50+ Best Altruism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings or animals, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual. Inspirational altruism quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Altruism Quotes

Where love, compassion, altruism, and justice have failed, genetic manipulation will not succeed. Gina Maranto

Altruism is a barbarism. Love is the word. John Lancaster Spalding

When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the principles which Jesus illustrated in life — trust, love, mercy, and altruism — then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human altruism which is not egoism, is sterile. Marcel Proust

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Altruism itself depends on a recognition of the reality of other persons, and on the equivalent capacity to regard oneself as merely one individual among many.  Thomas Nagel

Altruism is a hard master, but so is opportunism. Mignon McLaughlin

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. Albert Pike

Altruism is for those who cannot endure their desires. Mason Cooley

Altruism accrues little benefit to those lying cold in the gutter. Raymond E. Feist

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Mitch Albom

What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives. Oprah Winfrey

Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that. Dalai Lama

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil. Robert A. Heinlein

As soon as your object of concern changes from yourself to someone else, your heart is released from the bondage of the self-cherishing thought. Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Selflessness. It should be the basis of every relationship. Colleen Hoover

Altruism is a fine motive, but if you want results, greed works much better. Henry Spencer

The most popular form of altruism is giving to others the advice you cannot use yourself. Evan Esar

It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Audrey Hepburn

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Martin Luther King Jr.

Altruism is a brief phase through which some adolescents must pass. It is rather like acne. Happily, as with acne, only a few are permanently scarred. Gore Vidal

There is another kind of altruism that seems to go beyond that, a kind of super-altruism, which humans appear to have. And I think that does need a Darwinian explanation. Richard Dawkins

Infinite altruism is the basis of peace and happiness. If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The main teachers of patience are our enemies. Dalai Lama

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want altruism, you must control hate and you must practice patience. The Dalai Lama

Altruism is masked self-interest. Aggressive self-interest is a masked urge to self-destruction. Greg Bear

It often turns out on closer inspection that acts of apparent altruism are really selfishness in disguise. Richard Dawkins

The root of happiness is altruism – the wish to be of service to others. The Dalai Lama

Inspirational Altruism Quotes

Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems. The Dalai Lama

There is a growing movement called effective altruism. It’s important because it combines both the heart and the head. Peter Singer

Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society. Ayn Rand

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one. H. L. Mencken

Altruism is a fog created by sly minds seeking to benefit from the energy and skill of others. Ilona Andrews

‘A cigar,’ said the altruist, ‘a cigar, my good man, I cannot give you. But any time you need a light, just come around; mine is always lit.’ Karl Kraus

Most men have always wanted as much as they could get; and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism. Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Altruism has always been one of biology’s deep mysteries. Why should any animal, off on its own, specified and labeled by all sorts of signals as its individual self, choose to give up its life in aid of someone else? Lewis Thomas

Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one’s own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value – and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.  Ayn Rand

Altruism is masked self-interest. Greg Bear

Charity should be spontaneous. Calculated altruism is an affront. Edward Abbey

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him? Martin Luther King Jr.

Altruism does not mean mere kindness or generosity, but the sacrifice of the best among men to the worst, the sacrifice of virtues to flaws, of ability to incompetence, of progress to stagnation-and the subordinating of all life and of all values to the claims of anyone’s suffering. Ayn Rand

Altruism is one of the most fundamentally social impulses, and doing things for others without expecting anything in return is core to what makes us human. This is why, from the day Facebook Platform launched in 2007, Causes has been honored to be one of the most popular applications, with over 140 million users. Joe Greene

Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society. Ayn Rand

The most popular form of altruism is giving to others the advice you cannot use yourself. Evan Esar

Very usually, altruism is only the sublimest form of selfishness. Sri Aurobindo

Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism. Eric Gibson

The Way of our Master is none other than conscientiousness of altruism. Confucius

The person who works for recognition devalues the work he does…. altruism’s true name is always Anonymous. David Marusek

Altruism is an instinct for survival that may be in our genes–an internal force for goodness in everyone that begins with birth. James R. Ozinga

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. The Dalai Lama

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