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SELFISHNESS
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[ Also see Avarice Baseness Brotherhood Charity Conceit Covetousness Desire Generosity Hypocrisy Ingratitude Interest Meanness Misers Pride Self Self-love Unselfishness Usefulness ]

Selfishness in art, as in other things, is sensibility kept at home.
      - Washington Allston

No man is more cheated that the selfish man.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Selfishness at the expense of others' happiness is demonism.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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

Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The fawning courtier and the surly squire often mean the same thing,--each his own interest.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

Less, less of self each day,
  And more, my God, of Thee!
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.

There is an ill-breeding to which, whatever our rank and nature, we are almost equally sensitive, the ill-breeding that comes from want of consideration for others.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

And though all cry down self, none means
  His own self in a literal sense.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

We erect the idol self, and not only wish others to worship, but worship ourselves.
      - Lord David Cecil (Edward Christian David Cecil)

The very heart and root of sin is in an independent spirit. We erect the idol self; and not only wish others to worship, but worship ourselves.
      - Richard Cecil

Enough of self, that darling luscious theme,
  O'er which philosophers in raptures dream;
    Of which with seeming disregard they write
      Then prizing most when most they seem to slight.
      - Charles Churchill

Explore the dark recesses of the mind,
  In the soul's honest volume read mankind,
    And own, in wise and simple, great and small,
      The same grand leading principle in all;
 * * * * *
For parent and for child, for wife and friend,
  Our first great mover, and our last great end
    Is one; and by whatever name we call
      The ruling tyrant, Self, is all in all.
      - Charles Churchill

How pleased is every paltry elf
  To prate about that thing, himself!
      - Charles Churchill

It is difficult to persuade mankind that the love of virtue is the love of themselves.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Milton has carefully marked in his Satan the intense selfishness, the alcohol of egotism, which would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Aristotle has said that man is by nature a social animal, and he might have added, a selfish one too. Heroism, self-denial, and magnanimity in all instances, where they do not spring from a principle of religion, are but splendid altars on which we sacrifice one kind of self-love to another.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are too many who reverse both the principles and the practice of the Apostles; they become all things to all men, not to serve others, but themselves; and they try all things only to hold fast that which is bad.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Every one for his home, every one for himself.
  [Fr., Chacun chez soi, chaucun pour soi.]
      - Andre Marie J.J. Dupin

Everyone for his home, everyone for himself.
      - M. Dupin

If you seek in the spirit of selfishness, to grasp all as your own, you shall lose all, and be driven out of the world, at last, naked and forlorn, to everlasting poverty and contempt.
      - Jonathan Edwards

Our selfishness is so robust and many-clutching that, well encouraged, it easily devours all sustenance away from our poor little scruples.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

That household god, a man's own self.
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)


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