75+ Best Selfishness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Selfishness is the quality of thinking only of your own advantage. Inspirational selfishness quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Most Famous Selfishness Quotes

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself. – Henry Ward Beecher

The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by Knowledge; selfishness by Love. – James Allen

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. – Oscar Wilde

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. – unknown

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. – Oscar Wilde

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

A selfish man is a thief. – Jose Marti

Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant. – Don Miguel Ruiz

If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live. – W. L. Orme

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. – Jane Austen

Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. – William E. Gladstone

Selfishness is the biggest form of helplessness as it makes the person blind so much that he fails to search his true self for being always in the lurch. – Anuj Somany

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

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure. – Jane Austen

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision. – Helen Keller

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

Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils. – Nathaniel Emmons

Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait. – Giovanni Ruffini

Selfishness is the making a man’s self his own centre, the beginning and end of all he doeth. – John Owen

Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant. – Don Miguel Ruiz

If there is one thing I dislike, it is the man who tries to air his grievances when I wish to air mine. – P.G. Wodehouse

Teamwork: I love the idea of all for one – especially if that one is me. – Jarod Kintz

No man will work for your interests unless they are his. – David Seabury

Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

The force of selfishness is as inevitable and as calculable as the force of gravitation. – Hailliard

SELFISH, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others. – Ambrose Bierce

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself. – Henry Ward Beecher

If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. – Arthur Schopenhauer

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. – Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

Selfishness creates greed and greed destroys the soul. – Zarina Bibi

Selfishness stops the flow of blessings to you and others. – Brenda Johnson Padgitt

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. – Napoleon Hill

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

Selfish people lost so much in life, because even when they realize they are wrong, they don’t know how to ask for forgiveness or show regrets. – unknown

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

Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered. – Henry Ward Beecher

Selfishness is the grand moving principle of nine-tenths of our actions. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with. – Henry Wheeler Shaw

That man who lives for self alone, lives for the meanest mortal known. – Joaquin Miller

They, the selfish ones, are like spiritual lame people who use other beings as crutches to walk on the path of life. And they are the Blind of Spirit who never find Love, because they do not know how to love and do not let themselves be lovedIvan. – Figueroa Otero

Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption. – Sri Guru Granth Sahib

People wrapped up in themselves make very small packages. – Jessica Kennedy

Selfishness and self-absorption are deadly charm-exterminators. – Loretta Young

Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect. – George Sand

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

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

Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism. – Sir Arthur Helps

A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. – Oscar Wilde

If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live. – W. L. Orme

A person is called selfish, not for pursuing his or her own good, but for neglecting his or her neighbor’s. – Richard Whatly

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

Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism. – Henry Ward Beecher

I think that in today’s world, by nature, we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness. – Gary Chapman

That man who lives for self alone, Lives for the meanest mortal known. – Joaquin Miller

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

Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself. – Julio Cortazar

He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies. – Tertullian

It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery. It is as a cankering disease. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Selfishness is really self-destruction in slow motion. – Neal A. Maxwell

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path. – Paulo Coelho

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

The most difficult thing for us seems to be to give of ourselves, to do away with selfishness. If we really love someone, nothing is too difficult for us to do for that individual. There is no real happiness in having or getting unless we are doing it for the purpose of giving it to others. Half the world seems to be following the wrong scent in the pursuit of happiness many think it consists of having and getting and being served, when really happiness is found in serving others. – N. Eldon Tanner

The hardest work you and I will ever do is to put off our selfishness. It is heavy lifting! Neal A. Maxwell

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

Sometimes you have to be selfish to get what you want and move forward in life. – Kristen Stewart

The man who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps. – Charles Henry Parkhurst

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. – Oscar Wilde

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

A selfish man is a thief. – Jose Marti

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. – Ayn Rand

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

Selfishness is one of the more common faces of pride. ‘How everything affects me’ is the center of all that matters – self-conceit, self-pity, worldly self-fulfillment, self-gratification, and self-seeking. – Ezra Taft Benson

There are points in your life, especially if you have creative ambitions, where selfishness is necessary. – Kris Kristofferson

We found evolution will punish you if you’re selfish and mean. For a short time and against a specific set of opponents, some selfish organisms may come out ahead. But selfishness isn’t evolutionarily sustainable. – Chris Adami

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