30 Selfish Quotes To Change Your Perspective About Being Selfish

30 Selfish Quotes To Change Your Perspective About Being Selfish

Selfishness is double-sided, as you will find out from these selfish quotes. In many cases, selfishness is viewed as a bad trait and is often blamed for many negative outcomes. Yes, selfishness can indeed breed vices such as corruption and many others. However, that’s only one side of the much-detested human trait.

On the other hand, self-improvement and self-care may be considered selfish, especially when you’re surrounded by people who only take from you but don’t give in return. But, sometimes in life, it’s necessary to pay a little more attention to yourself for self wellness and growth without feeling guilty of self prioritization. So, to begin this journey, here are 30 selfish quotes to change your perspective about being selfish. And, from some of these quotes, you’ll learn that sometimes being selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Being Selfish Quotes

“It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.”

Adrian Grenier

“In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”

David Mitchell, CLOUD ATLAS

“No man is more cheated than the selfish man.”

Henry Ward Beecher

“A man is nothing more than the things he does to get what he wants.”

Hal Ackerman, STEIN, STUNG

“Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.”

Erich Fromm

“Selfish people try to keep or get things but they lose people.”

“The best weapon for selfishness is selfishness for the cause of others.”

Enock Maregesi

“Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?”

Cormac McCarthy, the road

“Selfish, a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their power of sacrifice.”

George Eliot

“Each one lives, waving selfishness; indeed, it is human nature; whereas, one’s motives exhibit its frame of mind and character, not nature.”

Ehsan Sehgal

“Selfishness is the most unattractive virtue a mortal can possess.”

Suyasha Subedi

“It is interesting how the selfish, the ignorant, and the constantly angry all tend to be the same person.”

“Selfishness leads to loneliness.”

Wayne Gerard Trotman

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”

Richard Whately

“You have this one life. If you keep being selfish and unkind, it’s going to come back to you.”

Clemantine Wamariya

Selfish Quotes for Selfcare

“Everyone is the most important person in the world to themselves.”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Everyone wants to help the world, but first and foremost everyone has to help oneself.”

Maria Karvouni

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

“In order to be happy, one must first let go of all pettiness and selfish attachments.”

Dee Waldeck

“Sometimes you just need to be selfish and take care of you. If they love you, they’ll understand.

Robert Tew

“Giving yourself some loving attention is not selfish. It is sensible. If you feel loved and cherished, even if it is only by yourself, then you will have more love to give to others, too.”

Penelope Quest

“You can’t be faulted for being selfish if you’re going to get better because of it.”

Jerry Lewis

“But being 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

“Selfishness at the expense of others is bad. Self-care for the betterment of others is good.”

“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

“Being selfish means that you have to look out for yourself and you don’t have to sacrifice.”

Herbie Mann

“Selfishness may result in one’s sense of superiority, but life as such will surely deny them.”

Eraldo Banovac

“If you want to be a generous giver, you have to watch out for selfish takers.”

Adam Grant

“It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people.”

Hugh Hefner

“Don’t  feel guilty about being selfish to improve yourself. It is ok, they will love the new you.”

Sometimes, being selfish, even for good reasons, could mean losing your friends or even family. When that happens, you can either decide not to be selfish anymore and sacrifice your own happiness and personal goals for other people’s comfort or move on with your new life. If you choose the latter, these 30 quotes about being alone but not lonely should inspire you throughout the journey! 

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