„We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.“

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„The martyr sacrifices herself (himself in a few instances) entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for she (or he) makes the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
As quoted in Forever Yours (1990) by Martha Vicinus and Bea Nergaard , p. 275. Letter, c. 1867, to the scholar Benjamin Jowett.

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„Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. They tend always to narrow the ground of judgment.“

—  Wendell Berry author 1934
What Are People For? (1990), Context: Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. They tend always to narrow the ground of judgment. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world. "The Responsibility of the Poet".

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„Either we sacrifice our national selfishness for the good of humanity, or we sacrifice the good of humanity to our national selfishness.“

—  Frank Buchman Evangelical theologist 1878 - 1961
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„The world is so competitive, aggressive, consumive, selfish and during the time we spend here we must be all but that.“

—  José Mourinho Portuguese association football player and manager 1963
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„One should be selfish enough to be selfless up to a certain point.“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916
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„The greatest slave is not he who is ruled by a despot, great though that evil be, but he who is in the thrall of his own moral ignorance, selfishness, and vice.“

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„Since all motives at bottom are selfish and ignoble, we may judge acts and qualities only be their effects.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft, livro To Quebec and the Stars
Non-Fiction, Context: The undesirability of any system of rule not tempered with the quality of kindness is obvious; for "kindness" is a complex collection of various impulses, reactions and realisations highly necessary to the smooth adjustment of botched and freakish creatures like most human beings. It is a weakness basically—or, in some cases, and ostentation of secure superiority—but its net effect is desirable; hence it is, on the whole, praiseworthy. Since all motives at bottom are selfish and ignoble, we may judge acts and qualities only be their effects. Pessimism produces kindness. The disillusioned philosopher is even more tolerant than the priggish bourgeois idealist with his sentimental and extravagant notions of human dignity and destiny. "Nietzscheism and Realism" from The Rainbow, Vol. I, No. 1 (October 1921); reprinted in "To Quebec and the Stars", and also in Collected Essays, Volume 5: Philosophy edited by S. T. Joshi, p. 71

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—  William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
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„Should they answer that, if impunity were assured, they would do what was most to their selfish interest, that would be a confession that they were criminally minded; should they say that they would not do so, they would be granting that all things in and of themselves immoral should be avoided.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
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