Thesaurus / motives


How are we to know what is right and wrong, and what are our motives for approving and disapproving the good and the bad?

Hence the motives of his conduct to Apaecides, strengthened as these were, in that instance, by his passion for Ione.

The Last Days of PompeiiEdward George Bulwer-Lytton

It has given me power over all motives, over the impulses of my nature as well as over the exactions and violences of the world.

What interested him in life was men and women, and in them, not their actions, but the motives which governed their actions.

He had his ridiculous dignity, had Mr. Prohack, and all his motives were mixed motives.

Mr. ProhackE. Arnold Bennett

Katherine was rather surprised at herself, and to herself her motives were rather confused.

The Dull Miss ArchinardAnne Douglas Sedgwick

I answered, that as to the noble Lord's motives, he must do me the justice to say that I had been perfectly silent on that head.

I have no explanation for this conflict of emotions and motives.

The Plum TreeDavid Graham Phillips

You could not elevate your mind even to comprehend my motives.

As for Jewdwine, it could not be accounted for by any motives known to him.

The Divine FireMay Sinclair


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