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Iago's soliloquy--the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity--how awful it is!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Shakespeare--Notes on Othello

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What makes like dreary is the want of motive.

George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) Quotes , Source: Daniel Deronda (bk. VIII, ch. LXV)

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A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Essays--Fate

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For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions, Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: A Fable for Critics (l. 250)

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Men's 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 Washington Quotes , Source: Social Maxims--Difference of Opinion no Crime

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