• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-interest concern for your own interests and welfare
    • n self-interest taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-interest Private interest; the interest or advantage of one's self.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-interest Private interest; the interest or advantage of one's self, without regard to altruistic gratification.
    • n self-interest Selfishness; pursuit of egotistical interests exclusively, without regard to conscience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-interest private interest: regard to one's self
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest”
  • James F. Byrnes
    James F. Byrnes
    “Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.”
  • John Turturro
    John Turturro
    “My interest lies in my self-expression -- what's inside of me -- not what I'm in.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

It calls for self-sacrifice and devoted labour in a cause which is higher than private interest.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
But there, I know that you will, as self-interest will make you.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
On this perception of the higher common interests of self-defense do I build the possibilities of a western coalition.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various
The basis of neutrality, gentlemen, is not indifference; it is not self-interest.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
His heart, with the instinct of self-protection, sought some interest in which it might find relief.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Consider the child's interests more than your own momentary self-indulgence!
"Hetty Gray" by Rosa Mulholland
The real fight is against individual self-interest.
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
The hero is a manly, self-reliant boy, whose adventures will be followed with interest.
"Gascoyne, The Sandal Wood Trader" by R. M. Ballantyne
Have men no self-interest, no avarice, no repugnance to public imposts?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Listen to the parson preaching self-interest!
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
The appeal must be to the self and self-interest.
"The Boy and the Sunday School" by John L. Alexander
You acted naturally on the principles of self-interest and self-preservation.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
A power is a moral being as much interested as a man is in self-preservation.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Self-interest was at the bottom of most marriages.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
They know it is for self interest to keep good friends with the strongest power.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
The most natively interesting object to a man is his own personal self and its fortunes.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
In how far are we justified in making an appeal to self-interest in order to lead men to adopt a given course?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Still Lord Raglan stood his ground, watching the action with keen interest and the most admirable self-possession.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The vanity she exhibited, her self-interest, egotism disgusted him.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Even in altruism we may find an admixture of self-interest.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson

In poetry:

But what sad music fills the quiet hall,
If on her back a feline rival fall!
And oh, what noises shake the tranquil house
If old Self-interest cheats her of a mouse.
"An After-Dinner Poem" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
No friendship will abide the test,
That stands on sordid interest,
Or mean self-love erected;
Nor such as may awhile subsist
Between the sot and sensualist,
For vicious ends connected.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
The Man of Parliament bows,
And your interest, he vows,
Shall ever be his chiefest study, O;
But then self-interest here
Most plainly does appear,
For a seat in the Lower House is quite his dandy, O.
"The Actress's Ways And Means To Industriously Raise The Wind!" by Elizabeth Beverley
Our similar tastes and mutual bents
Combined to make us intimates
From our first meeting. Different states
Of interest then our temperaments
Begot. Then friendship, that abates
No love, whose self it represents.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Its brilliant self-assertions were condemned
To interest the forest and draw death
On aqueducts and learning; yet the world,
Through them, had witnessed, when predestined love
Fell like a daring meteor into time,
The condescension of eternal order.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

Faith, Poverty, and US Self-Interest .
Self-preservation, or self-interest , drives God's creatures.
Local columnist Jimmy Reed makes that point by telling how he got financially involved in the self-interest of his three daughters recently.
The Motive of Self-Interest .
Doing Good Via Self-Interest .
Self-interest at heart of Utah's decision on rivalry with BYU.
Self-interested lawyers and the Canada-China FIPA.
Judge Feinberg's decision on judges' benefits 'is self-interested and outrageous'.
And this knowledge leads to an interesting truth: if you build a machine that allows you to move a feather, but the feather moves only after a delay of a second, then you can tickle your- self.
Image1-Walter Williams: Tragedy of unbridled self-interest.
How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a California city.
Self-Interested Paternalism, but Not Colonialism.
Fighting the ravaging war of self-interest.
But he had no interest in self-promotion.
The Romney-Ryan ticket will likely win in November by 5-plus percent in a state where many continue to vote against their economic self interests.

In science:

We are also interested in the set Γ(n, t) of Dyck paths of length 2n, height t and cardinality C (n, t), see Proposition 3, whence one obtains the self-explanatory set Γ(n, ≤ t).
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
Another application of current interest is the self-energy of neutron star arising from the exchange of ν ¯ν pairs [29, 30, 31].
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
An interesting point in this construction is also that it shows that a large class of self-similar fragmentation with negative index has a natural interval representation, given by (IF (t), t ≥ 0).
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
We are interested in self-similar composition structures associated with the members of the two-parameter family of partition structures .
Self-similar and Markov composition structures
The interesting self-similarity is also observed in this sequence.
Pseudo Random test of prime numbers
The ge ometrical findings are described in detail, including the cases of Brownian paths, self-avoiding walks, Ising clusters, and Q = 4 Potts Fortuin-Kasteleyn clusters, which are of particular interest.
Conformal Random Geometry
It is interesting that the structure of Lyapunov exponents for the unitary Anderson model is richer than for the self-adjoint one-dimensional Anderson model.
Lyapunov Exponents for Unitary Anderson Models
The motivation for studying the self-averaged free energy that this is a generating function for many interesting statistics attainable by decoders, averaged over samples of the system.
Randomness and metastability in CDMA paradigms
Here, we are interested in understanding fundamental aspects of a partially self-avoiding deterministic walk algorithm, known as the tourist walk (TW) [12, 13, 14].
The influence of memory in deterministic walks in random media: analytical calculation within a mean field approximation
These scaling limits provide an interesting class of non-Markovian, non-Gaussian self-similar processes.
Correlated continuous time random walks
Because the notation in is slightly simpler than that in the current paper, the reader interested in the technical details of our proof may want to familiarize him or herself with first (although this paper is entirely self contained).
Coloring Simple Hypergraphs
Beneath all the self-adjoint extensions of H0 we are interested in those given by local boundary conditions, namely those not mixing the deficiency spaces corresponding to each of the terms on the r.h.s. of (3).
Random Dirac operators with time-reversal symmetry
Self-similar groups have a natural interpretation in terms of fractal geometry; their limit sets are very interesting fractal sets (see the recent papers [NT08, RT09] for a study of Laplacians on limit sets).
Self-similarity and random walks
At the same time the self-calibration data provide valuable information about the dynamics of the Earth’s ionosphere, which is of high interest in space physics research .
Angular Momentum of Electromagnetic Radiation. Fundamental physics applied to the radio domain for innovative studies of space and development of new concepts in wireless communications
The latter are interesting, since they are exact for n = 2, where they can be obtained by an exact solution of the corresponding self-consistency equations [28, 49].
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition