Self Interest Quotes

Most popular self-interest quotes

Conscience whispers, but interest speaks aloud.


Of all trifles, titles are the lightest.


Thinking that all individuals pursue "selfish" interests is equivalent to assuming that all random variables have zero covariance.
Self-preservation is nature's first law.
We talk on principle, but we act on interest.
There are two levers for moving men—interest and fear.

fear leverage

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
A man will fight harder for his interests than his rights.

human nature rights

People are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Every man's affairs, however little, are important to himself.
Everyone thinks chiefly of his own, hardly ever of public interest.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
If we do not take care of ourselves first, we become useless in helping others.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.
Principles do not mainly influence even the principled; we talk on principle, but we act on interest.


We go on fancying that every man is thinking of us, but he is not; he is like us; he is thinking of himself.

other people

Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening.


Never appeal to a man's "better nature."  He may not have one.  Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

age glory invention judgment youth

Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity.