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Selfish Quotes

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Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Related topics: Values

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

 

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

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

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We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence,
but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Those who joined us for selfish personal reasons,
for a career or other motives will be the ones to leave.
- Janos Kadar

That's why charity work is very selfish at the same time,
because it makes you feel good.
- Maria Menounos

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep,
too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
- Khalil Gibran

I've got to do something to make up for all those self-absorbed
and selfish years when I just,
you know, was taking drugs, sitting in my room,
doing bad things, whatever.
- Elton John

You know, we're really destroying ourselves because
we're really making the motivating force of anything we do selfish.
- Ralph Steadman

I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published.
It was a selfish act.
I did it for myself.
- Irvine Welsh

If I had children, I would be very selfish.
I wouldn't be out doing things.
But by not having kids, it makes me freer to travel
the world and talk about things I feel are important.
- Linda Blair

The abortionist I worked for, he's a very greedy man,
a selfish man.
- Norma McCorvey

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude,
and his infinitude is, in one sense,
overcome.
- George Santayana

Sympathizing and selfish people are alike,
both given to tears.
- Leigh Hunt

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good,
but for neglecting his neighbor's.
- Richard Whately

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely,
it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
- Tennessee Williams

Our true passions are selfish.
- Stendhal

For Astrid, no matter what challenges they go through,
they are going to face each other.
It's hard for a daughter to accept that her mother
is that selfish and that terrible.
- Alison Lohman

The real evil with which we have to contend is not
the physical evil of the Famine,
but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
- Charles E. Trevelyan

The world is not fair, and often fools,
cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.
- Bryant H. McGill

It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self.
If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable.
If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
- Thomas Szasz

You have to be selfish to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

Before my accident I was a little too...
selfish and self-absorbed and for me,
to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people.
I'm blessed.
I'm really blessed.
- Rick Allen

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle,
as has been done in the past.
- Bulent Ecevit

I refuse to be crude and selfish in any way.
- DeForest Kelley

A selfish man is a thief.
- Jose Marti

When you go out there and do the things you're supposed to do,
people view you as selfish.
- Wilt Chamberlain

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
- Herbert Spencer

It's very selfish when I write.
I'm not aware, ever, of writing for another person;
I'm not even really aware of writing for myself.
- Tanith Lee

I was a personality before I became a person -
I am simple,
complex, generous, selfish, unattractive,
beautiful, lazy and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

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

I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life.
No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get
out of seeing kids realize there is hope.
- Jerry Lewis

I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist.
I mean, I really do just write and record what interests
me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.
- David Bowie

Being selfish to me means that you have to look out
for yourself and you don't have to sacrifice.
- Herbie Mann

I have been a selfish being all my life,
in practice, though not in principle.
- Jane Austen

Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless.
- Edward Albert

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift.
You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.
- Sarah Brightman

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish,
unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

I didn't do this for other people; I did this for me.
I fought for this right for me - does that sound selfish?
- Jack Kevorkian

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish,
and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

People of art should never get married and have children,
because it's a selfish experience.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I am a very selfish person.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

Men tend to be selfish.
- Caprice Bourret

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism,
because we are born selfish.
- Richard Dawkins

Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Because of my age and because there's more work on the small screen.
What it's missing in quality it makes up for in quantity.
From an actor's selfish point of view.
- Cesar Romero

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private,
individual, selfish miracles when every year there
are miracles like white dogwood.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Being stubborn has helped, being selfish is not a bad thing.
- Herbie Mann

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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

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

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain.
Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish,
the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
- Florence Nightingale

It's also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others.
I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers.
That's why we're here, after all, to help others.
- Carol Burnett

I am convinced that the majority of people would be
generous from selfish motives,
if they had the opportunity.
- Charles Dudley Warner

It disturbs me no more to find men base,
unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous,
wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

People have this obsession.
They want you to be like you were in 1969.
They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you.
It's very selfish, but it's understandable.
- Mick Jagger

On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.
- Alan Thicke

There are many selfish people who are extremely original,
then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up,
that is an insincere move.
- Daniel Smith

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.
- William Cowper

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

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

I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss.
That's not me.
- Alfred North Whitehead

I am a greedy, selfish bastard.
I want the fact that I existed to mean something.
- Harry Chapin

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

It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if,
in addition to the need or want involved,
there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the
persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure.
- Mortimer Adler

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure;
but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake,
we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure,
because we can never have the virtue.
- John Henry Newman


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