Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.
Success - See your goal; Understand the obstacles; Create a positive mental picture; Clear your mind of self doubt; Embrace the challenge; Stay on track; Show the world you can do it!
Human service is the highest form of self-interest for the person who serves.
Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself. Self-transformation and the transformation of others have constituted the radical interest of our century, whether in painting, psychiatry, or political action.
My interest lies in my self-expression -- what's inside of me -- not what I'm in.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.
Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler somehow than economic self-interest?
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force.
Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving.
I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship.
There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
All of our relationships are based on self-interest, discrimination and a perverse need for gain.
Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have.
The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self interest, carelessness, and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought.
Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest.
They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their evil look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.
No one is more interesting to anybody than is that mysterious character we all call me, which is why self-liberation, self-actualization, self-transcendence, etc., are the most exciting games in town.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
I do not comprehend those rules of conduct that make us so content with self and so cold to those we love. I detest prudence, I even hate (suffer me to say so) those duties of friendship which substitute propriety for interest, and circumspection for feeling. How shall I say it? I love the abandonment to impulse, I act from impulse only, and I love to madness that others do the same by me.
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
If you want to improve you self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.
Men are to be guided only by their self-interests.
Good government is a good balancing of these; and, except a keen eye and appetite for self-interest, requires no virtue in any quarter. To both parties it is emphatically a machine: to the discontented, a taxing-machine; to the contented, a machine for securing property. Its duties and its faults are not those of a father, but of an active parish-constable.
If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.
We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives.
I lost myself trying to please everyone else. Now I'm losing everyone while I'm finding myself.
The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion.
There are two principles of established acceptance in morals;
first, that self-interest is the mainspring of all of our actions, and secondly, that utility is the test of their value.
What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person.
Are we not, for most of our lives, marking time? Most of our being is at rest, unlived. In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self. Passion is all that is other from self. Sex is only interesting when it releases passion. The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seen important to you.
Reason, progress, unselfishness, a wide historical perspective, expansiveness, generosity, enlightened self-interest. I had heard it all my life, and it filled me with despair.
The chief element in the art of statesmanship under modern conditions is the ability to elucidate the confused and clamorous interests which converge upon the seat of government. It is an ability to penetrate from the na?ve self-interest of each group to its permanent and real interest. Statesmanship consists in giving the people not what they want but what they will learn to want.
The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.