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MOTIVE
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[ Also see Ambition Cause Desire Feeling Impulse Influence Instinct Intention Interest Justification Principles Purpose Reason ]

The motives of the best actions will not bear too strict an inquiry. It is allowed that the cause of most actions, good or bad, may be resolved into the love of ourselves; but the self-love of some men inclines them to please others, and the self-love of others is wholly employed in pleasing themselves. This makes the great distinction between virtue and vice.
      - Jonathan Swift

Men's minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.
      - George Washington,
        Social Maxims--Difference of Opinion no Crime

The attendant on William Rufus, who discharged at a deer an arrow, which glanced against a tree and killed the king, was no murderer, because he had no such design. And, on the other hand, a man who should lie in wait to assassinate another, and pull the trigger of a gun with that intent, would be morally a murderer, not the less though the gun should chance to miss fire.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

The motive of success is not enough.
      - Alfred North Whitehead,
        in "Adventures of Ideas"


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