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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Self (See Self-love, Selfishness, etc.)

Of all mankind each loves himself the best.


Born to myself, I like myself alone.


I to myself am dearer than a friend.


  • And though all cry down self, none means
  • His ownself in a literal sense.
  • Butler.

    Do you want to know the man against whom you have most reason to guard yourself? Your looking-glass will give you a very fair likeness of his face.


    We have this principal desire implanted in us by nature, that our first wish is to preserve ourselves.


  • Love took up the harp of Life, and smote on all the chords with might;
  • Smote the chord of Self, that, trembling, pass’d in music out of sight.
  • Tennyson.

  • Explore the dark recesses of the mind,
  • In the soul’s honest volume read mankind,
  • And own, in wise and simple, great and small,
  • The same grand leading principle in all,
  • ***and by whatever name we call
  • The ruling tyrant, self is all in all.
  • Churchill.