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  • Suppose I had never wished to take any money at all, but had set out in pure altruism to serve the people.
  • He was a sort of one-man holding company of altruism.
  • It’s amusing, Howard, to see you in the role of an altruist.
  • It’s not altruism.
  • The inspection made the mink coats seem warmer and their wearers’ rights to them incontestable, since it established superiority and altruistic virtue together, in a demonstration more potent than a visit to a morgue.
  • I’m not an altruist, Gail.
  • Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.
  • You won’t be able to, unless you understand that I’m giving you a trust which is more sacred—and nobler, if you like the word—than any altruistic purpose you could name.
  • Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose.
  • But it does not include the sphere of the gangster, the altruist and the dictator.
  • Of course, Toohey would tell me that this is not what he means by altruism.
  • What begins where altruism ends?
  • So after centuries of being pounded with the doctrine that altruism is the ultimate ideal, men have accepted it in the only way it could be accepted.
  • Tell men that altruism is the ideal.
  • Altruism is of great help in this.
  • Altruism is the doctrine which demands that man live for others and place others above self.
  • But the second-hander has used altruism as a weapon of exploitation and reversed the base of mankind’s moral principles.
  • But this is the essence of altruism.
  • Such is the nature of altruism.
  • As poles of good and evil, he was offered two conceptions: egotism and altruism.
  • Altruism—the sacrifice of self to others.
  • Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism?
  • This country was not based on selfless service, sacrifice, renunciation or any precept of altruism.
  • That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it.
  • But I am not an altruist.
  • He preaches altruism.
  • He invented altruism.
  • Yet the work of the creators has eliminated one form of disease after another, in man’s body and spirit, and brought more relief from suffering than any altruist could ever conceive.
  • In the realm of greatest importance—the realm of values, of judgment, of spirit, of thought—they place others above self, in the exact manner which altruism demands.
  • They were permitted to do it by the general implication that the altruistic purpose of the building superseded all rights and that I had no claim to stand against it.
  • Altruism?
  • The Banner ran an expose on the housing racket: the graft, the incompetence, the structures erected at five times the cost a private builder would have needed, the settlements built and abandoned, the horrible performance accepted, admired, forgiven, protected by the sacred cow of altruism.

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  • She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
  • She describes altruism as "heroism lite."

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