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Self Interest Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Self Interest

Please enjoy these Self Interest Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Friendship without self-interest
is one of the rare and beautiful things in life.
- James Francis Byrnes

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Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest.
- Pindar

We must keep on trying to solve problems,
one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of
confidence and cooperation,
at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest.
- Lester B. Pearson

 

The cause of violence is not ignorance.
It is self-interest.
Only reverance can restrain violence -
reverance for human life and the environment.
- William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

My interest lies in my self-expression -
what's inside of me -
not what I'm in.
- John Turturro

We see considerable strain in Russia,
and that's obviously a matter of concern to us.
It's in the very strong self-interest of Russia to
continue on the reform path.
- Warren Christopher

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Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is some self-interest behind every friendship.
There is no friendship without self-interests.
This is a bitter truth.
- Chanakya

It's not a choice between war and peace.
It's a choice between war and endless war.
It's not appeasement.
I think it's better even to call it American self-interest.
- Michael Scheuer

We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Nature...
is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.
- Charles Baudelaire

Self-deception ultimately explains Japan's plight.
The Japanese have never accepted that change is in their interest -
and not merely a response to U.S.
criticism.
- Paul Samuelson

My commitment to the security and future of Israel
is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest.
Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.
- Gerald R. Ford

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler
somehow than economic self-interest?
- Milton Friedman

The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The United Nations has come under the control of outlaw
nations and self-serving special interest groups.
- Ginny B. Waite

For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship -
requires,
in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence
over all sectarian interests,
including self-interest.
- John Charles Polanyi

Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous
than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn
adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights.
- Elihu Root

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us.
Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

For the state by its nature claims sovereignty,
the right to an unlimited development of power,
determined only by self-interest.
It is by nature anarchistic.
- Christian Lous Lange

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self,
egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
- Arnold Bennett

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you,
we cannot obtain order by physical coercion.
We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest,
and the commonweal, our governance will emerge.
- John Perry Barlow

Self-love then does not constitute THIS or THAT to be our interest or good;
but,
our interest or good being constituted by nature and supposed,
self-love only puts us upon obtaining and securing it.
- Joseph Butler

The kind of society which we still have is maybe,
in some cases, getting worse.
Competition is becoming a virtue.
Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest.
Even to see other folks as competition.
- Major Owens

Unfortunately, the media, which are not at all reluctant
to act in their own self-interest,
have succeeded in equating reform in the public mind
with further restrictions on just about everyone else's
freedom of political speech.
- James L. Buckley

President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable
integrity who put service to his country before his own self interest.
He helped heal our nation during a time of crisis,
provided steady leadership and restored people's faith
in the presidency and in government.
- Mark Udall

Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs,
in the interest of his own happiness,
to walk in the path of humility and self-control,
and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.
- Irving Babbitt

If Congress does its job in this regard,
the residents of Puerto Rico will be empowered to act
in their own self-interest and express their future
political status aspirations accordingly.
- Dick Thornburgh

I was induced to establish several orders of merit,
from conviction that emulation, well directed,
becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius
of some youth is more easily brought into action this way,
than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest.
- Joseph Lancaster

The private interest of the individual would not be
sufficiently provided for by reasonable and cool self-love alone;
therefore the appetites and passions are placed within
as a guard and further security,
without which it would not be taken due care of.
- Joseph Butler

I am not going to make any commitments to the teachers
union to do anything until they do something that's
other than in their own self-
interest.
And everything they have done so far is in their self-interests,
and that's it.
- Chris Christie

It has always seemed strange to me...
the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity,
openness, honesty, understanding and feeling,
are the concomitants of failure in our system.
And those traits we detest, sharpness,
greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest,
are the traits of success.
And while men admire the quality of the first they
love the produce of the second.
- John Steinbeck

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

No amount of self-improvement can make up
for a lack of self-acceptance.
- Anonymous

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Weariness comes, on some days, from lack of service to self.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I sail the seas of life as the MASTER of my ship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

Smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole
for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast
and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat -
dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

You get what you settle for.
- the character Louise in the movie Thelma and Louise

Other people do not have to change
for us to experience peace of mind.
- Gerald Jampolsky

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man has his own courage,
and is betrayed because he seeks in himself
the courage of other persons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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