71 Selfless Quotes on Selflessness and Putting Others First

Someone who is selfless is more concerned with the wants and desires of others than with their own.

Being unselfish allows us to identify and connect with people, which is fulfilling in and of itself.

Because we aren’t behaving out of pride or a desire to be seen, it helps to deflate our egos.

Selflessness allows us to act from our hearts and souls rather than our egos, allowing us to access our actual desires.

Here is the best collection of selfless quotes and sayings. You can read, enjoy and share these quotes about being selfless with your friends and family members.


Best Selfless Quotes

Real living is living for others. ~ Bruce Lee.

Man is an animal that makes bargains, no other animal does this, no dog exchanges bones with another. ~ Adam Smith.

A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

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I won’t be a slave to the past. I’ll love where I choose. ~ Thomas Hardy.

Service of self is best developed in dealings of service to others. ~ Tyler J. Hebert.

Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. ~ Sivananda.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. ~ Gautama Buddha.

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. ~ Lawrence Peter Berra.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. ~ Jonathan Swift.

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. ~ Walt Disney.

There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it. ~ Charles Edward Montague.

Selfless action is a source of strength. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Selfless service alone gives the needed strength and courage to awaken the sleeping humanity in one’s heart. ~ Sai Baba.

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment. ~ Anthony Robbins.

Famous Selfless Quotes

Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve. ~ Marianne Williamson.

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. ~ Helen Keller.

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The more selfless service you do, the more successful you will. ~ Dr. Pillai.

Do some selfless service for people who are in need. Consider the whole picture, not just our little selves. ~ Nina Hagen.

The key to selfless giving is that you feel good when you do it and you feel good afterwards. ~ Frederick Lindemann.

Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless. ~ Mortimer Adler.

Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. ~ Helen Keller.

Selflessness is of its very nature. Self-discipline is its requirement. Prayer opens its reservoir of power. ~ Gordon B Hinckley.

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. ~ Dalai Lama.

Selfless love is always costly, fear can’t afford it, pride doesn’t understand it and friends never forget it. ~ Bob Goff.

If selfishness is the key to being miserable, then selflessness must be the key to being happy! ~ Joyce Meyer.

If a few companies were less greedy, the people at the bottom would have a lot more. ~ Chris Martin.

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. ~ Thomas Carlyle.

Popular Selfless Quotes

When no one is selfless in a relationship, there is war. When one is selfless, there is peace. When both are selfless, there is joy. ~ Royce White.

Selfless acts are a source of profound meaning for yourself and your life. ~ Ron Kaufman.

My fast is, among other things, meant to qualify me for achieving that equal and selfless love. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Change comes when humanity becomes Self-LESS. ~ Pamela J. Wells.

With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. ~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others. ~ Mandy Hale.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~ Kahlil Gibran.

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. ~ Jane Addams.

Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte.

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. ~ Michael Jordan.

Give until it hurts. ~ Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.

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Every unselfish act of love whispers God’s name. ~ Bob Goff.

I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It’s important not to focus on yourself too much. ~ Nicole Kidman.

I was born in front of a camera and really don’t know anything else. ~ Joan Crawford.

Then give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. ~ Madeline Bridges.

Witnessing a selfless act brings tears to remind us how we should be treating others. ~ Bryant McGill.

You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean. ~ Mitch Albom.

Top Selfless Quotes

Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. ~ Imran Khan.

I went into the business for the money and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth. ~ Charlie Chaplin.

Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless. ~ Edward Albert.

The ultimate mystery is one’s own self. ~ Sammy Davis.

If you’re old, don’t try to change yourself, change your environment. ~ B. F. Skinner.

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. ~ Napoleon Hill.

Without selfless service, no one ever receives the fruits of their rewards. ~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~ John Wooden.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~ Mother Teresa.

Desire is the root of selfishness; clear your heart of desire and be selfless. Selflessness is the key to inner peace. ~ Christofer Drew.

Only a life lived for others is a life worth living. ~ Albert Einstein.

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. ~ Og Mandino.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~ James Keller.

Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood. Will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic. ~ Indira Gandhi.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. ~ Dalai Lama XIV.

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love, the more they give, the more they possess. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke.

Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital In a badly-fitting suit on a cold wet morning. Selfishness is like listening to good jazz with drinks for further orders and a huge fire. ~ Philip Larkin.

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What’s in it for me? ~ Brian Tracy.

The key to a self-fulfilled life lies in consistent selfless deeds. ~ Edmond Mbiaka.

Short Selfless Quotes

Love is selfless. The key is giving up yourself. ~ Zac Hanson.

The best mantrum is selfless giving because as you repeat it again and again, you change. ~ Frederick Lenz.

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A pure love is a selfless love, but can desire ever be selfless? ~ John Dufresne.

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. ~ Buddha.

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees. ~ Pablo Neruda.

When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other, they look in the same direction. ~ Ginger Rogers.

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~ Saint Augustine.


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Chandan Negi

I’m Chandan Negi, the Founder of Internet Pillar. I love sharing quotes and sayings to inspire and motivate people.