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

To observations which ourselves we make,
  We grow more partial for th' observer's sake.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 11)

Self-love leads men of narrow minds to measure all mankind by their own capacity.
      - Jane Porter

The world is governed by love,--self-love.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Without doubt
  I can teach crowing: for I gobble.
    [Fr., Sans doute
      Je peux apprendre a coqueriquer: je glougloute.]
      - Edmond Rostand, Chanticleer (act I, sc. 2)

And sounding in advance its victory,
  My song jets forth so clear, so proud, so peremptory,
    That the horizon, seized with a rosy trembling,
      Obeys me.
        [Fr., Et sonnant d'avance sa victoire
          Mon chant jaillit si net, si fier, si peremptoire,
            Que l'horizon, saisi d'un rose tremblement,
      - Edmond Rostand, Chanticleer
         (act II, sc. 3)

I fall back dazzled at beholding myself all rosy red,
  At having, I myself, caused the sun to rise.
    [Fr., Je recule
      Ebloui de me voir moi meme tout vermeil
        Et d'avoir, moi, le coq, fait elever le soleil.]
      - Edmond Rostand, Chanticleer
         (act II, sc. 3)

Self-love is an instrument useful but dangerous; it often wounds the hand which makes use of it, and seldom does good without doing harm.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Love yourself; and in that love not unconsidered leave your honor.
      - William Shakespeare

Self-love is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.
      - William Shakespeare

Self-love is the most inhibited sin in the canon.
      - William Shakespeare

O villainous! I have looked upon the world for four times seven years; and since I could distinguish betwixt a benefit and an injury, I never found man that knew how to love himself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at I, iii)

Love thyself last, cherish those hearts that hate thee;
  Corruption wins not more than honesty.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin
  As self-neglecting.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Dauphin at II, iv)

I to myself am dearer than a friend,
  For love is still most precious in itself,
    And Sylvia--witness heaven that made her fair!--
      Shows Julia but a swarthy Ethiope.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Proteus at II, vi)

Our self-love is ever ready to revolt from our better judgment, and join the enemy within.
      - Sir Richard Steele

That the principle of self-love (or, in other words, the desire of happiness) is neither an object of approbation nor of blame, is sufficiently obvious. It is inseparable from the nature of man as a rational and a sensitive being.
      - Dugald Stewart

It is allowed that the cause of most actions, good or bad, may be resolved into the love of ourselves; but the self-love of some men inclines them to please others, and the self-love of others is wholly employed in pleasing themselves. This makes the great distinction between virtue and vice.
      - Jonathan Swift

Plato said that of all things in the world we should beware of that folly by which most men please themselves and despise a better judgment.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Of all mankind, each loves himself the best.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

I am the most concerned in my own interests.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (IV, 1)

A man who love only himself and his pleasures is vain, presumptuous, and wicked even from principle.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Offended self-love never forgives.
  [Fr., L'amour-propre offense ne pardonne jamais.]
      - Jean Baptiste Etienne Vigee,
        Les Aveux Difficiles (VII)

In all time self-love has blinded the wisest.
      - Villefre

Self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind. It is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Those who have affirmed self-love to be the basis of all our sentiments and all our actions are much in the right. There is no occasion to demonstrate that men have a face; as little need is there of proving to them, that they are actuated by self-love.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

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