Selfishness Quotes

Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.

William Cowper

Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

Lawana Blackwell

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.

Gene Fowler

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

Giovanni Ruffini

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 at the expense of others' happiness is demonism.

Henry Ward Beecher

Self is ingenious, crooked, and, governed by subtle and snaky desire, admits of endless turnings and qualifications, and the deluded worshippers of self vainly imagine that they can gratify every worldly desire, and at the same time possess the Truth

James Allen

It is much more important that we unite, harmonize and improve what we have than attempt to acquire more.

Henry Clay

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

Oscar Wilde

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

Robert A. Heinlein

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Ambrose Bierce

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

Tertullian

knowledge is hidden by selfish desire - hidden by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction.

Bhagavad-Gita

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

John Owen

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Modesty and unselfishness: These are the virtues which men praise, and pass by

Andre Maurois

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.

Honor de Balzac

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

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.

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

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

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Updated On : February 20, 2014
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