Astor, complained of their selfishness
, their extortion, and their thievish propensities.
This was one of the speeches of the marchande de mode to Adrienne, and the dear girl repeated it in her mind, as she sat at work on me, without the slightest distrust of the heartless selfishness
it so ill concealed.
How could he imagine narrowness, selfishness
, hardness in her?
At times I wondered what she meant by giving herself such trouble to win me, when the more profitable Pelet was already in her nets, and when, too, she was aware that I possessed her secret, for I had not scrupled to tell her as much: but the fact is that as it was her nature to doubt the reality and under-value the worth of modesty, affection, disinterestedness--to regard these qualities as foibles of character--so it was equally her tendency to consider pride, hardness, selfishness
, as proofs of strength.
of a mean and crafty man--the selfishness
of an ambitious and silly woman the selfishness
of a spiteful and loveless child all tend one way, from bad to worse
He felt that he ought not to have allowed the marriage; that his daughter's sentiments had been sufficiently known to him to render him culpable in authorising it; that in so doing he had sacrificed the right to the expedient, and been governed by motives of selfishness
and worldly wisdom.
It is to such as you that the good of this world falls: ready dulness, healthy selfishness
, good-tempered conceit-- these are the keys to happiness.
From an attachment to her husband, which in itself does honour to both, she cannot forgive the endeavours at preventing their union, which have been attributed to selfishness
in Lady Susan; but in this case, as well as in many others, the world has most grossly injured that lady, by supposing the worst where the motives of her conduct have been doubtful.
The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness
than he from whom that selfishness
withholds some important benefit.
That is an emotion in which tenderness is an essential part, but Strickland had no tenderness either for himself or for others; there is in love a sense of weakness, a desire to protect, an eagerness to do good and to give pleasure -- if not unselfishness, at all events a selfishness
which marvellously conceals itself; it has in it a certain diffidence.
It was incomprehensible that she should care so much for a man who was so indifferent, so selfish, so grossly self-indulgent; and he divined dimly that in her heart she knew his indifference and his selfishness
, knew them and loved him humbly all the same.
It is what I call selfishness
, and selfishness
is a most detestable thing, especially to any one of my temperament, for I am well known for my sympathetic nature.
I do not pretend that my translation was through my unselfishness; it was distinctly through that selfishness
which perceives that self is misery; and I may as well confess here that I do not regard the artistic ecstasy as in any sort noble.
She echoed the maledictions that the occupants of the gallery showered on this individual when his lines compelled him to expose his extreme selfishness
I am greatly surprised by such a question," said the Cashier; "it sounds as if you suspected me of selfishness