144+ Best Narcissists Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Narcissistic is one of several types of personality disorders. In this mental condition, people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. Narcissistic personality disorder involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior. Inspirational narcissist quotes will inspire growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Narcissist Quotes

Narcissistic personality disorder is named for Narcissus, from Greek mythology, who fell in love with his own reflection. Freud used the term to describe persons who were self-absorbed, and psychoanalysts have focused on the narcissist’s need to bolster his or her self-esteem through grandiose fantasy, exaggerated ambition, exhibitionism, and feelings of entitlement. – Donald W. Black

But that’s the thing about narcissists. They can try to fool you, with all their heart, but in the end, they’re just fooling themselves. – Ellie Fox

For the most part people are not curious except about themselves. – John Steinbeck

When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but you stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did. – Jill Blakeway

The lion is most handsome when looking for food. – Rumi

When we meet and fall into the gravitational pull of a narcissist, we are entering a significant life lesson that involves learning how to create boundaries, self-respect, and resilience. Through trial and error (and a lot of pain), our connection with narcissists teaches us the necessary lessons we need to become mature empaths. – Mateo Sol

You can teach a narcissist to show up on time, but you can’t train them to listen once they get there. – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Love doesn’t die a natural death. Love has to be killed, either by neglect or narcissism. – Frank Salvato

Dear narcissus boy / I know you’ve never really apologized for anything / I know you’ve never really taken responsibility / I know you’ve never really listened to a woman / Dear me-show boy / I know you’re not really into conflict resolution / Or seeing both sides of every equation / Or having an uninterrupted conversation. – Alanis Morissette

There’s nothing more narcissistic than being sure that you are built in the image of an all-powerful Creator-God, and that same God answers your prayers, knows your name, and has a personal relationship with you. – David G. McAfee

Narcissistic love is riding on the rollercoaster of disaster filled with a heart full of tears. – Sheree Griffin

Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love. – Mason Cooley

Since narcissists deep down feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault. – M. Scott Peck

The mother gazes at the baby in her arms, and the baby gazes at his mother’s face and finds himself therein…provided that the mother is really looking at the unique, small, helpless being and not projecting her own expectations, fears, and plans for the child. In that case, the child would find not himself in his mother’s face, but rather the mother’s own projections. This child would remain without a mirror, and for the rest of his life would be seeking this mirror in vain. – Donald Woods Winnicott

A narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark will come to light. Time has a way of showing people’s true colors. – Karla Grimes

When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose. – Brené Brown

How starved you must have been that my heart became a meal for your ego. – Amanda Torroni

There is simply no winning with a narcissist. He will treat you so horribly that you will become withdrawn and depressed and then he will turn around and say, ‘You’re no fun anymore, you’re always so depressed. I need to be with someone more positive.’ – Susan Williams

Realize that narcissists have an addiction disorder. They are strongly addicted to feeling significant. Like any addict, they will do whatever it takes to get this feeling often. That is why they are manipulative and future fakers. They promise change, but can’t deliver if it interferes with their addiction. That is why they secure back up supply. – Shannon L. Alder

Babies cry to get their needs met. Narcissists are great actors and often use tears as a tool of manipulations, this is an abuse tactic! Do not allow them to let this work as guilt, they are acting! – Tracy Malone

A man who loves others based solely on how they make him feel, or what they do for him, is really not loving others at all — but loving only himself. – Criss Jami

Children of narcissists learn that love is abuse. The narcissist teaches them that if someone displeases you, it is okay to harm them and call it love. – M. Wakefield

Relationships with narcissists are held in place by the hope of a ‘someday better,’ with little evidence to support it will ever arrive. – Ramani Durvasula

Americans are experiencing an epidemic in narcissistic behavior in a culture that is intrinsically self-conscious and selfish, and citizens are encouraged to pursue happiness and instant gratification of their personal desires. – Kilroy J. Oldster

That which he projects ahead of him as his ideal, is merely his substitute for the lost narcissism of his childhood – the time when he was his own ideal. – Sigmund Freud

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have now fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves. – Daniel J. Boorstin

And we need to know what it is to be human if we are to avoid becoming narcissists. – Alexander Lowen

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm [that they cause] does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. – T. S. Eliot

We are to give (and take) true love without falling into the narcissistic habit of only trying to take it in. – Criss Jami

I spend my life constantly calling in ‘imaginary’ debts that aren’t owed to me in order to avoid the ‘real’ debts that I owe to others, and so everybody ends up bankrupt. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

No other being is lesser human than the one who thinks of others as such. – Abhijit Naskar

The worst lies were the lies I told myself about the lies others told me. – Alice Little

