SELFISHNESS QUOTES

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Selfishness quote

We are not slow at discovering the selfishness of others; for this plain reason--because it clashes with our own.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

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I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Notes from the Underground

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The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish. I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, debate with Stephen Douglas, October 15, 1858

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Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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Some men think that the globe is a sponge that God puts into their hands to squeeze for their own garden or flower-pot.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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Selfishness is a swamp that sucks in all and gives out nothing.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

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Let not a man's self be to him all in all.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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The howl of self-interest is loud ... but the heart is black which throbs solely to its note.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, letter to Elizabeth Hitchener, June 11, 1811

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Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

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In proportion as a man is selfish, so far has he receded from the motive which constitutes virtue.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, letter to Thomas Jefferson Hogg, May 13, 1811

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Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness!
Rival in crime and falsehood, aping all
The wanton horrors of her bloody play;
Yet frozen, unimpassioned, spiritless,
Shunning the light, and owning not its name,
Compelled by its deformity to screen
With flimsy veil of justice and of right
Its unattractive lineaments that scare
All save the brood of ignorance; at once
The cause and the effect of tyranny;
Unblushing, hardened, sensual and vile;
Dead to all love but of its abjectness;
With heart impassive by more noble powers
Than unshared pleasure, sordid gain, or fame;
Despising its own miserable being,
Which still it longs, yet fears, to disenthrall.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Queen Mab

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If Self be predominant, the man is unsociable.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

JANE AUSTEN, Mansfield Park

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When a man is rescued from selfish desire his mind is unencumbered, and he is free to work for humanity.

JAMES ALLEN, Byways of Blessedness

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He or she who is selfish is wanting in humanity. And he or she who is wanting in humanity is lower than the brute creation. The lower animals prove often by their acts that they are unselfish; then let selfish persons be taught by them. I give it as my experience that I have met with more unselfish women than men, but I hope this is not the rule, as it certainly ought to be the reverse. Children should always be taught to share all they get with other children, then they are not so likely to grow up selfish. The habit of living much alone seems to make people sometimes selfish. We often notice it in bachelors; this being an unnatural state, makes persons ofttimes unnatural and selfish. Then, I say, let the habit of unselfishness be cultivated as a Christian duty towards one's fellow man. In adding to the happiness of others, we add to our own, and make life far grander, far sweeter, far nobler, and in every sense, present and future, far happier. He who lives for self alone is a prisoner in a dirty cell, with a very limited view of the world, the beauties of creation, or the knowledge or taste of the greatest of all earthly happiness, that of trying to make others happy.

T. AUGUSTUS FORBES LEITH, "On Selfishness", Short Essays

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In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.

DAVID MITCHELL, Cloud Atlas

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Selfishness is a gift of nature. Unselfishness is an accomplishment.

JOSEPH MAYER, attributed, Words of Wisdom and Quotable Quotes

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Selfishness is the making a man's self his own centre, the beginning and end of all he doth.

JOHN OWEN, attributed, Essays on the Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character?

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God creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in this world, and that mechanism is called suffering.

WILLIAM NICHOLSON, Shadowlands

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We are too much haunted by ourselves; we project the central shadow of ourselves on every thing around us. And then comes in the gospel to rescue us from this selfishness. Redemption is this -- to forget self in God.

FREDERICK WILLIAM ROBERTSON, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers

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