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





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


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, they have no reserves, and they feed on the true and solid wherever they find it. And what is more, they find it everywhere.


Van Wyck Brooks


He who never thinks of anything as mine does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss.


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


He who never thinks of anything as mine does not feel the lack of anything: he is never worried by a sense of loss.


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


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


Julio Cortazar (1914-1984, Belgian writer)


Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.


Doug Horton


Sometimes we don't give generously because we don't see the generous Giver to whom it all belongs anyway!


Kent R. Hunter


Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.


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


In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.


Imelda Marcos (1929-, Philippines First Lady)


A great deal of good can be done in the world if one is not too careful who gets the credit.


Old Jesuit Motto


To hoard up all to ourselves is great injustice as well as ingratitude.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


He gives nothing who does not give himself.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Many look with one eye at what they give, but with seven at what they receive.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant.


Mme. Roland


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 (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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


David Seabury (American doctor, author)


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


Tertullian (160-240, Roman Christian author and polemicist)


Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 4:5


He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives.


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


You cannot be your brother's keeper if you are caged by selfishness.


Author Unknown


Know the Self as Lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel.


Katha Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)


If you think about yourself then you've lost sight of the ball.


Mike Willesee


None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.


Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683, British philosopher, theologian)


Selfishness is the only real atheism; unselfishness the only real religion.


Israel Zangwill (1864-1926, British writer)


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