Self Centeredness Quotes

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Albert Camus
“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
Albert Camus

Miguel Ruiz
“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”
Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Bertrand Russell
“These illustrations suggest four general maxims[...].
The first is: remember that your motives are not always as altruistic as they seem to yourself.
The second is: don't over-estimate your own merits.
The third is: don't expect others to take as much interest in you as you do yourself.
And the fourth is: don't imagine that most people give enough thought to you to have any special desire to persecute you.”
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Shannon L. Alder
“The Anatomy of Conflict:

If there is no communication then there is no respect. If there is no respect then there is no caring. If there is no caring then there is no understanding. If there is no understanding then there is no compassion. If there is no compassion then there is no empathy. If there is no empathy then there is no forgiveness. If there is no forgiveness then there is no kindness. If there is no kindness then there is no honesty. If there is no honesty then there is no love. If there is no love then God doesn't reside there. If God doesn't reside there then there is no peace. If there is no peace then there is no happiness. If there is no happiness ----then there IS CONFLICT BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION!”
Shannon L. Alder

Tullian Tchividjian
“To focus on how I'm doing more than what Christ has done is Christian narcissism”
Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

J.I. Packer
“There is nothing more irreligious than self-absorbed religion.”
J.I. Packer, Knowing God

Criss Jami
“The pain of the narcissist is that, to him, everything is really a threat. What doesn't surrender in reverence is blasphemous to a high opinion of oneself - the burden of self-importance. The narcissist reconstructs his own law of gravity which states that all things and all creatures must adhere to his personal satisfaction, but when they do not, the pain is far more intense than it is for one who is free from the clamors of 'I'.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“When we fear what other people think about us, we are frequently more focused on 'being interesting' and less focused on 'taking an interest.' That's why many people talk a great deal when they are anxious and why many people never feel heard. If both people and conversation are trying to be interesting, there is no one left to genuinely listen.”
John Yokoyama, When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market

José Saramago
“...the human being to lack that second skin we call egoism has not yet been born, it lasts much longer than the other one, that bleeds so readily.”
José Saramago, Blindness

Fulton J. Sheen
“There are ultimately only two possible adjustments to life; one is to suit our lives to principles; the other is to suit principles to our lives. If we do not live as we think, we soon begin to think as we live. The method of adjusting moral principles to the way men live is just a perversion of the order of things.”
Fulton J. Sheen

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
“Noi fummo i Gattopardi, i Leoni; quelli che ci sostituiranno saranno gli sciacalletti, le iene; e tutti quanti gattopardi, sciacalli e pecore, continueremo a crederci il sale della terra."

("We were the Leopards, the Lions; those who'll take our place will be little jackals, hyenas; and the whole lot of us, Leopards, jackals, and sheep, we'll all go on thinking ourselves the salt of the earth.")
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard

George MacDonald
“She would be one of those who kneel to their own shadows till feet grow on their knees; then go down on their hands till their hands grow into feet; then lay their faces on the ground till they grow into snouts; when at last they are a hideous sort of lizards, each of which believes himself the best, wisest, and loveliest being in the world, yea, the very centre of the universe. And so they run about for ever looking for their own shadows that they may worship them, and miserable because they cannot find them, being themselves too near the ground to have any shadows; and what becomes of them at last, there is but one who knows.”
George MacDonald, The Wise Woman and Other Stories

Lionel Shriver
“...some people coddle their own afflictions the way others spoil small pedigreed dogs with cans of pate.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

George Eliot
“How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov
“Failure to recognize one's own absolute significance is equivalent to a denial of human worth; this is a basic error and the origin of all unbelief. If one is so faint-hearted that he is powerless even to believe in himself, how can he believe in anything else? The basic falsehood and evil of egoism lie not in this absolute self-consciousness and self-evaluation of the subject, but in the fact that, ascribing to himself in all justice an absolute significance, he unjustly refuses to others this same significance. Recognizing himself as a centre of life (which as a matter of fact he is), he relegates others to the circumference of his own being and leaves them only an external and relative value.”
Vladimir Solovyov, The Meaning of Love

David Kinnaman
“The motivation of transparency is important. The culture teaches people to be candid and blunt, but this usually revolves around self-centeredness – you have a right to express your true feelings and your rage. This is an entitlement. Instead, the Christian way to approach transparency is to realize out candidness should be motivated by a desire to have a pure heart before God and others.”
David Kinnaman, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters

Gore Vidal
“How hungrily we read about ourselves!”
Gore Vidal, Julian

Albert Camus
“لكي تصبح سعيدا، عليك ألا تعبأ كثيرا بالآخرين”
Albert Camus

Andrew Murray
“A faithful servant may be wiser than the master, and yet retain the true spirit and posture of the servant. The humble man looks upon every, the feeblest and unworthiest, child of God, and honors him and prefers him in honor as the son of a King.”
Andrew Murray, Humility

Richard Rohr
“The shape of evil is much more superficiality and blindness than the usual list of hot sins. God hides, and is found, precisely in the depths of everything.”
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Patriotism is the narcissism of countries.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Tom Verducci
“Alex Rodriguez seemed not to fit in with the rest of his Yankee teammates. For instance, he wanted a clubhouse attendant personally assigned to him, when there were four or five for the whole team. Seeing the rift between him and the rest of the team and how Rodriguez's major focus on how HE was perceived, Joe Torre suggested in the individual meeting that Rodriguez at least get his own coffee rather than send someone to get it for him. Later that day, Alex Rodriguez made a point of telling the manager that he got his own coffee – drawing attention to himself, even in what was meant to be just an example of how he could fit in with normal behavior.”
Tom Verducci, The Yankee Years

“Whatever we have in the glory of man is "away". Those are just not enough before we go "home" to the glory of God.”
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“When you are drunk with yourself you don't hear your loud voice, yet everyone else does. Your obnoxiousness is evident to all but you." - Egotism made apparent”
Lamine Pearlheart

Abhijit Naskar
“All conflicts in the world are the product of humanity's innate self-centered activity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

“They turned on the television and saw some news story about another goddamn humanitarian crisis, another goddamn civil war in some godforsaken place, and saw images of wounded people or starving children and felt a bright, bitter anger at the children for invading and ruining the only moments of relaxation and "me time" the neighbors had all day. The neighbors would get a little indignant here, about how their own lives were hard too, and yet nobody heard them complaining about it. everyone had problems - why couldn't they just quietly deal with them? On their own? With a bit of self-respect? Why did they have to get everyone else involved? It's not like the neighbors could do anything. It's not like civil wars were their fault.”
Nathan Hill, The Nix

Abhijit Naskar
“Self-centeredness is the basis for all sorts of immoral behavior as well as all the sorrows of humanity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Morality Absolute

Nick Vujicic
“You and I were put on this earth to serve something greater than our narrow interests. When our focus becomes self-centered instead of God-centered we lose our greatest source of power. Our God-given talents are meant to benefit others. When we use them for that greater purpose, we put faith into action to fulfill His plan for us. We make a difference in this world that helps prepare us for the next.”
Nick Vujicic, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action

Madeleine L'Engle
“Compassion means to suffer with, but it doesn't mean to get lost in the suffering, so that it becomes exclusively one's own. I tend to do this, to replace the person for whom I am feeling compassion with myself.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

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