Half the pain in human life comes from gazing in mirrors. – Marty Rubin

When people are driving themselves crazy, they have neuroses or psychoses. When they drive other people crazy, they have personality disorders. – Albert J. Bernstein

The narcissist is like a bucket with a hole in the bottom: No matter how much you put in, you can never fill it up. The phrase I never feel like I am enough” is the mantra of the person in the narcissistic relationship. That’s because to your narcissistic partner, you are not. No one is. Nothing is. – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence. – Sam Vaknin

Love is intermittent reinforcement with spouses and children alike. The child is love-bombed when the narcissist feels the child reflects their false self. The moment the child fails to do so, the narcissistic parent blithely discards them. – M. Wakefield

Playing the victim role: Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation. – George K. Simon Jr.

I like to be admired from afar, and then complimented up close. – Gena Showalter

Even though friends say they are interested in your life, they never really want to talk about you as much as you want them to. – Charise Mericle Harper

If I encounter a toddler with a machete, I may feel worried about the toddler, but I still get out of the way so that I do not get hurt. In the process of taking care of their own needs, many people with NPD hurt those around them. They are swinging mental machetes — devaluing words and abusive actions. Punchline: I believe that Narcissists deserve our compassion, but compassion does not involve giving them permission to hurt other people or overlooking any damage that they do. – Elinor Greenberg

Please repair your narcissism before you start loving your neighbor as yourself. – Charles F. Glassman

Emotionally, narcissists are like brick walls who see and hear others but fail to understand or relate to them. As a result of their emotional shallowness, narcissists are essentially devoid of all empathy or compassion for other people. Lacking empathy, a narcissist is a very destructive and dangerous person to be around. – Mateo Sol

In such a self-centered society, many people have gone to the extreme of narcissism—being solely concerned about their own personal well-being and agendas while excluding and exploiting others. Narcissism is not only epidemic but is also a pandemic of our times that has been normalized and accepted. Self-serving, narcissistic people are incapable and unwilling to love due to a lack of authentic self and love for one’s self and others. – Sepideh Irvani

I understand perfectly because I’m in love with myself. The fact that I’m not transfixed in front of the nearest mirror takes a great deal of self-control. – Anne Rice

You don’t believe that your friend could ever do anything great. You despise yourself in secret, even – no, especially – when you stand on your dignity; and since you despise yourself, you are unable to respect your friend. You can’t bring yourself to believe that anyone you have sat at table with, or shared a house with, is capable of great achievement. That is why all great men have been solitary. It is hard to think in your company, little man. One can only think ‘about’ you, or ‘for your benefit’, not ‘with’ you, for you stifle all big, generous ideas. – Wilhelm Reich

Narcissists have poor self-esteem, but they are typically very successful. They feel entitled; they’re self-important; they crave admiration and lack empathy. They are also exploitative and envious. The malignant types never forget a slight. They may kill you ten years later for cutting them off in traffic. But they act perfectly normal while plotting their revenge. – Janet M. Tavakoli

The ‘I’ is the ego that we must avoid at any cost, if we truly wish to be different from narcissists. Instead of using ‘I’ repeatedly, it would be wise to replace it with ‘we’. – Mwanandeke Kindembo

People with NPD have a strong need, in every area of their life, to be treated as if they’re special. To those with NPD, other people are simply mirrors, useful only insofar as they reflect back the special view of themselves they so desperately long to see. If that means making others look bad by comparison — say, by ruining their reputation at work — so be it. Because life is a constant competition, they’re also usually riddled with envy over what other people seem to have. And they’ll let you know. – Bandy X Lee

The emptiness of the narcissist often means that they are only focused on whatever is useful or interesting to them at the moment. If at that moment it is interesting for them to tell you they love you, they do. It’s not really a long game to them, and when the next interesting issue comes up, they attend to that. The objectification of others—viewing other people as objects useful to his needs—can also play a role. When you are the only thing in the room, or the most interesting thing in the room, then the narcissist’s charisma and charm can leave you convinced that you are his everything. The problem is that this is typically superficial regard, and that superficiality results in inconsistency, and emotions for the narcissistic person range from intense to detached on a regular basis. This vacillation between intensity and detachment can be observed in the narcissist’s relationships with people (acquaintances, friends, family, and partners), work, and experiences. A healthy relationship should feel like a safe harbor in your life. Life throws us enough curve balls in the shape of money problems, work issues, medical issues, household issues, and even the weather. Sadly, a relationship with a narcissist can be one more source of chaos in your life, rather than a place of comfort and consistency. – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference. – Mason Cooley

