The Selfish Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Top 100 Quotes About The Selfish

#1. Not all the reasons not to have children are the same, either, though. Nor are all those reasons necessarily selfish. I - Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
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#2. The American goes to Paris, always has, and comes back and tells his neighbor, always does, how exorbitant and inhospitable it is, how rapacious and selfish and unaccommodating and unresponsive it is, how dirty and noisy it is-and the next summer his neighbor goes to Paris. - Author: Milton Mayer
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#3. Children talk themselves out of their convictions as they grow up and become distracted by their huge selfish selves. All the literature is consistent on this point. Children begin to think they've imagined us. - Author: Gregory Maguire
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#4. People with mental illnesses aren't wrapped up in themselves because they are intrinsically any more selfish than other people. Of course not. They are just feeling things that can't be ignored. Things that point the arrows inward. - Author: Matt Haig
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#5. Show me an 'easy person,' and I will show you a selfish one. Good-natured he may be; why not? since the disastrous consequences of his 'easiness' are generally shouldered by other people. - Author: Fanny Fern
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#6. Love based upon indulgence of animal passion, is at best a selfish affair, and likely to snap under the slightest strain. - Author: Mahatma Gandhi
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#7. Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive. - Author: Lee Strobel
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#8. Children are bad enough
children are rude, selfish, greedy, and unthinking individuals who are unable to distinguish between their own selfish wants and needs and the wants and needs of others. And adults are children with money, alcohol, and power. - Author: Ian Sansom
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#9. Babe, I'm too selfish a man to leave you, even if it's the right thing to do. I'm fucking addicted to you and there's nothing anybody can do that would make me give this up. I've decided. - Author: Michelle A. Valentine
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#10. Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives. - Author: Lawana Blackwell
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#11. Boredom is for the selfish. - Author: Patti Digh
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#12. I can't love him. I don't. This feeling is not the selfish, grasping need that I've seen tear apart my family, writhing through heir hearts like worms through rotten apples. - Author: Rosamund Hodge
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#13. It is not selfishness or unselfishness that distinguishes love from non-love; it is the aim of the action. - Author: M. Scott Peck
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#14. To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness - though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. - Author: Julian Barnes
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#15. Put into words by this selfish, well-fed, and supremely indifferent old man it suddenly became the Pharisaic voice of a society wholly absorbed in barricading itself against the unpleasant. - Author: Edith Wharton
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#16. I think music is a selfish masturbatory event - for the listener, the maker, the candlestick ... maker. - Author: Joshua Homme
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#17. National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice. - Author: Samuel Smiles
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#18. In recent years, many seem to have spent their lives protesting. Perhaps they have felt to do this because they have felt repressed or wished to bring about change or have acted out of selfish reasons, thinking that if they tore the house down they might end up with a shingle. - Author: James E. Faust
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#19. I think in the old music, everything was so competitive. It was all about - very selfish in a lot of ways. - Author: Adrian Grenier
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#20. Does this thing I wish to do express more life, more happiness, more peace to myself, and at the same time harm no one? If it does, it is right. It is not selfish. - Author: Ernest Holmes
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#21. A lot of times you'll hear horror stories about actors being incredibly selfish and only wanting themselves to shine, but for me, it's not about just one person. It's about the whole team. That's the way I look at acting. That's the way I look at everything I do. - Author: Mekhi Phifer
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#22. But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first. - Author: Cheryl Strayed
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#23. At worst, we're considered selfish or immature; women who don't want to have children are regarded as unnatural, traitors to their sex, if not the species. - Author: Tim Kreider
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#24. Marriage provides an ideal setting for overcoming any tendency to be selfish or self-centered. I think one of the reasons that we are counseled to get married early in life is to avoid developing inappropriate character traits that are hard to change. - Author: Richard G. Scott
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#25. She wanted to get some personal profit out of things, and she rejected as useless all that did not contribute to the immediate desires of her heart, being of a temperament more sentimental than artistic, looking for emotions, not landscapes. - Author: Gustave Flaubert
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#26. Technically I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me - I was the accident - so I have the only-child syndrome going on. I'm a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed. I do wish I were softer. I wish I were able to form relationships better. - Author: Carrie Underwood
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#27. People have these weird ideas about artists being romantic, generous people, and sometimes I feel like an asshole, a selfish kid, a brat, the lucky one, because I get to do this and it's how I make my living. - Author: Nate Lowman
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#28. We've been trained since kindergarten: Be nice, be kind, share, put on a smile. So we're conditioned to squash our natural selfish instincts, and that's the right thing for society. - Author: Bryan Cranston
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#29. Monsters never get the princess in real life, but I'm selfish enough to want to keep you near me for as long as I can. - Author: Alyssa Day
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#30. In that one glimpse of a better nature, born as it was in selfish thoughts, the rich man felt himself friendless, childless, and alone. - Author: Charles Dickens
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#31. Julian thought he could have stood his lot better if she had been selfish, if she had been an old hag who drank and screamed at him. He walked along, saturated in depression, as if in the midst of his martyrdom he had lost his faith. - Author: Flannery O'Connor
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#32. People love answers, but only as long as they are the ones who came up with them. - Author: Criss Jami
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#33. I would not be a good mother. I mean, I love being an aunt to my niece and nephew. And I used to want to, like, adopt 10 kids - because I had friends who were adopted, and I thought that was the coolest thing, to be chosen. But again, my job is too selfish. - Author: Kelly Clarkson
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#34. because I know I would do the best job. Maybe the only thing that's important to you is money, but that matters the least to me. Leaders care about the common good, not the self-interest of one selfish man. - Author: E.L. Todd
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#35. Selfish Dreamscapes
If you have a dream, as you should, relish in being selfish about building every passionate aspect of it. The crowd of spectators and consumers will still be exactly where you left them ... gossiping about everybody else's dream but their own. - Author: T.F. Hodge
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#36. Artists, who are selfish people, become anxious around the self-sacrificing - Author: Karan Mahajan
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#37. The grossest, the cruelest, the most selfish, the most easily pervertible and perverted thing in this world, is government. - Author: Henry Ward Beecher
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#38. The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. - Author: Jimmy Carter
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#39. Pat has been instrumental in what we've done here so far and the most selfish thing for me is that I want to see what we've done placed in the hands of the most competent person, and that's Pat. No one would come close to being able to continue to build on what we've done here so far like he will. - Author: Bobby Knight
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#40. Christ can take the most sin-laden, selfish, evil person and bring forgiveness and new life. - Author: Billy Graham
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#41. The world today speaks a great deal about love, and it is sought by many. But the pure love of Christ differs greatly from what the world thinks of love. Charity never seeks selfish gratification. The pure love of Christ seeks only the eternal growth and joy of others. - Author: Ezra Taft Benson
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#42. The only selfish life is a timid one. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#43. Eternal Trinity ... mystery deep as the sea, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself. For You are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being ... - Author: St. Catherine Of Siena
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#44. The public has a vital stake in natural resources, Jim, such as iron ore. The public can't remain indifferent to reckless, selfish waste by an anti-social individual. After all, private property is a trusteeship held for the benefit of society as a whole. - Author: Ayn Rand
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#45. When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish. We want to build our own little nests, our own cocoons, so that we can live by ourselves in a secure way. - Author: Chogyam Trungpa
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#46. Selfish is the name the jealous give to the free. - Author: Tiffany Reisz
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#47. Nobody prays for the heartless, nobody gives another penny for the selfish - Author: Pierce The Veil
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#48. The truth is, I think we are a self-less society, not a selfish society. Because we're so busy now. - Author: Phil McGraw
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#49. Everywhere I've been, I've been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. I just want to get better. It's not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It's just how I am. - Author: LeBron James
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#50. I just try to find ways to love the people that I'm around. It's hard sometimes because I'm selfish and I want to focus inwardly but when I can fight against that and look at other people's needs, it's really a stark contrast to what people are used to in such a selfish environment. - Author: Matt Diaz
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#51. The shortest short-term investment is to serve ourselves. - Author: Craig D. Lounsbrough
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#52. Every woman I have known has actually deepened my spiritual awareness. Even if I have been a selfish man and treated them badly ... There were two women, I won't name them, who had a powerful religious effect on me. The ancient idea of a muse is there. - Author: John Tavener
