quote by Thomas Sowell

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

— Thomas Sowell

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Selfish interest quote Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable
Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seen important to you.

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their government, they will find that their government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone, and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish interest.

Selfish interest quote Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Love is not selective, desire is selective.

In love there are no strangers. When the centre of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; one is no longer interested in being happy; beyond happiness there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source.

Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest.


Any practice of business which would dominate the country by its own selfish interest is a destruction of equality of opportunity. Government in business, except in emergency, is also a destruction of equal opportunity and the incarnation of tyranny through bureaucracy.

Selfish interest quote If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my
If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

Selfish interest is one of the most common obstructions to the advance of truth.

If your actions are motivated by selfish interests rather than God, you are mortgaging tomorrow's joy.

People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.

Selfish interest quote If you don't want temptation to follow you, don't act as if you're interested.
If you don't want temptation to follow you, don't act as if you're interested.

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.


A life directed chiefly toward the fulfillment of personal desires will sooner or later always lead to bitter disappointment.

Love...no such thing. Whatever it is that binds families and married couples together, that's not love. That's stupidity or selfishness or fear. Love doesn't exist. Self interest exists, attachment based on personal gain exists, complacency exists. But not love. Love has to be reinvented, that’s certain.

Selfish interest quote You show you worth by what you seek.
You show you worth by what you seek.

A man, if he be active and energetic, can hardly fail also, be he never so selfish, of benefiting the general public interest.

Of all forms of government and society, those of free men and women are in many respects the most brittle. They give the fullest freedom for activities of private persons and groups who often identify their own interests, essentially selfish, with the general welfare.

If you look at Washington, you see permanently camped on the banks of the Potomac spread around in concentric circles an army representing thousands of selfish interests. The sole purpose of their presence is to plunder, by hook or crook, the public treasury for the benefit of their particular people or corporations.

Selfish interest quote There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in
There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
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How soon the labor of men would make a paradise of the earth were it not for misgovernment and a diversion of his energies to selfish interests.

I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist.

I mean, I really do just write and record what interests me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past.

Selfish interest quote Having a dirty mind makes ordinary conversations much more interesting.
Having a dirty mind makes ordinary conversations much more interesting.
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We know that there are chiselers. At the bottom of every case of criticism and obstruction we have found some selfish interest, some private axe to grind.

The fawning courtier and the surly squire often mean the same thing,--each his own interest.


Individuals motivated by self-interest, self-indulgence, and a false sense of self-sufficiency pursue selfish ambition for the purpose of self-glorification.

Selfish interest quote I drink to make other people more interesting
I drink to make other people more interesting

The impulse to perform a worthy action often springs from our best nature, but is afterwards tainted by the spur of selfishness or sinister interest.

As frost to the bud, and blight to the blossom, even such is self-interest to friendship; for confidence cannot dwell where selfishness is porter at the gate.

The men who made the Industrial Revolution are usually pictured as hardfaced businessmen with no other motive than self-interest. That is certainly wrong. For one thing, many of them were inventors who had come into business that way.

Selfish interest quote An investment in knowledge pays the best interest
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

If the people are to be the final tribunal then they must vote for what is right rather than according to their own selfish interests, else we are treading the path of danger.


We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature.

It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.

I'm an egotist, but I'm not selfish. There's a difference. I'm a neurotic, I guess. I can't stop thinking about myself. It isn't that I think myself so important. I simply can't think about anything else, that's all.

Selfish interest quote Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.

The Buddha's teaching leads us to the realization that we must always strive to harm no sentient being, human or nonhuman, whether or not it is in our selfish interest to do so.

Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service.

He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.

A free society that allows each individual to seek his or her own selfish ends (without deliberately trying to harm anyone else) will produce a state in which everyone's interest is optimized without any individual knowing in advance what that state might be.

Selfish interest quote It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at higher standard
It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from weaponry to livingry.

[We] administered testosterone to men;

instead of sharing money, they become selfish. Interestingly, high testosterone males are also more likely to use their own money to punish others for being selfish.

The Reagan-Bush years have exalted private gain over public obligation, special interests over the common good, wealth and fame over work and family. The 1980s ushered in a Gilded Age of greed and selfishness, of irresponsibility and excess, and of neglect.

Notwithstanding his very liberal laudation of himself, however, the Major was selfish. It may be doubted whether there ever was a more entirely selfish person at heart; or at stomach is perhaps a better expression, seeing that he was more decidedly endowed with that latter organ than with the former.

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and, therefore, by the senses it commonly works; and these are the doors and windows by which iniquity entereth into the soul.

Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.

This is no accident. The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a thousandfold by a factor that is insignificant in , say, physics, mathematics, or medicine -- the special pleading of selfish interests.

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