I wish that people would stop destroying other people just because they were once destroyed. – Karen Salmansohn

Narcissists would rather lie and humiliate you than to admit that they were in the wrong. – Mitta Xinindlu

Narcissism is voluntary blindness, an agreement not to look beneath the surface. – Sam Keen

We seem incapable of being led by any but the monstrous. The malignant narcissist. And there are many willing to take the place of a deposed tyrant, to ape them. And the rest of us, down here, cannot discriminate in the choice of our leaders, even if we have anything resembling a real choice. We cannot lead ourselves rationally or humanely or fairly, so we choose the most unscrupulous and egotistical to lead us. Into one war and one holocaust after another. – Adam Nevill

Narcissists withhold affection to punish you. Withhold attention to get revenge. And withhold an emotional empathetic response to make you feel insecure. – Alice Little

Narcissism is a grave condition of insecurity and desperately feeling unloved and unacceptable. An individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder inherently believes they are ‘damaged goods’ and fears other individuals will discover the truth: that they feel powerless. Thus the narcissist invests a great deal of energy into ‘gaining the upper hand’, to hide feeling vulnerable, insecure and broken. When they are getting what they want, the charm is flowing and plentiful. When the charm doesn’t work the intimidation begins. Narcissism is categorized as an unhealthy level of self-absorption and a lack of empathy regarding how their insecure, aggressive and damaging behavior affects the world around them. – Melanie Tonia Evans

When the healthy pursuit of self-interest and self-realization turns into self-absorption, other people can lose their intrinsic value in our eyes and become mere means to the fulfillment of our needs and desires. – P.M. Forni

Quotes About Narcissism

Whenever an occasion arose in which she needed an opinion on something in the wider world, she borrowed her husband’s. If this had been all there was to her, she wouldn’t have bothered anyone, but as is so often the case with such women, she suffered from an incurable case of of pretentiousness. Lacking any internalized values of her own, such people can arrive at a standpoint only by adopting other people’s standards or views. The only principle that governs their minds is the question How do I look? – Haruki Murakami

The spirit of arrogance most definitely makes you shine. It paints a bright red target on your own forehead. – Criss Jami

The greater our own level of narcissism, the more we detest it in others. – Steve Maraboli

Sadly, when many individuals realize that the narcissist is insecure and isn’t reassured, they try harder to love this person. Additionally, the narcissist blames his her behavior on something that you are or aren’t doing, and a hooked person we may try to ‘do it better’ or ‘get it right.’ Your increased efforts to love and fix the narcissist only lines you up for more abuse. – Melanie Tonia Evans

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. – Oscar Wilde

Relationship with a narcissist in a nutshell: You will go from being the perfect love of their life, to nothing you do is ever good enough. You will give your everything and they will take it all and give you less and less in return. You will end up depleted, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and probably financially, and then get blamed for it. – Bree Bonchay

He’s satisfied with himself. If you have a soul you can’t be satisfied. – Graham Greene

I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love. – Emily Levine

If you want to go from being adored to devalued in the blink of an eye, simply insult the narcissist. – Tigress Luv

Everyone thinks they’re entitled to their 15 minutes of fame. And it’s that narcissism that makes people, who have no business writing a book, think they can write a book. – Oliver Markus Malloy

But both the narcissist and his partner do not really consider each other. Trapped in the moves of an all-consuming dance macabre, they follow the motions morbidly – semiconscious, desensitized, exhausted, and concerned only with survival. – Sam Vaknin

Observe well how the word ‘narcissism’ is often used into marriages. The victims are often those who have separated with their significant other, rather than being on good terms with them. Therefore, we must dig deeper to the core of the word and discover its true meaning. In return, we will get a glimpse of our mentality and the main attributes that drive us to label each other with that conflicted word. – Mwanandeke Kindembo

Parents are supposed to give the child back to herself with love. If they’ve got duct tape over their eyes because of narcissism, it doesn’t happen. – Jane Fonda

Have you ever been in a relationship with an individual who demands your attention incessantly and becomes depressed, sulky and even full of rage if your attention goes elsewhere? This is one of the earliest warning signs of a narcissist. Please understand healthy adults do not behave in such a way. This is where people who know the difference turn their back and walk away; they know that any person ringing them 10 times a day and demanding attention is not well. Unfortunately, many individuals, as I did, can mistake (or delude ourselves) that this high need for attention means we’re loved, missed and adored, or maybe we felt wrong in leaving or speaking up, as a result of our own deficient boundary function. Please be assured, this is not love; it’s the deadly calling card of the narcissist. – Melanie Tonia Evans

