Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.
No man will work for your interests unless they are his.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
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He who is wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us.
Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
The greatest productive force is human selfishness.
He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives.
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.
Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant.
A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action.
Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
If you think about yourself then you've lost sight of the ball.
The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.
The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.
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.
Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery.
We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.
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.
If you think only of yourself, if you forget the rights and well-being of others, or, worse still, if you exploit others, ultimately you will lose. You will have no friends who will show concern for your well-being. Moreover, if a tragedy befalls you, instead of feeling concerned, others might even secretly rejoice. By contrast, if an individual is compassionate and altruistic, and has the interests of others in mind, then irrespective of whether that person knows a lot of people, wherever that person moves, he or she will immediately make friends. And when that person faces a tragedy, there will be plenty of people who will come to help.
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,
In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.
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.
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.
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.
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
A little group of willful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
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.