A Quote by H. L. Mencken on curiosity, desires, dogs, good, ideas, injustice, men, motives, science, secrets, service, slavery, value, and world

The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate. Consider, for example, two of them: mere insatiable curiosity and the desire to do good. The latter is put high above the former, and yet it is the former that moves one of the most useful men the human race has yet produced: the scientific investigator. What actually urges him on is not some brummagem idea of Service, but a boundless, almost pathological thirst to penetrate the unknown, to uncover the secret, to find out what has not been found out before. His prototype is not the liberator releasing slaves, the good Samaritan lifting up the fallen, but a dog sniffing tremendously at an infinite series of rat-holes.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Reprinted in A Mencken Crestomathy,Vintage Books,NY,’82, 1st in Smart Set Aug’19

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on duty, idealism, life, and motives

All higher motives, ideals, conceptions, sentiments in a man are of no account if they do not come forward to strengthen him for the better discharge of the duties which devolve upon him in the ordinary affairs of life.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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A Quote by Henry van Dyke on confusion, god, honesty, learning, love, motives, and trust

Four things a man must learn to do If he would make his record true; To think without confusion clearly; To love his fellowmen sincerely; To act from honest motives purely; To trust in God and Heav'n securely.

Henry van Dyke (1852 - 1933)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on motives, obstacles, and power

.He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on conscience, love, motives, obstinacy, persistence, reason, self-love, and tenacity

Obstinacy is will asserting itself without being able to justify itself. It is persistence without a reasonable motive. It is the tenacity of self-love substituted for that of reason and conscience.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Helen Adams Keller on confusion, god, learning, life, love, motives, and trust

Four things to learn in life: To think clearly without hurry or confusion To love everybody sincerely; To act in everything with the highest motives; To trust God unhesitatingly.

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

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A Quote by George Santayana on action, history, motives, needs, and planning

History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten. . . . What is interesting is brought forward as if it had been central and efficacious in the march of events, and harmonies are turned into causes. Kings and generals are endowed with motives appropriate to what the historian values in their actions; plans are imputed to them prophetic of their actual achievements, while the thoughts that really preoccupied them remain buried in absolute oblivion.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

Source: The Life of Reason: Reason in Science, 1918

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A Quote by George Norman Douglas on majorities and motives

No one can expect a majority to be stirred by motives other than ignoble.

George Norman Douglas (1868 - 1952)

Source: South Wind, 1917, ch. 10

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A Quote by George Eliot on habits, life, love, motives, needs, partnership, soul, and women

A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 48, 1866.

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A Quote by George Eliot on motives and women

expectations of women Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk.7, ch.51 (1876).

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