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140 Enlightening Selfishness Quotes To Make You A Better Person

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Being selfish is not something we should aspire to be.

We should look to help others as much as we can.

This list of selfishness quotes will help to remind you about the importance of helping others.

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Top 10 Selfishness Quotes

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

Napoleon Hill
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Be kind enough to everyone that no one would ever doubt you to be selfish even if you are.

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It is interesting how the selfish, the ignorant, and the constantly angry all tend to be the same person.

Wayne Gerard Trotman
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A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.

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

Saurabh Sharma
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A man who only thinks about himself and loves only himself are nothing but a selfish man.

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A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.

Oscar Wilde
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A selfish life isn’t God’s purpose for you.

Sunday Adelaja
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Selfishness at the expense of others is bad. Selfcare for the betterment of others is good.

Richie Norton
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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
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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

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, So love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.

Helen Keller

A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines. Unknown

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

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Being self-sufficient is not selfish; it is a need. Harming others or yourself is not selfish because it will never benefit the self; it is just stupid. Elizabeth Cartwright

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

Better to have an enemy who slaps you in the face than a friend who stabs you in the back.


But selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It only means you take care of yourself and you have to do that to be able to take care of others. Tera Lynn Childs

Choosing to love me more is definitely not selfishness. Unknown

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Don’t fear the enemy that attacks you, but the fake friend that hugs you. Unknown

Each one lives, waving selfishness; indeed, it is human nature; whereas, one’s motives exhibit its frame of mind and character, not nature. Ehsan Sehgal

Each one of us is selfish, including me.

Santosh Kalwar

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

Everyone is the most important person in the world to themselves. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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Everyone wants to help the world, but first and foremost everyone wants to help oneself. Maria Karvouni

Fake friends leave when times get tough. Unknown

Forgive anyone who does wrong on you. Don’t you know that it is selfish to stay mad at someone for a long time?


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

Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption. Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt. Unknown

A focus on self-preservation is a choice for self-destruction.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

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

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I hate liars, hypocrites, and people who take advantage of people who care about them Unknown

I really appreciate those people who stay with me even if I am a little bit selfish about everything.


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

I think that in today’s world, by nature, we are all selfcentered. And that often leads to selfishness. Gary Chapman

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I would not be great to sacrifice too much of yourself as you will then be left with nothing. Unknown

If all the people in this world, in which we live, Were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, There would be no world in which to live.

W. L. Orme

If I am selfish I might have achieved great things, but achieving great things out of my selfishness is one of the most devastating ways I can think of to fail. Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

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

In order to be happy, one must first let go of all pettiness and selfish attachments.

Dee Waldeck

Insecurities, betrayal, and selfishness are the things that will never make you a happy person. Unknown

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

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It is a selfish act to tell your love to stay even if you know she’s not happy anymore. If you really love her, You will let her go and let her find her true happiness. Unknown

A great person is that who have let go of his selfishness and wants to help other people too.


It is sad that most of the people who have great ideas are so selfish and uses them for the benefit. Unknown

It is selfish to ask something more than anyone can give. Unknown

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It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery. It is as a cankering disease. Gordon B. Hinckley

It’s not my job to make you happy. It’s your job to learn that only those who quit selfishly seeking their own happiness find it.

Richelle E. Goodrich

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

It’s hard to trust somebody when the person who you completely opened up to is the person who later completely betrayed you. Unknown

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

Love is the most selfish of all the passions.

Alexandre Dumas

Love makes people less selfish, It makes them give away all that they have with them, all of it. Unknown

Motivating Selfishness Quotes

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

Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than selfrespect.

George Sand

Nowadays, even love is selfish; there is so much selfishness that surrounds the planet we have. Unknown

Our ability to love ourselves doesn’t determine how much friends love us. Unknown

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People don’t want other people to be people. Gene Wolfe

People wrapped up in themselves make very small packages. Jessica Kennedy

Putting someone before yourself is possible only if that is done literally.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Selfinterest is healthy to a certain extent, but beyond that it only brings conflicts and primitiveness in the world. Abhijit Naskar

Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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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 try to keep or get things but they lose people.

