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

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
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If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
— Arnold Bennett

I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that you really must make the self.
— Mary McCarthy

What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself.
— self interest quotation by Anita Brookner