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Selfishness Quotes

Selfishness, the sinful adjective, have been disparaged and sneered at as one of the extreme vice. When a person acts according to his whims with little or no regard for other’s feelings, it is called as selfishness. Extreme selfishness can distort one’s ability to feel empathy for others. However, it’s wrong to assume selfishness as extreme form of whim-fulfillment. Read these famous self-centeredness quotations and sayings to know more on what wise minds had to opine about it.

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Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.
Sylvia Plath
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.
Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
But there, everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.
Jerome K. Jerome
Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
Herbert Hoover
After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.
Marie Curie
To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.
Michael Jordan
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Indira Gandhi
As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
Thomas Carlyle
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice.
I just think that all of us in this room should have a voice in how the USA is represented. And he don't allow us our voice, that's all I'm saying.
Eddie Vedder
It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.
Immanuel Kant
If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash.
Jack London
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
Sigmund Freud
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.
Edward Abbey
Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.
Robert Fulghum
The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
John Wayne
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.
I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.
Clara Barton
Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.
Graham Greene
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Leaders grasp nettles.
David Ogilvy
Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
Jane Austen
Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer - the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
A. J. P. Taylor
Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.
Abbie Hoffman
A selfish man is a thief.
Jose Marti
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot
Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.
Henry George
If a few companies were less greedy, the people at the bottom would have a lot more.
Chris Martin
I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It's important not to focus on yourself too much.
I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
Langston Hughes
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything.
Katharine Hepburn
Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.
Sai Baba
I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me.
Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.
I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.
Sid Vicious
I think I could go away tomorrow. I've already accomplished something. It's such a selfish business that sometimes I get sick of myself.
Jim Carrey
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
Alfred North Whitehead
The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
Bette Midler
I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake.
There is no me. I do not exist. There used to be a me but I had it surgically removed.
Peter Sellers
It's surprising how hard we'll work when the work is done just for ourselves.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
Julius Caesar
In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.
Iris Murdoch
The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.
Lance Armstrong
I hate committing myself to anything. It's probably the lack of discipline, honestly. I'm probably a spoiled brat worried about getting my way every time.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells
There's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
Carrie Underwood
Well, I try not to think about the general public since I have no idea what the general public is and I don't think anybody does.
Elliott Smith
But men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money.
Little Richard
It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
Madame de Stael
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
A senior always feels like the university is going to the kids.
Tom Masson
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
The organization and constant onward sweep of this movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness, greed and the neglect of the few.
John L. Lewis
Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen.
Mort Sahl
We lie to one another every day, in the sweetest way, often unconsciously. We dress ourselves and compose ourselves in order to present ourselves to one another.
John Le Carre
I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them - they are individual and stylish.
Vivienne Westwood
I went to the bank and proposed that they lend money to the poor people. The bankers almost fell over.
Muhammad Yunus
The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that's it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.
Ty Cobb
I'm always on the phone because I'm usually not with the people I want to be with.
Natalie Portman
Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that.
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.
Douglas Horton
I never want to get to the point where it's all about my needs, and the hell with anybody else.
By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction

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