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Ambrose BierceEgotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Wallace StevensIf some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Oscar WildeSelfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Benjamin FranklinA man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Arthur SchopenhauerIf we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Laurence J PeterThere are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Ambrose BierceSelfish, adj. Devoid of consideration for the selfishness of others.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Oscar WildeTo love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandI am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason.

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

Ayn RandA man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress.

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

VoltaireParadise on earth is where I am.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Paul ValeryEgo is awful. The ego of other people, of course.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Helen RowlandMarriage is the operation by which a woman’s vanity and a man’s egotism are extracted without anesthetic.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

Sigmund FreudThe ego is not master in its own house.

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

Sigmund FreudThe ego represents what we call reason and sanity, in contrast to the id which contains the passions.

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

Sigmund FreudIt is easy to see that the ego is that part of the id which has been modified by the direct influence of the external world.

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

Sigmund FreudThe poor ego has a hard time; it has to serve three harsh masters, and it has to do its best to reconcile the demands of all three…The three tyrants are the external world, the superego, and the id.

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

Sigmund FreudChildren are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.

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

William JamesReligion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Michel de MontaigneThe greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Samuel JohnsonJustice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Ancient Greek

MenanderNobody loves anybody more than himself.

Φιλεί δ’ εαυτού πλείον ουδείς ουδένα.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)



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