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Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

To read between the lines was easier than to follow the text.

Henry James (1843-1916) American author.

He never does a proper thing without giving an improper reason for it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives behind them.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.