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It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure.

Tags: Give, Love  ✍ Author: Mortimer Adler

We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good for ourselves. We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good of others.

Tags: Good, Others  ✍ Author: Mortimer Adler

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.

Tags: Life, Though  ✍ Author: Jane Austen

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.

Tags: Laugh, Wisdom  ✍ Author: Khalil Gibran

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I'm out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

Tags: Best, Mistakes  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Tags: Forward, Spirit  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke

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

Tags: Good, Trust  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

And, one thing I definitely enjoyed personally, from a selfish point of view, was exploration and going to places that I had never been to before and learning, you know, meeting the people and getting to know, new sights and sounds, etc.

Tags: Getting, Learning  ✍ Author: Duane G. Carey

I think I could go away tomorrow. I've already accomplished something. It's such a selfish business that sometimes I get sick of myself.

Tags: Business, Tomorrow  ✍ Author: Jim Carrey

You have to be selfish to be an actor.

Tags: Actor  ✍ Author: Charles Dance

I suppose that one of the reasons I wrote 'In Contempt' was because of the money. After the trial I came to realize that there were things that I needed to do if I was to protect myself and my family, so there were some selfish reasons for it.

Tags: Family, Money  ✍ Author: Christopher Darden

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.

Tags: Born, Try  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

When I'm upset, everyone knows about it, and it's a selfish trait because everyone suffers.

Tags: Everyone, Knows  ✍ Author: Tamara Ecclestone

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past.

Tags: Done, Past  ✍ Author: Tamara Ecclestone

Americans are less selfish than some of our politicians believe and will respond with reason and resilience to passionate clarity.

Tags: Less, Reason  ✍ Author: Jennifer Egan

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.

Tags: Aim, Fail  ✍ Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think being a mum gives you extra qualities. I'm more feisty, fiercely protective and less selfish. The main trait I want to instill in my kids is kindness. I think it's the most important thing. If you're kind, you'll go a long way.

Tags: Kids, Kindness  ✍ Author: Rebecca Ferguson

I do this for the sake of myself. It's a selfish process. I don't really have any expectations from anyone for your comments or your reviews or your previews.

Tags: Anyone, Process  ✍ Author: Lupe Fiasco

Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.

Tags: Others, Themselves  ✍ Author: Erich Fromm

I'm not a person or a selfish player, but we have to move the ball more, and we have to look further the team game, because we have enough talent to use different players.

Tags: Enough, Game  ✍ Author: Pau Gasol

I've dated athletes before but it's too tough because we have the same job, we deal with the same problems and both do a very selfish sport.

Tags: Job, Tough  ✍ Author: Tyson Gay

We make music for a living. Like I've always said, if you like what you're doing, you're halfway there; if someone else likes it, that's even better. If they don't like it, at least you like it. Not to be selfish, but you kind of have to be.

Tags: Music, Someone  ✍ Author: Eddie Van Halen

I've never heard my dad say a bad word about anybody. He always keeps his emotions in check and is a true gentleman. I was taught that losing it was indulgent, a selfish act.

Tags: Dad, True  ✍ Author: Hugh Jackman

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

Tags: Government, Powerful  ✍ Author: Andrew Jackson

People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It's very selfish, but it's understandable.

Tags: Obsession, Youth  ✍ Author: Mick Jagger
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To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.

Tags: Else, Successful  ✍ Author: Michael Jordan

Those who joined us for selfish personal reasons, for a career or other motives will be the ones to leave.

Tags: Career, Personal  ✍ Author: Janos Kadar

I address myself to the Communists, to those Communists who were prompted to join the Party by the progressive ideas of mankind and socialism, and not by selfish personal interests - let us represent our pure and just ideas by pure and just means.

Tags: Means, Personal  ✍ Author: Janos Kadar

Now is the one time in my life I can be 100% selfish. I'm not married; I don't have kids; I can focus on my career.

Tags: Life, Time  ✍ Author: Kim Kardashian

I'm just selfish. I have to be for what I do.

 ✍ Author: Shia LaBeouf

I'm selfish.

 ✍ Author: Kendrick Lamar

I think I have a better sense of my weaknesses - being self-important, selfish and having a big ego probably triggers all the other stuff. I can see myself more clearly.

Tags: Big, Ego  ✍ Author: K. D. Lang

After all, I don't see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

Tags: After, Why  ✍ Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

Tags: Escape, Imagination  ✍ Author: Anne Sullivan Macy

I think my heart is quite selfish. If I followed my heart, I would not be a good person. But I have moral principles. I have to sit down and reflect.

Tags: Good, Heart  ✍ Author: Jo Nesbo

I think I was righteous. I saw myself as the good guy in my own movie. I didn't get into many fights when I was younger, but when I did, they were righteous. I always thought I was defending something good. I fought for friends who couldn't fight for themselves. I was still being selfish and arrogant, but I was focused on what was fair and unfair.

