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Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else; and primarily, morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections.

Author: Archibald Alexander


God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.

Author: William Boetcker


There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Author: Harriet Braiker

Profession: American Psychologist and Management Consultant

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Author: Leo Buscaglia

Profession: American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author

The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.

Author: Nolan Bushnell

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Atari Computer

Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.

Author: Herman Cain

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Godfather Pizza

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.

Author: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Profession: American Author, Trainer

Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.

Author: Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

Profession: American Author, Clergyman

If I would be happy, I would be a bad ballplayer. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body.

Author: Roberto Clemente (1934 - 1972)

Profession: American Baseball Player

No one does anything from a single motive.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher