QUOTES ABOUT MOTIVES OF THE HEART

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
— Bible. New International Version —

Scripture does what psychoanalysis can’t do-it pierces the heart, penetrates deep into the soul, and judges the motives. To see yourself in the light of Scripture is to see yourself as you really are.

— John F. MacArthur Jr.

In a man’s letters, you know, madam, his soul lies naked. His letters are only the mirror of his heart. Whatever passes within him is there shown undisguised in its natural progress; nothing is invented, nothing distorted; you see systems in their elements, and you discover an action in their motives. Samuel Johnson to Mrs. Thrale (1777)

— Michael Kelahan

It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake.

— Stephen R. Covey

Proverbs 16 To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans …

— Bible. New International Version

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

— Bible. New International Version

I put my hand out and wiped the vomit from his lips, and cooed soothing words to him. It squeezed my heart to see him suffer like this – but where my genuine concern for him ended and where my self-interest began, I could not tell: no servant can ever tell what the motives of his heart are.
“Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love – or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?
“We are made mysteries to ourselves by the Rooster Coop we are locked in.

— Aravind Adiga

She was energetic and didn’t always conform to polite society’s idea of how a young lady should conduct herself, but perhaps those things had nothing to do with achieving God’s approval. Didn’t God see inside a person’s heart and judge them for their thoughts and motives? God’s ways were not man’s ways.

— Melanie Dickerson

I remember a time when I was rejected for speaking my truth. The rejection hurt very much. I kept going over and over in my mind my motives for sharing my truth, and each time I realized that I had come from my heart. This person refuses to be my friend anymore. Over the years I have come to the feeling that Leo was able to access it right away. This person is missing out on so much, for I am a loving person and a good devoted friend. I could have enriched this person’s life. I no longer feel the personal pain of rejection, but the sadness for what my former friend is missing. I realized also from this experience that it is most important to speak one’s deepest truth and to follow the calling of our heart. As we do so we are filled with inner power and conviction to give the precious gift that we came to earth to give.

— Joyce Vissell

Our motives and thoughts ultimately influence our actions. Jesus repeatedly emphasized the power of good thoughts and proper motives: ‘Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not
In Proverbs, we read, ‘For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man’s love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.

— C.S. Lewis

For the movement was without scruples; she rolled towards her goal unconcernedly and deposed the corpses of the drowned in the windings of her course. Her course had many twists and windings; such was the law of her being. And whosoever could not follow her crooked course was washed on to the bank, for such was her law. The motives of the individual did not matter to her. His conscience did not matter to her, and neither did she care what went on in his head and his heart. The Party knew only one crime: to swerve from the course laid out; and only one punishment: death. Death was no mystery in the movement; there was nothing exalted about it: it was the logical solution to political divergences

— Arthur Koestler

The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action.

— Raymond Holliwell

I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear.

— Benjamin F. Wade

J. Pierpont Morgan observed, in one of his analytical interludes, that a person usually has two reasons for doing a thing: one that sounds good and a real one. The person himself will think of the real reason. You don’t need to emphasize that. But all of us, being idealists at heart, like to think of motives that sound good. So, in order to change people, appeal to the nobler motives.

— Dale Carnegie

I thought my heart was pure. We do like to have such good opinions of our own motives when we’re about to do something harmful, to someone else.

— Margaret Atwood

We must not only do what is right. We must act for the right reasons. The modern term is a good motive. The scriptures often signify this appropriate mental attitude with the words full purpose of heart or real intent. The scriptures make clear that God understands our motives and will judge our actions accordingly.

— Dallin H. Oaks

I value science
none can prize it more,
It gives ten thousand motives to adore:
Be it religious, as it ought to be,
The heart it humbles, and it bows the knee.

— Abraham Coles

Just as she kept her thoughts to herself, I was learning to do the same. This was what growing up was about: HIDE the corpse, DON’T bare your heart, DO make assumptions about the motives of others.

— Abraham Verghese

This was what growing up was about: hide the corpse, don’t bare your heart, do make assumptions about the motives of others. They’re certainly doing all these things to you.

— Abraham Verghese

The ability to discern the thoughts and motives of your heart (especially when experiencing intense emotion) is an essential skill for the believer. Recognizing thoughts and imaginations of the heart is a prerequisite of bringing them ‘captive to the obedience of Christ.

— Lou Priolo

We human beings often see only what is before our eyes. But God in His infinite justice searches the heart and our secret motives and manifests accordingly to us His mercy.

— Robert K. Massie

I prayed as we walked up the hill. I prayed and felt a measure of calm return. No visions. No angels singing. But a feeling of peace flowed over me. I took a deep breath, and something hard and tight and ugly in my heart let go. I took it as a good sign that I’d get to Jeff in time. But part of me was skeptical. God doesn’t always save someone. Often He just helps you live through the loss. I guess I don’t entirely trust God. I never doubt Him, but His motives are too beyond me. Through a glass darkly and all that. Just once I’d like to see through the damn glass clearly.

— Laurell K. Hamilton

Many pray for the power of God. More every year. Those prayers sound powerful, sincere, godly, and without ulterior motive. Hidden under such prayer and fervor, however, are ambition, a craving for fame, and the desire to be considered a spiritual giant. The person who prays such a prayer may not even know it, but dark motives and desires are in his heart in your heart.

— Gene Edwards

Fasting with a pure heart and motives, I have discovered, brings personal revival and adds power to our prayers. Personal revival occurs because fasting is an act of humility. Fasting gives an opportunity for deeper humility as we recognize our sins, repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and experience His cleansing of our soul and spirit. Fasting also demonstrates our love for God and our full confidence in His faithfulness.

— Bill Bright

Of all the vices incident to man, lying is the meanest, most contemptible; it evinces a very weak, depraved heart, which shrinks at the exposure of motives and of actions.

— Josiah Bartlett

The proper office of religion is to regulate the heart of men, humanize their conduct, infuse the spirit of temperance, order, and obedience; and as its operation is silent, and only enforces the motives of morality and justice, it is in danger of being overlooked, and confounded with these other motives.

— David Hume

The pure in heart are slow to credit calumnies because they hardly comprehend what motives can be inducements to the alleged crimes.

— Jane Porter

Empathic listening is so powerful because it gives you accurate data to work with. Instead of projecting your own autobiography and assuming thoughts, feelings, motives, and interpretation, you’re dealing with the reality inside another person’s head and heart. You’re listening to understand. You’re focused on receiving the deep communication of another human soul.

— Stephen Covey

Your life will be joyful and complete when you have a pure heart and your motives are unsullied.

— Frederick Lenz

When our brain feels too weak to deal with our opponent’s objections, our heart answers by casting suspicion on their underlying motives.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Unless we believe the gospel, we will be driven in all we do whether obeying or disobeying-by pride (‘self-love’) or fear (‘of damnation’). Apart from ‘grateful remembering’ of the gospel, all good works are done then for sinful motives. The mere moral effort may restrain the heart, but does not truly change the heart. Moral effort merely ‘jury rigs’ the evil of the heart to produce moral behavior out of self-interest. It is only a matter of time before such a thin tissue collapses.

— Timothy Keller

Heart and Brain are the two lords of life. In the metaphors of ordinary speech and in the stricter language of science, we use these terms to indicate two central powers, from which all motives radiate, to which all influences converge.

— George Henry Lewes

A relationship with Christ changes your heart. It’s not about your head. It changes your heart. Jesus comes to live in your heart, and even if a person does good works, but they do them without Christ, most of the time, their motives are wrong for why they do them.

— Joyce Meyer

And truly it demands something godlike in him who has cast off the common motives of humanity and has ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster. High be his heart, faithful his will, clear his sight, that he may in good earnest be doctrine, society, law, to himself, that a simple purpose may be to him as strong as iron necessity is to others!

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the distinguishing glory of Christianity not to rest satisfied with superficial appearances, but to rectify the motives, and purify the heart.

— William Wilberforce

Contempt of others is the truest symptom of a base and bad heart,
while it suggests itself to the mean and the vile, and tickles their little fancy on every occasion, it never enters the great and good mind but on the strongest motives; nor is it then a welcome guest,
affording only an uneasy sensation, and bringing always with it a mixture of concern and compassion.

— Henry Fielding