Ay, but I have only one motive
in life, Miss Trotwood,' he rejoined, smiling.
She now felt it due to that friendship to explain confidentially the motive
which had induced her to leave home with her husband.
Allworthy answered, "That he was sorry for what his nephew had done, but could not consent to punish him, as he acted rather from a generous than unworthy motive
I believe that the discovery of our own motives
can only be made by the same process by which we discover other people's, namely, the process of observing our actions and inferring the desire which could prompt them.
Did Mademoiselle give you any explanation,--did she tell you what her motive
Acting on this invitation, I told him the truth about my husband and myself quite unreservedly, taking care, however, at the same time, to put Eustace's motives
in the best light that they would bear.
But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives
to resist encroachments of the others.
Having answered my inquiries, the woman put her own sordid construction on my motive
for visiting the prisoner.
Having admitted this, may I count on receiving your permission to explain the motive
of my visit?
You have, no doubt, a personal motive
for proceeding, into which it is not my business to inquire.
No," said the Dog; "if I were to accept that, it might be thought that in biting you I was actuated by improper motives
As the sense of responsibility is always strongest, in proportion as it is undivided, it may be inferred that a single man would be most ready to attend to the force of those motives
which might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law, and least apt to yield to considerations which were calculated to shelter a fit object of its vengeance.