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Thomas JeffersonThere is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

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St Bernard de ClairvauxThe road to hell is paved with good intentions

—  St Bernard de Clairvaux, 1091-1153, French saint & abbot of the Cistercian order

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AristotleThus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

NapoleonMen are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Joseph RouxReason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

NapoleonA soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Eugene IonescoPeople always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Ayn RandA creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Niccolò MachiavelliMen are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Peter DruckerHistory has been written not by the most talented but by the most motivated.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Bob DylanPeople seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Zig ZiglarPeople often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarPeople don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzThe way you motivate a football team is to eliminate the unmotivated ones.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

John DrydenKings fight for empires, madmen for applause.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet


Proverbs

Chinese proverbA bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

—  Chinese proverb


Movie Quotes

Stalker (1979)A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he's worth something. And if I know for sure that I'm a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?

—  from the film Stalker (1979)










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