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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 ]

The selfish man cuts away the sand from under his own feet, he digs his own grave; and every time, from the beginning of the world until now, God Almighty pushes him into the grave and covers him up.
      - Charles Henry Fowler

The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.
      - James Anthony Froude

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Part Politics

Self-interest, that leprosy of the age, attacks us from infancy, and we are startled to observe little heads calculate before knowing how to reflect.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

A long experience impresses me with the belief that selfishness does not grow in intensity as we move downward in society from class to class.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

O my God, how true it is that we may have of Thy gifts and yet may be full of ourselves!
      - Madame Guyon

To be selfish is to sacrifice the nobler for the meaner ends, and to be sordidly content.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

How much that the world calls selfishness is only generosity with narrow walls,--a too exclusive solicitude to maintain a wife in luxury, or make one's children rich.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.
      - George Stillman Hillard

The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

It is not truth, justice, liberty, which men seek; they seek only themselves. And O that they knew how to seek themselves aright!
      - Hermann Jacobi

The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion of principle but that of gain.
      - Thomas Jefferson

No man is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness for himself.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

What can one possibly introduce into a mind that is already full, and full of itself?
      - Joseph Joubert

Be, as many now are, luxurious to yourself, parsimonious to your friends.
  [Lat., Esto, ut nunc multi, dives tibi pauper amicis.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (V, 115)

We wish to constitute all the happiness, or, if that cannot be, the misery of the one we love.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

How often, in this cold and bitter world, is the warm heart thrown back upon itself! Cold, careless, are we of another's grief; we wrap ourselves in sullen selfishness.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

If a man fancies that he loves his mistress for her own sake, he is very much mistaken.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"I am always nearest to myself," says the Latin proverb.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

No indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
      - George MacDonald

A vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love.
      - Sir James Mackintosh

It never enters the lady's head that the wet-nurse's baby probably dies.
      - Harriet Martineau

We can neither change nor overpower God's eternal suffrage against selfishness and meanness.
      - James Martineau

Our infinite obligations to God do not fill our hearts half as much as a petty uneasiness of our own; nor His infinite perfections as much as our smallest wants.
      - Hannah More


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