- n. Plural form of motive.
“Motives of delicacy, my dear Emilie," said Mrs. Somers, softening her tone, but still with an air of dissatisfaction -- "motives of delicacy, my dear Emilie, are mighty pretty sounding words; and at your age I used to think them mighty grand things; but I have long since found out that _motives of delicacy_ are usually the excuse of weak minds for not speaking the plain truth to their friends.”
“Those hidden secrets of any human mind which we call motives must ever remain to other minds largely a matter of opinion, but a very fair indication of them can be found when once the actual conduct of the actor has been determined.”
“At present I shall only take notice in the general, what way they take to prove this assertion; namely, that the church of Rome is the one true catholic church; and that is, by the notes and marks of the true church, which they call their motives of credibility; because, by these they design to persuade them, that the church of Rome is the one true catholic church.”
“Bottomline: Adopting a “live and let live” attitude toward student goals and motives is more sensible, humane, and compassionate.”
“There are good arguments pro and con but I think your characterization of motives is glib.”
“As far as Ms. Grace goes, the only thing I would say concerning her motives is that her actions are cause for some deep personal reflection on her own motives.”
“But to suggest that THIS GOP, which worships at the alter of Palin and Limbaugh, did anything at all out of pure, non-cynical motives is just nonsense. fostert Says:”
“So we're left with trying to reverse-engineer motives from the actions of the worm, which is hard.”
“Our current health care system being dominated by profit motives is a new phenomenon, since the industry was deregulated in the 1980's.”
“One panelist in favor of the law, Brad Brooks-Rubin, from the U.S. State Department, said the long-term motives of disclosing information about Congo's minerals are a way for many Americans, from the U.S. government to manufacturers and consumers, to try to help end the ongoing conflict in the country's lawless east.”
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