29 Best Quotes About Selfish People to Inspire You to be More Kind

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While it’s important to put your own interests first from time to time, being inherently selfish is an ugly trait. We are all selfish by nature. We would all love to reach our goals without lifting a finger (or, better yet, someone else doing the work for us). And yet, selfishness isn’t a trait that any of us are actually proud of.

That’s precisely why we all try to be kinder, more altruistic in our thoughts and actions, and generally less selfish. If that’s something you struggle with, don’t worry — you’re not alone. So, take a look at these quotes about selfish people that might inspire you to be less self-centered and egotistical.

29 Best Quotes About Selfish People

Wisest Quotes About Selfish People

#1. “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.” ― Helen Keller

#2. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” ― Oscar Wilde

#3. “Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

#4. “If you wanna be selfish, so be it and be acceptive of it. Don’t hide in disguise and pray that no one will notice, because some people do.” ― Sarvesh Jain

#5. “I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.” ― Simone de Beauvoir

#6. “Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.” ― Don Miguel Ruiz

#7. “Selflessness. Humility. Truthfulness. These are the three marks of an honorable man.” ― Suzy Kassem

Most Inspiring Quotes About Selfish People

#8. “Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” ― Richard Bach

#9. “Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.” ― Daniel Goleman

#10. “Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.” ― Criss Jami

#11. “Most people are far too much occupied with themselves to be malicious.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

#12. “We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.” ― Booker T. Washington

#13. “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

Astute Quotes About Selfish People

#14. “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

#15. “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

#16. “God creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in this world, and that mechanism is called suffering.” ― William Nicholson

#17. “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

#18. “There are two types of humans in this world: those who function so they can get something and those who function so they can give something.” ― Sarah Noffke

#19. “Foolish, selfish people are always thinking of themselves and the result is always negative. Wise persons think of others, helping them as much as they can, and the result is happiness. Love and compassion are beneficial both for you and others. Through your kindness to others, your mind and heart will open to peace.” ― Dalai Lama

#20. “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.” ― Harry S. Truman

Quotes About Selfish People That Will Motivate You to be Kinder

#21. “At times we feel outnumbered in our attempts to improve the world—to brighten and beautify, to preserve and heal and do what’s best for humanity. Selfless efforts can start to feel beleaguering, discouraging, even pointless with so little support. It is at these times I remind myself that I would rather be the last Good Samaritan standing than to join the ranks of selfish multitudes creating misery.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

#22. “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

#23. “The tide seldom shifts in favor of a selfish individual.” ― Carlos Wallace

#24. “Selfish — a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of sacrifice.” ― George Eliot

#25. “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” ― Anonymous

#26. “Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt.” ― William Cowper

#27. “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.

#28. “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” ― Oscar Wilde

#29. “No man is more cheated than the selfish man.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

To Conclude

Hopefully, these wise, powerful words will inspire you to be at least a little bit less selfish today. Show kindness to someone today, share your happiness, wealth, or good spirits, and see the universe repay you tenfold.