Is it OK to be selfish?

Posted on: September 15th, 2008 by admin

Interesting article on looking after yourself.


Smart folks thinking out loud about being selfish.

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
-William Shakespeare, English writer

“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.”
– Judy Garland, American entertainer

“Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.”- Swami Sivananda, Indian monk

“Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments, Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know thyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at.”
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer

“Resolve to find thyself; and to know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.”
– Matthew Arnold, English writer

“There are two sentences inscribed upon the Delphic oracle, hugely accommodated to the usage of man’s life: “Know thyself,” and “Nothing too much”; and upon these all other precepts depend.”
-Plutarch, Greek writer

“Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.”
– Andre Gide, French writer

Michael Bungay Stanier is a professional keynote speaker, the author of the best selling coaching tool, Get Unstuck & Get Going …on the stuff that matters and the creator of Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun and The 5.75 Questions You’ve Been Avoiding. A certified coach and Rhodes Scholar, he works with teams and organizations to help them do less Good Work and more Great Work.

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