Tags: Fight, Good  ✍ Author: Jo Nesbo

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.

Tags: Pleasure, Religious  ✍ Author: John Henry Newman

I worry sometimes that I'm a bit moralistic; always writing about men who are learning to grow up, not be so self-absorbed, selfish or badly behaved. I wonder if that's dull and liberal and wimpy? I should probably write something that celebrates wickedness.

Tags: Learning, Men  ✍ Author: David Nicholls

I was raised on the brothers Grimm, but my favorite fairy tales in the world are Oscar Wilde's - 'The Nightingale and the Rose,' 'The Selfish Giant.' The latter is probably my all-time favorite.

Tags: Favorite, Rose  ✍ Author: Denis O\'Hare

I want to show the world that you do have some artists that are ready to go to the next level, and instead of being selfish with their career they'll open up the door to other people. I'm in a position to open up the door to help other people do what I do.

Tags: Career, Help  ✍ Author: Raekwon

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.

Tags: Once, Sense  ✍ Author: George Santayana

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.

Tags: Men, Wolves  ✍ Author: Jean-Paul Sartre

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.

Tags: Marriage, Moral  ✍ Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

If efforts to do social work are couched in selfish motives, then they will die a premature death. Why would my efforts get politicised? I have values I inherited from my father. He helped many. Anyone, even a postman knocking on our door would get a glass of water and some sweets.

Tags: Death, Work  ✍ Author: Sachin Tendulkar

Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.

Tags: Old, Young  ✍ Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

I know that some of the spiritual beliefs that I have are that if I come from a place of love, and I try to get out of my ego and my desire to want more and be selfish in any shape or form, then whatever I'm doing is not good.

Tags: Good, Love  ✍ Author: Amber Valletta

I don't think there's such a thing as a selfish prayer. Prayer puts you in communication so you can talk about whatever you want to talk about.

Tags: Prayer, Talk  ✍ Author: Iyanla Vanzant

If my love is without sacrifice, it is selfish. Such a love is barter, for there is exchange of love and devotion in return for something. It is conditional love.

Tags: Love, Sacrifice  ✍ Author: Dada Vaswani

When we choose to have an abortion, we must do so understanding the full ramifications of what we are doing. Anything less feels to me to be hypocritical, a selfish abnegation of reality and responsibility.

Tags: Less, Reality  ✍ Author: Ayelet Waldman

I am in love with girls that are bad and naughty and badass, and a little selfish, but I like to watch from a respectful distance!

Tags: Bad, Love  ✍ Author: Dreama Walker

I am convinced that the majority of people would be generous from selfish motives, if they had the opportunity.

Tags: Majority, Motives  ✍ Author: Charles Dudley Warner

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.

Tags: Alone, Lonely  ✍ Author: Tennessee Williams

Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless.

Tags: Selfless, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Edward Albert

I've come to the point in my life where I encourage young Native Americans to become much more selfish about their personal needs and wants.

Tags: Life, Young  ✍ Author: Sherman Alexie

Before my accident I was a little too... selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I'm blessed. I'm really blessed.

Tags: Blessed, Give  ✍ Author: Richie Allen

I know I'm not a selfish player. People around me know I'm not a selfish player. I do everything I can to make people around me understand I'm not a selfish player.

Tags: Player, Understand  ✍ Author: Carmelo Anthony

I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. We live in the so-called 'first world,' and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy.

Tags: May, Technology  ✍ Author: Javier Bardem

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.

Tags: Evil, Happiness  ✍ Author: Clara Barton

People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.

Tags: Art, Experience  ✍ Author: Mikhail Baryshnikov

I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. But that's the way I'm doing it.

Tags: Children, Life  ✍ Author: Emmanuelle Beart

I think Bush has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people.

Tags: Power, Truth  ✍ Author: Harry Belafonte

I like working with kids because I enjoy seeing the looks on their faces and, it's kind of selfish, I want a future audience.

Tags: Enjoy, Future  ✍ Author: Joshua Bell

I was really conflicted. I had always planned to help the world. Instead, I was going to become an actress? That seemed like such a selfish thing to do.

Tags: Become, Help  ✍ Author: Maria Bello

I wanted to create a heroine that was flawed. I wanted her to be a real person. She's selfish, she's childish, she's immature and because I'm doing a three-book arc I really played that up in the first book. I wanted the reader to be annoyed with her at times.

Tags: Book, Real  ✍ Author: Amber Benson

I'm a selfish, little pig of a man.

Tags: Pig  ✍ Author: Lewis Black

If I had children, I would be very selfish. I wouldn't be out doing things. But by not having kids, it makes me freer to travel the world and talk about things I feel are important.

Tags: Children, Travel  ✍ Author: Linda Blair

For myself, suffering doesnt make me a good person; it makes me selfish. Why do we think that people who have less should find it edifying?

