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

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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

Doug Horton,

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., leader

No man will work for your interests unless they are his.

David Seabury,

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.

Tertullian, author

He who is wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.


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

Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

Jane Austen, writer

He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives.


Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Robert A. Heinlein, writer

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.

Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

Lord Byron, poet

None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.

Benjamin Whichcote, philosopher

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, economist

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

Helen Keller, author

Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.

Oscar Levant, composer

If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher

Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.

Julio Cortazar,

Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.

William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist

Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant.

Mme. Roland,

A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action.

David Seabury,

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.

Imelda Marcos, celebrity

The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.

Gough Whitlam, statesman


Suzanne Mayo Frindt,

If you think about yourself then you've lost sight of the ball.

Mike Willesee,

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

Graham Greene, playwright

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, actress

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

William Howard Taft, president

The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.


How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,

Charles Lamb, critic

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Every one thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest; and only when he is himself concerned as an individual. For besides other considerations, everybody is more inclined to neglect the duty which he expects another to fulfill.

Aristotle, philosopher

In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.

Malcolm Muggeridge, journalist

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, writer

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, clergyman

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, theologian

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, businessman

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.

Edward Dahlberg, novelist

Know the Self as Lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel.

Katha Upanishad,

Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called self-interestedness. This was not a

George Will, journalist

A little group of willful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.

Woodrow Wilson, president

If you live only for yourself you are always an immediate danger of being bored to death with the repetition of your own views and interests. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellowmen.

W. Beran Wolfe,

Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung.

Walter Scott, novelist

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

Franz Kafka, novelist

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, president

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

Mwai Kibaki, statesman

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, clergyman

Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness.

Alveda King, clergyman

I think that in today's world, by nature, we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness.

Gary Chapman, author

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, president

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

Charles Caleb Colton, writer

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, musician

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, judge

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

Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

You have a good heart and you think the good thing is to be guilty and kind but it's not always kind to be gentle and soft, there's a genuine violence softness and kindness visit on people. Sometimes self-interested is the most generous thing you can be.

Tony Kushner,

Sordid selfishness does contract and narrow our benevolence, and cause us, like serpents, to infold ourselves within ourselves, and to turn out our stings to the entire world besides.

Walter Scott, novelist

The sin which is indulged to the greatest extent, which separates us from God and produces so many spiritual disorders, and which are contagious, is selfishness.

Ellen G. White, writer

If selfishness is the key to being miserable, then selflessness must be the key to being happy!

Joyce Meyer, author

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

Richard Bach, writer

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