„The selfish spirit of commerce knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.“

Letter to Larkin Smith (1809)
1800s, Post-Presidency (1809)

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—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

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„Our true passions are selfish.“

—  Stendhal, livro The Red and the Black

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„You desire power only for that most selfish of all ends, and therefore you know no boundaries in the seeking and the gaining of it.“

—  Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939

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„Love is the most selfish of all the passions.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, livro Os Três Mosqueteiros

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„These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

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Contexto: I am also here today as a representative of the millions of people across the globe, the anti-apartheid movement, the governments and organisations that joined with us, not to fight against South Africa as a country or any of its peoples, but to oppose an inhuman system and sue for a speedy end to the apartheid crime against humanity.
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On selfish principles, is shame and guilt.“

—  William Cowper (1731–1800) English poet and hymnodist 1731 - 1800

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„Under a system of perfectly free commerce, each country naturally devotes its capital and labour to such employments as are most beneficial to each.“

—  David Ricardo British political economist, broker and politician 1772 - 1823

Fonte: The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (1821) (Third Edition), Chapter VII, On Foreign Trade, p. 81 (See also.. Karl Marx, Das Kapital,(Buch II), Chapter XX, p. 474)
Contexto: Under a system of perfectly free commerce, each country naturally devotes its capital and labour to such employments as are most beneficial to each. This pursuit of individual advantage is admirably connected with the universal good of the whole. By stimulating industry, by rewarding ingenuity, and by using most efficaciously the peculiar powers bestowed by nature, it distributes labour most effectively and most economically: while, by increasing the general mass of productions, it diffuses general benefit, and binds together, by one common tie of interest and intercourse, the universal society of nations throughout the civilized world.

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