Quotes with motives
I do question the motives of a deskbound president who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech.
On the Senate floor, criticizing President Bush for declaring mission accomplished in a speech from the deck of the aircraft carrier. As quoted in The Washington Post on May 7, 2003.
We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and discernment.
We should often be ashamed of our very best actions, if the world only saw the motives which caused them.
We should often have reason to be ashamed of our most brilliant actions if the world could see the motives from which they spring.
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
The Conquest of Happiness (1930)