Selfish quotes

  • I would be too selfish if I said everyone should see my movies more than once. To say that would mean I'm just marketing my work!
    -- Abbas Kiarostami

    #Selfish #Mean #Marketing

  • That's okay. You an be selfish with me all you want. I'm yours.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Selfish #Want #Being Selfish

  • A love to Christ which is so cowardly and selfish that it is unwilling to proclaim by a public confession its faith in Him who hung before all the world crucified for sinners, is a love which is hardly worth the name.
    -- Abbott Eliot Kittredge

    #Selfish #Names #World

  • Is not sorrow, all sorrow, selfish?
    -- Abby May Alcott

    #Selfish #Sorrow

  • The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Selfish #Adversity #Light

  • There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers...even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Giving Up #Selfish #People

  • When you win, you often lose, that's just a fact. There's no currency to straighten a warped spirit, or open a closed heart, a selfish heart...
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Selfish #Heart #Winning

  • How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Happiness #Selfish #Compassion

  • Humans call animals 'dumb'... after they robbed their entire own precious world. They are intelligent beings in their own right, and thoroughly self-sufficient... if not molested by humans. Yet, after millennia of slavery by selfish/callous humans they're made to look dumb! The 'superior species' in their situations would, too, appear 'dumb'.
    -- Adela Popescu

    #Selfish #Animal #Intelligent

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

    #Selfish #Giving #True Happiness

  • Deep down, everything boils down ("au fond tout se ramène", Fr.) to the following simple question; Do we really want justice and the realization in this world of higher principles, or else do we want to serve selfish, short-sighted (à courte vue", Fr.) interests, which, when all is said and done, are also prejudicial (or detrimental, or harmful) to those very same that pursue them?
    -- African Spir

    #Selfish #Simple #Justice

  • Apart from selfish reasons, such as fear of punishments, fear of blame, of dishonour, etc, there remains only two motives that can stop (or prevent, "empâecher", Fr.) men from acting badly; the natural sense of commiseration (or "sympathy", - "commisération", Fr.) for one's fellow men - compassion, and the influence of education, by association of ideas ("par l'association d'idées", Fr.) - habit.
    -- African Spir

    #Selfish #Men #Compassion

  • You know, Emily was a selfish old woman in her way. She was very generous, but she always wanted a return. She never let people forget what she had done for them - and, that way she missed love.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Selfish #People #Way

  • You are the patient one, Mademoiselle,' said Poirot to Miss Debenham. She shrugged her shoulders slightly. 'What else can one do?' You are a philosopher, Mademoiselle.' That implies a detached attitude. I think my attitude is more selfish. I have learned to save myself useless emotion.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Attitude #Selfish #Thinking

  • The truth is I always loved him. From the first time I saw him he was so great. But that time I was hurt. I might have been selfish but I was so hurt. I was afraid I would feel more pain. Now I remember every time I was with Shouji I felt better. You hugged me secretly with your heart, didn't you? Now I want you to embrace me with all that warmth, with all your strength.
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Hurt #Pain #Selfish

  • We are all making a crown for Jesus out of these daily lives of ours, either a crown of golden, divine love, studded with gems of sacrifice and adoration, or a thorny crown, filled with the cruel briars of unbelief, or selfishness, and sin...
    -- Aimee Semple McPherson

    #Jesus #Selfish #Sacrifice

  • To read is to withdraw.To make oneself unavailable. One would feel easier about it if the pursuit inself were less...selfish.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Selfish #Easier #Pursuit

  • Selfish hedonism is not a pejorative. It is a description - an exactly accurate description of what is involved in homosexual relations.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Selfish #Description #Relation

  • You can't build marriage on a foundation of selfish hedonism, because that would be to promise people only roses, and marriage is also thorns.
    -- Alan Keyes

    #Selfish #Rose #People

  • I was kind of a selfish child, who always wanted things his way, and I've kind of taken that over into my relationship with the world.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Children #Selfish #Taken

  • My mother said I broke her heart...but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us...but within that inch we are free.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Mother #Integrity #Selfish

