Motive Quotes

Motivation is the driving force behind our actions, propelling us towards our goals and aspirations. Whether it’s achieving personal milestones, overcoming obstacles, or simply striving for self-improvement, understanding and harnessing our motives is crucial for success.

In this compilation, we’ve gathered an array of insightful quotes that delve into the essence of motivation, offering wisdom and encouragement from a diverse range of perspectives. From renowned thinkers and leaders to everyday individuals who have faced adversity with determination, these quotes serve as beacons of inspiration for anyone seeking to ignite their inner drive and pursue their passions.

Explore these words of wisdom, let them resonate with you, and feel free to utilize them in your journey towards personal growth and achievement. Whether you choose to reflect on them, share them with others, or transform them into visually captivating creations, may these motive quotes empower you to pursue your dreams with unwavering determination and purpose. Now, without further ado, let’s delve into the uplifting world of motivation!

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

The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in every atom of creation, could have had but one motive – a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will. Paramahansa Yogananda

If an essay has a ‘motive,’ it is linked more to happenstance and opportunity than to the driven will. A genuine essay is not a doctrinaire tract or a propaganda effort or a broadside. Cynthia Ozick

I didn’t expect to feel pathos for the villains in our show. I feel quite moved in several of our episodes; I never realized that a show like ‘Motive,’ which aims for a broad appeal, could have that sort of emotional impact. Kristin Lehman

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

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

In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so. Lajos Kossuth

My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. Edward Snowden

I could not sit down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life. Jane Austen

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

When I wrote ‘We Were The Mulvaneys,’ I was just old enough to look back upon my own family life and the lies of certain individuals close to me, with the detachment of time. I wanted to tell the truth about secrets: How much pain they give, yet how much relief, even happiness we may feel when at last the motive for secrecy has passed. Joyce Carol Oates

I don’t necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I’d much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I’d prefer to play the villain because there’s a reason, there’s a motive behind their madness. Ryan Kwanten

I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise. Abraham Lincoln

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

The first voyagers to the stars will be creatures whose life cycle is matched to the voyage: the aeons involved in traversing the galaxy are not daunting to immortal beings. By the end of the third millennium, travel to other stars could be technically feasible. But would there be sufficient motive? Martin Rees

The motive power of democracy is love. Henri Bergson

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

As I wrote I began to see more strongly that there were inescapable analogies. You couldn’t really live through the ’80s without feeling how crass and distasteful some of the economic doctrines were. The slave trade is a perfect model for that kind of total devotion to the profit motive without reckoning the human consequences. Barry Unsworth

The government sends low-flying helicopters to chase the horses into corrals and then takes them from the plains of the American West to federal holding pens. The government claims it’s to save the horses from starvation. Critics claim the real motive is to clear the land for cattle grazing. Critics also say the horses are brutally traumatized. Jane Velez-Mitchell

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

As is the case with most people in this game, I am driven by financial motives and creative motives; the question I had to answer is which motive I will give priority to? Nipsey Hussle

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Walter Scott

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

It is a good motive, fame and money, as it is tangible and measurable. Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible and certainly not a way to become rich. Dirk Benedict

Where destruction is the motive, unity is dangerous. For example, if I have evil intent and I galvanize that evil intent with many others, the capacity to destroy is immense. Where goodness is the motive, unity is phenomenal and actually has some good issues to it. Ravi Zacharias

Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace. Kate Chopin

If you’re actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you’ll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface. Emma Thompson

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

Evil is an attack against human spiritual development and enlightenment. All evil, badness, neurosis – it has one motive and one motive only, which is to destroy – to destroy your chance of arising above yourself. Vernon Howard

Evidence of defendants’ lavish lifestyles is often used to provide a motive for fraud. Jurors sometimes wonder why an executive making tens of millions of dollars would cheat to make even more. Evidence of habitual gluttony helps provide the answer. Alex Berenson

From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts, regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out. Jurgen Habermas

When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. Miguel de Cervantes

We have a Father, and He cares about our internal world – issues of motive, issues of fear, issues of validation. John Eldredge

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. William Howard Taft

Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organise themselves into a professor of chemistry? What’s the motive? Robert M. Pirsig

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

I think that, anybody with a strong will to tell a story, then that is fantastic. I think it’s fantastic. I think sometimes people have what I’ll call an ulterior motive with a story. John Lee Hancock

For the life of me, I don’t understand what honest motive there is in putting this in front of this body to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional amendment that is not going to happen, and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities. Dianne Feinstein

It’s motive alone which gives character to the actions of men. Jean de la Bruyere

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

What appeared to the earlier physicists to be the constant quantity of heat is nothing more than the whole motive power of the motion of heat, which remains constant so long as it is not transformed into other forms of work, or results afresh from them. Hermann von Helmholtz

Relying on the power of kindness is a sensitive undertaking. The challenge is to inspire people to be kind more often without tainting the selflessness that comes from doing something nice with no ulterior motive. Daniel Lubetzky

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone. William Butler Yeats

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

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

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

The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand. Abraham Lincoln

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot

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

The primary motive for good care and good use of the land-community is always going to be affection, which is too often lacking. Wendell Berry

