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  • The narcissistic teenage girl spent hours checking her makeup in a mirror everyday.
  • "I think narcissism is one of my most interesting qualities. Don’t you?"
  • The paradox about narcissism is that we all have this streak of egotism. Eighty percent of people think they’re better than average.
    Mark Leary
  • Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism.
    Sigmund Freud

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  • They think the world revolves around them and they are not considerate. They are not kind. They are trapped in a cage of narcissism we have built for them.
    P.M. Forni
  • "I’m too ugly to be a narcissist," he said.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • twins all bound up in tandem narcissism
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Narcissist?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Really, the narcissism of today’s youth!"
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • At a tender age he had developed mange, or leprosy, or some other such infantile disease, and had lost all his hair, never to recover it — a tragedy which may have had a bearing on the fact that, when I knew him, he had already devoted fifteen years of his life to a study of the relationship between summer molt and incipient narcissism in pocket gophers.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • The forensic psychiatrist I’d hired to examine him said Johnny Wayne was a narcissist, a pathological liar, and a sociopath, and those were his good qualities.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Drawing away slightly from the mirror, she caught a narcissistic gleam of her familiar beauty, dwelling persistently beneath the white mask, and this gave her a long moment of comfort.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A raging narcissist, of course.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But in AIA, Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with Cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Why did I feel this connection with him, why did I feel like he "carried part of me with him" in that prison cell? I worried that I was just being melodramatic or narcissistic.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • This correspondence, as one might expect, reflected sharply divergent points of view: Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals; others fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity, and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Thomas Mann, a German, sends his elderly writer to Venice to die (in Death in Venice, 1912), but not before discovering a nasty streak of pederasty and narcissism in himself.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "And you should have just seen my little feet twinkle up Sargent and around the corner into Bailey Place," was the way she narcissistically painted her flight.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • That is, although he looked into the mirror while he lathered, he didn’t watch where his brush was moving but, instead, looked directly into his own eyes, as though his eyes were neutral territory, a no man’s land in a private war against narcissism he had been fighting since he was seven or eight years old.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The life of a narcissist is often cluttered.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • And that narcissism will soon doom him.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "She’s the least narcissistic woman I’ve ever met," one of the woman interns told me.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • "What’s so urgent, you little narcissist?"
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • "Margo’s parents suffer a severe narcissistic injury whenever she acts out," Dad said to me.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • On a day normally given over to narcissism, I must consider my family and give nourishment to another living creature.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "You young rascal, you!" he said, giving Eugene another jerk, and beginning to laugh with narcissistic pleasure.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Since I couldn’t say what I really felt, which was that you had to be a pretty serious narcissist to give a picture of yourself as a gift, I told her, "It’s beautiful."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • It meant about as much to me as that insipid peace sign that was everywhere I looked: just another symbol of a generation’s sentimentality, of its narcissistic worship of its own past glories.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Teleborian, who had many years of experience with the patient, had determined that Salander was suffering from a serious mental disturbance and employed terms such as psychopathy, pathological narcissism, and paranoid schizophrenia.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Phillip is narcissistic and only does things that benefit him, and I’ve come to realize this has been the case all along.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • Frequently this disorder is accompanied by many features of other Personality Disorders, such as Schizotypal, Histrionic, Narcissistic, and Antisocial Personality Disorders.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • NICK: (Narcissistic, but not directly for MARTHA) Well, you never know . (Shrugs) . you know . once you have it .
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • ) He spoke sternly about the danger of "seeking false happiness in a variety of narcissistic pleasures."
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • I’m a narcissist at heart."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • This leaves only about 30 percent of the users with "average" looks, including a paltry 1 percent with "less than average" looks—which suggests that the typical online dater is either a fabulist, a narcissist, or simply resistant to the meaning of "average.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • I thought you were a narcissist.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Maybe I was a narcissist or something, but when I realized it there in that moment at Oranjee, it made me like him even more.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • On the one hand, for eighteen years I had been taught that schools are bad and kids learn bad things there and peer pressure can ruin a child’s life forever; but when I consider who I heard all this stuff from, a kidnapper, rapist, pedophile, narcissistic, pervert, I can only come to one conclusion.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • I also left room for the possibility that they had adapted to this dynamic out of necessity, the quiet daughter eclipsed by the attention-diverting self-absorbed mother routine, that Madaline’s narcissism was perhaps an act of kindness, of maternal protectiveness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Ahead flowed sluices of silver light, deep slabs of shadow, polished, wiped, rinsed with images of themselves and others whose souls, passing, scoured the glass with their agony, curried the cold ice with their narcissism, or sweated the angles and flats with their fear.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The flames of hedonism, the flames of narcissism, the flames of self-centered morality are licking at the very foundations of our society, the family unit.
    Bob Barr
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