A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.

Quotes: Selfishness

“What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

“In selfish men caution is as secure an armour for their foes as for themselves.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula (chapter: “Dr. Seward’s Diary”)

“Most morality, thought Mma Ramotswe, was about doing the right thing because it had been identified as such by a long process of acceptance and observance. You simply could not create your own morality because your experience would never be enough to do so. What gives you the right to say that you know better than your ancestors? Morality is for everybody, and this means that the views of more than one person are needed to create it. That was what made the modern morality, with its emphasis on individuals and the working out of an individual position, so weak. If you gave people the chance to work out their morality, then they would work out the version which was easiest for them and which allowed them to do what suited them for as much of the time as possible. That, in Mma Ramotswe’s view, was simple selfishness, whatever grand name one gave to it.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Morality for Beautiful Girls

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