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motives

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Actions are visible, though motives are secret.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The human mind is indeed a cave swarming with strange forms of life, most of them unconscious and unilluminated. Unless we can understand something as to how the motives that issue from this obscurity are generated, we can hardly hope to foresee or control them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions -- largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ashamed of the many frailties they feel within, all men endeavor to hide themselves, their ugly nakedness, from each other, and wrapping up the true motives of their hearts in the specious cloak of sociableness, and their concern for the public good, they are in hopes of concealing their filthy appetites and the deformity of their desires.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
“But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.”More [08/08/2007 12:08:00]
Bill: Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-aught three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei, was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows?" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei? Or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all sixty of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique.
The Bride: And what, pray tell, is the five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique?
Bill: Quite simply, the deadliest blow in all of martial arts. He hits you with his fingertips at five different pressure points on your body. And then he lets you walk away. But after you've taken five steps, your heart explodes inside your body, and you fall to the floor, dead.More [05/29/2008 12:05:00]
Dr. Maxford:
[to Hartman] Of all the confounded...


[knock]



Dr. Maxford:
[shouts] Come in!



Jimmy MacDonald:
How da you do, sir? I suppose I have the honor of addressing Dr. Maxford, I presume?



Dr. Maxford:
That's right. And this is my announcer Don Hartman.



Jimmy MacDonald:
Well, Mr. Hartman. It certainly is a pleasure to meet you. I've certainly enjoyed your personality on the air.



Don Hartman:
[pleased] Eh, congratulations to you!



Jimmy MacDonald:
Thank you. Here's the telegram, Mr. Maxford... uh, Dr. Maxford.



Dr. Maxford:
Yes, yes, yes.


[reading]



Dr. Maxford:
Oh, yes... "great pleasure... informing you..." "$25,000!" "Kindly call and pick up your check."


[to Hartman]



Dr. Maxford:
Bildocker has a great sense of the dramatic. You aren't by any chance a *coffee* drinker, are you, Mr. MacDonald?



Jimmy MacDonald:
Yes, sir, I certainly am.



Dr. Maxford:
Well, that's surprising. You don't by any chance drink *my* coffee, do you?



Jimmy MacDonald:
Well, no, sir, you see I... eh...



Dr. Maxford:
Oh, yesss . That sounds more natural.



Jimmy MacDonald:
But I could easily change.



Dr. Maxford:
That won't be necessary, Mr. MacDonald. I wouldn't want anybody to think that I had any *base commercial* motives in all this. I just *give* money away, because I can't *sleep* at night. I have a guilty conscience.



Jimmy MacDonald:
That's my slogan! The one I *won* with. Well... I guess you know all about that.



Dr. Maxford:
A guilty conscience, eh? I can see that my money is well spent.


[staring blankly at Jimmy]



Dr. Maxford:
That's a *great* slogan.



Jimmy MacDonald:
No - no, sir. If ya can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk.



Dr. Maxford:
I beg your pardon?



Jimmy MacDonald:
It's a pun.



Dr. Maxford:
It certainly is.


[staring blankly again]



Dr. Maxford:
It's *great*.



Jimmy MacDonald:
Thank you.



Dr. Maxford:
I can hardly wait to give you my money.


[to intercom]



Dr. Maxford:
Bring me that contest check.

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Prof. Joshua L. Adams:
Your motives were wrong, your impulses unhealthy.

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Matthew Hopkins:
Men sometimes have strange motives for the things they do.

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Lord Peter Wimsey:
Well, I think we can say we've made some progess. Even if it's a bit on the negative side.



Sir Impey Biggs:
Negative? Exactly! By heaven, negative indeed! Have you the faintest idea how seriously your activities have succeeded in damaging the case for the defense?



Lord Peter Wimsey:
Well, that's a nice thing to say, when we've cleared up such a lot of points for you.



Sir Impey Biggs:
I daresay. Points better left muffled up! Light where there was better darkness!



Lord Peter Wimsey:
But damn it, we only want to get at the truth!



Sir Impey Biggs:
Do you? Well, I don't! I don't care tuppence for the truth. I want a case. It doesn't matter to me who killed Cathcart, provided that I can prove that it wasn't Denver. It's really enough if I can throw reasonable doubt that it was Denver. Here's a client who comes to me with a story of a quarrel, a mysterious revolver, a refusal to produce evidence of his statements, and a totally inadequate and idiotic alibi. I arrange to obfuscate the jury with mysterious footprints, a discrepancy as to time, a young woman with a secret, and a general vague suggestion of something between a burglary and a crime passionel. And here you come! Explaining the footprints, exculpating the unknown man, abolishing the discrepancies, clearing up the motives of the young woman, and most carefully throwing back suspicion to where it rested in the first place.



Lord Peter Wimsey:
I always said the professional advocate was the most amoral person on the face of the earth. I'm certain of it now.

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Richard Collier:
I owe you an apology. I understand you now. You have nothing but the best motives in mind for her, but so do I.

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Walter:
Well, now what?



Alex:
Alibis, Walter.



Walter:
I was wondering when you would get around to that.



Alex:
I've established that you all had motives...



David:
Like hell we had.



Alex:
But motives are nullified by a legitimate alibi.

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Randy:
It's the millennium, motives are incidental.

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Billy:
You hear that Stu? I think she wants a motive. Well I don't really belive in motives Sid, I mean did Norman Bates have a motive?



