Selfish People Sayings and Quotes

Everyone likes to indulge and spoil themselves from time to time, but occasionally we can cross the line. Being selfish occasionally is excusable, but all the time is unacceptable. Rein in this flawed human urge with the collection of wise and humorous selfish people quotes below.

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up     

Oscar Wilde

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.     


Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.     

Don Miguel Ruiz

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

Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.     

Jane Austen

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

Helen Keller

Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It is a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.     

Stephen Kendrick

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

Teamwork: I love the idea of all for one — especially if that one is me.     

Jarod Kintz

No man will work for your interests unless they are his.     

David Seabury

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Oscar Wilde

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.     


Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.     

William Cowper

Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

That man who lives for self alone, lives for the meanest mortal known.     

Joaquin Miller

They, the selfish ones, are like spiritual lame people who use other beings as crutches to walk on the path of life. And they are the Blind of Spirit who never find Love, because they do not know how to love and do not let themselves be loved     

Ivan Figueroa Otero

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

It is the ignorant person who seeks his or her own ends at the expense of the greater whole. It is the ignorant person, therefore, who is the selfish person. The truly wise person is never selfish.     

Ralph Waldo Trine

A person is called selfish, not for pursuing his or her own good, but for neglecting his or her neighbor's.     

Richard Whatly

Selfish people are, by definition, those whose activities are devoted to bringing themselves happiness. Yet. . . these selfish people are far less likely to be happy than those whose efforts are devoted to making others happy.     

Bernard Rimland

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.     

Paulo Coelho

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Erich Fromm

A selfish man is a thief.     

Jose Marti

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.     

Ayn Rand