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#53. Too often there is this sinister greed that pulls at my coattails, subtly whispering in the ear of my soul that it is within my rights to tuck away a few dark trinkets to toy with when the tedium of righteous living gets a bit boring. But God would suggest that I empty my pockets. - Author: Craig D. Lounsbrough
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#54. But have you never noticed that when one has been trying to do something really good one is much nearer committing some special sin than when one keeps on in the selfish, matter-of-fact prudence of minding one's own business, and that alone? - Author: Geraldine Jewsbury
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#55. Not having children is seen as supremely selfish, as though the people having children were selflessly sacrificing themselves in a valiant attempt to ensure the survival of our endangered species and fill up this vast and underpopulated island of ours. - Author: Geoff Dyer
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#56. There are precious lessons deep in the stench of failure and the filth of selfish choices. - Author: Craig D. Lounsbrough
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#57. The word lust [can] mean "selfish desire." ... It is wanting something so badly you will do anything to get it. That is one of the tricks of the devil. It is too high a price to pay. - Author: Billy Graham
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#58. All your stress, pain, suffering, misery is due to your attachment with it. If you don't attach with the things, that doesn't serve you, either in your internal or external life, slowly those things lose grip on you, and you release yourself from it forever. - Author: Roshan Sharma
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#59. The brittle bones beneath my chest cracked, piercing my heart. It was you who breathed new life into my lungs and it was you who would later syphon the life you had given so as to feed your selfish desires - Author: Sonya Watson
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#60. Through recognizing and realizing the empty essence, instead of being selfish and self-centered, one feels very open and free - Author: Tsoknyi Rinpoche
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#61. I stopped for a moment, biting the inside of my cheek. This was the hardest part. I want to be first. I know that's selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that's wrong, so be it. I'll be wrong. But that's the way I feel. - Author: Charlaine Harris
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#62. No clouds gathered in the skies and the polluted streams became clear, whilst celestial music rang through the air and the angels rejoiced with gladness. With no selfish or partial joy but for the sake of the law they rejoiced, for creation engulfed in the ocean of pain was now to obtain release. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#63. We mourn for the dead, but it's a selfish act. It may be a tragedy that so many young lives are lost to us, but it's our tragedy alone because they are at peace. - Author: Jenny Penn
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#64. The only reasonable goal in life is maximizing your total lifetime experience of something called happiness. That might sound selfish, but it's not. Only a sociopath or a hermit can find happiness through extreme selfishness. A normal person needs to treat others well in order to enjoy life. - Author: Scott Adams
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#65. That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended - civilizations are built up - excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#66. The actions driven by fear and guilt are not an antidote to lukewarm, selfish, comfortable living. I hope you realize that the answer is love. - Author: Francis Chan
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#67. We've been down the road of your hasty exits too many times, Mrs. Danvers. You married your master, and you married a sadist--of your own free will. You might remember that when you're tempted to walk out in a huff, defy my orders, and behave like a selfish brat. You got that? - Author: Lizbeth Dusseau
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#68. While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus. - Author: Michael Tait
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#69. When you talk of not wanting children, it is impossible to avoid sounding defensive, like you're trying to prove the questionable beauty of a selfish and too-tidy existence. - Author: Meghan Daum
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#70. If we are selfish and we feel cranky, then we believe that nobody has the right to be happy around us. - Author: Miguel Ruiz
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#71. Asked why we should strive to know God, my answer would be selfish: I want to be a creator. This is the ultimate promise of spirituality, that you can become the author of your own existence, the maker of personal destiny. Your brain is already performing this service for you unconsciously. - Author: Deepak Chopra
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#72. I started my Twitter account for selfish reasons: I wanted to have a place to post updates on my book signing tour and stuff like that. I never realized that I'd have so much fun tweeting. It's become the deleted scenes for my DVD of columns and podcasts. - Author: Bill Simmons
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#73. All too often I try to skate away from the things I'm afraid of and things I don't like and am unwilling to accept. I'm selfish and difficult to handle. I give my men cause for concern. I worry them, but they haven't given up on me yet and I love them all the more for it. - Author: Gillibran Brown
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#74. 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. - Author: Sarah Brightman
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#75. I'm a selfish football player. Each time the ball is snapped, I tell myself that I want to make that tackle, make that big play. - Author: Jevon Kearse