Stu:
No.



Billy:
Did we ever find out why Hannibal Lector liked to eat people? DON'T THINK SO. See it's a lot scarier when there's no motive.

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Sunhill:
Why was she murdered?



Brenner:
Well, possible motives for murder are profit, revenge, jealousy, to conceal a crime, to avoid humiliation & disgrace, or plain old homicidal mania. Right there in the manual.

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Merle Hammond:
[Gwen has stolen Hammond's car from his country club, after forcing him into the trunk at gunpoint] ... You know, if you wanted to drive my car, you could have just asked...


[She waves a revolver in his face]



Merle Hammond:
... Do you even know how to use that thing?



Gwen Saticoy:
My boyfriend's a cop. What do you think?


[She forces him into a cage, in the back of her Range-Rover]



Merle Hammond:
...Is this about money? Ransom? Extortion? The usual motives for kidnapping?



Gwen Saticoy:
Well, I never considered that option before. But now that you mention it, do you know anyone who'd actually pay to get you back?



Merle Hammond:
All right, then... Is this about revenge?



Gwen Saticoy:
No, it is not about revenge or punishment... although, for what you put my mother through on the stand, I should rip your tongue out!... If this is about anything, it's finding out what makes you tick.



Merle Hammond:
If that's all there is to it, I can tell you everything over a bottle of brandy. I seldom do my best work in a dog kennel.



Gwen Saticoy:
No, I'm sure you do your best work in a litter box.

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Lily Bart:
Sometimes, I think a man understands a woman's motives better than her own sex does.

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Sherlock Holmes:
The motives of women are so inscrutable, and how could you build on such a quicksand? Their most trivial action may mean volumes or their most extraordinary conduct may depend on a hairpin or curling tongs!

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Viviane:
Morgause thinks of nothing and no-one but herself.



Morgaine:
Your motives may be nobler than hers, but you still move us around like pieces on a game board. What has my mother given up for your Avalon? My father died at Uther's hands because of you. My poor innocent brother Arthur, who was a baby on my lap, and loved me as no other! And I loved him! Look what you've done to us. You've twisted our love, and turned it into shame, all for the sake of Avalon! No! I will not kill the child within me, but I will not let you take him to Avalon! I will not let you twist and bend him to your will!



Viviane:
I can train him to be the greatest ruler Britain has ever seen.



Morgaine:
He will never set foot in Avalon, Viviane! He will not be one of your pawns, and nor will I!



Viviane:
You have sworn to obey the Goddess through me!



Morgaine:
My vows were to her, not to you. I renounce you! Do you hear me? I will never set foot in Avalon again!

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Robin:
[wondering what Slade's motives were for helping Trigon take over the world] So, why did you do it? For money? Status? Those dark powers?



Slade:
Not everything is so...cut-and-dry, Robin.



Robin:
Selling out our world for your own personal gain seems pretty cut-and-dry to me.



Slade:
With or without me, there was no stopping this.



Robin:
But you played a part; And just like everything else you've ever done, it's made people suffer.



Slade:
It's what I do best.

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But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.More [07/04/2011 03:07:39]
Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support.More [07/07/2011 09:07:51]
This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.More [07/26/2011 04:07:48]
It's the millenium, motives are incidental.More [08/04/2011 07:08:15]
Even in political considerations, now-a-days, you have stronger motives to feel interested in the fate of Europe than in the fate of the Central or Southern parts of America.More [08/05/2011 03:08:49]
Sometimes, his methods and his motives are questionable and even his morals are questionable in the way he does things. But I think his intention is always to protect his daughter.More [08/16/2011 04:08:03]
This kind of charge reveals a good deal about the personality of the people who make it; to impute such motives to another man is to imply you're harboring them yourself.More [08/17/2011 04:08:21]
Since the end of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, presidents have misled the public about their motives and their intentions in going to war.More [08/27/2011 02:08:28]
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.More [10/18/2011 04:10:59]
But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends.More [10/27/2011 06:10:03]
Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.More [10/30/2011 08:10:23]
It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances.More [12/21/2011 02:12:46]
First of all; Frank was the BOSS. We didn't question any of his motives or decisions at the time. More [01/30/2012 04:01:12]
When you decide whether or not to charge someone with a crime, you want to know as many facts as possible. You want to know what their motive is. ... You want to know their intent. ... If you are asking me what his motives were, I can't tell you.More [03/01/2012 03:03:50]
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.More [05/18/2012 04:05:48]
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.More [10/14/2012 11:10:22]
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Politicians are usually the first to forget that if you assume someone else is acting in bad faith, they will do the same to you. Questioning motives poisons the well.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Do I get up every morning and ask: am I doing the things that I believe in and am I doing them for the best possible motives? Yes. Unambiguously yes.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions - which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't know why they're doing it. I have to assume that their motives are positive, not negative. But they don't understand the severity of the problem in this state.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Bob Dylan has always sealed his decisions with the unexplainable. His motives for withholding the release of the magnificent 'Basement Tapes' will be as forever obscure as Brian Wilson's reasons for the destruction of the tapes for 'Smile.'More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilised society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guidedMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With the exception of the instinct of self-preservation, the propensity for emulation is probably the strongest and most alert and persistent of the economic motives properMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Our deeds need nearly always to be purer than our motives.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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