In this situation, what we call natural ethics has nothing to offer but the narcissistic satisfaction of being able to think one is better than others. This is where ethics based on religion enters the scene with its promises of a better life hereafter. I am inclined to think that, for as long as virtue goes unrewarded here below, ethics will preach in vain. – Sigmund Freud

Narcissists have poorly regulated self-esteem, so they are chronically vulnerable. If they are vulnerable then there is the threat that they may get found out, so they often maintain a grandiose exterior. Because they always measure themselves by other people, they also measure themselves against other people. They are chronically reliant on the opinions of others to form their own sense of self and are always comparing themselves, their status, their possessions and their lives to other people to determine their sense of worth and self-esteem (in a way, narcissists outsource their sense of self). – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Narcissists are consumed with maintaining a shallow false self to others. They’re emotionally crippled souls that are addicted to attention. Because of this they use a multitude of games, in order to receive adoration. Sadly, they are the most ungodly of God’s creations because they don’t show remorse for their actions, take steps to make amends or have empathy for others. They are morally bankrupt. – Shannon L. Alder

No matter how socially skilled an extreme narcissist is, he has a major attachment dysfunction. The extreme narcissist is frozen in childhood. – Samuel Lopez de Victoria

I wonder if the course of narcissism through the ages would have been any different had Narcissus first peered into a cesspool. He probably did. – Frank O’Hara

Pathological narcissists can lose touch with reality in subtle ways that become extremely dangerous over time. When they can’t let go of their need to be admired or recognized, they have to bend or invent a reality in which they remain special despite all messages to the contrary. – Bandy X Lee

What are narcissists looking for, after all? Just someone at their level that they can feel superior to. – Luigina Sgarro

Where there is much pride or much vanity, there will also be much revengefulness. – Arthur Schopenhauer

I don’t care what you think unless it is about me. – Kurt Cobain

For some, life may be a playground to undermine the brainwaves of others or simply a vainglorious game with an armory of theatrics, illustrating only bleak self-deception, haughty narcissism and dim deficiency in empathy. – Erik Pevernagie

Healthy levels of narcissism and self-enhancement are necessary, with a low level of self-enhancement being detrimental to our wellbeing and success. – Theresa Jackson

The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one’s desires and fears. – Erich Fromm

Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, histrionic, avoidant and borderline personalities. But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless. – Jeffrey Kluger

The narcissist would love nothing more than to know you are eating uncooked Top Ramen out of a dumpster for dinner tonight while wearing yesterday’s underwear. – Tina Swithin

Ego is borne of the need to ‘prove’ oneself instead of making the choice to ‘be’ oneself. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

The only crime is pride. – Sophocles

Narcissists are precisely that: careless. They barrel through life, using relationships and people as objects, tools, and folly. While they often seem as if they are cruel or harsh, that is in fact giving them too much credit. They are simply careless. And they do expect other people to clean up their messes. But carelessness is cruel. Frankly, the motivation for their behavior does not matter; what matters is the outcome. And that outcome is damage to other people’s well-being, hopes, aspirations, and lives. Carelessness captures it, but it is not an excuse. – Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Imagine the infant who one day cries and gets fed, and the next day cries and goes hungry. One day smiles and is kissed and hugged. The next day smiles and is ignored. This is what psychologists called ‘preoccupied or unresolved attachment’ with the primary caregiver–usually the mother. There was love one minute and disdain the next. Affection that was given in abundance for no reason and then taken away without cause. The child has no ability to predict or influence the behavior of the parent. The narcissist loves a child only as an extension of herself at first, and then as a loyal subject. So she will tend to the child only when it makes her feel good. – Wendy Walker

I have a very simple question to people who seem to suffer from excessive narcissism: Please name three other persons who are smarter and more capable than you, in the field you work in. In most cases they are utterly unable to answer that question honestly. – Ingo Molnar

For all his inner suffering, the narcissist has many traits that make for success in bureaucratic institutions, which put premium on the manipulation of interpersonal relations, discourage the formation of deep personal attachments, and at the same time provide the narcissist with the approval he needs in order to validate his self-esteem. – Christopher Lasch

You consider yourself your most fascinating subject. – Britt Bennett

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading. – W.H. Auden

The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside. – Sam Vaknin

A current pejorative adjective is narcissistic. Generally, a narcissist is anyone better looking than you are, but lately the adective is often applied to those ‘liberals’ who prefer to improve the lives of others rather than exploit them. Apparently, a concern for others is self-love at its least attractive, while greed is now a sign of the hightest altruism. But then to reverse, periodically, the meanings of words is a very small price to pay for our vast freedom not only to conform but to consume. – Gore Vidal

