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

He who does not think too much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
  [Ger., Wer sich nicht zu viel dunkt ist viel mehr als er glaubt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

The secret of our self-love is just the same as that of our liberality and candor. We prefer ourselves to others only because we have a more intimate consciousness and confirmed opinion of our own claims and merits than of any other person's.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claims of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Table Talk--On the Look of a Gentleman

Blind self-love, vanity, lifting aloft her empty head, and indiscretion, prodigal of secrets more transparent than glass, follow close behind.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Self-love makes as many tyrants, perhaps, as love.
      - Imbert

Every man is prompted by the love of himself to imagine that he possesses some qualities superior, either in kind or degree, to those which he sees allotted to the rest of the world.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Self-love is a busy prompter.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Almost every one flatters himself that he and his are exceptionable.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Our self-love can be resigned to the sacrifice of everything but itself.
      - Jean Francois de la Harpe

Nothing is so capable of diminishing self-love as the observation that we disapprove at one time what we approve at another.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Self-love is more cunning than the most cunning man in the world.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Self-love, as it happens to be well or ill conducted, constitutes virtue and vice.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Whatever discoveries we may have made in the regions of self-love, there still remain many unknown lands.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 3)

Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Behold the fine appointment he makes with me; that man never did love any one but himself.
  [Fr., Voyez le beau rendez-vous qu'il me donne; cet homme la n'a jamais aime que lui-meme.]
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon,
        when Louis XIV, in dying said, "Nous nous renverrons bientot"

If we listen to our self-love, we shall estimate our lot less by what it is than by what it is not; shall dwell upon its hindrances and be blind to its possibilities; and, comparing it only with imaginary lives, shall indulge in flattering dreams of what we should do if we had but power, and give if we had but wealth, and be if we had no temptations.
      - James Martineau

Ofttimes nothing profits more
  Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right
    Well manag'd.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 571)

Egoism is hateful.
  [Fr., Le moi est haissable.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees Diverses

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one's dearest friends.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

The cause of all the blunders committed by man arises from this excessive self-love. For the lover is blinded by the object loved; so that he passes a wrong judgment on what is just, good and beautiful, thinking that he ought always to honor what belongs to himself in preference to truth. For he who intends to be a great man ought to love neither himself nor his own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by himself, or by another.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Self-love and reason to one end aspire.
      - Alexander Pope

Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul;
  Reason's comparing balance rules the whole.
    Man, but for that no action could attend,
      And, but for this, were active to no end:
        Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot,
          To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot;
            Or, meteor-like, flame lawless thro' the void,
              Destroying others, by himself destroy'd.
      - Alexander Pope

True self-love and social are the same.
      - Alexander Pope

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