self-love

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-love an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself "self-love that shut out everyone else"
    • n self-love feelings of excessive pride
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Narcissism is the psychiatric term for self-love.
    • n Self-love The love of one's self; desire for personal happiness; tendency to seek one's own benefit or advantage. "Self-love , the spring of motion, acts the soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-love That instinct by virtue of which man's actions are directed to the promotion of his own welfare. Properly speaking, it is not a kind of love; since A is said to love B when B's gratification affords gratification to A. In this sense, love of self would be a meaningless phrase.
    • n self-love Synonyms Selfishness, Self-love. See selfishness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-love the love of one's self: tendency to seek one's own welfare or advantage: desire of happiness
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Quotations

  • Madame Neckar
    Madame Neckar
    “To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
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    “Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.”
  • Basil W. Maturin
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    “We never get to love by hate, least of all by self-hatred.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “We think that we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self-love.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
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    “Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

I might have brought out as an example the self-denying love of animal-mothers as well.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
She had been his divinity, his madonna; he had loved in her that, which was her truer, her better self.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Only his uncle, a man who did not love him and had no particular self-interest in the boy had saved him.
"Corpus of a Siam Mosquito" by Steven Sills
His self-love had to some extent been gratified.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
Our self-love dictates our appreciation of the good or evil in another.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
He was merely a man possessed of a devil, enchained by the power of self-repression come upon her whom he loved.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Here was enough to irritate the self-love of a man less persuaded of his own merit.
"The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete" by Anthony Hamilton
The corpse of his mad self-love uprose from rags and destitution as from the dark horrors of a tomb.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
But the author, blinded by self-love, set in motion a machinery such as none could long resist.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
How many from the culpable suggestions of ambition, self-seeking, and love of plunder?
"Peveril of the Peak" by Sir Walter Scott
Love to your good self, and all my dear fellow-servants.
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
The cure for all this is a clean heart full of sweet and gentle, self-forgetful, generous love.
"When the Holy Ghost is Come" by S. L. Brengle
What sacrifices equal the self-denials which loving men and women make for one another?
"What Men Live By and Other Tales" by Leo Tolstoy
Being in love as you are, you will never be able to dare to be your true self.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
Love is more than self-denial; it is self-surrender and utter self-abnegation.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
In reality, then as now, his beacon-light was love of self.
"The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series" by Rafael Sabatini
Here then is the picture of self-love whereof the whole of our life is but one long agitation.
"Reflections" by Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
The very form of action which self-love assumes in him, tells that self though dominant is not yet supreme.
"The Ethics of George Eliot's Works" by John Crombie Brown
Such absolute self-love, and self-belief, was incomprehensible to her.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Despite all this, the medicine does not cease to be bitter to self-love.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
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In poetry:

Hope it was that tutored me,
And Love that taught me more;
And now I learn at Sorrow's knee
The self-same lore.
"Post-Graduate" by Dorothy Parker
"His love all love exceeding
The heart must needs recall,
Its self-surrendering freedom,
Its loss that gaineth all.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Self shudders at the angry waves,
And dreams of what should be,
But Love the sinking sinner saves,
And stills the stormy sea.
"To M.P." by John Lawson Stoddard
Now JANE, with all her mad self-will,
Was no coquette - oh no!
She really loved her faithful BILL,
And thus she tuned her woe:
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Let them think I love them more than I do,
Let them think I care, though I go alone;
If it lifts their pride, what is it to me
Who am self-complete as a flower or a stone.
"The Solitary" by Sara Teasdale
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul;
Love is the only angel who can bid the gates unroll;
And when he comes to call thee, arise and follow fast;
His way may lie through darkness, but it leads to light at last.
"The Prisoner And The Angel" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Almost every girl loves to treat their self to a manicure or pedicure at some point in their life.
Updated Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 9:42 a.m. As I was shopping for annuals this week, my candy-stripe-loving self ran headlong into my must-plant-for-butterflies self.
My 12 year old self would love this Want to build a fort for old times sake.
I loved the pride the girls had in taking home projects to show Daddy and the self-confidence it inspired.
Amazon offers the The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure on its Web site, a self-published book that describes itself as a guide for so-called "pedosexuals".
OK, how many other areas outside your shitty apartment are still designated for self-love.
Octomom's self-love porn trailer released.
Look Who's Cooking: Friends love Bill Wheeling's self-taught ways.
Things I can't live without: Music, friends, my self love.
Abby's Self Storage, Love Field Storage, Absolute Self Storage and AA Storage.
Clever Ad Uses Self Love To Sell Shades.
Ryan must be the kind of self-described "crazy man" the soda industry loves to have around.
Theirs is a modern Berkshire-made love story with a self-made folk-pop soundtrack.
How Do You Define Self-Love.
Charlotte Faye Self Pate , 51, of Sallisaw, loving mother, daughter, teacher and friend, passed away Monday, Oct 22, 2012, in Sallisaw.
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