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Bette DavisI'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Wallace Stanley SayreThe politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.

—  Wallace Stanley Sayre, 1905-1972, American political scientist

NapoleonMen are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Otto von BismarckHounds follow those who feed them.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Karl MarxThe most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Ambrose BiercePolitics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

La RochefoucauldSelf-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Franklin RooseveltWe have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]










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