Altruism Quotes by Marcel Proust, George Eliot, Joseph Conrad, Raymond E. Feist, Norman Cousins, Bart Starr and many others.
Egoism , which is the moving force of the world, and altruism , which is its morality , these two contradictory instincts , of which one is so plain and the other so mysterious, cannot serve us unless in the incomprehensible alliance of their irreconcilable antagonism.
To talk about the need for perfection in man is to talk about the need for another species. The essence of man is imperfection. Imperfection and blazing contradictions-between mixed good and evil, altruism and selfishness, cooperativeness and combativeness, optimism and fatalism, affirmation and negation.
There’s no such thing as altruism.
Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
Enthusiasm is the thing which makes the world go round. Without its driving power, nothing worth doing has ever been done. Love, friendship, religion, altruism, devotion to career or hobby-all these, and most of the other good things of life, are forms of enthusiasm.
By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.
I think there is a level of altruism that wants to help fellow human beings.
Self-interest, to be sure, is one of the most important, but we have many other motives – honesty, self-respect, altruism, love, sympathy, faith, sense of duty, solidarity, loyalty, public-spiritedness, patriotism, and so on – that are sometimes even more important than self-seeking as the driver of our behaviors.
In 2010, my two Harvard mathematician colleagues and I dismantled kin-selection theory, which was the reigning theory of the origin of altruism at the time.
Love is the most ethically consistent experience, because selfishness and altruism no longer seem opposed or in conflict.
People who criticize The Selfish Gene like that often haven‘t read it. The selfish gene accounts for altruism toward kin and individuals who might be in a position to reciprocate your altruism.
There’s a fine line between participation and mockery.
We become compassionate not from altruism which denies the self for the sake of the other, but from the insight that sees and feels one is the other.
Force, governmental coercion, is the instrument by which the ethics of altruism – the belief that the individual exists to serve others – is translated into political reality.
What [Margaret Thatcher] made a play for was the acquisitive: our greedy nature. She set aside other things like an identification with community, altruism. The only collective that she understood was: Rally around and slay the enemy.
Acknowledging someone is an act of altruism in the first place, so converting that act of altruism into a pizza party or company fleece jacket or a gift card is fine, but it’s not in keeping with spirit in which it all began.
Most people understand that sexual lust has to do with propagating genes. Copulation in nature tends to lead to reproduction and so to more genetic copies. But in modern society, most copulations involve contraception, designed precisely to avoid reproduction. Altruism probably has origins like those of lust.
Many of our moments of prosociality, of altruism and Good Samaritanism, are acts of restitution, attempts to counter our antisocial moments.
The semimetaphysical problems of the individual and society, of egoism and altruism, of freedom and determinism, either disappear or remain in the form of different phases in the organization of a consciousness that is fundamentally social.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars.
Will we rise to the challenge and prove our capacity for genuine altruism by ending our ruthless exploitation of the species in our power, not because we are forced to do so by rebels or terrorists, but because we recognize that our position is morally indefensible?
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
When we see social relationships controlled everywhere by the principles which Jesus illustrated in life — trust, love, mercy, and altruism — then we shall know that the kingdom of God is here.
Effective altruism is the form of altruism in which we bring our rational capacities to bear in order to do the most good that we can.
Altruism is one of the most fundamentally social impulses, and doing things for others without expecting anything in return is core to what makes us human. This is why, from the day Facebook Platform launched in 2007, Causes has been honored to be one of the most popular applications, with over 140 million users.
If you look into their [chimpanzees] eyes, you know you’re looking into a thinking mind. They teach us that we are not the only beings with personalities, minds capable of rational thought, altruism and a sense of humor. That leads to new respect for other animals, respect for the environment and respect for all life.
Most men have always wanted as much as they could get; and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism.
Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement which tries to work out the most effective ways to improve the world. Effective altruists – conform to old-school utilitarian principles – consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that they believe brings about the greatest positive impact.
Altruism demands that an individual serve others, but doesnвЂ™t stipulate whether those others should be oneвЂ™s family, or the homeless, or society as a whole. Collectivism states that, in politics, society comes first and the individual must obey. Collectivism is the application of the altruist ethics to politics.
Because I took an oath to help people. To protect them from The League and any corrupt government. (Devyn) Yeah, and I know people better than to believe that for even an instant. Altruism is dead. People use and they take until youвЂ™re nothing but a bleeding corpse on the ground at their feet. (Alix)
Be warned that if you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Give worshipfully. Our giving is a reflexive response to God’s grace. It doesn’t come out of our altruism – it comes out of the transforming work of Christ in us.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
The root of happiness is altruism – the wish to be of service to others.
The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest.
There is a whole field of inquiry that has come up in the last 30 or 40 years – some call it sociobiology or evolutionary psychology – relating to where we get our moral sense and why we value the idea of altruism, and locating both answers in behavioral adaptations for the preservation of our genes.
General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocite, flatterer.
Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it is an enemy.
Altruism is a hard master, but so is opportunism.
Do you know that my personal crusade in life (in the philosophical sense) is not merely to fight collectivism, nor to fight altruism? These are only consequences, effects, not causes. I am out after the real cause, the real root of evil on earth the irrational.
True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.
In the development of mankind as a whole, just as in individuals, love alone acts as the civilizing factor in the sense that it brings a change from egoism to altruism.
Altruism, especially involving basic freedoms, can be what shareholders value most.
When you engage in compassion, and you hear a distressing sound, like someone calling for help, there is an activation in an area of the brain called the insular, which has to do with empathy and altruism, that is vastly more activated than in non-meditators.
Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.