I’ve been pretty good at reading people. If you rockin’ with me cause you’re just a solid individual, then we’re rockin’. But if you got a motive or something, I am going to probably see right through that. Marshawn Lynch

The husband – by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition – regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity. Havelock Ellis

My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters. Khaled Hosseini

You will find in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motive. Never complain and never explain. Stanley Baldwin

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. Bernard de Mandeville

However much we might deplore the profit motive, or consumerist values, if everyone just wants i-Pods we would probably be better off than if they wanted class revolution. Steven Pinker

My job in ‘Motive’ is to be the rebellious teenager – what boy wouldn’t want to be that? Cameron Bright

I, Alexander B. Campbell, make this statement of the cause of my death to relieve the coroner of the necessity of an inquest, and also let my friends know the motive that led me to take my own life. Alex Campbell

Would we not do well to have the pleasing of God as our motive rather than to try to elevate ourselves above our brother and outdo another? Ezra Taft Benson

The atmosphere is much too near for dreams. It forces us to action. It is close to us. We are in it and of it. It rouses us both to study and to do. We must know its moods and also its motive forces. Cleveland Abbe

I have to know the killer, the victim and the motive when I begin. Then I start to create the characters and see how the novel takes shape based on what these people are like. Elizabeth George

For some reason, I have always been interested in the stories of people who are exiled and who are deprived of rights. My main motive to make a film is to keep the society in mind and the hospitality adhered. Claire Denis

No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined. Paul Gallico

I was born in Israel, to Canadian parents. My father immigrated in 1948, part of a wave of young men and women who came as pioneers, to fight for a Jewish homeland. Their motive was in large part a reaction to the Holocaust, and their slogan was ‘Never Again.’ Ayelet Waldman

You gotta question the purpose you serve for those who invite themselves into your life. Learn who you are and always question the motive. No one knows you the way you do. Brent Faiyaz

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

To most people in the U.K., indeed throughout Western Europe, space exploration is primarily perceived as ‘what NASA does’. This perception is – in many respects – a valid one. Superpower rivalry during the Cold War ramped up U.S. and Soviet space efforts to a scale that Western Europe had no motive to match. Martin Rees

Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. William J. Brennan, Jr.

The main thing in measuring integrity is someone’s motive and intent, not how many records they sell. Our intent in Ministry was never to be big. We just wanted to make enough money to live and to buy a studio, which we have done in Austin. Al Jourgensen

If a motive affects me, and I am compelled to act on it because it proves to be the ‘strongest’ of its kind, then the thought of freedom ceases to have any meaning. How should it matter to me whether I can do a thing or not, if I am forced by the motive to do it? Rudolf Steiner

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

Profit per se is not my motive. Chris Hughes

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

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

I first came to think about media and politics in the late 1960s, having observed some distortions up close, but since then I wouldn’t say that my personal experience has remained an important motive for my writing about media. Todd Gitlin

Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world. Tom Scholz

Dissolving differences has always been an important motive for my writing, right from ‘The Mistress of Spices.’ Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity. George Oppen

The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a constant and perpetual motive throughout my life. Heather Mills

For ‘Motive,’ it wasn’t a question of making it look un-Canadian, but instead, we wanted it to be the product of a bunch of really skilled people making something. And that’s what you have. Kristin Lehman

If you’re against globalisation, it doesn’t achieve much by sort of bombing the head offices of Shell or Nestle. You unsettle people much more by blowing up an Oxfam shop because people can’t understand the motive. J. G. Ballard

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. Claude Adrien Helvetius

It’s always inspiring to me to meet people who feel that they can make a difference in the world. That’s their motive, that’s their passion… I think that’s what makes your life meaningful, that’s what fills your own heart and that’s what gives you purpose. Maria Shriver

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

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure. William James

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all. Lord Byron

For me, a big part of writing psychological thrillers is choosing crimes committed for motives which would only apply to a particular person in a particular situation; a unique, one-off motive that is born out of someone’s particular range of psychological afflictions. Sophie Hannah

For Conservatives, all disputes over law, liberty and justice are addressed to a historic and existing community. The root of politics, they believe, is attachment – the motive in human beings that binds them to the place, the customs, the history and the people who are theirs. Roger Scruton

Prayer’s important, not just as some kind of a metaphysical exercise, but I think it’s a way to refresh one’s own mind and motive. If you’re praying, you’re really looking beyond your own personal thoughts and the pressures that are around you. Mike Huckabee

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

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

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer

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

If interstellar travel is as time- or energy- demanding as the above figures indicate, it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be. Barney Oliver

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

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

One might almost say that the history of geographical discovery, properly so called, begins with Captain Cook, the motive of whose voyages was purely scientific curiosity. Joseph Jacobs

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority. Charles Kuralt

I want my books to explore motives which make people think, ‘Wow! Imagine the psychological state you’d have to be in for that to be your motive!’ Whereas things like blackmail, jealousy – they’re rational reasons for committing murder. Sophie Hannah

In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil. Anna Jameson

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I am Anton Usov, an educator with a passion for quotes that resonate with the human experience. Over many years, I have curated a collection that reflects wisdom and emotions across time. Join me in exploring the power of words to inspire and enlighten our paths.
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