Best Practical Quotes on Selfishness

Practical Quotes on Selfishness 

Every one for his home, everyone for himself.

M. Dupin.


Every one for his home, everyone for himself.

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous. 

Froude—Short Studies on Great Subjects. Party Politics.
Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous

 Be, as many now are, luxurious to yourself, parsimonious to your friends. 


 As for the largest-hearted of us, what is the word we write most often in our cheque-books? —"Self."

Eden Phillpotts—A Shadow Passes.


Eden Phillpotts

Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonoured and unsung. 

Scott—Lay of the Last Minsirel.

What need we any spur but our own cause, To prick us to redress?

 Julius Caesar. Act II.

Julius Caesar.

 Love took up the harp of Life and smote on all

the chords with might

; Smote the chord of Self,

 that, trembling, passed

in music out of sight.

Tennyson—Locksley Hall.

Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.
Zangwill—Children of the Ghetto

I  had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats: but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.

Mary Shelley-Frankenstein


That " beauty " is a matter of taste, differing among different people, and to attach special importance to what pleases me (and others who have had the same sort of training that I have had) is merely to repeat the old, old mistake which so divides human society; it is like declaring that my race is the best race, my nation the best nation, my church the best church, and my family the " best " family. It indicates ignorance and selfishness.

Tolstoy - What is Art

Nobody can belong to this Church unless " he puts on the shirt of a little child," dies to selfishness and hypocrisy, rises again in a new will and obedience, and forms his life in its inmost ground according to Christ
 Rufus Matthew Jones - Spiritual reformers in the 16th and 17th centuries

To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love - because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed value. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone” 

Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness

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