  • On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Sports #Selfish #Enjoy

  • Strange and mysterious name to give to the spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not!
    -- Albert Pike

    #Morning #Selfish #Son

  • My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn't commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn't go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish.
    -- Alec Baldwin

    #Selfish #Careers #Would Be

  • It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Selfish #Mistake #Emotion

  • Acting can be very selfish and all-consuming.
    -- Alessandro Nivola

    #Selfish #Acting #Consuming

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

    #Selfish #Passion #Love Is

  • If you make a habit of sincere prayer, your life will be very noticeably and profoundly altered. Prayer stamps with its indelible mark our actions and demeanor. A tranquillity of bearing, a facial and bodily repose, are observed in those whose inner lives are thus enriched. Within the depths of consciousness a flame kindles. And man sees himself. He discovers his selfishness, his silly pride, his fears, his greeds, his blunders. He develops a sense of moral obligation, intellectual humility. Thus begins a journey of the soul toward the realm of grace...
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Prayer #Selfish #Silly

  • Not that I say,"Oh,I'm not going to associate with certain people.," but I have my world,and I only want to be around people who I feel stimulated by. I have to be honest I do have a new quest: I want to meet more vegetarians,people who are more like minded. There's something real neat about that feeling. It makes you feel so settled to know there's somebody else sitting right there,being so passionate about what I'm passionate about. I don't want to be around selfish people. I try to keep myself surrounded by deep people who will move me.
    -- Alicia Silverstone

    #Selfish #Real #Moving

  • For Astrid, no matter what challenges they go through, they are going to face each other. It's hard for a daughter to accept that her mother is that selfish and that terrible.
    -- Alison Lohman

    #Daughter #Mother #Selfish

  • If we are to say no to covetousness, we must learn to say yes to contentment. This involves learning to be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5). Much of our discontentment may be traced to expectations that are essentially selfish and more often than not completely unrealistic.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Selfish #Expectations #Contentment

  • I wanted to create a heroine that was flawed. I wanted her to be a real person. She's selfish, she's childish, she's immature and because I'm doing a three-book arc I really played that up in the first book. I wanted the reader to be annoyed with her at times.
    -- Amber Benson

    #Selfish #Real #Book

  • I know that some of the spiritual beliefs that I have are that if I come from a place of love, and I try to get out of my ego and my desire to want more and be selfish in any shape or form, then whatever I'm doing is not good.
    -- Amber Valletta

    #Spiritual #Selfish #Ego

  • Selfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Selfish #Selfishness #Consideration

  • It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
    -- Andrew Jackson

    #Powerful #Selfish #Patriotic

  • Most of the time, the things that really change the world exist for something fundamentally selfish and then the world-changing ends up being a side-effect of that.
    -- Andrew Mason

    #Selfish #World #Sides

  • Republicans ... are conservatives who think it would be best if we faced the fact that people are no damned good. They think that if we admit that we have selfish, acquisitive natures and then set out to get all we can for ourselves by working hard for it, that things will be better for everyone. They are not insensitive to the poor, but tend to think the poor are impoverished because they won't work. They think there would be fewer of them to feel sorry for if the government did not encourage the proliferation of the least fit among us with welfare programs.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Sorry #Selfish #Thinking

  • It is best to marry for purely selfish reasons.
    -- Anita Brookner

    #Selfish #Reason

  • You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
    -- Anita Brookner

    #Selfish #Ideas #Decision

  • Right now, I wish I’d stayed because I want you at my side. That sounds pretty selfish, but I don’t mean it that way. You just never needed me that way; I said it to you once as I was leaving—that you love me, but you don’t need me. You don’t lean. But I admire that about you, and I could use some of your strength right now.
    -- Ann Aguirre

    #Selfish #Mean #Leaving

  • If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities.
    -- Ann Richards

    #Selfish #Responsibility #Thinking

  • My main concern is theater, and theater does not reflect or mirror society. It has been stingy and selfish, and it has to do better.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Selfish #Mirrors #Doe

