The rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind, and?only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope for a cure.jane austen
Herbert Hoover with a smile, a cheerleader for Selfishness.Tip O'Neill
Collectivists would have you believe that individualism is merely another word for Selfishness, because individualists oppose welfare and other forms of coercive redistribution of wealth, but just the opposite is true. Individualists advocate true charity, which is the voluntary giving of their own money, while collectivists advocate the coercive giving of other people's money; which, of course, is why it is so popular.g. edward griffon
Beauty in this Iron Age must turn From fluid living rainbow shapes to torn And sootened fragments, ashes in an urn On whose gray surface runes are traced by a Norn Who hopes to wake the Future to arise In Phoenix -fashion, and to shine with rays To blast the sight of modern men whose dyes Of Selfishness and lust have stained our days...philip josé farmer
Selfishness, eager for a heaven of enjoyment, is quite a different thing in the soul from love and purity and truth, yearning together for what is their natural element.
Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope for a cure.jane austen
Selfishness and demagoguery take advantage of liberty. The selfish hand constantly seeks to control government, and every increase of governmental power, even to meet just needs, furnishes opportunity for abuse and stimulates the effort to bend it to improper uses.charles evans hughes
Selfishness is the making a man's self his own centre, the beginning and end of all he doth.
Jeffersonian isolationism expressed an essentially cosmopolitan spirit. The Jeffersonian was determined — even at the expense of separating himself from the rest of the globe, and even though he be charged with provincial Selfishness — to preserve America as an uncontaminated laboratory.daniel j. boorstin
"This is double Selfishness displayed to me and to the victims of his former love."anne brontë
Next to the ministry I know of no more noble profession than the law. The object aimed at is justice, equal and exact, and if it does not reach that end at once it is because the stream is diverted by Selfishness or checked by ignorance. Its principles ennoble and its practice elevates.william jennings bryan
There is deliverance in store only for the man who gives up his Selfishness, and whose sole aim is to please the Lord and to do what is right in his sight.john calvin
Unlike all other founders of a religious faith, Christ had no Selfishness, no desire of dominance; and His system, unlike all other systems of worship, was bloodless, boundlessly beneficent, and — most marvelous of all — went to break all bonds of body and soul, and to cast down every temporal and every spiritual tyranny.
Given a man full of faith, you will have a man tenacious in purpose, absorbed in one grand object, simple in his motives, in whom Selfishness has been driven out by the power of a mightier love, and indolence stirred into unwearied energy.alexander maclaren
I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and Selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and every thing that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Ghost will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God; and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.dwight l. moody
Where is the boundary for the single individual in his concrete existence between what is lack of will and what is lack of ability; what is indolence and earthly Selfishness and what is the limitation of finitude? For an existing person, when is the period of preparation over, when this question will not arise again in all its initial, troubled severity; when is the time in existence that is indeed a preparation? Let all the dialecticians convene-they will not be able to decide this for a particular individual in concreto .
Sometimes a fog will settle over a vessel's deck and yet leave the topmast clear. Then a sailor goes up aloft and gets a lookout which the helmsman on deck cannot get. So prayer sends the soul aloft; lifts it above the clouds in which our Selfishness and egotism befog us, and gives us a chance to see which way to steer.charles haddon spurgeon
It will require more than a few hours of fasting and prayer to cast out such demons as Selfishness, worldliness, and unbelief. Repentance, to be of any avail, must work a change of heart and of conduct.
Adultery is a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great Selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of meanness and Selfishness and lying flow love and joy and peace beyond anything that can be imagined.rose macaulay
Commerce has set the mark of Selfishness, The signet of its all-enslaving power Upon a shining ore, and called it gold; Before whose image bow the vulgar great, The vainly rich, the miserable proud, The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, And with blind feelings reverence the power That grinds them to the dust of misery. But in the temple of their hireling hearts Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn All earthly things but virtue.Percy Bysshe Shelley
If you seek in the spirit of Selfishness, to grasp all as your own, you shall lose all, and be driven out of the world, at last, naked and forlorn, to everlasting poverty and contempt.jonathan edwards
Think about yourselves; about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay to 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.Charles Kingsley
We can neither change nor overpower God's eternal suffrage against Selfishness and meanness.james martineau
We are too much haunted by ourselves; we project the central shadow of ourselves on every thing around us. And then comes in the gospel to rescue us from this Selfishness. Redemption is this to forget self in God.frederick william robertson
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive Selfishness.
The benevolent affections will not revolve around Selfishness ; the cold-hearted must expect to meet coldness; the proud, haughtiness; the passionate, anger; and the violent, rudeness. Those who forget the rights of others, must not be surprised if their own are forgotten; and those who stoop to the lowest embraces of sense must not wonder, if others are not concerned to find their prostrate honor, and lift it up to the remembrance and respect of the world.