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Selfishness Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Selfishness.

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

Related topics: Wisdom Zen Simplicity

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

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.

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

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Jealousy is a child of selfishness and distrust.
- Mourning Dove

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live,
it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
- Oscar Wilde

As selfishness and complaint
pervert and cloud the mind,
so love with its joy
clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

 

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

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

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am 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.
- Marilyn Monroe

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever happens, take responsibility.
- Tony Robbins

Set Goals - Take Action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
- Tony Robbins

Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
- Epictetus

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Take Delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.
- Wayne Gretzky

Stay in the moment and all gifts are added
as you breathe and take inspired action.
- Joe Vitale

Today... maybe I can take one step
on that profoundly complex path to peace.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

I Act with Bold Courage:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step -
large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Stay at the center
and let all things take their course.
- Lao Tzu

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

The Divine is all in the perspective we take on it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

Don't take anything personally.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Take charge of your life!
You are responsible to yourself - not to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

People are not disturbed by things,
but by the view they take of them.
- Epictetus

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take Action - Now.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I take the helm on my life voyage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Take responsibility for your whole life -
regardless of circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

The will of God will never take you
to where the grace of God will not protect you.
- Anonymous

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance upon thee.
- Epictetus

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Having set a direction, begin - begin today.
Take action - take action every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take the initiative - don't wait for life to come to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our compassion and acts of selflessness
take us to the deeper truths.
- Amma

If you take the responsibility for your life,
you can start changing it.
- Osho

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

We are all different - and we are all one.
Take time to understand, and to appreciate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

CHOOSE your future, and take ACTION -
be the hammer, not the nail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The biggest adventure you can take is
to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey


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