55+ 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

It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back. Adrian Grenier

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

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles. Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness. Booker T. Washington

A selfish man is a thief. Jose Marti

The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Giving yourself some loving attention is not selfish. It is sensible. If you feel loved and cherished, even if it is only by yourself, then you will have more love to give to others, too. Penelope Quest

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

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

Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action. Daniel Goleman

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

Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others. Ouida

Best Quotes About Selfishness

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

We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid. Christopher Hitchens

Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself? Cormac McCarthy

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

Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. Al-Ghazzali

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

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

A selfless act out of even the purest desire to do for others, will be selfish in the satisfaction and happiness it brings to one doing it. Ashly Lorenzana

Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it. Criss Jami

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

The subsistence mentality of a person is a prison in which his personal joy is detained. If you want to live in joy, you don’t live for yourself alone. Live for others too. Israelmore Ayivor

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

In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction. David Mitchell

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

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

I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough. Christopher Hitchens

Even the early droplets of selfish decisions suggest a direction. Then the little inflecting rivulets come, merging into small brooks and soon into larger streams; finally one is swept along by a vast river which flows into the gulf of misery and endless whoa. Neal A. Maxwell

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

Selfish, a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their power of sacrifice. George Eliot

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

No man is more cheated than the selfish man. Henry Ward Beecher

Selfishness is blind. Mahatma Gandhi

It’s way too easy to see the real face of a person. They’re amiable and full of pretense when they want something from you, but the minute you don’t give in, back away or put yourself first, as they do, is the minute they show you who they are. Donna Lynn Hope

Selfishness creates greed and greed destroys the soul. Zarina Bibi

Inspirational Selfishness Quotes

A man is nothing more than the things he does to get what he wants. Hal Ackerman

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

Better not to plant seeds of selfishness than try to eradicate them once they have grown into giant weeds. Prem Prakash

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

Love is the most selfish of all the passions. Alexandre Dumas

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

Just two choices on the shelf, pleasing God or pleasing self. Ken Collier

Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles. Harry S. Truman

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

I respect all the innocent souls because they are kind enough to forgive the selfish people around them. Saurabh Sharma

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

There seemed to be three choices: to give up trying to love anyone, to stop being selfish, or to learn to love a person while continuing to be selfish. Lydia Davis

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

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

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

You can’t be faulted for being selfish if you’re going to get better because of it. Jerry Lewis

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

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