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  • She says she’s helping out of kindness, but I suspect she has ulterior motives.
  • The report is untrue. It serves only to advance the union’s ulterior motives.
  • The legislation completely dovetails with the ulterior motives of the domestic sugar industry.
  • Who knows, this may have been Lalla’s ulterior motive.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • The desperation melted and, for the briefest of moments, the ulterior motives were gone.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But we had an ulterior motive.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Mrs. Hoge’s ulterior motive, I believe, was the child, which she looked after a great deal of the time.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Nor did he have any ulterior motives.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Hester Prynne remained constant in her resolve to make known to Mr. Dimmesdale, at whatever risk of present pain or ulterior consequences, the true character of the man who had crept into his intimacy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • There was no telling when the god’s ulterior motive might be disclosed.
    Jack London  --  White Fang

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  • What if he’d lied out of some ulterior motive of his own?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The little princess, like an old war horse that hears the trumpet, unconsciously and quite forgetting her condition, prepared for the familiar gallop of coquetry, without any ulterior motive or any struggle, but with naive and lighthearted gaiety.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I didn’t let on that we had dark ulterior motives.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Secondly, my conscience is perfectly easy; I make the offer with no ulterior motive.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I should have recalled that you are just like me and that you never do anything without an ulterior motive.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I think you have an ulterior motive.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Besides, she shared with some other survivors a suspicion of ulterior motives on the part of the political-minded people who took part in the annual ceremonies and conferences.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • But, he was particular in stipulating that if I were not received with cordiality, or if I were not encouraged to repeat my visit as a visit which had no ulterior object but was simply one of gratitude for a favor received, then this experimental trip should have no successor.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Such a paragraph would not be created without having some purpose, some ulterior motive.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Perhaps she had no ulterior meaning.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sophie had an ulterior motive for choosing that particular spot.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • That the engrossing object of— HEEP — was, next to gain, to subdue Mr. and Miss W. (of his ulterior views in reference to the latter I say nothing) entirely to himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They are out, tumultuously, off for a minute’s race, all bravely legging it, Burke’s of Denzille and Holles their ulterior goal.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • No deep, sinister soul with ulterior motives could have given her fifteen cents under the guise of friendship.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He watched the admiral pour a generous amount, perhaps with the ulterior motive of making him speak more freely.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • She felt so free from ulterior motives that she took up his charge with a touch of resentment.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • At least you know there won’t be any goddam ulterior motives in this madhouse.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • But luxury as the power itself is different—luxury without anything ulterior.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Love, I know, isn’t something to secondguess, but in my world, love is always defined by ulterior motive.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I enjoyed the praise, of course, and Moody was grudgingly proud, but I had an ulterior motive.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • With what joy would he have hastened to spend his days with one or other of those humble folk with whom Odette kept up friendly relations, either with some ulterior motive or from genuine simplicity of nature.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • There were no deep manipulative ulterior motives.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • This was said with a view to set up a species of community of character between the parties, and as the politicians are wont to express it, with ulterior intentions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I’m probably one of the few people in the country right now who unhesitatingly, and without an ulterior motive, is on her side.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Just as I had an ulterior motive to go to you in Ottawa, whoever is doing this to you has a deeper reason than the capture of your husband’s impersonator.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He wanted time and the absence of ulterior pressure.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Franz often spoke about his mother to Sabina, perhaps even with a certain unconscious ulterior motive: he assumed that Sabina would be charmed by his ability to be faithful, that it would win her over.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • And Roberta, who, in the face of her own uncertainty up to this time as to what was to become of her had not ventured to prepare or purchase anything relating either to a trousseau or layette, now began to think that whatever the ulterior purpose of his suggestion, which like all the others was connected with delay, it might not be unwise even now if she did take a fortnight or three weeks, and with the assistance of an inexpensive and yet tolerable dressmaker, who had aided her sister…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But he had ulterior motives now.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Damn all motives-ulterior ones and others.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • There had to be some ulterior motive, she decided.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The strange part was that he couldn’t perceive an ulterior motive for his impulses.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • After all, Mom didn’t seem to have any ulterior motives, at least none that I can figure.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • People who support the right side of a question can also have ulterior motives like ambition, avarice, personal animosity, and party opposition.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • There are moments when the inner life actually "pays," when years of self-scrutiny, conducted for no ulterior motive, are suddenly of practical use.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • He didn’t fully trust Drizzt yet, though he couldn’t figure out what ulterior motives the drow could possibly be pursuing with the friendly facade.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • The future still conceals from us the ulterior consequences of this emigration of the Americans towards the West; but we can readily apprehend its more immediate results.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • She knew there were no ulterior motives behind the questions, it was just natural curiosity, but even so, she was never quite sure what to say, other than to state the truth.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • You see, prince, for once in my life I wish to perform an absolutely honest action, that is, an action with no ulterior motive; and I think I am hardly in a condition to talk of it just at this moment, and—and—well, we’ll discuss it another time.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • We had declared war with no thought of ulterior gain; we came because the indignation of a GREAT people had been aroused at the oppression of a smaller one, and then, with a magnanimity well worthy the greatest people of the face of the earth, we paid our defeated enemy twenty millions of dollars.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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