'You claim to have one plain motive
in all you do yourself.
"And by what motives
were you actuated?" asked the Man.
The belief that a motive
is normally conscious makes it easier to be mistaken as to our own motives
than as to other people's.
"While search is being made for the criminal, we had better try to find out the motive
for the crime; that will advance us a little," he said.
"I am still in the dark about you and your motives
," he said.
It is not to be doubted, that a single man of prudence and good sense is better fitted, in delicate conjunctures, to balance the motives
which may plead for and against the remission of the punishment, than any numerous body whatever.
This policy of supplying, by opposite and rival interests, the defect of better motives
, might be traced through the whole system of human affairs, private as well as public.
Darcy in anything, and persevered therefore in requiring an explanation of his two motives
"Sir Patrick's motives
will appear presently," rejoined the incorrigible old gentleman.
But I was looking for the motives
which ought to have their pure source in religion."
You are right in assuming that I have personal motives
for stirring in this matter.
The first part of it referred to Captain Wragge, and entered unreservedly into all necessary explanations relating to the man himself and to the motive
which had brought him to Combe-Raven.