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Definition of Self-Interest


  1. Private interest; the interest or advantage of one's self.

Self-Interest Quotations

Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest.
Charles Baudelaire

Adam Smith pointed out that there were three things that make us more prosperous, in a general sort of way: freedom to pursue our own self-interest; specialization, which he called division of labor; and freedom of trade.
P. J. O'Rourke

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

People who volunteer at the recycling center or soup kitchen through a church or neighborhood group can come to feel part of something 'larger.' Such a sense of belonging calls on a different part of a self than the market calls on. The market calls on our sense of self-interest. It focuses us on what we 'get.'
Arlie Russell Hochschild
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Self-Interest Translations

self-interest in Swedish is egennytta
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