  • I thought he'd pick me, I know he has kids, but when it came down to it, I really thought he'd pick me." Tears rolled down her face and her nose ran. She sniffed. "I know I'm selfish" "You're human" "I wanted him to abandon his children
    -- Anna McPartlin

    #Children #Selfish #Kids

  • I was sorry for her; I was amazed, disgusted at her heartless vanity; I wondered why so much beauty should be given to those who made so bad a use of it, and denied to some who would make it a benefit to both themselves and others. But, God knows best, I concluded. There are, I suppose, some men as vain, as selfish, and as heartless as she is, and, perhaps, such women may be useful to punish them.
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Sorry #Selfish #Men

  • You know, we're often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcissistic, but I think, if there's a God -- and I believe there is -- that God is there to help. That's what God's job is.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Jobs #Selfish #Believe

  • After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Nature #Selfish #Years

  • Heaven would be Hell in no time if every cruel, selfish, vicious soul went to Heaven.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Selfish #Heaven #Soul

  • We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.
    -- Anne Sullivan Macy

    #Selfish #Live Life #Imagination

  • A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master. "People say you are a genius . Are you?" he asked. "You might say so." said the Master, none too modestly. "And what makes one a genius?" "The ability to recognize." "Recognize what?" "The butterfly in a caterpillar: the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being.
    -- Anthony de Mello

    #Selfish #Book #Writing

  • The butterfly in a caterpillar: the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being.
    -- Anthony de Mello

    #Selfish #Butterfly #Eagles

  • I think I'm still figuring out how to be a little less selfish.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Selfish #Thinking #Littles

  • It was because all we wanted was each other's constant love and attention and for no one else to receive that love and attention, which is a selfish and difficult place to be in a relationship. We were emotionally retarded, and that was the best we could do at the time.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Selfish #Attention #Retarded

  • It indicates a person who has not only good manners but who possesses a sense of balance, a sure mastery of himself, a moral discipline that permits him to subordinate voluntarily his own selfish interest to the wider interests of the society in which he lives. The gentleman, therefore is a cultural person in the noblest sense of the word, if by culture we mean not simply wealth of intellectual knowledge but also the ability to fulfil one's duty and understand one's fellow man by respecting / every principle, every opinion, every faith that is sincerely professed.
    -- Antonio Gramsci

    #Selfish #Mean #Men

  • Sometimes the words against a selfish have to be sharp, straight and blunt; it is very much like after the failure of all medications to cure a mental patient the only option left to revive him now is to give him a shock treatment through an electric current.
    -- Anuj

    #Selfish #Giving #Patient

  • A person can perhaps trust his eyes only to the amount of truth his heart does not mind to speak openly to the people to touch their souls in this selfish world full of lies.
    -- Anuj

    #Selfish #Lying #Heart

  • Love is not selfish or unkind. Nor is it boastful or disloyal. Love is simply a deep feeling found within the heart that money cannot buy.
    -- April Haney

    #Selfish #Heart #Love Is

  • But love is something that has to be as selfish as it is unselfish. You can't make yourself love someone because you feel like you should. Just wanting to love someone isn't enough.
    -- Aprilynne Pike

    #Selfish #Love Is #Self Love

  • I have a pet peeve about bands that don't play their hits. I think it's kind of selfish.
    -- Art Alexakis

    #Selfish #Thinking #Play

  • Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual, embodying selfish desires - and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good.
    -- Arthur Peacocke

    #Selfish #Humanity #Desire

  • I've gotten very good at detaching whenever I have to go away for three months, which I realize is hard on friends and kind of selfish.
    -- Ashley Greene

    #Selfish #Going Away #Three

  • Self care isn't selfish. It's self esteem.
    -- Ashley Judd

    #Selfish #Self Esteem #Care

  • 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

    #Selfish #Desire #Selfless

  • Creativity is very selfish. Scandalously so, in fact.
    -- Athol Fugard

    #Selfish #Creativity #Facts

  • The act of willingly subtracting from one's own limited store of the good and the agreeable for the sake of adding to that of others reflects the understanding that individual happiness needs a base broader than the mere satisfaction of selfish passions. From there, it is not such a large step to the realization that respecting the susceptibilities and rights of others is as important as defending one's own susceptibilities and rights if civilized society is to be safeguarded.
    -- Aung San Suu Kyi

