Altruism Quotes

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.

Richard Dawkins

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one

Henry Louis Mencken

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning

Benjamin Franklin

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.

Ayn Rand

Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense

Richard Dawkins

A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.

Max Stirner

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

Jean De La Bruyère

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.

Henry James

Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value - and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.

Ayn Rand

There is no limit to the good a man can do, if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.

Benjamin Jowett

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.

Albert Einstein

Human altruism is thought to be based, in part, on empathy. To be empathetic, you need to understand the thoughts and desires of others.

Joan Silk

No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.

Mandell Creighton

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.

John Buchanan Robinson

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

Sri Aurobindo

Objectivism comes on, sometimes, as if the most important issue you have to understand is the issue of egoism versus altruism. But thats nowhere near the beginning of the process.

Nathaniel Branden

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Updated On : April 30, 2013
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