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[ Also see Benevolence Conceit Egotism Hypocrisy Interest Presumption Pride Self Self-esteem Selfishness Vanity ]

But respect yourself most of all.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans

Esteeming others merely for their agreement with us in religion, opinion, and manner of living is only a less offensive kind of self-adoration.
      - Thomas Adam

It is the nature of extreme self-lovers as they will set an house on fire and it were but to roast their eggs.
      - Francis Bacon

Self-love is as protective as the Deity; Disenchantment is as perspicacious as a surgeon; Experience is as provident as a mother. Such are the theologic virtues of marriage.
      - Honore de Balzac

The wounds of self-love turn incurable when the oxide of self-love gets into them.
      - Honore de Balzac

Reservation is self-love.
      - Bettina

Such is the infatuation of self-love, that, though in the general doctrine of the vanity world all men agree, yet almost everyone flatters himself that his own case is to be an exception from the common rule.
      - Hugh Blair

Cut out the love of self, like an autumn lotus with thy hand!
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

A prudent consideration for Number One.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Self is the great antichrist and anti-God in the world, that sets up itself above all else.
      - Stephen Charnock

Self-love, in a well-regulated breast, is as the steward of the household, superintending the expenditure, and seeing that benevolence herself should be prudential, in order to be permanent, by providing that the reservoir which feeds should also be fed.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The most notorious swindler has not assumed so many names as self-love, nor is so much ashamed of his own. She calls herself patriotism, when at the same time she is rejoicing at just as much calamity to her native country as will introduce herself into power, and expel her rivals.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Man's that savage beast whose mind, from reason to self-love declined, delights to prey upon his kind.
      - Sir John Denham

Self-love is a principle of action; but among no class of human beings has nature so profusely distributed this principle of life and action as through the whole sensitive family of genius.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XV)

O impudent! regardful of thy own, whose thoughts are centred on thyself alone!
      - John Dryden

He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Adam Bede (ch. XXXIII)

Self-love is, in almost all men, such an over-weight that they are incredulous of a man's habitual preference of the general good to his own; but when they see it proved by sacrifices of ease, wealth, rank, and of life itself, there is no limit to their admiration.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All other love is extinguished by self-love; beneficence, humanity, justice, philosophy, sink under it.
      - Epicurus

Oh, the incomparable contrivance of Nature, who has ordered all things in so even a method that wherever she has been less bountiful in her gifts, there she makes it up with a larger dose of self-love, which supplies the former deficits and makes all even.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

It is this unquiet self-love that renders us so sensitive. The sick man, who sleeps ill, thinks the night long. We exaggerate, from cowardice, all the evils which we encounter; they are great, but our sensibility increases them. The true way to bear them is to yield ourselves up with confidence to God.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Self-love was born before love.
      - J. de Finod

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
      - Benjamin Franklin

That man alone loves himself rightly who procures the greatest possible good to himself through the whole of his existence and so pursues pleasure as not to give for it more than it is worth.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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