Selfish quotes can shed light on a particularly taboo behavior. Everyone can have selfish tendencies; some more than others. However, no one wants to be put out because of someone else's selfish acts.
- "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." – Oscar Wilde. Living your own life is the way the world turns; at least, it should. So often people get selfishness confused by being an inner struggle. However, Oscar Wilde points out with this quote, that selfishness takes what is inside of a person and forces it on others.
- "The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed. It is powerless to remove itself, neither will it pass away of itself. Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by knowledge; selfishness by love." – James Allen. Like many issues that are involved with other peoples' personalities, selfishness must first be acknowledged. Selfishness is a personality trait. It cannot simply disappear. With this quote, James Allen believes that being in love is what removes selfishness from one's personality.
- "Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself." – Henry Ward Beecher. So often we look at selfishness as a problem that someone else may have. Never do we take a glimpse of it being a problem with ourselves. Everyone can be selfish, with this quote, Beecher not only acknowledges that being selfish is a vice. But he states that it is a vice that everyone is burdened with.