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SELF-INTEREST

Self-interest is an ineffable feeling which shall follow us into God's very presence since they say there is a hierarchy even among the Holy Saints.
      - Honore de Balzac

Self-interest is the most ingenious and persuasive of all the agents that deceive our consciences, while by means of it our unhappy and stubborn prejudices operate in their greatest force.
      - William Cullen Bryant

The virtues are lost in self-interest, as rivers in the sea.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

As far as the stars are from the earth, and as different as fire is from water, so much do self-interest and integrity differ.
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan)

Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest.
      - Pindar

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

For the world is only governed by self-interest.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller


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