Self Preservation Quotes

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David Sedaris
“Certain motherfuckers think they can fuck with my shit, but you can't kill the Rooster. You might can fuck him up some times, but, bitch, nobody kills the motherfucking Rooster. You know what I'm saying?”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

C. JoyBell C.
“I am an extremely sincere individual. I am sincere, to a fault. One of the many things that I have come to realize, to learn, is that sincerity must be reserved and given only to those who deserve it. And one must save one's emotions, channeling them only to the people who are worthy of it. One must not throw one's pearls to the pigs.”
C. JoyBell C.

James Allen
“A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”
James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

Christopher Paolini
“Keep in mind, Eragon, that no one thinks himself a villain, and few make decisions they think are wrong. A person may dislike his choice, but he will stand by it because, even in the worst circumstances, he believes that it was the best option available to him at the time.”
Christopher Paolini

C. JoyBell C.
“As you go about your daily life, you will encounter many lemons. Sour expressions, sour attitudes, sour auras! The good thing is that if you don't want to be a lemon, you don't have to be! Just don't let those lemons rub themselves all over you! And you don't even have to save them! Let lemons be lemons! One of the most important things that I have ever learned, is that I don't have to save people.”
C. JoyBell C.

Judith Lewis Herman
“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

C. JoyBell C.
“It dawns on you one day... how precious your life is and how not okay it is for anyone, ever, to cause you any amount of suffering, ever. Then the next time you step out the door you look at everyone and you’re thinking, “My life is precious and you’re not allowed to hurt me.”
C. JoyBell C.

“When you're surrounded by stupidity, self-preservation isn't a sin.”
Meljean Brook, Riveted

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

A.J. Darkholme
“Memories are meant to serve you, not enslave you.”
A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

Catherynne M. Valente
“She must protect herself. There would be no one to do it for her. A plan started to prick up its ears inside her, slowly, but getting stronger.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Howard Tayler
“Where's your sense of adventure?

It died under mysterious circumstances. My sense of self-preservation found the body, but assures me it has an airtight alibi.
-Captain Tagon & Captain Andreyasn”
Howard Tayler, Resident Mad Scientist

C.S. Lewis
“Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war. If it is held that the instinct for preserving the species should always be obeyed at the expense of other instincts, whence do we derive this rule of precedence? To listen to that instinct speaking in its own case and deciding in its own favour would be rather simple minded. Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of all the rest. By the very act of listening to one rather than to others we have already prejudged the case. If we did not bring to the examination of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them. And that knowledge cannot itself be instinctive: the judge cannot be one of the parties judged: or, if he is, the decision is worthless and there is no ground for placing preservation of the species above self-preservation or sexual appetite.”
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Lacey Thorn
“Secrets and lies… Everyone in the world deals with these every day of their lives.
To protect themselves. To protect someone else. It is all in the way that you look at the
situation.”
Lacey Thorn

António R. Damásio
“We use our minds not to discover facts but to hide them. One of things the screen hides most effectively is the body, our own body, by which I mean, the ins and outs of it, its interiors. Like a veil thrown over the skin to secure its modesty, the screen partially removes from the mind the inner states of the body, those that constitute the flow of life as it wanders in the journey of each day. (p.28)”
Antonio R. Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness

“She's Devine.
She's Magic.
And she didn't have to wait for anyone to tell her in order for her to believe that about herself.
And that's what made her so magically beautiful.”
C.R. Bittar

Paolo Bacigalupi
“She’d survived the Drowned Cities because she wasn’t anything like Mouse. When the bullets started flying and warlords started making examples of peacekeeper collaborators, Mahlia had kept her head down, instead of standing up like Mouse. She’d looked out for herself, first. And because of that, she’d survived.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Drowned Cities

Charles Dickens
“Every man's his own friend, my dear," replied Fagin, with his most insinuating grin. "He hasn't as good a one as himself anywhere."
Except sometimes," replied Morris Bolter, assuming the air of a man of the world. "Some people are nobody's enemies but their own, yer know."
Don't believe that!" said the Jew. "When a man's his own enemy, it's only because he's too much his own friend; not because he's careful for everybody but himself. Pooh! Pooh! There ain't such a thing in nature.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Corey Lamb
“That level of responsibility drastically conflicts with my belief in self-preservation by inactivity.”
C.L. Allen, I Am Become Zombie

Paolo Bacigalupi
“Save your shaming for the girl, Doctor. If I cared for human approval, I would have been dead long ago.” He turned and started wading into the swamp. “Time is passing. I, for one, have no intention of remaining here for your betrayer to bring back the soldiers and their guns.”
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Drowned Cities

John Green
“Maybe we forget so that we can go on.”
John Green, The Anthropocene Reviewed

“Me avergüenza sentir miedo, incluso en sueños, porque eso me revela que aún deseo estar vivo. El instinto de supervivencia es lo más humillante de todo.”
Rafael Balanzá, Los asesinos lentos

Sally Rooney
“She's missing some primal instinct, self-defense or self-preservation, which makes other human being comprehensible.”
Sally Rooney, Normal People

Lance Charnes
“The little brain still wants a rematch with her. The big brain knows I’d have to sleep with one eye open and my back against a wall.”
Lance Charnes, Stealing Ghosts

“Pain touches everyone differently. Some people suffer from a genetic defect that weakens and kills their pain neurons. People who are unable to register physical pain usually die young because they lack an essential survival monitor that tells them how to protect themselves.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Gift Gugu Mona
“Dear Superwoman,
It is hard to understand certain things all the time.
Not every question will have an answer.
So leave what you cannot answer, to the One Above.
One day, He will give you the right answer.”
Gift Gugu Mona, Woman of Virtue: Power-Filled Quotes for a Powerful Woman

Abhijit Naskar
“In every walk of life, nature will force you to be selfish. If you can conquer that force and be unselfish instead, you'll conquer the world.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We sometimes run for our life to our death.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, P for Pessimism: A Collection of Funny yet Profound Aphorisms

“Gravity will swallow us whole if we help it.
Today is not our day to give in...
Keep Training.”
Bella Bloom

Abhijit Naskar
“Greed is self-preservation in action - it is selfishness in action. So to treat greed, we must treat selfishness.”
Abhijit Naskar, Girl Over God: The Novel

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