• WordNet 3.6
    • n unselfishness acting generously
    • n unselfishness the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others "rural people show more devotion and unselfishness than do their urban cousins"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unselfishness The character or state of being unselfish; generosity; thoughtfulness for others.
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  • Mark Twain
    “The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.”
  • Barbara Bush
    Barbara Bush
    “You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.”
  • David Seabury
    “A wise unselfishness is not a surrender of yourself to the wishes of anyone, but only to the best discoverable course of action.”
  • Israel Zangwill
    Israel Zangwill
    “Selfishness is the only real atheism; unselfishness the only real religion.”
  • Pat Riley
    “When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.”


In literature:

Certainly not the power of love, pity, heroism, and unselfish devotion to ideals.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Though elephants are very unselfish animals, they behave like human beings when brought to the last extremity.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
It is an unselfish and sober appeal for justice to another member of the Negro race.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
Among the most unselfish and devoted laborers for the slave was Benjamin Lundy.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
If wealth were sought for unselfish ends, then it would make its possessor happy.
"Who Are Happiest? and Other Stories" by T. S. Arthur
His enthusiasm was contagious; she forgot all her fears, of a personal nature, and became in an instant the true woman and unselfish friend.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Youth isn't considerate, experienced, unselfish, patient.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
He was one of the most faithful worshippers at her shrine, and her pretty wisdom and unselfishness had won her many.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Another of her principles was that God put us into the world to be good, to be unselfish.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
For instance: Given, an unselfish mother with a special ambition for her rebellious selfish daughter.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz

In poetry:

And Jack Canuck's unselfish,
He lets the honors go
All to his British brother,
When war time bugles blow.
"Jack Canuck" by Abner Cosens
``You now have learnt enough from pain;
And, if worse anguish lurk behind,
Breathe in it some unselfish strain,
And with grief's wisdom aid your kind.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Living hearts have scantly time
To feel some other heart most dear,
Scarce can love the love sublime
Unselfishly sincere,--
Death nips it in its prime!
"The Riddle Head" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
O woman-star, arise once more
And shine to bid your land advance:
The old heroic trust in God restore,
Renew the brave, unselfish hopes of yore,
And give a heart to France!
"Jeanne d'Arc" by Henry Van Dyke
In our hearts, Garibaldi! thy place hath been given
Near Liberty's martyr, our Wallace, in Heaven:
Like valour, like virtues, unselfish and pure;
Thou conquer'd, hast suffer'd, hast learned to endure.
"Verses" by Janet Hamilton
Deeds pure and noble, gladly done,
Unselfish work for sickly souls
When sorrow in black surges rolls
And gloomy darkness hides the sun,--
These in their truth make more the man
Than royal aim or princely plan.
"Truest Heroes Are Unknown" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

Money raised by two boys from Lake View will not make or break the SPCA Serving Erie County budget, but their unselfish act should serve as an example to young and old alike.
The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines altruism as the "unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others".
Lost in translation of the definition of depth: unselfishness .
Unselfish Al Jefferson becoming triple threat.
"His position dictates an unselfishness ," Neumann said.
Bruised and battered, Brockman leaves a legacy of unselfish play.
It should be an eager, unselfish varsity girls basketball team entertaining fans at Hardin Valley Academy during the program's inaugural season.
Unselfish Celtics stars are focused on winning.
"The ball is popping, it's moving, the unselfishness has become contagious," Spoelstra said.
No-kill commentary: Your pets' antics don't change their unselfish love.
Unselfishness with the ball pays dividends for the Spurs.
US women's soccer Olympic gold medal reflects team's unselfishness and spirit.
Brunner's unselfishness , takeover ability drives Bulldogs to title.
His professional poise under dangerous conditions, with the nearby truck explosions and fire, made his act of unselfish bravery all the more impressive.
Oakland – As we focus our energies, resources and collective spirits to acknowledge and commemorate another Black August, we give thanks to those who continue to unselfishly recognize and work on behalf of our political prisoners.