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Motivation   Listen
motivation  n.  
The act or process of motivating.
The mental process that arouses an organism to action; as, a large part of a teacher's job is to give students the motivation to learn on their own.
Synonyms: motive, need.
The goal or mental image of a goal that creates a motivation (2); as, the image of a peaceful world is a powerful motivation for only a rare few individuals.

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"Motivation" Quotes from Famous Books

... easy lesson to learn. In the first place there must be motivation involved in racial preservation. Yet we derived no pleasure out of the things that make the Builders wish to continue to live. We did not sleep; we did not eat, and we were not able to reproduce ourselves. (And, besides, this latter, as I have ...
— B-12's Moon Glow • Charles A. Stearns

... they must feel motives and see ideals. They do not live by rules any more than we do. Besides the rule that is known there must be a reason for following it and a strong desire to do so. All ethical teaching needs this imperative and motivation of religion, the quickening of loyalty to high ideals, the doing of the right for reasons of love as well ...
— Religious Education in the Family • Henry F. Cope

... took subjects from the Germanic past and from the chivalric days, he brought no new life to his rehabilitations. Fouque was too productive, too facile, too external, too indifferent to psychological motivation to be real. He diluted Romanticism and sentimentalized it. In him patriotism becomes chauvinism; love, philandering; and his age of chivalry, a thinly veiled and sentimental picture of his own times. The strength and the indigenousness of Arnim are gone, and that power ...
— The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: - Masterpieces of German Literature Translated into English, Volume 5. • Various

... the theft, murder, and cunning of savagery, why should it be shocking that the female should equal the male in callousness? Why should it be shocking should she even surpass the male? It is quite possible that, since for physiological reasons she is nearer to instinctive motivation than the male, she cannot help being more ruthless once deterrent inhibition has been sloughed. But is she in fact more dangerous, more deadly as a criminal, than ...
— She Stands Accused • Victor MacClure

Words linked to "Motivation" :   psychic energy, condition, rational motive, act, need, status, human action, mental energy, deed, motivational, impulse, motivating, motive, irrational motive

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