selfishness of an age that has devoted itself to the mere
cult of pleasure has tainted the whole human race with an
error that makes all our acts more or less lies against
Merton, No Man Is an Island
is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it
is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities,
and to overlook or extenuate our defects. -William
Wilberforce, Real Christianity
A person who is humble
would never be abusive or selfish; so don't abuse yourself or withhold
self-love or self-care. -Bryant McGill, Simple
More often than not,
people who are obsessed with their desires and feelings are generally
unhappier in life versus people that refocus their attention on service to
others or a righteous cause. Have you ever heard someone say their
life sucked because they fed the homeless? Made their children
laugh? Or bought a toy for a needy child at Christmas time?
-Shannon L. Alder
self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.
Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and
self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.
Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably
find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self
which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles, we
think, are basically of our own making.
Wars come from egotism and selfishness. Every
macrocosmic or world war has its origin in microcosmic wars going on
inside millions and millions of individuals.
-Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
selfish isn't necessarily a bad thing. It only means you
take care of yourself and you have to do that to be able to take
care of others. -Tera Lynn Childs, Sweet
is always ready to deny itself, to give, sacrifice, just in the
measure of its sincerity and intensity. Perfect love is perfect
self-forgetfulness. Hence where there is love in a home,
unselfishness is the law. Each forgets self and lives for others.
But where there is selfishness it mars joy. One selfish soul will
destroy the sweetness of life in any home. It is like an ugly bush
in the midst of a garden of flowers. It was selfishness that
destroyed the first home and blighted all the loveliness of
Paradise; and it has been blighting lovely things in earth's home
ever since. We need to guard against this
spirit. -James Russell Miller
creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that
will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of
others in this world, and that mechanism is called
suffering. -William Nicholson, Shadowlands
Almost every sinful action
ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It is
a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.
-Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare
in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When
we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and
preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our
world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind
and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for
connection--or compassionate action.
-Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence
conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully. -Richard
not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as
one wishes to live. -Oscar Wilde
in the mirror every day, for if scars of selfishness or pride are
in the heart, they will grow into lines on the face. Watch
closely. -Etu Inagaki Sugimoto
keeps people blind through life. Life is a misery for the
people who are absorbed in themselves.
Selfishness is the
great enemy of peace. Selfishness walks by itself and no one
walks with it. -Blackfeather
perceived the entirely self-centered life as not worth living.
If what you are doing will not benefit others besides yourself, it
is not worth doing. -Peace
and wisdom are sublime things, but if they create pride and a
consciousness of separateness from the rest of humanity in the
minds of people, then they are only the snakes of selfishness
reappearing in a finer form. . . A person who becomes selfish
isolates him- or herself, grows less interesting and less
agreeable to others. -Mabel Collins
separateness, selfishness are one and the same, and are the
antithesis of wisdom and divinity. By the unqualified
surrender of personality, separateness and selfishness cease, and
we enter into the possession of our divine
is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live
as one wishes to live. -Oscar Wilde
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. -Blaise Pascal
from selfishness that everything evil proceeds. Study all
the vices, and you will see that selfishness is at the bottom of
them all. Combat them as you will, you will never succeed in
extirpating them until, attacking the evil in its root, you have
destroyed the selfishness which is their cause. Let all your
efforts tend to this end; for selfishness is the veritable social
gangrene. -Allan Kardec
a person's soul is clouded with selfishness in any or every form,
he or she loses the power of spiritual discrimination, and
confuses the temporal with the eternal, the perishable with the
permanent, mortality with immortality, and error with Truth.
Selfish people are, by
definition, those whose activities are devoted to bringing
themselves happiness. Yet. . . these selfish people are far
less likely to be happy than those whose efforts are devoted to
making others happy.
the ignorant person who seeks his or her own ends at the expense
of the greater whole. It is the ignorant person, therefore,
who is the selfish person. The truly wise person is never
person is called selfish, not for pursuing his or her own good,
but for neglecting his or her neighbor's.
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