Put me second and I'll make you nonexistent.
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.
The only reason why we are always thinking of our own ego is that we have to live with it more continuously than with anyone else's.cesare pavese
Selfishness does not mean only to do things for one's self. One may do things, affecting others, for his own pleasure and benefit. This is not immoral, but the highest of morality.Ayn Rand
Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonour'd and unsung.walter scott
What need we any spur but our own cause, To prick us to redress?william shakespeare
Thus suicidal selfishness, that blights The fairest feelings of the opening heart, Is destined to decay, whilst from the soil Shall spring all virtue, all delight, all love, And judgment cease to wage unnatural war With passion's unsubduable array.Percy Bysshe Shelley
Love took up the harp of Life, and smote on all the chords with might; Smote the chord of Self, that, trembling, pass'd in music out of sight.Alfred Tennyson
Chacun chez soi, chacun pour soi.
Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.james anthony froude
As for the largest-hearted of us, what is the word we write most often in our cheque-books? "Self."
Less, less of self each day, And more, my God, of Thee!horatius bonar
Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, myself.
The very heart and root of sin is in an independent spirit. We erect the idol self; and not only wish others to worship, but worship ourselves.richard cecil
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?william ellery channing
Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and I will show you one who will never be admitted there.owen feltham
Alas! how many souls there are full of self, and yet desirous of doing good and serving God, but in such a way as to suit themselves; who desire to impose rules upon God as to His manner of drawing them to Himself. They want to serve and possess Him, but they are not willing to be possessed by Him.françois fénelon
The selfish man cuts away the sand from under his own feet, he digs his own grave; and every time, from the beginning of the world until now, God Almighty pushes him into the grave and covers him up.charles henry fowler
O Lord, self-renunciation is not the work of one day, nor children's sport; yea, rather in this word is included all perfection.thomas à kempis
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
I am not sure that it is best for us, once safe and secure on the Rock of Ages, to ask ourselves too closely what this and that experience may signify. Is it not better to be thinking of the Rock, not of the feet that stand upon it?elizabeth payson prentiss
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
If we look only to self even in spiritual things, it is still selfishness though possibly on a somewhat higher plane than before.
"Why did you build this thing with only one seat?" "'Cause last time I checked, I only have one butt."LEGO Batman