An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Remember how often you have postponed minding your interest, and let slip those opportunities the gods have given you. It is now high time to consider what sort of world you are part of, and from what kind of governor of it you are descended; that you have a set period assigned you to act in, and unless you improve it to brighten and compose your thoughts, it will quickly run off with you, and be lost beyond recovery.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Interest makes some people blind, and others quick-sighted.


Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)


Do not neglect your own needs for someone else's... and recognize your needs so you will know what to do.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts -- the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria -- are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


No use to shout at them to pay attention. If the situations, the materials, the problems before the child do not interest him, his attention will slip off to what does interest him, and no amount of exhortation of threats will bring it back.


John Holt (1908-1967, Australian Prime Minister)


I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Self-interest blinds some people, and makes others see.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I don't care as much for what I am to others as I do for what I am to myself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Take from others what you want, but never be a disciple of anyone.


A.S. Neil


Don't bite the hand that feeds you.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


A rich man has more relatives than he knows about.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


A person never gets tired working for himself.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


A person should stay alive, if only out of curiosity.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action.


David Seabury (American doctor, author)


A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our necessities but of their advantages.


Adam Smith (1723-1790, Scottish economist)


A person is led on the path that he truly wants to travel on.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.


Gough Whitlam (1916-, Australian Prime Minister)


Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


A little group of willful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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