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Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.

Author: Bhagavad Gita

Profession: Sanskrit Poem Incorporated Into the Mahabharata

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

Author: Julio Cortazar (1914-1984)

Profession: Belgian Writer

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

Author: Hailliard


Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Profession: American Novelist, Short Story Writer

Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.

Author: Doug Horton


As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.

Author: Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Profession: American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist

Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.

Author: Oscar Levant (1906-1972)

Profession: American Pianist, Actor

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.

Author: Imelda Marcos (1929)

Profession: Philippines First Lady

In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.

Author: Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Profession: British Broadcaster

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

Author: Mme. Roland


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.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

No man will work for your interests unless they are his.

Author: David Seabury

Profession: American Doctor, Author