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Selfish Quotes and Sayings

Selfish Quotes and Sayings for Wisdom and Lessons

Here you will find some of the best collection of selfish quotes for wisdom and lessons. And it will help you find out be selfish is good or bad.

Being selfish is not a bad thing. Sometimes It’s good to be a little selfish to take care of your mental and physical well-being.

When the selfish word comes to our mind, it often gives rise to negative connotations at first. But in reality, it is not. When you are selfish, there is a lot of time to give yourself.

For example, we are told to adjust our own oxygen masks before assisting others in an aircraft emergency. Or to make sure the scene is safe for you before helping someone injured. No one will tell us selfish to follow these instructions.

Some great people have said that it is necessary to be selfish in order to give back to others. But others, including your parents and most religions, tell you that being selfish is bad and that you need to put the needs of others before your own.

The worst kind of selfishness is when you take advantage of people to gain something. It can start with negative emotions like hatred, violence, betrayal and lead to fights and wars on a large scale.

Let us know the truth of selfishness. Selfish sayings have been collected from the sayings of some great people.

Selfish Quotes

  1. “A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.” — Richard Whately
  1. “Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It’s a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.” — Stephen Kendrick
  1. “It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.” — Adrian Grenier
  1. “Selfishness is not living your life as you wish. It is asking others to live their lives as you wish.” — Oscar Wilde
  1. “Loving ourselves is not selfish. Loving ourselves is an essential element of being able to love others.” — Troy L Love
  1. “Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” — Napoleon Hill
  1. “Being selfish to me means that you have to look out for yourself and you don’t have to sacrifice.” — Herbie Mann
  1. “Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.” — William E. Gladstone
Selfish Quotes
  1. “I have been selfish all my life, in practice, though not in principle.” — Jane Austen
  1. “And isn’t that the root of every despicable action? Not selfishness, but precisely the absence of self.” — Ayn Rand
  1. “Don’t allow selfishness, defensiveness, or stubbornness to prevent you from showing your love to your partner in this way.” — S. J Scott and Barry Davenport
  1. “Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.” — Erich Fromm
  1. “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.” — Harry S. Truman
  1. “Please hold onto your kindness, we share the world with many selfish beings. And we need open hearts to create change.” — Nikki Rowe
  1. “I think that in today’s world, by nature, we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness.” — Gary Chapman
  1. “A man who only thinks about himself and loves only himself are nothing but a selfish man.” — Unknown
  1. “I’m not a selfish actor. I believe that it’s a team effort. You’re not in a scene by yourself.” — Taraji P. Henson
  1. “Selfish people tend to only be good to themselves… then are surprised when they are alone.” — Steve Maraboli
Selfish Quotes

Selfish People Quotes

  1. “Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.” — Ouida
  1. “Behind every successful relationship, there are selfless people; behind every failed relationship, there are selfish people.” — Moses Maurice
  1. “Selfish people also tend to have victim mindsets… Their actions plant seeds of loneliness; then they cry upon the blooming.” — Steve Maraboli
  1. “Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  1. “It’s usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart.” — Saul Bellow
  1. “Selfish people lose so much in life because even when they realize they are wrong, they don’t know how to ask for forgiveness or show regrets.” — Anonymous
  1. “I respect all the innocent souls because they are kind enough to forgive the selfish people around them.” — Saurabh Sharma
  1. “Selfish people lost so much in life, because even when they realize they are wrong, they don’t know how to ask for forgiveness or show regrets.” — Unknown
  1. “All sensible people are selfish, and nature is tugging at every contract to make the terms of it fair.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “The most selfish people are the ones who do not love themselves.” — Nikolai Berdyaev
Selfish People Quotes
  1. “Selfish people try to keep or get things but they lose people.” — Hannah Garrison
  1. “What are selfish people but ones who use the weakness of others for their own pleasure?” — Anonymous
  1. “There are many selfish people who are extremely original, then they take those pure ideas and use them to raise themselves up, that is an insincere move.” — Daniel Smith
  1. “We are all selfish, and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.” — Lord Byron
  1. “The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “A selfless act out of even the purest desire to do for others, will be selfish in the satisfaction and happiness it brings to one doing it.” — Ashly Lorenzana
  1. “Be kind enough to everyone that no one would ever doubt you to be selfish even if you are.” — Anonymous
  1. “Some people are selfish in all of their relationships. Those people are called sociopaths.” — Adam Grant
  1. “No man is more cheated than the selfish man.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” — Jane Austen
Selfish People Quotes

Selfishness Quotes To Enlighten You

  1. “Better not to plant seeds of selfishness than try to eradicate them once they have grown into giant weeds.” — Prem Prakash
  1. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” — Oscar Wilde
  1. “Selfishness at the expense of others is bad. Selfcare for the betterment of others is good.” — Richie Norton
  1. “Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.” — Don Miguel Ruiz
  1. “Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with.” — Josh Billings
  1. “By giving up a little portion of your life, by letting go of your selfishness, you can make a big difference in some lives. Think it over.” — Dr. Henry. Cloud
  1. “Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils.” — Nathaniel Emmons
  1. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  1. “You can’t be faulted for being selfish if you’re going to get better because of it.” — Jerry Lewis
  1. “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” — Lao Tzu
Selfishness Quotes To Enlighten You
  1. “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, So love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” — Helen Keller
  1. “Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” — Richard Bach
  1. “Selfishness stops the flow of blessings to you and others.” — Brenda Johnson Padgitt
  1. “Indeed, if selfishness is one of the pillars of contemporary practical ethics, why should they act otherwise?” — Erich Fromm
  1. “Selfishness, if but reasonably tempered with wisdom, is not such an evil trait.” — Giovanni Ruffini
  1. “Selfishness is the most unattractive virtue a mortal can possess.” — Suyasha Subedi
  1. “There is a quality of selfishness that is associated with an individual when they are in the depths of addiction.” — David Dastmalchian
  1. “But selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It only means you take care of yourself and you have to do that to be able to take care of others.” — Tera Lynn Childs
  1. “In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.” — David Mitchell
  1. “Never be so selfish and go as far as hurting others just to get what you want.” — Cheryle Sally
Selfishness Quotes To Enlighten You

Selfishness Sayings and Quotes

  1. “Nothing resembles selfishness more closely than self-respect.” — George Sand
  1. “If you are really committed to changing, you must start thinking about the effects your actions have on the people around you and stop being so selfish.” — Sigue Hoffman
  1. “Selfishness – People need to learn that their actions do affect other people. So be careful what you say and do, it’s not always just about you.” — Anonymous
  1. “Selfish a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of sacrifice.” — George Eliot
  1. “Being self-sufficient is not selfish; it is a need. Harming others or yourself is not selfish because it will never benefit the self; it is just stupid.” — Elizabeth Cartwright
  1. “This idea of selfishness as a virtue, as opposed to generosity: That, to me, is unnatural.” — Jessica Lange
  1. “It’s not my job to make you happy. It’s your job to learn that only those who quit selfishly seeking their own happiness find it.” — Richelle E. Goodrich
  1. “If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live.” — W. L. Orme
  1. “Sometimes you have to be selfish to find out who you really are.” — Hilary Thompson
  1. “The force of selfishness is as inevitable as calculable as the force of gravitation.” — George Stillman Hillard
Selfishness Sayings and Quotes
  1. “God creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in this world, and that mechanism is called suffering.” — William Nicholson
  1. “Everyone wants to help the world, but first and foremost everyone wants to help oneself.” — Maria Karvouni
  1. “Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne
  1. “If you want to be a generous giver, you have to watch out for selfish takers.” — Adam Grant
  1. “Selfishness at the expense of others’ happiness is demonism.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “We have even heard people say that self-care is selfish. But we believe if you feel you are the best version of yourself, you will have more to give and to contribute to the world.” — Nardia Narain
  1. “Some critics accuse capitalism of being a selfish system, but the selfishness is not in capitalism – it is in human nature.” — Dinesh D’Souza
  1. “Putting yourself first is not selfish. Thinking about yourself constantly is selfish. Please respect the difference.” — Anonymous
  1. “Give up your selfishness, and you shall find peace; like water mingling with water, you shall merge in absorption.” — Sri Guru Granth Sahib
  1. “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, selfishness, and fears.” — Cesare Pavese
Selfishness Sayings and Quotes

