As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.
He who is wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
He who takes but never gives, may last for years but never lives.
How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.
I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
If you think about yourself then you've lost sight of the ball.
In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.
Know the Self as Lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
No man will work for your interests unless they are his.
None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.
Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.
Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.