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Selfishness Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Selfishness

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

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

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As selfishness and complaint
pervert and cloud the mind,
so love with its joy
clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jealousy is a child of selfishness and distrust.
- Mourning Dove

 

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live,
it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
- Oscar Wilde

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The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night,
but it cannot banish the blackness of malice,
hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of humanity.
- David O. McKay

I was surprised by how much I like being a father;
surprised at what a decent father I am,
because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to dump my selfishness.
- Michael Zaslow

Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
- Madame de Stael

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

The organization and constant onward sweep of this
movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness,
greed and the neglect of the few.
- John L. Lewis

There are no generalizations in American politics that
vested selfishness cannot cut through.
- John Gunther

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness
when bequeathed by those who,
even alive, would part with nothing.
- Charles Caleb Colton

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind,
so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.
- William E. Gladstone

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know,
because there is no hope of a cure.
- Jane Austen

How sick one gets of being "good," how much I should
respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone
wretched for twenty-four hours;
embody selfishness.
- Alice James

To feel much for others and little for ourselves;
to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections,
constitute the perfection of human nature.
- Adam Smith

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others,
and no one is without himself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue
is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It may be a cold, clammy thing to say,
but those that treat friendship the same as any other
selfishness seem to get the most out of it.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.
- Richard Bach

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now,
or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice,
selfishness, ambition, and injustice.
- Elihu Root

Let us reject violence and selfishness which could
destroy our country's unity.
- Mwai Kibaki

There is more selfishness and less principle among
members of Congress than I had any conception of,
before I became President of the U.S.
- James K. Polk

This idea of selfishness as a virtue,
as opposed to generosity: That, to me,
is unnatural.
- Jessica Lange

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.
Take off all your envies, jealousies,
unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
- Cesare Pavese

Law represents the effort of man to organize society;
governments,
the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Selfishness is the only real atheism;
aspiration,
unselfishness, the only real religion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism,
selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.
- Graham Greene

As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream
of there being a pie cut up and shared.
Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there
is always one bad apple in every barrel.
- Rick Danko

Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness,
seeing value only after discarding it.
- Douglas Horton

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive
of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis
of all human labor and effort,
enterprise and new activity.
- William Howard Taft

My desire for the part of Mammy was not dominated by
selfishness for Hollywood has been good to me and I am grateful.
- Hattie McDaniel

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity;
and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language,
nationality, or religion.
- John Comenius

Selfishness is the only real atheism;
unselfishness the only real religion.
- Israel Zangwill

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness,
are the two educational methods of parents;
all gradations of tyranny or slavery.
- Franz Kafka

Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
- Woodrow Wilson

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things,
cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes;
that is to say,
the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual.
- William Graham Sumner

Yes, forget your weakness, whatever that weakness may be.
It is egotism, it is selfishness after.
all, for it is a dwelling on self.
Forget your weakness; and remember your strength.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories,
our pride, our selfishness, our malice,
our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue
us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express.
- George A. Smith

We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly,
selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved
to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not
merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

What we won when all of our people united must not
be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics.
Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept,
the nomination of my party for another term as president.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too
often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
- Andrew Jackson

That's why charity work is very selfish at the same time,
because it makes you feel good.
- Maria Menounos

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish,
unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

Sympathizing and selfish people are alike,
both given to tears.
- Leigh Hunt

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift.
You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.
- Sarah Brightman

Being selfish to me means that you have to look out
for yourself and you don't have to sacrifice.
- Herbie Mann

I am convinced that the majority of people would be
generous from selfish motives,
if they had the opportunity.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others,
but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
- Erich Fromm

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
- Herbert Spencer

It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self.
If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable.
If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
- Thomas Szasz

I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss.
That's not me.
- Alfred North Whitehead

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish,
and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life.
No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get
out of seeing kids realize there is hope.
- Jerry Lewis

Our true passions are selfish.
- Stendhal

You know, we're really destroying ourselves because
we're really making the motivating force of anything we do selfish.
- Ralph Steadman

It's very selfish when I write.
I'm not aware, ever, of writing for another person;
I'm not even really aware of writing for myself.
- Tanith Lee

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep,
too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
- Khalil Gibran


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