Selfishness Quotes

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 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

Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.

Julio Cortazar

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


The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.

Charles H. Parkhurst

If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live.

W. L. Orme

The fondness we have for self furnishes another long rank of prejudices.

Isaac Watts

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

Henry Wheeler Shaw

Offended self-love never forgives.

Giovanni Ruffini

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

Lord Byron

You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.

Anita Brookner

Next to the very young, the very old are the most selfish.

William Makepeace Thackeray

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

Gustave Flaubert

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

Lao Tzu

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

John Greenleaf Whittier

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

Sir Arthur Helps

The selfish man cuts away the sand from under his own feet, he digs his own grave; and every time, from the beginning of the world until now, God Almighty pushes him into the grave and covers him up.

Charles Henry Fowler

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.

Honor de Balzac

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

William Blake

Next to the ministry I know of no more noble profession than the law. The object aimed at is justice, equal and exact, and if it does not reach that end at once it is because the stream is diverted by selfishness or checked by ignorance. Its principles ennoble and its practice elevates.

William Jennings Bryan

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Updated On : February 20, 2014
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