quotes tagged with 'selfishness'
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: @nealamaxwell
Each spasm of selfishness narrows one's universe that much more by reducing his awareness of or concern with others.
Author: Neal A. Maxwell, Source: ďPut Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror,Ē Ensign, Nov. 1990, 14
Selfishness is much more than an ordinary problem because it activates all the cardinal sins! It is the detonator in the breaking of the Ten Commandments......Thus, in all its various expressions, selfishness is really self-destruction in slow motion!.......Each spasm of selfishness narrows the universe that much more by shutting down our awareness of others and by making us more and more alone.
Author: Joseph B. Wirthlin, Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-9,00.ht...
How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We canítóat least not in the moment. I donít think my mother was suggesting that we suppress discouragement or deny the reality of pain. I donít think she was suggesting that we smother unpleasant truths beneath a cloak of pretended happiness. But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.
Author: ~Oscar Wilde, Source: ~Unknown
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket ó safe, dark, motionless, airless ó it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is hell.Author: C.S. Lewis, Source: The Four Loves
What does it mean to obey the law of sacrifice? Nature's law demands us to do everything with self in view. The first law of mortal life, self-preservation, would claim the most luscious fruit, the most tender meat, the softest down on which to lie. Selfishness, the law of nature, would say, "I want the best; that is mine." But God said: "Take of the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks." (Deut. 12:6) The best shall be given to God; and the next you may have. Thus should God become the center of our very being.Author: David O. McKay, Source: An address delivered in the Salt Lake Temple Annex, September 25, 1941 as quoted in Clare Middlemiss' Cherished Experiences, pp. 19-20.
With this thought in view, I thank my earthly father for the lesson he gave to two boys in a hayfield at a time when tithes were paid in kind. We had driven out to the field to get the tenth load of hay, and then over to a part of the meadow where we had taken the ninth load, where there was "wire grass" and "slough grass." As we started to load the hay, father called out, "Now boys, drive over to the higher ground." There was timothy and redtop there. But one of the boys called back (and it was I), "No, let us take the hay as it comes."
"No, David, that is the tenth load, and the best is none too good for God."
That is the most effective sermon on tithing I have ever heard in my life, and it touches, I found later in life, this very principle of the law of sacrifice. You cannot develop character without obeying that law. Temptation is going to come to you in this life. You sacrifice your appetites; you sacrifice your passions for the glory of God; and you gain the blessing of an upright character and spirituality. That is a fundamental truth.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. Author: Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880), Source: NA
We need to speak up, to say boldly why we fight for good schools, why we build houses for the homeless, why we protect open space, why we look after the ailing and the elderly, why we pay taxes without grumbling, why we honor government as a force for public good. In a society obsessed with competition, we need to say why we practice cooperation. In a culture addicted to instant gratification, we need to champion long-term healing and the welfare of coming generations.Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.php
After the September 11th attacks, when Americans longed to know how we could help heal our country, politicians told us to go shopping. When Americans wondered how we could reduce our dependence on oil, and thus our entanglement with despotic regimes in the Middle East, our leaders told us to drive and fly. As we look around at this richest of nations and see the national debt piling up, hospitals closing, schools failing, prison populations swelling, forests dying, glaciers melting, farmland disappearing, children going without medical care, and countless people sleeping on the streets, our leaders offer us tax cuts.Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.php
If we worry too much about ourselves, we won't have time for others.Author: Mother Teresa, Source: Unknown