Quotes for
the Journey:

Selfishness

   
   
Selfishness is blind.

Mohandas Gandhi

   

The 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 God.     -Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

   
Selfishness 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 Reminders
    
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
  
Selfishness, 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.     -Alcoholics Anonymous

    
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
  
No person is more cheated than the selfish person.     -Henry Ward Beecher
   
But 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 Shadows
  
Love 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
  
God 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
  
Self-absorption 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
  
Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.  Listen to it carefully.     -Richard Bach, Illusions
  
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.     -Oscar Wilde
   
Look 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
  
Selfishness keeps people blind through life.  Life is a misery for the people who are absorbed in themselves.     -Hazrat Inayat Khan
  
Selfishness is the great enemy of peace.  Selfishness walks by itself and no one walks with it.     -Blackfeather
  
I 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 Pilgrim
  
Virtue 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
  
Personality, 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 heritage.     -James Allen
  
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.     -Oscar Wilde
  
Those 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
  

  
It is 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
  
When 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.     -James Allen
  
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.     -Bernard Rimland
  
It is 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 selfish.     -Ralph Waldo Trine
  
A person is called selfish, not for pursuing his or her own good, but for neglecting his or her neighbor's.     -Richard Whatly
  

Free Daily Quotations!

You can receive a free daily email with two inspiring quotations by signing up here.  And don't worry--we don't share any email addresses with anyone, for any reason.

   

    

Two great Kindle books from livinglifefully.com!  First, the daily meditations from the first year are gathered together in a single volume at just $2.99 for the entire year, and second, almost 4,000 quotes from livingllifefully.com are gathered in one volume for just 99 cents--that's right, for less than one dollar, you can have thousands of quotes that took years to gather on your own PC, Mac, or Kindle, to have with you wherever you are.

    

   

Home - About - Links - abundance - acceptance - achievement - action - adversity - advertising - aging
ambition - America - anger - anticipation - apathy - appreciation - arrogance - art - attitude - authenticity
autumn - awakening - awareness - awe - balance - beauty - being yourself - beliefs - body - brooding
busyness - caring - celebration - challenges - change - character - charity - children - choice - Christianity
Christmas - coincidence - commitment - common sense - community - comparison - compassion
competition - complaining - compliments - compromise - confidence - conformity - conscience - contentment
control - cooperation - courage - covetousness - creativity - crisis - criticism - cruelty - death - decisions
desire - determination - disappointment - discipline - discouragement - diversity - doubt - dreams - earth
education - ego - emotions - encouragement - enlightenment - enthusiasm - envy - eternity - ethics - example
exercise - experience - failure - faith - fame - family - fate - fathers - fault-finding - fear - feelings - flowers
forgiveness - freedom - friendship - frustration - fun - the future - the garden of life - gardening - generosity
gentleness - giving - goals - God - goodness - grace - gratitude - greatness - greed - grief - growing up - guilt
habit - happiness - hatred - healing - health - heart - helpfulness - home - honesty - hope - hospitality
humility - hurry - ideals - identity - idleness - idolatry - ignorance - illusion - imagination - impatience
independence - individuality - inner child - inspiration - integrity - intimacy - introspection - intuition
jealousy - journey - joy - judgment - karma - kindness - knowledge - language - laughter - law of attraction
laziness - leadership - learning - letting go - life - listening loneliness - love - lying - magic - marriage
materialism - meanness - meditation - mindfulness - miracles - mistakes - mistrust- moderation - money
mothers
- motivation - music - mystery - Native American wisdom - nature - negative attitude - new year
oneness - open mindedness - opportunity - optimism - pain - parenting - passion - the past - patience - peace
perfectionism - perseverance - perspective - pessimism - play - poetry - positive thinking - possessions
potential - poverty - power - praise - prayer - prejudice - the present moment - pride - principle - problems
progress
- prosperity - purpose - reading - recreationreflection - relationships - religion - reputation
resentment
- respect - responsibility - rest - revenge - risk - role models - running - ruts - sadness - safety
the seasons of life
- self - self-love - self-pity - self-reliance - self-respect - selfishness - service - shame
silence
- simplicity - slowing down - smiles - solitude - sorrow - spirit - spring - stories - strength
success
- suffering - summer - talent - the tapestry of life - teachers - teaching - Thanksgiving - thoughts
time
- today - tolerance - tradition - trees - trust - truth - values - vanity - virtue - vulnerability - walking
war
- wealth - weight - winter - wisdom - women - wonder - work - worry - worship - youth - Zen
Dale Carnegie - Albert Einstein - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross - Helen Keller - Mother Teresa - Eleanor Roosevelt
Orison Swett Marden - Albert Schweitzer - Aristotle - Mohandas Gandhi - Wilferd A. Peterson