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

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„Atrocious deeds were done, in which religious passion was often the instrument, but policy was the motive.
Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.“

—  John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton British politician and historian 1834 - 1902

The History of Freedom in Christianity (1877)
Contesto: Nations eagerly invested their rulers with every prerogative needed to preserve their faith, and all the care to keep Church and State asunder, and to prevent the confusion of their powers, which had been the work of ages, was renounced in the intensity of the crisis. Atrocious deeds were done, in which religious passion was often the instrument, but policy was the motive.
Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.

Citát „Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.“
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„Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.“

—  Julius Evola, Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul

Origine: Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul

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„Love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest and bravest acts are done for love.“

—  Rick Riordan, libro The Lost Hero

Variante: My point is that love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest, bravest acts are done for love.
Origine: The Lost Hero

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„Creatures really have divergent and conflicting desires. Their distinct motives are not (usually) wishes for survival or for means-to-survival, but for various particular things to be done and obtained while surviving. And these can always conflict. Motivation is fundamentally plural.“

—  Mary Midgley British philosopher and ethicist 1919 - 2018

Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature (1979). 168.
Contesto: Creatures really have divergent and conflicting desires. Their distinct motives are not (usually) wishes for survival or for means-to-survival, but for various particular things to be done and obtained while surviving. And these can always conflict. Motivation is fundamentally plural. It must be so because, in evolution, all sorts of contingincies and needs arise, calling for all sorts of different responses. An obsessive creature, constantly dominated by one kind of motive, would not survive.

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„The noblest motive is the public good.“

—  Virgil Ancient Roman poet -70 - -19 a.C.

Richard Steele, in The Spectator. Compare Aeneid 6.823: Vincet amor patriae ("Love of country shall prevail").
"In The City of God Augustine quoted the line but changed the verb from the future to the present tense (vincet › vincit). That form became a traditional quotation, often reprinted and reproduced on medals, monuments, and family crests. [...] "Vincit amor patriae" appeared at the head of Spectator no. 200 (October 19, 1711) without translation. The essays from the Spectator were published and republished as books as early as 1713. To assist readers who lacked Latin or Greek, the editors of the 1744 edition provided English translations for its epigraphs; to "Vincit amor patriae" was added "The noblest Motive is the Publick Good." It stuck. The translation was modernized and made its way into innumerable texts and onto public buildings. It is inscribed on the ceiling of the south corridor of the Library of Congress and attributed to Virgil. A mistranslation became a quotation." —Willis Goth Regier, Quotology (2010), pp. 40–41.
Misattributed
Originale: (la) Vincit amor patriae.

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„We should often be ashamed of our very best actions if the world only saw the motives which caused them.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, libro Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

http://books.google.com/books?id=vQEzAAAAMAAJ&q=%22We+should+often+be+ashamed+of+our+very+best+actions+if+the+world+only+saw+the+motives+which+caused+them%22&pg=PA47#v=onepage
Nous aurions souvent honte de nos plus belles actions, si le monde voyoit tous les motifs qui les produisent.
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Maxim 409.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

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