quote by George Bernard Shaw

I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve.

— George Bernard Shaw

Heartwarming Altruistic quotations

Competing is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.

Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons.

They're usually fought for hegemony, for business. And then of course there's the business of war.

Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature.

There's very little if any 'me-itis.' When I get back to civilization I'm always appalled by 'me, me, me.'

Religion, media and schools tell us to disregard animals, view them as commodities, property and resources, and convince us that animals cannot think clearly, nor act morally or altruistically, nor experience love and hatred, or kindness and terror, in the same way that we can.

A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves.

A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.

Happiness arises as a result of different causes and conditions.

If you harm someone out of anger, you may feel some superficial satisfaction, but deep down you know it was wrong. Your confidence will be undermined. However, if you have an altruistic attitude, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in the presence of others.

The state of interbeing is a vulnerable state.

It is the vulnerability of the naive altruist, of the trusting lover, of the unguarded sharer. To enter it, one must leave behind the seeming shelter of a control-based life, protected by walls of cynicism, judgment, and blame.

Either the conscious intellect is impotent, or is not sufficiently strong, or is not the factor positively connected with altruistic phenomenon generally or their sublime form particularly.

Selfishness beats altruism within groups.

Altruistic groups beat selfish groups. Everything else is commentary.

We fail to reckon with the reality of human nature.

By nature,we are egocentric. Our world revolves around us. None of us is totally altruistic.

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.

Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism.

There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it's the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It's far easier than telling ourselves the truth.

The intelligent altruists, though less altruistic than unintelligent altruists, will be fitter than both unintelligent altruists and selfish individuals.

The poor are the only consistent altruists; they sell all they have and give it to the rich.

The event of falling in love... in one high bound it has overleaped the massive wall of our selfhood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being.

Altruism demands that an individual serve others, but doesn’t stipulate whether those others should be one’s family, or the homeless, or society as a whole. Collectivism states that, in politics, society comes first and the individual must obey. Collectivism is the application of the altruist ethics to politics.

The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest.

"A cigar," said the altruist, "a cigar, my good man, I cannot give you.

But any time you need a light, just come around; mine is always lit."

The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture.

Golf does strange things to other people, too.

It makes liars out of honest men, cheats out of altruists, cowards out of brave men and fools out of everybody.

Any altruistic system is inherently unstable, because it is open to abuse by selfish individuals, ready to exploit it.

Science is a victim of its own reductive metaphors: 'Big Bang,' 'selfish gene' and so on. Richard Dawkins' selfish gene fitted with the Thatcherite politics of the time. It should actually be the 'altruistic gene,' but he'd never have sold as many books with a title like that.

As soon as I wake up I pay homage to the Buddha, and I try to prepare my mind to be more altruistic, more compassionate, during the day to come so I can be of benefit to beings. Then I do physical exersice - I walk on a treadmill.

We don't think of ourselves as do-gooders or altruists.

It's just that somehow we're trying our best to be run with some sense of moral compass even in a business environment that is growing.

If tempted by something that feels 'altruistic,' examine your motives and root out that self-deception. Then, if you still want to do it, wallow in it!

I'm inspired by good work. Whether it is a great performance by another actor, a piece of art, or someone doing something altruistic.

The Jews emerge into history, not a nation of keen spiritual aspirations and altruistic ethics, but that pagan people, worshipping rocks, sheep and cattle, and spirits of caves and wells, of whom the Old Testament, tending towards its higher ideal, gives fragmentary but convincing evidence.

There is nothing selfish about enjoying yourself.

In fact, as wise people have long said and psychologists have since discovered, happiness makes people less self-focused and more altruistic.

Being generous is inborn; being altruistic is a learned perversity. No resemblance --

I believe that women are many different types of people.

There are brave women, there are cowardly women, there are altruistic women, there are selfish women. Most people are a combination of the same.

[You] can dramatically change [your emotions] to be more altruistic, more loving, more compassionate, more attentive, and especially to have an inner sort of confidence and strength that you know that you have the resources to deal with whatever comes your way.

Your unhappiness doesn't help anyone else - and in fact, as I mentioned in another answer, happy people are more altruistically inclined. So happiness is not a selfish goal.

The great majority of people are calm, resourceful, altruistic or even beyond altruistic, as they risk themselves for others. We improvise the conditions of survival beautifully.

'The Portrait of Dorian Grey' beautifully articulates how the altruistic part of ourselves clashes with our essentially narcissistic state.

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