Hannah Garrison

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

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

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

Harry S. Truman

Selfishness and selfabsorption are deadly charmexterminators. Loretta Young

A selfish man is a thief. Jose Marti

Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism. Henry Ward Beecher

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

Selfishness creates greed and greed destroys the soul.

Zarina Bibi

Selfishness is blind. Mahatma Gandhi

Selfishness is depriving others of the choices that they can make, Only thinking of your own. Unknown

Selfishness is innate to all of us, that is the sad reality of life and no one really cares. Unknown

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

Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is one of the more common faces of pride. ‘How everything affects me’ is the center of all that matters selfconceit, selfpity, worldly selffulfillment, selfgratification, and selfseeking. Ezra Taft Benson Ezra Taft Benson

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

Selfishness is really selfdestruction in slow motion. Neal A. Maxwell

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Selfishness is the grand moving principle of ninetenths of our actions. Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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

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

John Owen

Selfishness is the most unattractive virtue a mortal can possess. Suyasha Subedi

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

Selfishness is thinking more of the benefits you will get on helping someone. Unknown

Selfishness is when you only remember a friend if you need something from them.


Selfishness may result in one’s sense of superiority, but life as such will surely deny them. Eraldo Banovac

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

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

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

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

Sir Arthur Helps

Selfpity is egotism undiluted, after all, selfcenteredness in its purest form. Rick Yancey

Some people are selfish in all of their relationships. Those people are called sociopaths. Unknown

Someone who smiles too much with you can sometimes frown too much with you at your back. Michael Bassey Johnson

Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless. Edward Albert

Sometimes you have to be selfish to get what you want and move forward in life.

Kristen Stewart

Stay away from lazy parasites, Who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, They do not come to alleviate your burdens, Hence, Their mission is to distract, Detract and extract, And make you live in abject poverty. Michael Bassey Johnson

Stay real. stay loyal or stay away from me. Unknown

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

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

Henry Wheeler Shaw

That man who lives for self alone, Lives for the meanest mortal known. Joaquin Miller

The best weapon for selfishness is selfishness for the cause of others. Enock Maregesi

Inspiring Selfishness Quotes

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

The hardest work you and I will ever do is to put off our selfishness. It is heavy lifting!

Neal A. Maxwell

The man who lives by himself and for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps. Charles Henry Parkhurst

The moment you stop thinking of only yourself is the moment you stop being a selfish person. Unknown

The real measure of selfishness is by asking a person how much he is willing to sacrifice. Unknown

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. Oscar Wilde

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

There are people who are so original that they become selfish and use those ideas for profit.


There are points in your life, especially if you have creative ambitions, where selfishness is necessary. Kris Kristofferson

There is nothing born out of selfishness, You just have to give the best you can in everything. Unknown

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

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

Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere.

Blaise Pascal

True success is determined by how much your people love you. It means you have shown them you care and thinks not only about yourself but for what is good for everyone. Unknown

True, life is selfish but a lot of people are even far more selfish than life, And that is sad. Unknown

We all of us need to be toppled off the throne of self. Perched up there the tears of others are never upon our own cheek. Elizabeth Goudge

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

Booker T. Washington

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. Lord Byron

What are selfish people but ones who use the weakness of others for their own pleasure? Unknown

When you are lonely or at least seem to be that way, It would be selfish to excuse yourself. Unknown

When you stop thinking of the benefit of other people, That is the moment you become selfish. Unknown

While you’re talking behind my back, feel free to bend down and kiss my ass.


Who are you to deprive me of the things I want, I had never been selfish my entire life. Unknown

You always know after shitty things happened, who your friends really were. Unknown

Without selfish partiality, to people you are deeply attached to, your family and friends, to place, we are nothing. We are creatures of kinship and loyalty, not blind servants of the world. Bernard Williams

You are selfish to think that you are the most important person in the world where everyone is treated fair and equal. Unknown

You are too full of your own hopes to hold anyone else’s.

Joe Abercrombie

You become enemy of yourself if you are selfish, Greedy, Arrogant, and liar. Unknown

You do not matter to me, I do not really care if you do not like me, that is what being selfish is. Unknown

You need to stop being so selfish and start caring about everyone else. Unknown

To Sum Up

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