„Cash is always the deciding factor in such matters of moral politics; nothing ever gets done unless motivated by commerce or greed.“

—  Jasper Fforde, livro The Eyre Affair

Fonte: The Eyre Affair

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„History does not show greed of gain as the motive of the great steps in industrial progress.“

—  J.A. Hobson English economist, social scientist and critic of imperialism 1858 - 1940

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Contexto: History does not show greed of gain as the motive of the great steps in industrial progress. The love of science, the pure delight of mechanical invention, the attainment of some slight personal convenience in labour, and mere chance, play the largest part in the history of industrial improvements. These motives would be as equally operative under state-control as under private enterprise.<!--section 11, p. 419

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„It doesn't matter how motivated students are; what matters is how students are motivated“

—  Alfie Kohn American author and lecturer 1957

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„Creatures really have divergent and conflicting desires. Their distinct motives are not (usually) wishes for survival or for means-to-survival, but for various particular things to be done and obtained while surviving. And these can always conflict. Motivation is fundamentally plural.“

—  Mary Midgley British philosopher and ethicist 1919 - 2018

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Contexto: Creatures really have divergent and conflicting desires. Their distinct motives are not (usually) wishes for survival or for means-to-survival, but for various particular things to be done and obtained while surviving. And these can always conflict. Motivation is fundamentally plural. It must be so because, in evolution, all sorts of contingincies and needs arise, calling for all sorts of different responses. An obsessive creature, constantly dominated by one kind of motive, would not survive.

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„The distance is nothing when one has a motive.“

—  Jane Austen, livro Orgulho e Preconceito

Fonte: Pride and Prejudice

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