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Eric HofferHow much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

George Bernard ShawIf you begin by sacrificing yourself to those you love, you will end by hating those to whom you have sacrificed yourself.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Ralph Waldo EmersonIt is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandThe man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves. The relationship produces nothing but mutual corruption.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Albert EinsteinOnly a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Wolfgang GoetheIt is ever true that he who does nothing for others, does nothing for himself.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Mahatma GandhiThe best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Ralph Waldo EmersonMake yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe only gift is a portion of thyself.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ayn RandI could die for you. But I couldn't, and wouldn't, live for you.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandI will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Pablo PicassoThe meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

CiceroWe are not born for ourselves alone; a part of us is claimed by our nation, another part by our friends.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

William BlakeThe most sublime act is to set another before you.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

John DrydenAll have not the gift of martyrdom.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Antonio PorchiaWhat we pay for with our lives never costs too much.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Jean AnouilhLove is, above all, the gift of oneself.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Martin Luther KingLife's most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Sigmund FreudWhoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Walt WhitmanIf you want me again look for me under your boot soles.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Bob MarleyLive for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Anton ChekhovIf ever my life can be of any use to you, come and claim it.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Ayn RandMan—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher


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