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Ulterior Motive Quotes


"There are moments when the inner life actually 'pays,' when years of self-scrutiny, conducted for no ulterior motive, are suddenly of practical use." - E M Forster

"It's so easy to become a grumbler, someone who condemns and carps at everything on principle and sees an ulterior motive behind it." - Eric Metaxas

"I'm not going to stop talking to people who come up to me in an airport. I'm not going to worry about what may be their ulterior motive." - Rob Lowe

"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

"Motivation is motive in action." - Denis Waitley

"Effort plus motive equals result." - P.D. Ouspensky

"Never mistake motive for action." - Ernest Hemingway

"A wrong motive involves defeat." - Mary Baker Eddy

"I don't consider [my] photographs fashion photographs. The photographs were for fashion, but at the same time they had an ulterior motive, something more to do with the world in general." - Deborah Turbeville

"I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do." - Sally Field

"We live in an age where in politics, people can't disagree with each other without good faith being questioned, there is always an ulterior motive - in it for the money, advance a career." - Owen Jones

"If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway." - Mother Teresa

"If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway." - Mother Teresa

"Men who just call to say hello generally have ulterior motives." - Steig Larsson

"Almost all education has a political motive." - Bertrand Russell

"The key to motivation is motive." - Stephen Covey

"The noblest motive is the public good." - Virgil

"I rarely find motive in bird vomit." - Jack Hodgins

"The motive power of democracy is love" - Henri Bergson

"The motive of success is not enough." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Vanity is a motive of immense potency." - Bertrand Russell

"The motive power of democracy is love." - Henri Bergson

"Profit per se is not my motive." - Chris Hughes

"Watch your motive before God; have no other motive in prayer than to know Him." - Oswald Chambers

"It is the man that makes the motive, and not the motive the man." - James McCosh

"Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives. The people who had so much to gain, and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world." - Jack Ruby

"There are many ways to prescribe happiness but there is one way that is available to everybody, it's not very expensive ... it's very democratic, and everyone has acesss to it. It is: Find someone who needs help and help him for no ulterior motive." - Yossi Vardi

"Within a lot of African-American households, I think, there's an idea that black men don't want to take an active participation in the lives of their children. That if they do, there has to be some sort of ulterior motive." - Gabrielle

"Many pray for the power of God. More every year. Those prayers sound powerful, sincere, godly, and without ulterior motive. Hidden under such prayer and fervor, however, are ambition, a craving for fame, the desire to be considered a spiritual giant. The person who prays such a prayer may not even know it, but dark motives and desires are in his heartin your heart." - Gene Edwards

"Who benefits from Wi-Fi? We all benefit from Wi-Fi. Is there an industry here? Of course, there is an industry, as well. The point is public health needs protecting. I don't think you should have to prove that there is some profiteer who might have an ulterior motive in order to protect public health." - Jill Stein

"A good working definition of fanaticism is that you are so convinced of your views and policies that you are sure that anyone who opposed them must be either stupid and decieved or have some ulterior motive. We are today a nation where almost everyone in the public eye displays fanaticism with every utterance." - Orson Scott Card

"It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be." - Josh Radnor

"Within a lot of African-American households, I think, there's an idea that black men don't want to take an active participation in the lives of their children. That if they do, there has to be some sort of ulterior motive." - Gabrielle Union

"Love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike." - Lady Violet

"Take away the motive, and you take away the sin." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Life always take on the character of its motive." - J. G. Holland

"We rarely do anything with on single motive." - Paul David Tripp

"The motive force of history is truth and not lies." - Leon Trotsky

"Criminals have means motive and opportunity - Heros do too" - Chris Penn

"The distance is nothing when one has a motive." - Jane Austen

"In the motive lies the good or ill." - Samuel Johnson

"The motive power is the cause of all life." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant." - Madame Roland

"The writer, like the murderer, needs a motive," - Janet Malcolm

"Conviction is a good motive, but a bad judge." - Albert Einstein

"Evolution of consciousness is the central motive of terrestrial existence." - Sri Aurobindo

"Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous." - Ravi Zacharias

"No one does anything from a single motive." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"What makes life dreary is the want of a motive." - George Eliot

"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 Oreilly

"That man is the most loyal who aims at the noblest motive, and that motive the public good." - Virgil

"The only motive that can keep politics pure is the motive of doing good for one's country and its people." - Henry Ford

"People instinctively know the difference between something done with a profit motive and something done with a love motive." - Philip Yancey

"I do not photograph for ulterior purposes. I photograph for the thing itself - for the photograph - without consideration of how it may be used." - Eliot Porter

"When one has extensively pondered about men, as a career or as a vocation, one sometimes feels nostalgic for primates. At least they do not have ulterior motives." - Albert Camus

"Man created language to be understood. It should be normal to understand what people convey to us. Fear, ulterior motives, and closed mindedness are the enemies of understanding." - John Fairclough

"The main question ... is not what motive inspired the law, but what it will be possible for men of bad motive to do with the law ..." - Benjamin Tucker

"Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward." - Kreeshna

"Everybody who talks to a newspaper has a motive. That's just a given. And good reporters always, repeat always, probe to find out what that motive is." - Ben Bradlee

"My motive, and I will make it clear and look you in the eyes, is to attack major league baseball. That's my motive." - Jose Canseco

"I'm not trying to teach anybody anything, I'm not trying to say anything, I have no political motive whatsoever. My motive is just the big laugh." - Jeff Dunham

"I am only interested in painting the actual person; in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong." - Lucian Freud

"I believe in strong legislation for the environment. So the only question is being smart enough and educated enough to scrutinize the people who are writing the legislation, because there are plenty of ulterior motives out there." - Greg Graffin

"It is not the historian's business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them... dispassionately, impartially and without ulterior motives." - Lytton Strachey

"I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong." - Lucian Freud

"My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions." - Omar Bongo

"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

"Be fair. Don't present your version of the truth to others. Lose your ulterior motives! Be accurate and pure in your presentation of the way, and you will become the way." - Frederick Lenz

"No particular motive for living, except the custom and habit of it." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"The guiding motive of mankind should be charity towards men, charity towards all animals." - Swami Vivekananda

"To exercise some sort of control over others is the secret motive of every selfish person." - Wallace D. Wattles

"Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil." - Anna Brownell Jameson

"The fundamental motive of true teaching is the love that seeks and studies and performs." - Robert Grudin

"From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,- Path, motive, guide, original, and end." - Samuel Johnson

"Our motive is not to prove our self-worth, but to live up to our possibilities." - Nathaniel Branden

"Altruism is a fine motive, but if you want results, greed works much better." - Henry Spencer

"Every man without passion has within him no principle of action, nor motive of act." - Claude Adrien Helvetius

"Iago's soliloquy - the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity - how awful it is!" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Distrust your judgment the moment you can discern the shadow of a personal motive in it." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive." - Thomas Jefferson

"When we pray we link ourselves with an inexhaustible motive power." - Alexis Carrel

"Example is a motive of very prevailing force on the actions of men." - Samuel Rogers

"Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive." - Walter Inglis Anderson

"Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring." - Berenice Abbott

"I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device." - Nikola Tesla

"The motive of fear is the be-all and end-all of religion." - H L Mencken

"Tis the motive exalts the action; 'Tis the doing, and not the deed." - Margaret Preston

"The profit motive promotes economic growth by creating better products at cheaper prices." - Mark Skousen

"Where there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence." - Leonard Nimoy

"We often act treacherously more from weakness than from a fixed motive." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"I keep people around me that have the freedom to challenge my heart and motive." - Sho Baraka

"It is not the motive, properly speaking, that determines the working of the will; but it is the will that imparts strength to the motive. As Coleridge says: It is the man that makes the motive, and not the motive the man." - James McCosh

"True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Glory ought to be the consequence, not the motive of our actions." - Pliny the Younger

"The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history." - Mao Tse-Tung

"From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend - Path, motive, guide, original and end." - Boethius

"The last speech, the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity - how awful!" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Motive is never easy. Sometimes it occurs to one only later." - John Hawkes

"Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action." - Sarojini Naidu

"The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself." - Ramakrishna

"The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history." - Mao Zedong

"Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act." - Claude Adrien Helvetius

"He who has no passion has no principal or motive to act." - Claude Adrien Helvetius

"I ago's soliloquy-the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity-how awful it is!" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"When a man resists sin on human motive only, he will not hold out long." - Daniel H Wilson

"Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity." - George Eliot

"For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive." - Ernest Hemingway

"America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose." - Herbert Hoover

"Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself." - Michael Korda

"A desire of gain is common to mankind, and the general motive to business and industry." - Oliver Ellsworth

"We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive." - Lord Byron

"It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men." - Jean De La Bruyere

"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind." - Eric Hoffer

"I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe." - Laurence Housman

"I talk to groups studying the most advanced spiritual teachings and sometimes these people wonder why nothing is happening in their lives. Their motive is the attainment of inner peace for themselves - which of course is a selfish motive. You will not find it with this motive. The motive, if you are to find inner peace, must be an outgoing motive. Service, of course, service. Giving, not getting. Your motive must be good if your work is to have good effect. The secret of life is being of service." - Peace Pilgrim

"POCKET, n. The cradle of motive and the grave of conscience. In woman this organ is lacking; so she acts without motive, and her conscience, denied burial, remains ever alive, confessing the sins of others." - Ambrose Bierce

"Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom." - W. M. L. Jay

"Most of the people who have grabbed hold of climate change and greenhouse gases, pollution, oil dependency - they have another motive, and their motive is to attain the appearance of virtue without having actually done anything virtuous." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The very same reason which one man may regard as a motive for taking care to prolong his life may be regarded by another man as a motive for shooting himself." - Miguel De Unamuno

"Gheorghiu-Dej put more people in prison, but he had a motive. Ceausescu had no motive to do what he did. Things were worse under the last ten years of Ceausescu. It was terrible what he did." - Nicolae Ceausescu

"If the Lord is coming soon, is this not a very practical motive for greater missionary effort? I know of no other motive that has been so stimulating to myself." - Hudson Taylor

"Because we are saturated with life, because we are human, our strongest motive is life, humanity; and the stronger the motive back of the line the stronger, and therefore more beautiful, the line will be." - Robert Henri

"To follow implies not only the denying of one's own clarity, investigation, integrity and honesty , but it also implies that your motive in following, your motive is a reward ." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Every line, everything you do in life, should have a motive and a reason. Every one of us should have a motive and a reason, most of the time, to accomplish all the things that we want in life." - Tony Curtis

"We are thankful for good-will rather than for services, for the motive than the quantum of favor received." - William Hazlitt

"Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening." - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the common pretext of crime..." - Lord Acton

"Economists talk about profit motive, but nothing motivates modern man more than a chance to avoid taxes!" - Peter Drucker

"An action is essentially good if the motive of the agent be good, regardless of the consequences." - Immanuel Kant

"For me, boviscopophobia is an even stronger motive than semi-agoraphobia for staying on the ship when we're in port." - David Foster Wallace

"Compassion being action without motive, without self-interest, without any sense of fear, without any sense of pleasure." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"The motive for our actions doesn't lie ahead of us. It's something behind us that we're trying to escape." - Peter Hoeg

"Give a good deed the credit of a good motive; and give an evil deed the benefit of the doubt." - Brander Matthews

"..the establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive that induced me to the field of battle." - George Washington

"What's stronger-the need to uphold the law, or the motive to turn one's back on it?" - Jodi Picoult

"Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far." - Henry Ford

"Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam or caloric or lightning." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent." - E B White

"To truly know God we must long for Him without any other motive than reaching God Himself." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Probability is not about the odds, but about the belief in the existence of an alternative outcome, cause, or motive." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The first expression of religion was the dance, and the first motive of the dance was religion." - La Meri

"Man's responsibility, then, is to choose his destination; the motive power to bring him there is furnished by the Infinite." - Neville Goddard

"It is motive alone that gives real value to the actions of men, and disinterestedness puts the cap to it." - Jean De La Bruyere

"No woman dares to refuse love without a motive, for nothing is more natural than to yield to love." - Honore De Balzac

"Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever." - Joseph Addison

"Never fear to bring the sublimest motive to the smallest duty, and the most infinite comfort to the smallest trouble." - Phillips Brooks

"Never go into business purely to make money. If that's the motive you're better off doing nothing." - Richard Branson

"We've gotten lost in our Ego and have forgotten that our Soul's only motive is to merge with the Beloved." - Ram Dass



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