We are survival machinesrobot vehicles blindly programmed to
preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a
truth which still fills me with astonishment. Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene, ch.2.
Ihave precious little sympathy for theselfish proprietyof civilized man, and
if awarof racesshould occurbetween the wild beasts and
Lord Man, I would be tempted to sympathise with the
bears. John Muir A Thousand-Mile
Walkto theGulf, ch.5,'Through Florida Swamps and Forests'
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty
degeneration of his moral being. Robert Louis Stevenson Virginibus Puerisque,'Virginibus Puerisque', pt.1.