|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Iagos soliloquythe motive-hunting of a motiveless malignityhow awful it is!|
ColeridgeShakespeare. Notes on Othello.
|What makes life dreary is the want of motive.|
George EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. VIII. Ch. LXV.
|A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.|
|For theres nothing we read of in tortures inventions,|
Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.
LowellA Fable for Critics. L. 250.
| Mens minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.|
George WashingtonSocial Maxims. Difference of Opinion no Crime.