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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.

Woodrow Wilson

Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.

Bill Watterson

It's surprising how hard we'll work when the work is done just for ourselves.

Henry James

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.

Honoré de Balzac

A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.

Saint Augustine

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Ambrose Bierce

An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me.

Charles Kingsley

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.

Adam Smith

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.

Walt Whitman

Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.

Napolean Hill

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.

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Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.

Erich Fromm

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.

Dan Quayle

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.

Drew Barrymore

I never want to get to the point where it's all about my needs, and the hell with anybody else.

Elizabeth I

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.

Stephen King

God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.

Dan Quayle

It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

Nicole Kidman

I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It's important not to focus on yourself too much.

Andrew Jackson

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

Ambrose Bierce

Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.


Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.

Elbert Hubbard

A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.


There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

William Osler

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

Thomas More

If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.

Benjamin Franklin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

Thomas Hobbes

The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.

Brian Tracy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?

Cameron Diaz

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.

John D. Rockefeller

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Erich Fromm

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

Mae West

I never loved another person the way I loved myself.


Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.

George Bernard Shaw

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.