Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and, therefore, by the senses it commonly works; and these are the doors and windows by which iniquity entereth into the soul.
Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.
Our gifts and attainments are not only to be light and warmth in our own dwellings, but are to shine through the window, into the dark night, to guide and cheer bewildered travellers on the road.
Whenever education and refinement grow away from the common people, they are growing toward selfishness, which is the monster evil of the world.
Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, myself.
It is astonishing how well men wear when they think of no one but themselves.
Supreme and abiding self-love is a very dwarfish affection, but a giant evil.
Did any man, at his death, ever regret his conflicts with himself, his victories over appetite, his scorn of impure pleasure, or his sufferings for righteousness' sake?
As a man goes down in self, he goes up in God.
Milton has carefully marked, in his Satan, the intense selfishness which would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.
There are too many who reverse both the principles and the practice of the apostle; they become all things to all men, not to serve others, but themselves; and they try all things only to hold fast that which is bad.
Heroism, magnanimity, and self-denial, in all instances in which they do not spring from a principle of religion, are but splendid altars on which we sacrifice one kind of self-love to another.
The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.
Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils.
Show me the man who would go to heaven alone, and I will show you one who will never be admitted there.
So long as we are full of self we are shocked at the faults of others. Let us think often of our own sin, and we shall be lenient to the sins of others.
That household god, a man's own self.
The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone like the bloom from a soiled flower.
Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.
Self-interest, that leprosy of the age, attacks us from infancy, and we are startled to observe little heads calculate before knowing how to reflect.
How much that the world calls selfishness is only generosity with narrow walls—a too exclusive solicitude to maintain a wife in luxury, or make one's children rich.
It is not truth, justice, liberty, that men seek; they seek only themselves.— And oh, that they knew how to seek themselves aright!
Think about yourself, about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you, what people think of you, and then to you nothing will be pure. May God keep our hearts pure from that selfishness which is the root of all sin.
One thing is clear to me, that no indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
Selfishness is a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and as such, condemned by self-love.
Our infinite obligations to God do not fill our hearts half as much as a petty uneasiness of our own; nor his infinite perfections as much as our smallest wants.
Some people think that all the world should share their misfortunes, though they do not share in the sufferings of any one else.
It is very natural for a young friend and a young lover to think the persons they love have nothing to do but to please them.
I would tear out my own heart if it had no better disposition than to love only myself, and laugh at all my neighbors.
We are too much haunted by ourselves, projecting the central shadow of self on everything around us.—And then comes the Gospel to rescue us from this selfishness.—Redemption is this, to forget self in God.
The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are in the sea.
The world is governed only by self-interest.
Sordid selfishness doth contract and narrow our benevolence, and cause us, like serpents, to infold ourselves within ourselves, and to turn out our stings to all the world besides.
He who makes an idol of his self-interest, will often make a martyr of his integrity.
Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.
There are some tempers wrought up by habitual selfishness to an utter insensibility of what becomes of the fortunes of their fellow-creatures, as if they were not partakers of the same nature or had no lot or connection at all with the species.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
A man is called selfish, not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.