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#76. Humans, the most intelligent, gregarious(in biology), productive creatures on this planet but also the most selfish, destructive, heartless, insincere, insatiable creatures. - Author: Myself
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#77. 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. - Author: Ayelet Waldman
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#78. In fact, the more each person can remove his or her ego from the discussion and focus on the subject matter, the more fruitful the conversation will be for all involved. - Author: Matthew Kelly
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#79. In socialism, private property is anathema, and equal distribution of income the first consideration. In capitalism, private property is cardinal, and distribution left to ensue from the play of free contract and selfish interest on that basis, no matter what anomalies it may present. - Author: George Bernard Shaw
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#80. Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to the struggle toward it. - Author: Thornton T. Munger
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#81. Because I'm selfish. I'm a coward. I'm the kind of girl who, when she might actually be of use, would run to stay alive and leave those who couldn't follow to suffer and die. - Author: Suzanne Collins
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#82. Love is an activity, not a feeling ... True love is not the helpless desire to possess the cherished object of one's fervent affection; true love is the disciplined generosity we require of ourselves for the sake of another when we would rather be selfish. - Author: Stephen L. Carter
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#83. 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. - Author: Rick Allen
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#84. What makes a genius? The ability to see. To see what? The butterfly in a caterpillar, the eagle in an egg, the saint in a selfish person, life in death, unity in separation,
God in the human and human in God and suffering as the form in which the incomprehensibility of God himself appears. - Author: Brennan Manning
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#85. The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse - it will not submit to the mold of flattery. - Author: Ludwig Van Beethoven
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#86. We just played unselfishly. At times this year, we've played selfish, but today we passed the ball ... We were just very supportive of each other. - Author: Rajon Rondo
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#87. Long ago it took a Copernicus to tell a provincial world that this planet was not the center of the universe. Some selfish moderns need a Copernican reminder that they are not the center of the universe either! - Author: Neal A. Maxwell
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#88. I've always thought that was the lamest argument - that we need some people to be poor in order to remind the rest of us to be grateful. All that really means is that someone has to suffer poverty so other people can feel better about themselves. What a selfish way to look at the world. - Author: Josephine Angelini
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#89. Oh Lord, I've been so selfish, so consumed with myself I haven't been able to see anyone else's pain but my own. I've let anger blind me. I've let self-righteousness stop me in my tracks and keep me from having the kind of relationship with you that I want. I need to let it go. - Author: Lynette Eason
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#90. I think it's really rare to see women on television who are brilliant, selfish, vain, fallible - and I feel like I have all those capacities in myself, so it's good to see people in the media representing all of those things. - Author: Kerry Bishe
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#91. A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses. - Author: Oscar Wilde
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#92. Don't listen to what anyone tells you about the kind of music you make. Just make it! Be yourself, make your own music, and be totally true to your art. Because it's kind of a selfish thing to be an artist. - Author: Billy Sherwood
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#93. Ben West points out that even from a selfish perspective, earning to give allows you to have things that people believe make them happy, like money and a high-status job, while still getting the fulfillment that comes from knowing you are helping to make the world a better place. - Author: Peter Singer
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#94. Mutation is random; natural selection is the very opposite of random. - Author: Richard Dawkins
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#95. The challenge and the energy running requires may be a selfish one, but it actually motivates me to be stronger in my relationships. - Author: Joan Benoit
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#96. Major actions by courageous and wise men will be necessary to avoid our continuing to blunder into the space age like unenlightened and selfish idiots. - Author: Fritz Zwicky
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#97. She was the most precious thing in the world to him. So beautiful, so sweet, so giving and too damn good for him, but he was a selfish bastard and wouldn't let her go. - Author: R.L. Mathewson
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#98. The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish. - Author: Swami Vivekananda
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#99. No doubt this works well enough for The Tale of Benjamin Bunny or The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, but I can readily see that 'The Selfish Gene' on its own, without the large footnote of the book itself, might give an inadequate impression of its contents. - Author: Richard Dawkins
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#100. The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success. - Author: Edmund Burke
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