Some people seem like a bright light during your darkest moment… a beautiful refuge… but it’s a trap… there is only more pain there. Now that I think about it… I imagine that’s what bugs feel like when they fly into the zapper. – Steve Maraboli

Being a control freak is a weakness, not a strength. If you can’t allow others to shine, you’re exhibiting signs of narcissism and showing a lack of self-confidence. It is isolation through ego. – Stewart Stafford

She could feel him, glaring at her with a psychotic look in his eyes, taking pleasure in her suffering, using it to fuel his next move. – Arti Manani

Anybody who wishes to go beyond the free-will of another person is already practising narcissistic characteristics. – Mwanandeke Kindembo

There was nothing more unattractive than narcissism, she thought: nothing could transform beauty into a cloying, unattractive quality than that self-conscious appreciation of self. – Alexander McCall Smith

Love without sacrifice is like theft. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life on his terms. – Elizabeth Bowen

The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism. Eighty percent of people think they’re better than average. – Mark Leary

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love to have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. – Sigmund Freud

Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge. – Todd Solondz

I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it… It is unrequited self-love. – Emily Levine

It is especially painful when narcissists suffer memory loss because they are losing parts of the person they love most. – David Brooks

No one has probably helped me more with my narcissism than my dog. – Tucker Max

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. – Gore Vidal

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. – Benjamin Franklin

It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one’s own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care. – George Eliot

I believe that Narcissists deserve our compassion, but compassion does not involve giving them permission to hurt other people or overlooking any damage that they do. – Elinor Greenberg

There is a difference between supporting someone and feeding someone’s narcissism. One is support and the other is not. – Fathom

Loving yourself and being in love with yourself are two entirely different things. Differentiate. – Fathom

When narcissism is viewed as good; good is viewed as narcissism. – Fathom

It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. – Voltaire

Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit. – Marianne Williamson

The difference between narcissism and self-love is a matter of depth. Narcissus falls in love not with the self, but with an image or reflection of the self with the persona, the mask. The narcissist sees himself through the eyes of another, changes his lifestyle to conform with what is admired by others, tailors his behavior and expression of feelings to what will please others. Narcissism is – voluntary blindness, an agreement – not to look beneath the surface. – Sam Keen

Since [narcissists] deep down feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world, they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault. – M. Scott Peck

Some narcissistic people end up believing their own lies. – unknown

Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them.

Self-love forever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens…to stumble upon it. – George Gordon Noel Byron

Narcissists are great con-artists. After all, they succeed in deluding themselves! As a result, very few professionals see through them. – unknown

A sociopath is one who sees others as impersonal objects to be manipulated to fulfill their own narcissistic needs without any regard for the hurtful consequences of their selfish actions. – R. Alan Woods

Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves but persuades us that they escape the notice of others. – Samuel Johnson

Self-love depressed becomes self-loathing. – Sally Kempton

Self-love seems so often unrequited. – Anthony Powell

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves. – Michel de Montaigne

Since narcissism is fueled by a greater need to be admired than to be liked, psychologists might use that fact as a therapeutic lever – stressing to patients that being known as a narcissist will actually cause them to lose the respect and social status they crave. – Jeffrey Kluger

All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism. – Geoff Mulgan

The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement – particularly men, I don’t know why, maybe it’s the testosterone – I think it’s narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. – James Woods

You give up your narcissism, your egotism. That’s how you achieve chemistry. – Nick Nolte

I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And fear, living in sort of an un-self-examined fear-based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance. – Moby

Narcissism is the part of my personality that I am the least proud of, and I certainly don’t like to see it highlighted in everybody else I meet. – Ben Affleck

If I had it to do all over again . . . I wouldn’t change a thing.’. . . the final expression of narcissism, the last gesture of self-congratulation. – Steve Erickson

The problem in narcissism is not the high ideals and ambitions, it’s the difficulty one encounters when trying to give them body. – Thomas Moore

If you’re a nobody, just imagine a lot of celebrities are in love with you. Narcissism is the best cure for attention deficit disorder. – Bauvard

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. – Andre Dubus

Out of all the addictions in the world, attention is slowly but surely becoming one of the most dangerous. – Saahil Prem

Vanity and narcissism – the compulsive need to be admired and praised – undermine one’s courage, for one then fights on someone else’s conviction rather than one’s own. – Rollo May

If people are really narcissistic or have a need to be seen as more than they really are, or to be admired as having it all together, then they cannot be followed and trusted by others. – Henry Cloud

It is not selfish or narcissistic to love yourself. It is your first and foremost responsibility. – Alan Cohen

A victim of circumstance is a casualty. A victim of convenience is a narcissist. – Alan Robert Neal

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