„I have discovered motives, my own and everyone else's, to be impenetrable.“

—  Alex Miller, The Ancestor Game (1992), Page 264.
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„I have read it with the deepest appreciation of Mr. Herron's singular insight into all the elements of a complicated situation and into my own motives and purposes.“

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1910s, Letter to Mitchell Kennerley about the book Woodrow Wilson and the World's Peace, October 1, 1917 https://books.google.com/books?id=Gr6atcdK37EC&pg=PA123 https://books.google.com/books?id=2BL2AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA2383

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„I've reached the pinnacle of my career. I just feel that I don't have anything else to prove. When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense of 'to prove something' as a basketball player, it's time for me to move away from the game of basketball.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963
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„I always have motives, but I forget them.“

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„I am staying on in Geneva, this charming city. With each step I discover delightful motives. How pleasant it is to work here. And the light is just the way I like it, full of delicate nuances.“

—  Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot French landscape painter and printmaker in etching 1796 - 1875
1820 - 1850, Quote in a letter to his friend, the painter Paul Tavernier, Geneva, July 1842; ; as quoted in 'Corot', Gary Tinterow, Michael Pantazzi, Vincent Pomarède - Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (France), National Gallery of Canada, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), 1996, p. 136

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—  Javon Ringer All-American college football player, professional football player, running back 1987
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