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Egoism Quotes

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For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

There is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism,
in its modern sense.
- John Buchanan Robinson

 

An animal that embarks on forming states without greatly
restricting egoism will perish.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Shyness is just egoism out of its depth.
- Penelope Keith

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire;
it is hardly a passion,
but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
- George Eliot

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The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity;
rather,
the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
- George Eliot

Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism,
those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
- Ivan Turgenev

But egoism is more than this.
It is the realization by the individual that he is
above all institutions and all formulas;
that they exist only so far as he chooses to make them
his own by accepting them.
- John Buchanan Robinson

I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss
of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who
thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his
future can only be triumphant?
- Eugenio Montale

Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism,
pride, hardness, and cunning.
But all those things will be regarded as high qualities
if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
- Giorgos Seferis

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

The interpretation of our reality through patterns not our own,
serves only to make us ever more unknown,
ever less free, ever more solitary.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels,
has mental experiences which are at once more intense
and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.
- Thomas Mann

I suppose directing on set is the most fun because
it's a good crack and you feel you're on the battlefield
whereas writing is a fairly solitary undertaking.
- Guy Ritchie

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult;
that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Painting and writing are solitary arts.
- Conrad Hall

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

A solitary laugh is often a laugh of superiority.
- Graham Greene

Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
- Eugene O'Neill

Writing can be a very solitary business.
It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer.
It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
- Paul Kane

Mark all mathematical heads which be wholly and only bent on these sciences,
how solitary they be themselves, how unfit to live with others,
how unapt to serve the world.
- Roger Ascham

True solidarity is only possible among the solitary.
- Jose Bergamin

Some minds seem almost to create themselves,
springing up under every disadvantage and working their
solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
- Washington Irving

The writing process for me is pretty much always the same -
it's a solitary experience.
- Sheryl Crow

We fear violence less than our own feelings.
Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying
than what anyone else can inflict.
- Jim Morrison

We were now arrived at the close of our solitary journeyings along the St.
Joseph's trail.
- Francis Parkman

Composition has almost always been solitary.
- Wendy Carlos

As a painter you're responsible yourself,
100 percent.
In film, you have the editor, the director,
the other actors.
It has the advantage of not being solitary.
- Sylvia Kristel

There's something about the water - that solitary kind of peaceful feeling.
You're on Earth but not quite.
- John C. Reilly

It's true that it's a solitary occupation,
but you would be surprised at how much companionship
a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.
- Anne Tyler

If you're living completely on your own,
break out of solitary confinement.
Seek to understand others, and help them understand you.
- Martha Beck

Sometimes the solitary voice can be the best one.
- Frank Miller

The wailing owl Screams solitary to the mournful moon.
- David Mallet

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from,
and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are
often very intimate also.
- Seamus Heaney

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups.
A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
- The Buddha

It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone,
and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience.
That's always been a tug of war for me.
- Jodie Foster

I used to live a very social life and never spend much
solitary time looking at birds or reading.
- Lynda Barry

The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary
act into a shared vision.
As long as we have books, we are not alone.
- Laura Bush

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins,
for life.
- Tennessee Williams

No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself
or to another to prove his courage,
ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
- Andrea Dworkin

It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book
is a very solitary thing.
- Neil Jordan

Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
- Eugene O'Neill

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
- Maya Angelou

The temple of Ceres should be in a solitary spot out of the city,
to which the public are not necessarily led but for
the purpose of sacrificing to her.
- Marcus V. Pollio

Writing is a solitary occupation.
- Bernard Cornwell

The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.
- Emile M. Cioran

Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship.
Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile,
his friends are everything.
- Willa Cather

But clearly, this is what this is about.
It's about pushing the security bubble out.
It's about rooting out every last guy,
so that there's not even somebody who can fire a single,
solitary RPG round from some little qalat out here.
- David Petraeus

He shall sit solitary by avoiding the company of men,
he shall hold his peace by meditating upon the joys of heaven,
and he has risen above his state by tasting celestial delights.
- Saint Bonaventure Sequoyah

Art is exalted above religion and race.
Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the
religions of the Assyrians,
the Egyptians and the Greeks...
Only their art, whenever it was beautiful,
stands proud and exalted, rising above all time.
- Emil Nolde

I do not think that Mulder trusts any one other than Scully.
He s very solitary.
She is the only one who takes him seriously.
I don t know if they re in love.
In a way, their relationship is deeper than that,
because they cannot live without each other.
- David Duchovny

My first name - I have no middle name -
was chosen by my father,
as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills.
He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah;
there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

Greatness lies, not in being strong,
but in the right using of strength; and strength is
not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man
above his fellows for his own solitary glory.
He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most
hearts by the attraction of his own.
- Henry Ward Beecher

And if, happy in the lot of no created thing,
he withdraws into the center of his own unity,
his spirit, made one with God, in the solitary darkness of God,
who is set above all things, shall surpass them all.
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously
immersed in doings of your own choice,
aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than
of the absence of others.
Because solitude is an achievement.
- Alice Koller

As we have seen, WikiLeaks is a robust organization.
During my time in solitary confinement in the basement of a Victorian prison,
we continue to release, our media partners continued to write stories.
The important revelations from this material continue to come out.
We have approximately 2,000 cables into 250,000.
- Julian Assange

Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes,
who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity,
come home from another grueling day,
yet still find time to interact with their children.
- Armstrong Williams

Masterpieces are not single and solitary births;
they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common,
of thinking by the body of the people,
so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
- Virginia Woolf

Writing is a solitary occupation.
Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.
He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage
if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
- Jessamyn West

When you've written a movie, you then get together
with a whole lot of people and make it.
In many ways, I think it is far nicer to be with people
rather than being completely solitary.
- Neil Jordan

You do not need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked,
it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
- Franz Kafka

There's a part of me that wishes I'd never said one
single solitary word on any subject publicly.
Then I could have been the tortured poet,
and there's so much mileage in that.
But it's too late to stop now.
- Richard Thompson

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness,
far from being a rare and curious phenomenon,
peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men,
is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
- Tom Wolfe

In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell.
There's no solitary confinement outside of jail.
A habit is hell for those you love.
And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
- Billie Holiday

The whole course of human history may depend on a change
of heart in one solitary and even humble individual -
for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual
that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
- M. Scott Peck

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher


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