Selfishness Quotes

We hear talk of sanctified selfishness, of the adorable expansion of one race across the others, of noble hatreds and glorious conquests, and we see these ideals trying to take shape on all hands.

Henri Barbusse

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.

Honor de Balzac

These small things -- nutrition, place, climate, recreation, the whole casuistry of selfishness -- are inconceivably more important than everything one has taken to be important so far.

Friedrich Nietzsche

You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

Tomas Young

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

Franz Kafka

Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.

Christina Stead

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

When the body is filled with ego and selfishness, the cycle of birth and death does not end.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib

We live in a world of transgressions and selfishness, and no pictures that represent us otherwise can be true, though, happily, for human nature, gleamings of that pure spirit in whose likeness man has been fashioned are to be seen, relieving its deformities, and mitigating if not excusing its crimes.

James Fenimore Cooper

Selfishness at the expense of others' happiness is demonism.

Henry Ward Beecher

We are too much haunted by ourselves; we project the central shadow of ourselves on everything around us. And then comes in the gospel to rescue us from this selfishness. Redemption is this--to forget self in God.

Frederick William Robertson

Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.

Giovanni Ruffini

"Öshort-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things..."

President Theodore Roosevelt

Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationality, or religion.

John Comenius

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

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere

Blaise Pascal

Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Selfishness is the making a man's self his own centre, the beginning and end of all he doeth.

John Owen

SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

Ambrose Bierce

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

Henry Ward Beecher

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Robert A. Heinlein

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

Oscar Wilde

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