Motives Quotes

Most popular motives quotes

All we do is done with an eye to something else.
All that we do is done with an eye to something else.
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
The heart has its reasons, which reason does not understand.
Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it.


Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Distrust your judgment the moment you can discern the shadow of a personal motive in it.


The moment there is suspicion about a man's motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
The Light of Lights
Looks always on the motive, not the deed.
The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all of the motives which produced them.
It is not true that every man has a price. But for every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.

human nature persuasion

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.
Too great a preoccupation with motives (especially one's own motives) is liable to lead to too little concern for consequences.
'Tis e'er the wont of simple folk to prize the deed and o'erlook the motive,  and of learned folk to discount the deed and lay open the soul of the doer.
The true motives of our actions, like the real pipes of an organ, are usually concealed.  But the gilded and the hollow pretext is pompously placed in the front of show.
I have known men who could see through the motivations of others with the skill of a clairvoyant; only to prove blind to their own mistakes. In fact, I have been one of those men.