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Selfish People Quotes
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A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good,
but for neglecting his neighbor's.
- Richard Whately

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others,
but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
- Erich Fromm

The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards,
liars and the selfish hide in high places.
- Bryant H. McGill

 

People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages.
- Benjamin Franklin

It's hard to get people to overcome the thought
that they have to take care of themselves first.
It's hard to get players to give in to the group
and become selfless as opposed to selfish.
- Isiah Thomas

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



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If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
- Kent Keith (commonly attributed to Mother Teresa)

A selfish man is a thief.
- Jose Marti

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

I didn't do this for other people; I did this for me. I fought for this right for me - does that sound selfish?
- Jack Kevorkian

When you go out there and do the things you're supposed to do, people view you as selfish.
- Wilt Chamberlain

Before my accident I was a little too... selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I'm blessed. I'm really blessed.
- Rick Allen

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

The real evil with which we have to contend is not the physical evil of the Famine, but the moral evil of the selfish, perverse and turbulent character of the people.
- Charles E. Trevelyan

People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It's very selfish, but it's understandable.
- Mick Jagger

Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears.
- Leigh Hunt

I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.
- Charles Dudley Warner

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move.
- Daniel Smith

I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. But that's the way I'm doing it.
- Emmanuelle Beart

I know that sounds selfish, but you have to look at what it's doing to you personally - are you frustrated because of the way people perceive you, or are you happy enough about the things you've realized about yourself that you can tolerate the way people perceive you?
- Shannon Hoon

Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realise you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
- Fay Weldon

Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution.
- Chris Christie

I think Bush has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people.
- Harry Belafonte

The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
- Pope John Paul II

Whenever I release a record, it's my record. It's not a selfish thought. I may work all year 'round for other people. So, finally, when I come out with my own album, it should be me with the creative help of other musicians.
- Eberhard Weber

And, one thing I definitely enjoyed personally, from a selfish point of view, was exploration and going to places that I had never been to before and learning, you know, meeting the people and getting to know, new sights and sounds, etc.
- Duane G. Carey

It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It's hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish.
- Isiah Thomas

People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.
- James Bovard

From this it follows that con-sideration for other persons or for other living beings is very vital for goodness and want of consideration for other people makes human beings selfish, regardless for other people's good.
- Morarji Desai

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
- Andrew Jackson

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I didn't have any concept of Trainspotting being published. It was a selfish act. I did it for myself.
- Irvine Welsh

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Being stubborn has helped, being selfish is not a bad thing.
- Herbie Mann

The abortionist I worked for, he's a very greedy man, a selfish man.
- Norma McCorvey

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
- Lord Byron

That's why charity work is very selfish at the same time, because it makes you feel good.
- Maria Menounos

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
- Herbert Spencer

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
- Erich Fromm

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Our true passions are selfish.
- Stendhal

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
- Florence Nightingale

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

I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the fact that I existed to mean something.
- Harry Chapin

A selfish man is a thief.
- Jose Marti

The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.
- Bryant H. McGill

Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless.
- Edward Albert

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.
- George Santayana

You have to be selfish to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
- Jane Austen

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.
- Clara Barton

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
- Tennessee Williams

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
- Thomas Szasz

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

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past.
- Bulent Ecevit

For Astrid, no matter what challenges they go through, they are going to face each other. It's hard for a daughter to accept that her mother is that selfish and that terrible.
- Alison Lohman

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It's also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others.
- Carol Burnett

Men tend to be selfish.
- Caprice Bourret

Being selfish to me means that you have to look out for yourself and you don't have to sacrifice.
- Herbie Mann

I am selfish, but that's an attribute that all artists possess.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I was a personality before I became a person - I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

I've got to do something to make up for all those self-absorbed and selfish years when I just, you know, was taking drugs, sitting in my room, doing bad things, whatever.
- Elton John

I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life. No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get out of seeing kids realize there is hope.
- Jerry Lewis

On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.
- Alan Thicke

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.
- Richard Whately

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

I am a very selfish person.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist. I mean, I really do just write and record what interests me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.
- David Bowie

You know, we're really destroying ourselves because we're really making the motivating force of anything we do selfish.
- Ralph Steadman

It's very selfish when I write. I'm not aware, ever, of writing for another person; I'm not even really aware of writing for myself.
- Tanith Lee

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.
- Sarah Brightman


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