31 Best Self Interest Quotes And Sayings

There are many ways to view the world, but one of the most important is to see it through the lens of self-interest. It’s easy to get caught up in what other people want or believe. And when that happens, we may miss out on what’s really important. We’ve compiled a list of self-interest quotes so you can see the world through your own eyes.

I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime? Criss Jami
Happiness is attained, not through self-interest, but through unconditional fidelity...
Happiness is attained, not through self-interest, but through unconditional fidelity in endless love of eternal light. Aaron Cohen
Sacrifice of the self is sheer stupidity if sacrifice is...
Sacrifice of the self is sheer stupidity if sacrifice is not for the self. Amit Kalantri
Betrayal is advancing myself at the expense of the one...
Betrayal is advancing myself at the expense of the one who I committed myself to advance. Craig D. Lounsbrough
Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire.. Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives. Bernard Of Clairvaux
Courage is a decision you make to act in a way that works through your own fear for the greater good as opposed to pure self-interest. Courage means putting at risk your immediate self-interest for what you believe is right. Derrick A. Bell
In a way she actually preferred Peter to other people...
In a way she actually preferred Peter to other people because of this. He always acted out of intelligent self-interest. Orson Scott Card
Democrats see our voluntary military supported by taxpayer dollars as their personal Salvation Army. Self-interested behavior, such as deploying troops to serve the nation, is considered boorish in Manhattan salons. Ann Coulter
It’s the moment when something happens not just deep among the trees but also in the dark interior of the human heart, for the heart, too, has its night and its wild surges, as strong an instinct for the hunt as a wolf or a stag. The human night is filled with the crouching forms of dreams, desires, vanities, self-interest, mad love, envy, and the thirst for revenge, as the desert night conceals the puma, the hawk and the jackal. Unknown
Self-interest is not myopic selfishness. It is whatever it is that interests the participants, whatever they value, whatever goals they pursue. The scientist seeking to advance the frontiers of his discipline, the missionary seeking to convert infidels to the true faith, the philanthropist seeking to bring comfort to the needy - all are pursuing their interests, as they see them, as they judge them by their own values. Milton Friedman
Entrepreneurship is the use of self-interest in the service of others. Politics is the use of others in the service of self-interest. Unknown
In the act of selfishness, you bind demerit karma and in the act of sacrificing your own self-interest for the sake of others [selflessness], you bind merit karma. Nevertheless, they are both karma, aren’t they? The fruit of merit karma is shackles of gold and fruit of demerit karma is shackles of iron but they are both indeed shackles, aren’t they? Dada Bhagwan
The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest. Peter Watts
A true generous heart can never revolve majorly with monetary skills nor business acumen nor cunning mind. Angelica Hopes
Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy. Aristophanes
Those who make hostility a daily manner are often left in the lurch at difficult times. Michael Bassey Johnson
Just because you have stolen someone's heart, luckily owned and occupied as a home, doesn't give you the audacity to enforce hurtful policies. Michael Bassey Johnson
I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance. Aldous Huxley
Nature is infinitely rich and diverse in her ways. She can be seen to break her most unchanging laws. She has made self-interest the motive of all human action, but in the great host of men she produces ones who are strangely constituted, in whom selfishness is scarcely perceptible because they do not place their affections in themselves. Some are passionate about the sciences, others about the public good. They are as attached to the discoveries of others as if they themselves had made them, or to the institutions of public welfare and the state as if they derived benefit from them. This habit of not thinking of themselves influences the whole course of their lives. They don't know how to use other men for their profit. Fortune offers them opportunities which they do not think of taking up. In nearly all men the self is almost never inactive. You will detect their self-interest in nearly all the advice they give you, in the services they do for you, in the contacts they make, in the friendships they form. They are deeply attached to the things which affect their interests however remotely, and are indifferent to all others. When they encounter a man who is indifferent to personal interest they cannot understand him. They suspect him of hidden motives, of affectation, or of insanity. They cast him from their bosom, revile him. Jan Potocki
He [Eugène Rougon] believed exclusively in himself; where another saw reasons, Rougon possessed convictions; he subordinated everything to the incessant aggrandisement of his own ego. Despite being utterly devoid of real self-indulgence, he nevertheless indulged in secret orgies of supreme power. Unknown