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Selfishness quotes and quotations

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert

Next to the very young, the very old are the most selfish.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.
William E. Gladstone

That man who lives for self alone, Lives for the meanest mortal known.
Joaquin Miller

The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.
Charles H. Parkhurst

Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.
Lao-tzu

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

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Gene Fowler

Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant.
Mme. Roland

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
Lawana Blackwell

Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
Tertullian

Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.
William Cowper

The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation.
Hailliard


Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
Julio Cortazar

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.
B. C. Forbes

SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.
Ambrose Bierce

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.
Anita Brookner