Quotes About Selfish People

  1. “The best weapon for selfishness is selfishness for the cause of others.” — Enock Maregesi
  1. “Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who, even alive, would part with nothing.” — Charles Caleb Colton
  1. “Without selfish partiality, to people you are deeply attached to, your family and friends, to place, we are nothing. We are creatures of kinship and loyalty, not blind servants of the world.” — Bernard Williams
  1. “There seemed to be three choices: to give up trying to love anyone, to stop being selfish, or to learn to love a person while continuing to be selfish.” — Lydia Davis
  1. “When our minds are clouded by hatred, selfishness, jealousy, and anger, we lose not only control but also our judgment.” — Dalai Lama
  1. “Not self-renunciation nor selfishness but self-love, not the negation of the individual but the affirmation of his truly human self, are the supreme values of humanistic ethics.” — Erich Fromm
  1. “Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.” — Julio Cortazar
  1. “If there is one thing I dislike, it is the man who tries to air his grievances when I wish to air mine.” — P.G. Wodehouse
  1. “Selfishness may result in one’s sense of superiority, but life as such will surely deny them.” — Eraldo Banovac
  1. “All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Quotes About Selfish People
  1. “We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.” — Booker T. Washington
  1. “Yet there are still people who confuse individualism and selfishness.” — Albert Camus
  1. “The highest form of selfishness is that of the man who is content to go to heaven alone.” — J.C. Ryle
  1. “Tell yourself it’s OK to be selfish. It’s your life. Laugh a lot and enjoy the ride. The process of discovery and trial and error are part of the path.” — Craig Nathanson
  1. “The hardest work you and I will ever do is to put off our selfishness. It is heavy lifting!” — Neal A. Maxwell
  1. “If I am selfish I might have achieved great things, but achieving great things out of my selfishness is one of the most devastating ways I can think of to fail.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough
  1. “Let us reject violence and selfishness which could destroy our country’s unity.” — Mwai Kibaki
  1. “Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “In a word, most bad attitudes are the result of selfishness.” — John C. Maxwell
  1. “It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery. It is as a cankering disease.” — Gordon B. Hinckley
Quotes About Selfish People

Relationship Selfish Quotes

  1. “Because of your selfishness you lost me, because of your pride I found someone new.”
  1. “I gave my heart to the wrong person but through it all I became selfish, selfish enough to not give it all again to the wrong person!”
  1. “Love is always beneficial to a person as well as compassion as long as selfishness is omitted.”
  1. “Be kind enough to everyone that no one would ever doubt you to be selfish even if you are.”
  1. “Every loss I took in life happened because I was looking out for ungrateful selfish people before myself.”
  1. “My teammates trust me; they know I make the right plays. I’m not a selfish man.”
  1. “The real measure of selfishness is by asking a person how much he is willing to sacrifice.”
  1. “I am too selfish to be a mother, I can barely tolerate being his lover at this point. I am selfish and I make no apology for that.”
  1. “You don’t need to be with your boyfriend if you’re going to get mad about him being friends with girls. That’s are selfish.”
  1. “My love is selfish, but it is real. Do not doubt what I feel; I would kill for you.”
Relationship Selfish Quotes
  1. “It is sad that most of the people who have great ideas are so selfish, and uses them for benefit.”
  1. “I can not accept this nation being destroyed by selfish people who think of themselves.”
  1. “It’s probably a pretty safe bet to stay away from anyone who brags about their skills in bed.”
  1. “I’m throwing all your stuff away and deleting your number. I can’t believe 4 years of being best friends ends like this. You’re so selfish.”
  1. “I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the reality that I existed to suggest something.”
  1. “Nowadays, even love is selfish; there is so much selfishness that surrounds the planet we have.”
  1. “Selfishness, not love, is the actuating motive of the gallant.”
  1. “Sometimes people choose to leave not because of selfish reasons. But they just know that things will get worse if they stay.”
  1. “Socialism is the perfect state, but it can never be attained while man is selfish.”
  1. “Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.”
Relationship Selfish Quotes


Each of us has a little bit of selfishness. Without this selfishness, we can never have self-love, self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.

But there are some people in our society who are very selfish. They do not hesitate to harm others for their own good. These people will dislike you and will underestimate you if you put them in the wrong place.

If you live with this selfish person or you have a friend or partner who is selfish, then the way to deal with them – don’t give attention and favors. And the biggest thing is they don’t do what they do. Otherwise, you’ll be the same person.

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