"Mammy is the best I ever knew," said Marie; "and yet Mammy, now, is selfish--dreadfully selfish; it's the fault of the whole race."
Is that which can bend and turn, and descend and ascend, to fit every crooked phase of selfish, worldly society, religion?
I do, indeed," said Marie; "they are just so selfish, now, the best of them."
I have been!" he said; "now I know why the Spring would not come here.
Remember, we agreed that the average man is selfish."
"He ought not to be selfish, but he will continue to be selfish as long as he lives in a social system that is based on pig-ethics."
"I've thought a great deal lately about my `bundle of naughties', and being selfish
is the largest one in it, so I'm going to try hard to cure it, if I can.
I have been a selfish
being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
The evil consequences that may lie folded in a single act of selfish indulgence is a thought so awful that it ought surely to awaken some feeling less presumptuous than a rash desire to punish.
Let a man do what he will, if he knows he's to bear the punishment himself, he isn't half so bad as a mean selfish coward as makes things easy t' himself and knows all the while the punishment 'll fall on somebody else."
Every asylum is full of such cases--men and women, who, naturally selfish
and egotistical, so appraise to themselves their own importance that every other circumstance in life becomes subservient to it.
All, that is, but a terror-stricken few, who lay along the jibboom like flies upon a stick: all but two or three more whom we left fatally hesitating in the forechains: all but the selfish
savages who had been the first to perish in the pinnace, and one distracted couple who had thrown their children into the kindly ocean, and jumped in after them out of their torment, locked for ever in each other's arms.
He was not an ill-disposed young man, unless to be rather cold hearted and rather selfish
is to be ill-disposed: but he was, in general, well respected; for he conducted himself with propriety in the discharge of his ordinary duties.
"I am not alarmed," he replied; "I have too long foreseen this event, to feel alarmed at my approaching dissolution--no, for that, blessed be my God and my Redeemer, I am in some degree prepared; but I feel it impossible to shake off the feelings of this life while the pulse continues to beat, and yet the emotions I now experience must be in some measure allied to heaven; they are not impure, they are not selfish; nothing can partake of either, dear Charlotte, where your image is connected with the thoughts of a future world."
"Yes, Charlotte, I may now speak without injustice, or the fear of being selfish: I have long loved you-- how tenderly, how purely, none can ever know; but could I, with a certainty of my fate before my eyes, with the knowledge that my days were numbered, and that the sun of my life could never reach its meridian, woo you to my love, to make you miserable!