Wholesome actions from unwholesome motives.
I was recently talking with my wife about honesty and she gave me a hard time about being a bad liar. I can lie, but usually not without either blushing, stammering, or having a giggling fit; my strategy has always been to tell the truth with a sarcastic tone.
The conversation made me think about my motives, besides my apparent lack of skill, for not lying. I’d like to say that conscience and virtue are my prime motivators but I think that my main reason for being honest is all about egotism; I don’t want to be thought of as a liar.