Tags: Good, Why  ✍ Author: Katherine Boo

Men tend to be selfish.

Tags: Men, Tend  ✍ Author: Caprice Bourret

People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.

Tags: Good, Government  ✍ Author: Jim Bouton

I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist. I mean, I really do just write and record what interests me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way.

Tags: Mean, Write  ✍ Author: David Bowie

I am a very selfish person.

 ✍ Author: Lara Flynn Boyle

I recognize that I have the ability to be selfish, but I also recognize that you can't be happy if you only care about yourself at the expense of other people.

Tags: Happy, Yourself  ✍ Author: Russell Brand

You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.

Tags: Cannot, Gift  ✍ Author: Sarah Brightman

In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens.

Tags: Enemy, Human  ✍ Author: David Brin

I think we all have a selfish gene which rises to the top, sometimes. But then we're also all capable of a sudden magnanimity.

Tags: Sometimes, Top  ✍ Author: Jim Broadbent

Oh, I think I've been entirely selfish with my career. I've done what I wanted to do, and not put myself out for anyone else particularly.

Tags: Career, Done  ✍ Author: Jim Broadbent

You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.

Tags: Become, Yourself  ✍ Author: Anita Brookner

People think if you look after yourself you're being selfish, you know.

Tags: After, Yourself  ✍ Author: Gisele Bundchen

Our marriage is grounded in the word of God. That's really it. God is the core of our marriage, and the foundation and the blueprint for it is how we live, and being open and honest and communicating, but ultimately doing what pleases God, and not in a selfish manner.

Tags: God, Marriage  ✍ Author: Candace Cameron Bure

It's also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others.

Tags: Good, Kindness  ✍ Author: Carol Burnett

When it comes to my racing career I'm very driven and very selfish. People who are around me at races will know that I'm a different person here than in my personal life. I completely blank people at races. I need to be focused. I'm rude.

Tags: Career, Life  ✍ Author: Jenson Button

When you go out there and do the things you're supposed to do, people view you as selfish.

Tags: Supposed, View  ✍ Author: Wilt Chamberlain

I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the fact that I existed to mean something.

Tags: Fact, Mean  ✍ Author: Harry Chapin

My son's the most precious thing to me; he's changed me from being selfish to selfless.

Tags: Selfless, Son  ✍ Author: Ricardo Antonio Chavira

Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution.

Tags: Crisis, Time  ✍ Author: Chris Christie

Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.

Tags: Guilt, Principles  ✍ Author: William Cowper

I can say with a solid degree of authority that I am a selfish person. I spontaneously forget the names of more people than not, unless I want to make out with them. I will take the last square of toilet paper off the roll without thinking twice. I tip taxi drivers so poorly I'm amazed none of them have run over my foot while speeding off.

Tags: Forget, Thinking  ✍ Author: Sloane Crosley

Of course, the idea of a six months' holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time.

Tags: Good, Time  ✍ Author: Rebecca Harding Davis

From this it follows that con-sideration for other persons or for other living beings is very vital for goodness and want of consideration for other people makes human beings selfish, regardless for other people's good.

Tags: Good, Human  ✍ Author: Morarji Desai

Tragedies make you realize how selfish you are.

Tags: Realize, Tragedies  ✍ Author: Tony Dorsett

To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.

Tags: Champion, Vision  ✍ Author: Chris Evert

In Europe first and now in America, elected men have taken it upon themselves to indebt their people to create an atmosphere of dependency. And why? For their own selfish need to increase their own personal power.

Tags: Men, Power  ✍ Author: Pope Francis

I find that the crazy narcissists, the selfish loons are often the most fun to be around, weirdly.

Tags: Crazy, Fun  ✍ Author: Paul Giamatti

Childlessness doesn't make people selfish; selfishness makes people selfish.

Tags: Makes  ✍ Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

To be honest, I think I'd become a bit selfish with memories of my father. I wanted to hug them close to me.

Tags: Become, Father  ✍ Author: Jennifer Grant

I've gotten very good at detaching whenever I have to go away for three months, which I realize is hard on friends and kind of selfish.

Tags: Good, Hard  ✍ Author: Ashley Greene

It's enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.

Tags: Happiness, True  ✍ Author: Adrian Grenier

I'm not a selfish actor. I believe that it's a team effort. You're not in a scene by yourself.

Tags: Team, Yourself  ✍ Author: Taraji P. Henson

You'll be a good parent when you're ready to no longer be selfish. Until I was about 35, it was all about me. I look back and I'm astonished at how I lived my life - it was totally self-involved.

Tags: Good, Life  ✍ Author: Lauren Holly

The problem is that music is selfish in that you need to make it for yourself, so that you can give it away, and those two things don't jive. I needed to find the right reason to play that had the magic and mystery and excitement that made me want to play in the first place.

Tags: Music, Yourself  ✍ Author: Joshua Homme

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