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54 Selfishness Quotes


  • Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. – Napoleon Hill


  • Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. – Richard Bach


  • Selfishness is a swamp that sucks in all and gives out nothing. – John Thornton


  • The truest evil in the world is cold, creeping egotism, heartless selfishness. – Jane Robinson


  • A selfish man performs an act of goodness by painful and strenuous effort, and merely to escape the reproaches of conscience. – Francis wayland


  • Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. – Jane Austen


  • You have this one life. If you keep being selfish and unkind, it’s going to come back to you. – Clemantine Wamariya


  • Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. – Stephen Kendrick


  • The truth is, I think we are a self-less society, not a selfish society. Because we’re so busy now. – Phil McGraw


  • If you seek in the spirit of selfishness, to grasp all as your own, you shall lose all, and be driven out of the world, at last, naked and forlorn, to everlasting poverty and contempt. – Jonathan edwards


  • Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. – Ayn Rand


  • A selfish man is a thief. – Jose Marti


  • No man will work for your interests unless they are his. – David Seabury


  • When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone. – Tennessee Williams


  • Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others. – Ouida
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  • Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous. – James Froude


  • Being selfish to me means that you have to look out for yourself and you don’t have to sacrifice. – Herbie Mann


  • Only those who quit selfishly seeking their own happiness find it. – Richelle Goodrich


  • Self care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel – Eleanor Brownn


  • In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction. – David Mitchell


  • 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


  • It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back. – Adrian Grenier


  • Loving yourself isn’t vanity, it’s sanity – Katrina Mayer


  • A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s. – Richard Whately


  • Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self respect. – George Sand


  • Where selfishness wholly rules the mind, we do not recognize the noblest and most perfect model of human nature. Unknown


  • Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism. – Henry Beecher


  • Sometimes in life, you have to make a selfish decision and do what’s best for you. – Saquon Barkley


  • True selfishness, if obedient to the other constraints of mammalian biology, is the key to a more nearly perfect social contract. – Edward Wilson
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  • Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself. – Walt Whitman


  • To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate. – Michael Jordan


  • Some people are selfish in all of their relationships. Those people are called sociopaths. – Adam Grant


Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either. – Erich Fromm

Selfishness Quotes

  • When a man is rescued from selfish desire his mind is unencumbered, and he is free to work for humanity. – James Allen


  • Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. – Oscar Wilde


  • I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. – Marilyn Monroe


  • We are all prone to be a little selfish, a little lazy. – Gordon B. Hinckley


  • It’s usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart. – Saul Bellow


  • One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. – Mother Teresa


  • We are not slow at discovering the selfishness of others; for this plain reason–because it clashes with our own. – Fulke Greville
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  • People are so selfish. Those you help are the ones who turn against you. – Munshi Premchand


  • The world is so competitive, aggressive, consumive, selfish and during the time we spend here we must be all but that. – Jose Mourinho


  • Selfishness is a gift of nature. Unselfishness is an accomplishment. – Joseph Mayer


  • Selfish people, with no heart to speak of, have the best time of it. -Josh Billings


  • We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. – Lord Byron


  • Selfish people are hard to love because so little love comes out of them. – William Nicholson


  • If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. – Arthur Schopenhauer


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


  • Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. – Sylvia Plath


  • It’s also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I’ve been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That’s why we’re here, after all, to help others. – Carol Burnett


  • If you want to be a generous giver, you have to watch out for selfish takers. – Adam Grant


  • Being stubborn has helped, being selfish is not a bad thing. – Herbie Mann


  • Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant. – Don Miguel Ruiz


  • To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. – Albert Camus