selfishness


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If this girl can give a soul to those who have lived without one, if she can create the sense of beauty in people whose lives have been sordid and ugly, if she can strip them of their selfishness and lend them tears for sorrows that are not their own, she is worthy of all your adoration, worthy of the adoration of the world.
These were suggestions which human selfishness could not withstand, and which even speculative men, who looked forward to remote consequences, could not, without hesitation, combat.
But no sooner had the builders seen their handiwork afloat, than they sprang from the bank with odious selfishness.
Never did selfishness of a most concentrated kind appear less forth-putting, less offensive, than in this old gentleman; it stood him in place of devoted friendship.
Utterson ruminated awhile; he was surprised at his friend's selfishness, and yet relieved by it.
At one moment she simply resented the selfishness of a man who had obtruded his dark looks and passionate language on her joy; for there is nothing that a woman can less easily forgive than the language of a passion which, even if only for the moment, she does not share.
He has certain qualities very largely developed, selfishness, secrecy, and purpose.
Then I tried to preserve myself from the horror that was coming upon me, by regarding it as a rigorous punishment of human selfishness.
Bonacieux was one of profound selfishness mixed with sordid avarice, the whole seasoned with extreme cowardice.
But it is not selfishness alone that makes me thus in haste; I must go to Paris.
It is a temporary but sublime absence of selfishness.
You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness.