• WordNet 3.6
    • n selfishness stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Selfishness The quality or state of being selfish; exclusive regard to one's own interest or happiness; that supreme self-love or self-preference which leads a person to direct his purposes to the advancement of his own interest, power, or happiness, without regarding those of others. "Selfishness , -- a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and, as such, condemned by self-love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n selfishness Selfish character, disposition, or conduct; exclusive or chief regard for one's own interest or happiness.
    • n selfishness Synonyms Selfishness, Self-love. See the quotations.
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  • Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark
    “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
  • John Gotti
    John Gotti
    “I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.”
  • Israel Zangwill
    Israel Zangwill
    “Selfishness is the only real atheism; unselfishness the only real religion.”


In literature:

He insisted upon living selfishly.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Fran├žois Christophe
Randy's love was not a selfish love.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
The supreme selfishness of the materialist, which is like no other selfishness, was fully alive within her.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
That desire may be selfish, and only selfish.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
They thought of them as doing many cruel and selfish things.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
Randy's love was not a selfish love.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
I am sure she is awfully selfish, and I do hate selfishness.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
If my heart faltered, it must not be supposed that my trepidations arose from any selfish considerations.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
You were not to have a millstone about your neck in the shape of a selfish, unsacrificing wife.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
All the warnings are to keep men from idleness, selfishness and sin.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker

In poetry:

O, life is short to him who gives
Long years for selfish pay;
In righteous cause, the soldier lives
A lifetime in a day.
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens
"Oh, doom beyond the saddest guess,
As the long years of God unroll,
To make thy dreary selfishness
The prison of a soul!
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If selfishly Thy love I seek,
I seek Thy love in vain.
Place at Thy side need none bespeak
Who shrink back from Thy pain.
"The Seeker" by Lucy Larcom
The deep voice answered to my own,
Smiting my selfish prayers away;
"To-morrow is with God alone,
And man hath but to-day.
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I scorn my own love's every sign,
So feeble, selfish, low,
If his love give no pledge that mine
Shall one day perfect grow.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
``Why should I selfishly remain
A simple mountain stream,
Or shrink, because some earthy stain
Cloudeth each heavenly dream?
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin

In news:

To me, that selfish action speaks volumes.
Why are some siblings so selfish .
The assumption that we're fundamentally selfish and display care towards others only as an afterthought, due to upbringing, or to make a good impression, receives support from a variety of observations.
In many ways, I actually think the real idea of open source is for it to allow everybody to be " selfish ", not about trying to get everybody to contribute to some common good.
No, open source only really works if everybody is contributing for their own selfish reasons.
In 'Hand Me Down,' teen rises above parental selfishness .
As Benkler explains it, offering payment "frames the interaction as business, signaling to us that it's therefore okay to be selfish .".
Making excuses for our children is incredibly selfish on our part.
A true victim of NFL selfishness .
Sprinkler Selfishness and the New US Fire Administration Chief.
BitTyrant is a new client that finds a way to be selfish within the BT protocols by selectively uploading to peers based on their upload capacity.
He is selfish in every aspect of his life.
Do you think setting up your friends is really sweet or totally selfish .
She's selfish and annoying, but she's Mom.
10 Selfish Athletes Who Put the "I" in "Teiam".

In science:

A selfish node, on the other hand, is an economically rational node whose objective is to maximize its own welfare, which is defined as the benefit of its actions minus the cost of its actions. Since forwarding a message will incur a cost, a selfish node will need incentive for doing it.
A Distributed Trust Management Framework for Detecting Malicious Packet Dropping Nodes in a Mobile Ad Hoc Network
Several equilibrium types are considered. Some point to selfish interactions, some are capturing more equitable solutions. The paper is structured as follows: Section II presents our proposed GT approach to CR emerging environments.
Emergence of Techno-Social Norms in Cognitive Radio Environments
This statement is rather hard to swallow as the first question that comes to mind is that how can selfishness lead to stability, this fact lead to rejection of Nash's theory by most other economists and politicians of the time.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?