A Quote by Lazurus Long on interest, nature, and self-interest

Never appeal to a man's 'better nature,' he may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

Lazurus Long

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A Quote by Joseph R. Sizoo, D.D. on democracy, freedom, interest, nations, and self-interest

Some of us have turned our freedom into exploitation, our land into a dust bowl. We can't make a nation strong when it is held together by the rotten rope of self-interest. Too often we think of democracy only in terms of getting our rights.

Joseph R. Sizoo

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A Quote by James F. Byrnes on friendship, interest, life, and self-interest

Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.

James F. Byrnes

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A Quote by Immanuel Kant on action, duty, interest, joy, kindness, maxims, motives, pleasure, satisfaction, self-interest, vanity, work, and worth

To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations. . . . For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Fundamental Principles of THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on animals, beginning, humanity, interest, self-interest, and survival

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Edward Dahlberg on heart, interest, energy, self-interest, and service

The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts -the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria -are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.

Edward Dahlberg

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on duty, interest, and self-interest

More things are left undone through neglect of duty than through neglect of self-interest.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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