Motives Quotes

Quotes tagged as "motives" Showing 1-30 of 113
Criss Jami
“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Vera Nazarian
“Would you like to know your future?

If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator.

So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence -- a surprise.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Shannon L. Alder
“Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide.”
Shannon L. Alder

Criss Jami
“Constantly stopping to explain oneself may expand into a frustrating burden for the rare individual, so ceasing to do so is like finally dropping the weights and sprinting towards his goals. Those who insincerely misunderstand, who intentionally distort the motives of a pure-intentioned individual, then, no longer have the opportunity to block his path; instead, they are the ones left to stand on the sidelines shouting frustratedly in the wind of his trail.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Edward L. Bernays
“Men (people) are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions.”
Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

Holly Black
“I survive at the edge of friends circles.”
Holly Black, Red Glove

Criss Jami
“Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Enid Blyton
“You are honest enough by nature to be able to see and judge your own self clearly - and that is a great thing. Never lose that honesty, Bobby - always be honest with yourself, know your own motives for what they are, good or bad, make your own decisions firmly and justly - and you will be a fine, strong character, of some real use in this muddled world of ours!”
Enid Blyton, Summer Term at St Clare's

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The affairs of the world are no more than so much trickery, and a man who toils for money or honour or whatever else in deference to the wishes of others, rather than because his own desire or needs lead him to do so, will always be a fool.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther

Leo Tolstoy
“This history of culture will explain to us the motives, the conditions of life, and the thought of the writer or reformer. ”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Criss Jami
“Many people in a rather reckless context claim to 'just tell it like it is'. In actuality, nobody really stresses what one says so much as the motive behind what one says; hence, he is merely blowing hot air and detracting from 'what is'.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Joyce Meyer
“If you make a choice in this conference and you stick to it to be an excellent person in everything you do and you stick to it especially to be excellent when nobody is looking and do it not to get a result but to glorify God you’re going to have peace and joy and you’re going to have results. My concern is that if we just do something to get results then we’re not likely to follow things all the way through to the finish, because we get very discouraged, and I think that’s one of the reasons we have such discouragement among people. “Well, I’m doing this, and I expected to get a breakthrough before now.” ….. Well, I think God has to purify our hearts and get us to the point where we are not just doing something right just to get something!”
Joyce Meyer

Sebastian Barry
“The world is not full of betrayers, it is full of people with decent motives and a full desire to do right by those who know them and love them. This is a little-known truth, but I think it is a truth nonetheless. Empirically, from all the years of my work, I would attest to that. I know it is a miraculous conclusion, but there it is. We like to make strangers of everyone. We are not wolves, but lambs astonished in the margins of the fields by sunlight and summer.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

Criss Jami
“Discernment is the son of good judgment and the father of self-control. When mixed with an already clear conscience, the ability to read the true motives of a critic keeps one's conscience both clear and at ease.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Charlotte Brontë
“It did not seem as if a prop were withdrawn, but rather as if a motive were gone: it was not the power to be tranquil which had failed me, but the reason for tranquility was no more.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Criss Jami
“In the end, only God can see the heart of an individual and distinguish the difference between legalistic deadweight and the passion of holy solemnity.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christopher Fowler
“Statistics show that the nature of English crime is reverting to its oldest habits. In a country where so many desire status and wealth, petty annoyances can spark disproportionately violent behaviour. We become frustrated because we feel powerless, invisible, unheard. We crave celebrity, but that’s not easy to come by, so we settle for notoriety. Envy and bitterness drive a new breed of lawbreakers, replacing the old motives of poverty and the need for escape. But how do you solve crimes which no longer have traditional motives?”
Christopher Fowler, Ten Second Staircase

Tony Burgess
“And now, no matter what I thought I had done or why I did it, it has become completely untrue because of what I have done since.”
Tony Burgess, People Live Still in Cashtown Corners

Jefferson Smith
“Trust not in Sprites nor the motivations of a Gnome.”
Jefferson Smith, Strange Places

“People will have their excitements, and a good rousing persecution used to stir things like the burning of Chicago or a Presidential election in our day.”
Edward Payson Roe, The Works of E. P. Roe: V4

Thrity Umrigar
“Resolutely ignoring Banu's dark mutterings, steeling herself against the barrage of harsh words that questioned her motives, her upbringing, and her morality”
Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us

Jeremy Gove
“Credibility and dishonesty are polar opposites, not just in motion, but also in motive. Credibility is driven by a selfless spirit of mutual respect. Dishonesty is driven by a selfish spirit of self-preservation.”
Jeremy Gove, Let's Be Honest: Living a Life of Radical, Biblical Integrity

Janet Malcolm
“The warily silent Hughes has protected his secrets better than his sister has: no one can use his words against him. But everyone can—and does—speculate about his motives.”
Janet Malcolm, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Santosh Chadha
“Be like water, nothing stops it, no matter how tiny is the tickle;
Keep moving, you will always find your path to your destination.”
Santosh Chadha

Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“It's What You Believe Not Just What You Do That Attracts Or Repels God..
Most Times Your Doings Are Birthed By Your Beliefs...God Is More Interested In The WHYs Than In The WHATs...”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, Risk It, Be Different

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“He had learned by experience that the motives and purposes by which men are influenced are far too various to be made to coalesce upon a single point, even on the most solid representations.”
Goethe Johann-Wolfgang, Les Affinités électives

Ashley Weaver
“When motives are prettily packaged they are much more easily obscured.”
Ashley Weaver, A Most Novel Revenge

“People act differently, when they see a camera or when they know they are being filmed. People can really act, when they want to get their message across to whomever is watching.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Cathy O'Neil
“In each case, we must ask not only who designed the model but also what they person or company is trying to accomplish.”
Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Ruby Mohan
“Why be eager to help someone whose motives are already suspect?”
Ruby Mohan, The Kidnapping

« previous 1 3 4