Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
Author: Marcus Aurelius (121-80 AD)
Profession: Roman Emperor, Philosopher
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Profession: British Playwright
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)
Profession: British Novelist
A person who is keen to shake your hand usually has something up his sleeve.
Author: Sir Alec Guiness (1914)
Profession: British Actor
To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.
Author: Henry James (1843-1916)
Profession: American Author
We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives behind them.
Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
Profession: French Classical Writer
There's an enduring American compulsion to be on the side of the angels. Expediency alone has never been an adequate American reason for doing anything. When actions are judged, they go before the bar of God, where Mom and the Flag closely flank His presence.
Author: Jonathan Raban (1942)
Profession: British Author, Critic
He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.
Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist
From his cradle to his grave a man never does a single thing which has any FIRST AND FOREMOST object but one -- to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for HIMSELF.
Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Profession: American Humorist, Writer
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit