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motive
used in Atlas Shrugged

127 uses
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1  —14 uses as in:
What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • "I do not expect to be insulted by disloyal young punks with treasonable motives," said Dr. Stadler loudly.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (33% in)
  • She was unable, then or since, to understand the motives of those who decided to build the line.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (50% in)
  • Not to inquire about my aims, motives or desires is an essential part of their theory.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (85% in)
  • My motives cannot interest you at present.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (55% in)
  • There was no action she could take against the men of undefined thought, of unnamed motives, of unstated purposes, of unspecified morality.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (18% in)
  • My motives were pure.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (47% in)
  • They had not discussed that law, at their dinner together, or their motives or the risk they were taking.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (9% in)
  • By the unwritten code of the day, nobody received or accepted an invitation from a man of public prominence except in token of one or the other of these motives.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (33% in)
  • She watched the course of his struggle, whether by means of his steps, begun in one direction and swerving in another, or by means of her certainty that her body had become an instrument for the direct perception of his, like a screen reflecting both movements and motives-she could not tell.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (40% in)
  • That's the difference between business and politics-we have no selfish ends in view, no private motives, we're not after profit, we don't spend our lives scrambling for money, we don't have to!
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (33% in)
  • It is your mind that they want you to surrender-all those who preach the creed of sacrifice, whatever their tags or their motives, whether they demand it for the sake of your soul or of your body, whether they promise you another life in heaven or a full stomach on this earth.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (42% in)
  • The degree of your ability to live was the degree to which you broke your moral code, yet you believe that those who preach it are friends of humanity, you damn yourself and dare not question their motives or their goals.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (49% in)
  • If, in the chaos of the motives that have made you listen to the radio tonight, there was an honest, rational desire to learn what is wrong with the world, you are the man whom I wished to address.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (95% in)
  • Your destroyers hold you by means of your endurance, your generosity, your innocence, your love-the endurance that carries their burdens-the generosity that responds to their cries of despair-the innocence that is unable to conceive of their evil and gives them the benefit of every doubt, refusing to condemn them without understanding and incapable of understanding such motives as theirs-the love, your love of life, which makes you believe that they are men and that they love it, too.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (99% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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  • He was suddenly seeing the motive that had directed all the actions of his life.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (92% in)
  • The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive.
    1.1 Part 1 Chapter 1 — The Theme (46% in)
  • Her motive, he thought, was a proudly indirect attempt to test his feeling and to confess her own.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (56% in)
  • His motive in the relationship seemed to resemble the need of an anemic person who receives a kind of living transfusion from the mere sight of a savagely overabundant vitality.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (78% in)
  • I am not collecting it for any personal motive.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (96% in)
  • You just happened to choose the one week when we had a little trouble with our motive power-our new engines are on order, but there's been a slight delay-you know what a problem we're having with the manufacturers of locomotives-but it's only temporary.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (27% in)
  • Motive power —you can't imagine how important that is.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (98% in)
  • THE IMMOVABLE MOVERS Motive power-thought Dagny, looking up at the Taggart Building in the twilight-was its first need; motive power, to keep that building standing; movement, to keep it immovable.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (0% in)
  • THE IMMOVABLE MOVERS Motive power-thought Dagny, looking up at the Taggart Building in the twilight-was its first need; motive power, to keep that building standing; movement, to keep it immovable.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (0% in)
  • She had always been-she closed her eyes with a faint smile of amusement and pain-the motive power of her own happiness.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (7% in)
  • Some months ago, I instructed our Operating Department to cut the schedule on the San Sebastian Line down to a single train a day, and to remove from it our best motive power and rolling stock, as well as every piece of equipment that could be moved.
    1.4 Part 1 Chapter 4 — The Immovable Movers (37% in)
  • "Let's find out" was the motive he gave to Dagny and Eddie for anything he undertook, or "Let's make it."
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (14% in)
  • They never had to explain the rest to each other; they knew each other's goal and motive.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (17% in)
  • She felt pleasure in what she suddenly grasped about him, about herself and about his motive.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (32% in)
  • He did not try to stop her; he leaned back, his elbows in the grass, and looked at her without moving; his glance seemed to say that he knew her motive.
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (42% in)
  • Can you think of a motive that would prompt me to do it?
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (82% in)
  • If you didn't want to make money, what possible motive could you have had?
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (85% in)
  • My motive, Dagny?
    1.5 Part 1 Chapter 5 — The Climax of the D'Anconias (86% in)
  • He wondered why this was a motive that had no power to impel him.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (13% in)
  • Only those whose motive is not money-making should be allowed to write.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (22% in)
  • What's your motive?
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (62% in)
  • The man who sat in front of Rearden's desk had vague features and a manner devoid of all emphasis, so that one could form no specific image of his face nor detect the driving motive of his person.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (30% in)
  • Dagny could not understand Mr. Mowen's motive.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (37% in)
  • Who knows whose will had placed them in power? what motive moved them?
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (97% in)
  • She had wanted to see the outcome of the battle; now that he had won it-or lost-she was struck by the sudden, urgent need to know his identity and motive.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (13% in)
  • The petition stated that its signers had no motive other than "a sense of civic duty."
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (33% in)
  • Another asked, "Aren't you going to tell us your motive for building that Line?
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (48% in)
  • That was my motive for building the Line.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (49% in)
  • -I thought their real motive for inviting me was their appreciation of the Metal, and-
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (59% in)
  • And I couldn't figure out what their motive was.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (60% in)
  • Dagny, I don't think they had any motive at all.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (60% in)
  • And .... and of what use is a railroad without motive power?
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (77% in)
  • Dimly, she felt the chill of a thought telling her that self-interest was not Jim's motive.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (19% in)
  • Now he wondered what motive could have made her so sensitive to a change in him-unless it was a feeling much greater than he had ever suspected her of experiencing.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (31% in)
  • She looked at him and understood what it was that he wanted from her, what sort of motive kept him going.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (44% in)
  • No clue was ever found to Mulligan's motive, to his personal fate or to the many millions of his personal fortune.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (55% in)
  • I have no special motive.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (49% in)
  • He had never doubted the nature of the world or man's greatness as its motive power and its core.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (89% in)
  • What is your motive?
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (53% in)
  • You knew my motive when you gave me the bracelet.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (53% in)
  • ...creator of a spectacular new metal, making a stand against enemies whose actions might appear somewhat shabby in the eyes of the public-where you won't be a hero, but a common criminal, a greedy industrialist who's cheated the law for a plain motive of profit, a racketeer of the black market who's broken the national regulations designed to protect the public welfare-a hero without glory and without public, who'll accomplish no more than about half a column of newsprint somewhere on...
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (29% in)
  • It's only a matter of knowing man's motive power.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (73% in)
  • Did you ask me to name man's motive power?
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (85% in)
  • Man's motive power is his moral code.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (85% in)
  • Could one conceive of an infamy lower than to equate virtue with pain, to make virtue, not vice, the source and motive power of suffering?
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (12% in)
  • That could be true, he thought; perhaps, by the reasoning of some crude, childish cowardice, the motive of their malice was a desire to protect him, to break him down into the safety of a compromise.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (16% in)
  • I thought that any human being who accepts the help of another, knows that good will is the giver's only motive and that good will is the payment he owes in return.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (23% in)
  • ...snarled that the cause of the country's troubles, as this case demonstrated, was the selfish greed of rich industrialists; that it was men like Hank Rearden who were to blame for the shrinking diet, the falling temperature and the cracking roofs in the homes of the nation; that if it had not been for men who broke regulations and hampered the government's plans, prosperity would have been achieved long ago; and that a man like Hank Rearden was prompted by nothing but the profit motive.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (43% in)
  • This last was stated without explanation or elaboration, as if the words "profit motive" were the self-evident brand of ultimate evil.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (43% in)
  • That was not my motive.
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (62% in)
  • No matter what corruption he's taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which he cannot perform for any motive but his own enjoyment-just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity!
    2.4 Part 2 Chapter 4 — The Sanction of the Victim (82% in)
  • But whether this had been Boyle's motive or whether it had been the principle of sacrifice, no one could tell and it made no difference: if Boyle had been a saint of the creed of selflessness, he would have had to do precisely what he had done.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (10% in)
  • Taggart knew, as they all knew, to what disinterested motive Mr. Mouch would always be ready to sacrifice his personal friendships.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (27% in)
  • With the desperate shortage of motive power and the appalling shortage of fuel, it is criminal insanity to send an engine out on the road with sixty cars when it could pull a hundred and to take four days on a run which could be made in three.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (34% in)
  • They could have given the task to employees, but they had come, both prompted by the same unconfessed motive: they could not resist the desire to attend the run of the last train, as one cannot resist the desire to give a last salute by attending a funeral, even while knowing that it is only an act of self-torture.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (62% in)
  • I damned the fact that joy is the core of existence, the motive power of every living being, that it is the need of one's body as it is the goal of one's spirit, that my body was not a weight of inanimate muscles, but an instrument able to give me an experience of superlative joy to unite my flesh and my spirit.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (93% in)
  • —no reality-how can you prove that the tunnel exists? no logic-why do you claim that trains cannot move without motive power?
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (99% in)
  • He had not decided to resign-not really, he thought; he had dictated the letter for a motive which he identified to himself only as "just in case."
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (61% in)
  • I don't know what form of corruption is your motive-but I want you to learn that there are things beyond your reach, beyond your aspiration or your malice.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (34% in)
  • Whatever your motive, it's from any contact with you that she has to be protected.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (35% in)
  • He reached for her hand and slipped her fingers under his face to let his mouth rest against her palm for a moment, so gently that she felt his motive more than his touch.
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (51% in)
  • She had never expected that she, who had felt as if she were the motive power aboard a train, would now sit wishing, like a child or a savage, that this train would move, that it would not stop, that it would get her there on time-wishing it, not like an act of will, but like a plea to a dark unknown.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (1% in)
  • And when you saw it, you saw the real motive of any person who's ever preached the slogan: 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,' "This was the whole secret of it.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (33% in)
  • That was our real motive when we votedthat was the truth of it-but we didn't like to think it, so the less we liked it, the louder we yelled about our love for the common good.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (35% in)
  • She had misunderstood the woman's motive.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (55% in)
  • She knew that he knew her motive.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (61% in)
  • It took an effort to remember that she had had a goal and a motive a few hours ago.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (5% in)
  • For a moment, they held each other's eyes: her glance was a question, his a command, her face had a defiant frankness, his an unrevealing severity; she understood his purpose, but not his motive.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (52% in)
  • The despoiling of reason has been the motive of every anti-reason creed on earth.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (75% in)
  • She looked at the room like a restless beggar, pleading with physical objects to give her a motive, wishing she could find something to clean, to mend, to polish-while knowing that no task was worth the effort.
    3.2 Part 3 Chapter 2 — The Utopia of Greed (37% in)
  • He would never have to learn his own motive, he thought; he thought it, not by means of words, but by means of the brief, vicious spasm of an emotion that resembled irritation and felt like acid.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (6% in)
  • Well, gentlemen, the value-and the motive-of any achievement of the State Science Institute are not to be doubted, since it is a non-profit venture-need I say more?
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (9% in)
  • "Motive power?" the man was saying in a voice that had a brusque, staccato snap and a slurred, nasal drawl, together.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (43% in)
  • There's no problem about motive power.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (43% in)
  • He paused, then added, "The Director of Unification is sole judge of the public welfare and has sole authority over the allocation of any motive power and rolling stock on any railroad anywhere in the United States."
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (47% in)
  • "Why, sure," he said, but his eyes narrowed, watching her suspiciously, as if he were wondering what motive prompted her to so explicit a statement.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (54% in)
  • She felt suddenly certain that it came from something deeper than his fear of bureaucratic reprisal, that the reprisal was the only identification of it which he would permit himself to know, a reassuring identification which had a semblance of rationality and hid his true motive.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)
  • She felt certain that it was not the country's panic he wanted to stave off, but his own-that he, and Chick Morrison and Wesley Mouch and all the rest of the looting crew needed her sanction, not to reassure their victims, but to reassure themselves, though the allegedly crafty, the allegedly practical idea of deluding their victims was the only identification they gave to their own motive and their hysterical insistence.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)
  • You have heard it said that I believe that this system has depravity as its motive, plunder as its goal, lies, fraud and force as its method, and destruction as its only result.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (75% in)
  • Judge his views by the motive of that action, you have constantly been told.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (76% in)
  • And with this I agree unreservedly: judge his views by the motive of that action.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (76% in)
  • And-for whatever value you attach to my opinion and to any warning I may give you-judge my views also by the motive of that action, because his convictions are mine.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (76% in)
  • When she stopped and turned to face him, he rose, as if he understood her motive.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (86% in)
  • He had walked out into the summer twilight of the streets, feeling as if he were both pursuing and pursued: pursuing a pleasure which nothing could give him, in celebration of a feeling which he dared not name-pursued by the dread of discovering what motive had moved him through the planning of tonight's achievement and what aspect of it now gave him this feverish sense of gratification.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (6% in)
  • He tried to force himself to enjoy it: money, he thought, had been his motive, money, nothing worse.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (6% in)
  • Wasn't that a normal motive?
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (6% in)
  • She could not conceive of his motive; she felt only that the headlight moving upon her had grown larger.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (28% in)
  • That's why we're slandered and misunderstood by all the greedy profit-chasers who can't conceive of a spiritual motive or a moral ideal or ....
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (34% in)
  • And then you'll see what motive is the opposite of charity.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (59% in)
  • And when you learn to understand their motive, you'll know the darkest, ugliest and only evil in the world, but you'll be safely out of its reach.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (64% in)
  • They knew each other's motive.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (82% in)
  • She listened blankly to the next stream of generalities, wondering about his motive.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (5% in)
  • He had come running to her, rushing, unannounced, into her apartment on the evening of the day when Cherryl's body had been found and the story of her suicide had filled the newspapers, given by some social worker who had witnessed it; "an. inexplicable suicide," the newspapers had called it, unable to discover any motive.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (6% in)
  • There was a look of intensity on his face, as if he were contemplating a rare, forgotten sight: a vision of men-and she knew what motive was still holding him to his job.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (27% in)
  • As she listened to the mentions of her name tossed into the conversation at half-hour intervals, tossed perfunctorily, with the speaker's eyes never glancing in her direction, she wondered what motive had made them want her to be present.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (66% in)
  • He knew her motive: it was not compassion, there had never been much love between Lillian and her, it was their common revenge against him, it was the secret satisfaction of spending his money on the ex-wife he had refused to support.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (16% in)
  • For the same purpose and motive, for the same satisfaction, as others weave complex systems of philosophy to destroy generations, of establish dictatorships to destroy a country, so she, possessing no weapons except femininity, had made it her goal to destroy one man.
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (34% in)
  • Since life requires a specific course of action, any other course will destroy it— A being who does not hold his own life as the motive and goal of his actions, is acting on the motive and standard of death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (19% in)
  • Since life requires a specific course of action, any other course will destroy it— A being who does not hold his own life as the motive and goal of his actions, is acting on the motive and standard of death.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (19% in)
  • The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they dread-a man of justice.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (31% in)
  • Our terms and our motive power are the antithesis of yours.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (34% in)
  • You need no proof, no reasons, no success, you need not achieve in fact the good of others —all you need to know is that your motive was the good of others, not your own.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (43% in)
  • Your code-which boasts that it upholds eternal, absolute, objective moral values and scorns the conditional, the relative and the subjective —your code hands out, as its version of the absolute, the following rule of moral conduct: If you wish it, it's evil; if others wish it, it's good; if the motive of your action is your welfare, don't do it; if the motive is the welfare of others, then anything goes.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (43% in)
  • Your code-which boasts that it upholds eternal, absolute, objective moral values and scorns the conditional, the relative and the subjective —your code hands out, as its version of the absolute, the following rule of moral conduct: If you wish it, it's evil; if others wish it, it's good; if the motive of your action is your welfare, don't do it; if the motive is the welfare of others, then anything goes.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (43% in)
  • The motive of your sacrifice, it tells you, should be love-the love you ought to feel for every man.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (47% in)
  • There is no honest revolt against reason-and when you accept any part of their creed, your motive is to get away with something your reason would not permit you to attempt.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (51% in)
  • Whenever you rebel against causality, your motive is the fraudulent desire, not to escape it, but worse: to reverse it.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (53% in)
  • You who are innocent enough to believe that the forces let loose in your world today are moved by greed for material plunder-the mystics' scramble for spoils is only a screen to conceal from their mind the nature of their motive.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (66% in)
  • The motive directing his hands and feet was four days behind him.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (3% in)
  • The motive?
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (7% in)
  • His mind had repeated insistently that his motive was terror of Mr. Thompson's gang, that he was not safe among them any longer, that his plan was a practical necessity.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (7% in)
  • ...To seize control-he had thought, speeding against the futile traffic lights of half-abandoned towns-speeding on the vibrating steel of the Taggart Bridge across the Mississippispeeding past the occasional ruins of farms in the empty stretches of Iowa...... I'll show them-he had thought-let them pursue, they won't stop me this time...... He had thought it, even though no one had pursued him-as no one was pursuing him now, but the taillights of his own car and the motive drowned in his mind.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (9% in)
  • The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (91% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in Atlas Shrugged.

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