his inner jacket pocket. "Can you think of anything else?"
Drea opened her mouth, then closed it and shook her head.
Christ. So she had a possible motive, opportunity, means to kill Natasha Orton, and she was obviously holding something back. She may not be the only suspect, but even Cam had to admit she was a mighty good one. — Avery Flynn
Motive Sayings By Virgil: That man is the most loyal who aims at the noblest motive, and that motive That man is the most loyal who aims at the noblest motive, and that motive the public good. — Virgil
Motive Sayings By Arthur Schopenhauer: God, who in the beginning was the creator, appears in the end as revenger and God, who in the beginning was the creator, appears in the end as revenger and rewarder. Deference to such a God admittedly can produce virtuous actions; however, because fear of punishment or hope for reward are their motive, these actions will not be purely moral; on the contrary, the inner essence of such virtue will amount to prudent and carefully calculating egoism. — Arthur Schopenhauer
Motive Sayings By Bhagavad Gita: You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness, either.

Perform every action with you heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Renounce attachment to the fruits. Be even-tempered in success and failure: for it is this evenness of temper which is meant by yoga.

Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender. Seek refuge in the knowledge of Brahma. They who work selfishly for results are miserable. — Bhagavad Gita
Motive Sayings By Swami Sivananda: Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive 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. — Swami Sivananda
Motive Sayings By Marcus Garvey: God Almighty created each and every one of use for a place in the world, God Almighty created each and every one of use for a place in the world, and for the least of us to think that we were created only to be what we are and not what we can make ourselves, is to impute an improper motive to the Creator for creating is. — Marcus Garvey
Motive Sayings By Thomas Bernhard: We publish only to satisfy out craving for fame; there's no other motive except the We publish only to satisfy out craving for fame; there's no other motive except the even baser one of making money ... — Thomas Bernhard
Motive Sayings By Nathaniel Branden: When we have unconflicted self-esteem, joy is our motor, not fear. It is happiness that When we have unconflicted self-esteem, joy is our motor, not fear. It is happiness that we wish to experience, not suffering that we wish to avoid. Our purpose is self-expression, not self-avoidance or self-justification. Our motive is not to "prove" our worth but to live our possibilities. — Nathaniel Branden
Motive Sayings By Melanie Joy: Another myth of necessity is that killing is an economic imperative. While an economic motive Another myth of necessity is that killing is an economic imperative. While an economic motive has driven many violent ideologies
the economy of the New World was largely buttressed by slavery, and the plundering of gold and other assests as well as the unpaid labor of Nazi victims financed the German war machine
that doesn't mean the economy would collapse were the killing to cease. It is far more likely that the economic status quo would break down; the carnistic-corporate power structure, rather than the citizenry, would suffer were carnism abolished. — Melanie Joy
Motive Sayings By William Hazlitt: We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum of favor received. — William Hazlitt
Motive Sayings By Anonymous: Why does he see so much risk? "It's a knockoff of the old Sherlock Holmes Why does he see so much risk? "It's a knockoff of the old Sherlock Holmes version of motive, means, and opportunity," he told me. — Anonymous
Motive Sayings By Northrop Frye: The motive for metaphor ... is a desire to associate, and finally to identify, the The motive for metaphor ... is a desire to associate, and finally to identify, the human mind with what goes on outside it, because the only genuine joy you can have is in those rare moments when you feel that although we may know in part, as Paul says, we are also a part of what we know. — Northrop Frye
Motive Sayings By Augustus Y. Napier: This part of being a man, changing the way we parent, happens only when we This part of being a man, changing the way we parent, happens only when we want it to. It changes because we are determined for it to change; and the motive for changing often comes out of wanting to be the kind of parent we didn't have. — Augustus Y. Napier
Motive Sayings By Mao Zedong: The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. — Mao Zedong
Motive Sayings By Wallace D. Wattles: You must lay aside your greed; have no unworthy motive in your desire to become You must lay aside your greed; have no unworthy motive in your desire to become rich and powerful. It is legitimate and right to desire riches, if you want them for the sake of your soul, but not if you desire them for the lists of the flesh. — Wallace D. Wattles
Motive Sayings By Alan Moore: Murder, other than in the most strict forensic sense, is never soluble. That dark human Murder, other than in the most strict forensic sense, is never soluble. That dark human clot can never melt into a lucid, clear suspension. Our detective fiction tells us otherwise: everything is just meat and cold ballistics. Provide a murderer, a motive and a means, and you have solved the crime. Using this method, the solution to the Second World War is as follows: Hitler. The German economy. Tanks. Thus, for convenience, we reduce the complex events. — Alan Moore
Motive Sayings By Joe Biden: When you question a man's motives, when you say they are acting out of greed, When you question a man's motives, when you say they are acting out of greed, they are in the pocket of an interest group, et cetera. It's awful hard to reach consensus. It's awful hard to reach across the table and shake hands. No matter how bitterly you disagree, though, it is always possible if you question judgment and not motive. — Joe Biden
Motive Sayings By Okakura Kakuzo: One cannot listen to different pieces of music at the same time, a real comprehension One cannot listen to different pieces of music at the same time, a real comprehension of the beautiful being possible only through concentration upon some central motive. — Okakura Kakuzo
Motive Sayings By Etienne Gilson: The God of St. Thomas and Dante is a God Who loves, the god of The God of St. Thomas and Dante is a God Who loves, the god of Aristotle is a god who does not refuse to be loved; the love that moves the heavens and the stars in Aristotle is the love of the heavens and the stars for god, but the love that moves them in St. Thomas and Dante is the love of God for the world; between these two motive causes there is all the difference between an efficient cause on the one hand, and a final cause on the other. — Etienne Gilson
Motive Sayings By Idries Shah: Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method is assimilation, not study. — Idries Shah
Motive Sayings By Marion G. Romney: The only motive strong enough to induce men to exercise the self control required by The only motive strong enough to induce men to exercise the self control required by the religion of Jesus is love. — Marion G. Romney
Motive Sayings By Rabindranath Tagore: I must not hesitate to acknowledge where Europe is great, for great she is without I must not hesitate to acknowledge where Europe is great, for great she is without doubt. We cannot help loving her with all our heart, and paying her the best homage of our admiration, - the Europe who, in her literature and art, pours out an inexhaustible cascade of beauty and truth fertilizing all countries and all time; the Europe who, with a mind which is titanic in its untiring power, is sweeping the height and the depth of the universe, winning her homage of knowledge from the infinitely great and the infinitely small, applying all the resources of her great intellect and heart in healing the sick and alleviating those miseries of man which up till now we were contented to accept in a spirit of hopeless resignation; the Europe who is making the earth yield more fruit than seemed possible, coaxing and compelling the great forces of nature into man's service. Such true greatness must have its motive power in spiritual strength. — Rabindranath Tagore
Motive Sayings By Rick Warren: God's motive for creating you was his love. God's motive for creating you was his love. — Rick Warren