Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.
Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.
You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
The fondness we have for self furnishes another long rank of prejudices.
To be saved is only this,–salvation from our own selfishness.
The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by Knowledge; selfishness by Love.
Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere
There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness.
Self is ingenious, crooked, and, governed by subtle and snaky desire, admits of endless turnings and qualifications, and the deluded worshippers of self vainly imagine that they can gratify every worldly desire, and at the same time possess the Truth
Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism.
The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.
Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
We hear talk of sanctified selfishness, of the adorable expansion of one race across the others, of noble hatreds and glorious conquests, and we see these ideals trying to take shape on all hands.
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness
Next to the very young, the very old are the most selfish.
SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.
Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
Sordid selfishness doth contract and narrow our benevolence, and cause us, like serpents, to infold ourselves within ourselves, and to turn out our stings to the entire world besides.
Offended self-love never forgives.
Modesty and unselfishness: These are the virtues which men praise, and pass by
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
We are too much haunted by ourselves; we project the central shadow of ourselves on everything around us. And then comes in the gospel to rescue us from this selfishness. Redemption is this–to forget self in God.
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Selfishness is the making a man’s self his own centre, the beginning and end of all he doeth.
Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.
It is much more important that we unite, harmonize and improve what we have than attempt to acquire more.
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.
The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don’t put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others.
knowledge is hidden by selfish desire – hidden by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction.
A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.
Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.
If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live.
Next to the ministry I know of no more noble profession than the law. The object aimed at is justice, equal and exact, and if it does not reach that end at once it is because the stream is diverted by selfishness or checked by ignorance. Its principles ennoble and its practice elevates.
Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.