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


There is but one virtue—the eternal sacrifice of self.

George Sand.

Self-abnegation is a trait most often seen in women, rarely in men.

Achilles Poincelot.

He who is wise puts aside all claims which may dissipate his attention, and confining himself to one branch excels in that.


The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.


The secret of being loved is in being lovely; and the secret of being lovely is in being unselfish.

J. C. Holland.