Top 27 Motive Quotes

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It’s safe to say we’re not all motivated by the same things in life. It’s interesting to take a closer look at how and why we make decisions and ultimately, what is the motive for making them. When I think about this idea, I think we dive deep into the human psyche and what fuels us to do what we do.

Here’s a list of the top 27 motive quotes that will hopefully inspire you to question yourself and the reasons you do what you do. I hope these bring you an inspiration to think deeply and challenge yourself.

Top 27 Motive Quotes

  1. Is hacking ever acceptable? It depends on the motive. Charlie Brooker
  2. The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. Mao Zedong
  3. Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. Leonardo da Vinci
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone. William Butler Yeats
  7. We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action. Sarojini Naidu
  8. 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
  9. To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all. Lord Byron
  10. Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity. George Eliot
  11. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer
  12. I believe absolutely in love being the central motive force of the universe. Laurence Housman
  13. People instinctively know the difference between something done with a profit motive and something done with a love motive. Philip Yancey
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. A desire of gain is common to mankind, and the general motive to business and industry. Oliver Ellsworth
  17. 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
  18. We acknowledge but one motive – to follow the truth as we know it, whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts we are well assured that the truth which has made us free, will in the end make us glad also. Mortimer Adler
  19. No one does anything from a single motive. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. I feel like you can’t trust a cat. I feel like a cat’s got an ulterior motive. The moment you show any weakness to a cat, the cat is gonna take over. Wyatt Cenac
  21. The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a constant and perpetual motive throughout my life. Heather Mills
  22. Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself. Michael Korda
  23. Getting ahead cannot be the only motive that motivates people. You have to imagine what a good life is. Henry Giroux
  24. Nothing in life is without cause and effect. Nothing is merely a shell. Everything has some motive. Gutzon Borglum
  25. I feel that whatever God gives you, happiness or sadness, there is a motive behind it. Rekha
  26. 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
  27. My great crime in the world is blunder I will get into scrapes without intention or any bad motive. Stand Watie

Motive Quotes On Why We Do What We Do

It’s interesting to see how we are motivated by a variety of things and our values and aspirations play a close role in how we make those decisions. I hope you enjoyed these quotes on motives and felt inspired to think about what motivates you every day.

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