37+ Best Self Preservation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Self preservation is behaviour based on the characteristics or feelings that warn people or animals to protect themselves from difficulties or dangers. Profoundly inspirational self preservation quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Self Preservation Quotes

My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down. — Chesty Puller

Self-preservation is the first law of nature. — Samuel Butler

Anger can be a useful emotion; it’s built into our genetic code to help with self preservation. But it can also be destructive, even when it is justified. — Michael Hayden

Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. — Winston Churchill

The feudal concept of self-preservation is poisoned at the core by the virulent assumption of master and man, of potentate and slave, of external and internal suppression of the life urge of the only one – of its faith in human sacrifice as a means of salvation. — Louis Sullivan

We as a country, our lust for entertainment has sort of superseded our sense of self-preservation. — Sam Levinson

Careers, children and homemaking all come above preserving your appearance. Self-preservation is at the bottom of the scale. — Trinny Woodall

He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich. — Evelyn Waugh

Self-preservation is the first responsibility. — Margaret Anderson

Marriage is the most obvious public practice about which information is readily available. When combined with the traditional Jewish concern for continuity and self-preservation – itself only intensified by the memory of the Holocaust – marriage becomes the sine qua non of social membership in the modern Orthodox community. — Noah Feldman

I have an instinct for survival, for self-preservation. — Julian Barnes

Politicians have an acutely honed instinct for self-preservation. — Steve Schmidt

Any time you approach anything in fear and aggression or in self-preservation mode, you are going to scare people off. But if you go in love, with the idea of being the feet and hands of Christ, if you go with the idea of showing the love of Christ, then they become softened because love changes all. — Ron Hall

This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. — Voltaire

We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race. — Edna St. Vincent Millay

Writing, for me, was a feat of self-preservation. If I did not do it, I would die. So I did it. Obstinacy, not talent, saved my life. — Philip Roth

Responsible global behaviour is ultimately an act of self-preservation of, by, and for the global beast that modern technological humanity has become. — David Grinspoon

Unlike earlier black-power movements that tried to fight or segregate for self-preservation, Black Lives Matter aligns with the dead, continues the mourning, and refuses the forgetting in front of all of us. — Claudia Rankine

When a totally offensive tax hits a few million people, Washington is prepared to look the other way. But when everyone is harmed, self preservation kicks in, and Washington gets going. — Kevin Hassett

When the collective mentality of any organization is self and self-preservation first, it’s a sure sign of pending doom. — Chris Fussell

Power focuses on self-preservation; principle focuses on making ideas successful. — Dan Webster

Sometimes when things are way too big and I can’t control it, I do sort of a weird thing where I kind of check out a little bit. It’s all about self-preservation for me. — Hoda Kotb

Self-preservation shouldn’t be the first instinct in politics. It should be doing the right thing for the country. — Seth Moulton

I have to take care of myself. It’s about self-preservation. — Danielle de Niese

Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe. — Andrew Marvell

At the start of my career – not just Me Too, which is not the totality of my career – I wish I would have known that you don’t have to sacrifice everything for a cause. And that self-care and self-preservation is also a tool that is necessary to do the work. — Tarana Burke

An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life. — Jose Marti

Most English writers are not interested in change but in the social novel. That demands a static backdrop. I’m intensely interested in change – probably as a matter of self-preservation. What the hell is going to happen next? — J. G. Ballard

Self-preservation is an important thing to me. — Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task. — Diogenes

People always choose self-preservation over the greater good, most of the time, with the belief that self-preservation is the greater good. — Dana Loesch

Interviewing someone is a very proactive process and requires taking a lot of agency into your own hands to get past people’s general normal self-preservation mode. — Brandon Stanton

For the several thousands of years before they became firefighters and physicians, women were sirens, enchantresses, snares. At times it seems as if female powerlessness is male self-preservation in disguise. And for millennia, this has made for a zero-sum game: A woman’s intelligence was a man’s deception. — Stacy Schiff

We have to give feminism a shot. Out of sheer self preservation, we have to stand aside and let women run the show. — Irvine Welsh

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. — Joseph Campbell

The instinct of self-preservation in human society, acting almost subconsciously, as do all drives in the human mind, is rebelling against the constantly refined methods of annihilation and against the destruction of humanity. — Bertha von Suttner

Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant. — Ann Coulter