And money is one of the motives for becoming a writer. The others are
leisure and money, women and money, and sometimes just money all alone
As to the idea that advertising motivates people, remember the Edsel.
Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core.
Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is
shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the
words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it
happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always
comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts.
The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we
really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it.
What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons
of our true intent.
Everybody who talks to a newspaper has a motive. That's just a given.
And good reporters always, repeat always, probe to find out what that
Give a good deed the credit of a good motive; and give an evil deed the
benefit of the doubt.
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 guide.
I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary
If a pretty picture and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you,
you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon.
-Larry Kersten, PhD
In general, we do well to let an opponent's motives alone. We are seldom
just to them. Our own motives on such occasions are often worse than
those we assail.
-William Ellery Channing
It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit
it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the
mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the
mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful
justifying cover-up of the first mistake.
It is the times that have changed, not the man. He is there still, just
as greedy and rapacious as ever, but no greedier: and we have just the
same social need of his greed as a motive power in industry as we ever
had, and indeed a worse need than before.
Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the
able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by
their own inner torments.
Liberty, next to religion has been the motive of good deeds and the
common pretext of crime...
Living en famille provides the strongest motives for rudeness combined
with the maximum opportunity for displaying it.
Many a man, who has gone but a few miles from home, understands human
nature better, detects motives and weighs character more sagaciously,
than another who has travelled over the known world, and made a name by
his reports of different countries.
-William Ellery Channing
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
No one does anything from a single motive.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but
it is something you should do on a regular basis.
People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are
afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with
mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Scientists are just as vulnerable to wishful thinking, just as likely to
be tempted by base motives, just as venal and gullible and forgetful as
the rest of humankind.
Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to
productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine.
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
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not
justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing
among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people
The thing is plain. All that men really understand is confined to a very
small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have
an opportunity to know and motives to study or practise. The rest is
affectation and imposture.
The whole motivation for any performer is 'Look at me, Ma.'
There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no
second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt
trips or grudges if a request is denied.
There's a truism that the road to Hell is often paved with good
intentions. The corollary is that evil is best known not by its motives
but by its methods.
-Eric S. Raymond
Vanity is truly the motive-power that moves humanity, and it is flattery
that greases the wheels.
-Jerome K. Jerome
We have a besetting sin today in our politics where people think that
you show your depth of commitment to a cause by rigidity, not just by
rigidity, but impugning the motives of those on your side who try to get
What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power of a
value system that functions in human life and in the universe.
What's W. doing now? He's a motivational speaker. It's kind of cool.
It's kind of like having Lindsay Lohan as a guidance counselor.
When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with
creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures
bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing it is always from the
Women don't require motives that are comprehensible to my intellectual
You can question somebody's views and their judgment without questioning
their motives or patriotism.
(February 6 is also the birthday of Bob Marley.)