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Dictionary of New Epigrams


It is impossible for a selfish person to be happy, because they always want more of what they don’t have, and they don’t have contentment with what they do have.

Happiness and contentment are always in the present moment and can be enjoyed, but selfishness is an enduring trait that can never be fulfilled.

Selfishness is a form of theft, because it intentionally takes more value than it gives.

To be selfish is to take things away from others who might use them. It’s impossible to be selfish when alone, or on a deserted island, because nothing can be stolen.

A corporation is an institution that transfers the guilt of selfishness to an abstract entity that has no feelings.

How can a selfish person be happy when they know they take happiness away from other people?

You can not reason with a selfish person, because they must always win, and if that means for them to lie, cheat, or steal it is the price they are willing to pay.

A selfish man forges himself into being a slave chained by the fear of his being exposed.

A selfish person is inevitably fearful and unhappy; how can it be otherwise when they know they have taken value from another person, and may be exposed at any instant?

It is not selfish to pursue one’s own self-interest, but to take away from another person their pursuit of their well-being.

Self-interest is at the core of Darwinian evolution of all life forms; it is a force like gravity, and it is inevitable, but self-interest must be used wisely and not greedily.

It is good to have enough for one’s needs, but not enough to satisfy one’s wants.

It is foolish to be acquisitive in old age; what goods are we going to need in the grave?

A selfish fool heaps up money, and books of wisdom, and then watches TV.

Cultivating the habits of selfishness destroys those of contentment.