    #Selfish #Passion #Rights

  • No age is wanting in able men; it is the duty of wise masters to find them out, win them over, and get work done by means of them, without listening to the calumnies of selfish men against them.
    -- Aurangzeb

    #Wise #Selfish #Mean

  • When we choose to have an abortion, we must do so understanding the full ramifications of what we are doing. Anything less feels to me to be hypocritical, a selfish abnegation of reality and responsibility.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Selfish #Responsibility #Reality

  • To love is to value. Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self esteem, is capable of love - because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed value. The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Selfish #Self Esteem #Love Is

  • Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love....
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Selfish #Self Esteem #Love You

  • Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equalled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Selfish #Names #History

  • You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgement and bearing sole responsibility for your own life. You have been called arrogant for your independent mind. You have been called cruel for your unyielding integrity. You have been calle anti social for the vision that made you venture upon undiscovered roads.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Integrity #Selfish #Independent

  • Love, friendship, respect, admiration are the emotional response of one man to the virtues of another, the spiritual payment given in exchange for the personal, selfish pleasure which one man derives from the virtues of another man’s character.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Spiritual #Selfish #Character

  • I've had only one idea in my life - a true idee fixe. To put it as bluntly as possible - the idea of having my own way. 'Control!' expresses it. The control of human behavior. In my early experimental days it was a frenzied, selfish desire to dominate. I remember the rage I used to feel when a prediction went awry. I could have shouted at the subjects of my experiments, 'Behave, damn you! Behave as you ought!
    -- B. F. Skinner

    #Selfish #Ideas #Desire

  • Google Books Excuses for All Occasions: Alibis, Apologies, and Cop-Outs That Can Get You Out of (or Into) Trouble By Steven D. Price New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing 2012 P. ?: “Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, 'It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.'
    -- Babe Ruth

    #Dream #New York #Selfish

  • A woman asking 'Am I good? Am I satisfied?' is extremely selfish. The less women fuss about themselves, the less they talk to other women, the more they try to please their husbands, the happier the marriage is going to be.
    -- Barbara Cartland

    #Husband #Selfish #Trying

  • The first steps toward stewardship are awareness, appreciation, and the selfish desire to have the things around for our kids to see. Presumably the unselfish motives will follow as we wise up.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Wise #Appreciation #Selfish

  • To say grace, knowing that people on this globe are starving, indicates a highly selfish acquiescence in the arrogantly supposed favoritism of the almighty. A really decent god-believer, far from giving thanks for the food and good health and fortune enjoyed by himself and his family and close friends, would surely curse God for his neglect of the hungry, the sick and the tormented, throughout the world.
    -- Barbara Smoker

    #Selfish #Knowing #People

  • ...this bill will require the creation of a Federal police force of mammoth proportions. It also bids fair to result in the development of an 'informer' psychology in great areas of our national life-neighbors spying on neighbors, workers spying on workers, business spying on businessmen-were those who would harass their fellow citizens for selfish and narrow purposes will have ample inducement to do so. These, the Federal police force an 'informer' psychology, are the hallmarks of the police state and landmarks in the destruction of a free society.
    -- Barry Goldwater

    #Selfish #Psychology #Police

  • They don’t think “I care,” “I hurt,” or “I have feelings.” It just seems like I’m always “wrong,” always “selfish,” always “self-centered” and everything else that’s negative and destructive.
    -- Beatrice Sparks

    #Hurt #Selfish #Thinking

  • A man, if he be active and energetic, can hardly fail also, be he never so selfish, of benefiting the general public interest.
    -- Benjamin Butler

    #Selfish #Men #Failing

  • A human being is happiest and most successful when dedicated to a cause outside his own individual, selfish satisfaction.
    -- Benjamin Spock

    #Selfish #Successful #Satisfaction

  • Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire... Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives.
    -- Bernard of Clairvaux

    #Selfish #Men #Greed

  • 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

    #Selfish #People #Effort

  • All men are selfish, but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires, like the lover his adored one, everything which to others is indifferent.
    -- Berthold Auerbach

    #Selfish #Men #Vanity

  • A woman has got to be able to say, and not feel guilty, 'Who am I, and what do I want out of life?' She mustn't feel selfish and neurotic if she wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children.
    -- Betty Friedan

    #Children #Husband #Selfish

  • Critical words to a child are as painful and damaging as being physically hit. They are verbal slaps in the face. Usually, critical words are accompanied by threats, name-calling, and yelling. This verbal abuse can be especially damaging. Insulting names echo in a child's mind over and over again until he comes to believe he is indeed stupid, selfish, lazy, or ugly and that in fact, that is all he is.
    -- Beverly Engel

    #Children #Selfish #Stupid

  • Basketball can serve as a kind of metaphor for ultimate cooperation. It is a sport where success, as symbolized by the championship, requires that the dictates of community prevail over selfish impulses.
    -- Bill Bradley

    #Basketball #Sports #Selfish

  • Selfish is caring for ourselves at others' expense ... Self-care is taking care of ourselves so that we can be there for others.
    -- Bill Crawford

    #Selfish #Caring #Care

  • Pat has been instrumental in what we've done here so far and the most selfish thing for me is that I want to see what we've done placed in the hands of the most competent person, and that's Pat. No one would come close to being able to continue to build on what we've done here so far like he will.
    -- Bobby Knight

    #Basketball #Selfish #Hands

  • Love is, after all, a selfish thing; and it throws a black shadow on anything between which and the light it stands.
    -- Bram Stoker

    #Selfish #Love Is #Light

  • What makes a genius? The ability to see. To see what? The butterfly in a caterpillar, the eagle in an egg, the saint in a selfish person, life in death, unity in separation, God in the human and human in God and suffering as the form in which the incomprehensibility of God himself appears.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Selfish #Butterfly #Eagles

  • The outstretched arms of Jesus exclude no one, not the drunk in the doorway, the panhandler on the street, gays and lesbians in their isolation, the most selfish and ungrateful in their cocoons, the most unjust of employers and the most overweening of snobs. The love of Christ embraces all without exception.
    -- Brennan Manning

    #Jesus #Selfish #Gay

  • Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. Forgiveness is a perfectly selfish act. It sets you free from the past.
    -- Brian Tracy

    #Positive #Hurt #Selfish

  • Being happy requires that you define your life in your own terms and then throw your whole heart into living your life to the fullest. In a way, happiness requires that you be perfectly selfish in order to develop yourself to a point where you can be unselfish for the rest of your life.
    -- Brian Tracy

    #Life #Selfish #Heart

  • Sociotropic voters with biased economic beliefs are more likely to produce severe political failures than are selfish voters with rational expectations.
    -- Bryan Caplan

    #Selfish #Expectations #Political

  • We've been trained since kindergarten: Be nice, be kind, share, put on a smile. So we're conditioned to squash our natural selfish instincts, and that's the right thing for society.
    -- Bryan Cranston

    #Selfish #Nice #Squash

  • It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past.
    -- Bulent Ecevit

    #Country #Selfish #Past

  • It was humanly impossible for the disciples to free themselves from their selfish pursuit of self-exaltation, just as it's impossible for us to free ourselves from the very same sins.
    -- C. J. Mahaney

    #Selfish #Exaltation #Impossible

  • Individuals motivated by self-interest, self-indulgence, and a false sense of self-sufficiency pursue selfish ambition for the purpose of self-glorification.
    -- C. J. Mahaney

    #Selfish #Ambition #Purpose

  • We cannot free ourselves from pride and selfish ambition; a divine rescue is absolutely necessary.
    -- C. J. Mahaney

    #Selfish #Ambition #Pride

  • ‎"Don't bother too much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behavior
    -- C. S. Lewis

    #Selfish #Humble #Conceited