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.
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