Selfishness Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde

The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by Knowledge; selfishness by Love.

James Allen

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with.

Henry Wheeler Shaw

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

Hailliard

The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don't put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others.

B. C. Forbes

Sordid selfishness doth 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.

Sir Walter Scott

The principle of liberty and equality, if coupled with mere selfishness, will make men only devils, each trying to be independent that he may fight only for his own interest. And here is the need of religion and its power, to bring in the principle of benevolence and love to men.

John Randolph

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.

William Arthur Ward

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

Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.

Sir Arthur Helps

To be saved is only this,--salvation from our own selfishness.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.

Lao Tzu

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.

Glenn Clark

Very usually, altruism is only the sublimest form of selfishness.

Sri Aurobindo

Besides, I like epitaphs. Among civilized people they're an expression of that pious and secret selfishness that induces us to pull out of death a shred at least of the shade that has passed on.

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. They tend always to narrow the ground of judgment. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world.

Wendell Berry

There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness.

William Blake

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