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She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
  unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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  • She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
  • She describes altruism as "heroism lite."
  • Suppose I had never wished to take any money at all, but had set out in pure altruism to serve the people.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • What if they took those same savvy, socially connected, altruistic people and gave them condoms to hand out, or educated them in the kinds of health information that drug addicts desperately need to know?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point

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  • I wasn’t sure exactly how to talk about this, because I was essentially about to ask Maxon if he knew he was sitting on top of something that was much less altruistic than the public had been led to believe.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • If this is to be a full and honest account of my life and deeds, I feel I should mention that my reasons for inviting Ben into our troupe were not entirely altruistic.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Just because we sometimes warned one or two of you beforehand doesn’t make us altruistic."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "" The attitudes of a good many soldiers on this matter were more pragmatic than altruistic.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • As if such an altruistic sentiment could have the vaguest effect on this caricature of a Nazi, who was already being besieged by knocks at the door and an irruptive jangle of the telephone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I left the courtyard, wondering whether in fact his gallant gesture had been quite so altruistic as I supposed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • How many corpses do you intend to pile up before you renounce it-your guns, your power, your controls and the whole of your miserable altruistic creed?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • When he spoke, his words echoed with a dignity more suited to the glorious recounting of altruism than that of a confession.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • (The latter is a reference to Tolstoy’s protagonist and alter ego, Pierre Bezuhov, altruistic, questing, illegitimately born.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Is it because of an altruistic desire to share it with his people and give the old men back their youthful strength?
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • They are surprised that he did it, though, which shows you that the male mind expects very little in the way of altruism from its fellows.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Alberto is a very altruistic person.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It was very simple, and at the end of that moving appeal to every altruistic sentiment it blazed at you, luminous and terrifying, like a flash of lightning in a serene sky: ’Exterminate all the brutes!’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • —Dedalus, said MacCann crisply, I believe you’re a good fellow but you have yet to learn the dignity of altruism and the responsibility of the human individual.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I It was a new idea—the ecclesiastical and altruistic life as distinct from the intellectual and emulative life.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Centered in this hub-point, the question of selfishness or altruism disappears.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Miss Farish’s surprise and gratitude confirmed this feeling, and Lily parted from her with a sense of self-esteem which she naturally mistook for the fruits of altruism.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It’s altruism.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • I am by no means convinced that themotives of the accused were as altruistic as they wish the court to believe.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • If, indeed, it was altruism.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • When a marriageable young woman urges matrimony on an unencumbered young man the most obvious explanation of her conduct is not the altruistic impulse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I am no altruist, but I guess I owe something to the race that I leech off of.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Of course, LEAR is not a sermon in favour of altruism.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • We are neurologically constructed so that we gain huge personal dividends from altruism.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • My motives weren’t entirely altruistic, though.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • The Archivists aren’t altruistic.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • An altruistic act is an act performed for the welfare of others.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • You’re not generally considered altruistic.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • And I’m sure you must admire her altruistic ideas—they’d just fall in with yours, I suppose, now.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • I’m not altruistic, like you.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • When a marriageable young woman urges matrimony on an unencumbered young man the most obvious explanation of her conduct is not the altruistic impulse.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Soon she took his altruism so much for granted that on several occasions she knocked on his door asking him in tears to protect her from her benefactor.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • First the ladies’ man and now the great altruist; well traveled but still grounded; worldly but still cognizant of the things that really mattered.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Their discovery: when people are given a small stipend for donating blood rather than simply being praised for their altruism, they tend to donate less blood.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • You meet them sometimes like that, and are surprised to discover unexpectedly a familiar turn of thought, an unobscured vision, a tenacity of purpose, a touch of altruism.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The man, a workman out of employment, is young, agile, a talker, a poser, sharp enough to be capable of anything in reason except honesty or altruistic considerations of any kind.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Though the halfling realized that Cassius would not back away from the plan that he had set in motion, the spokesman’s confidence relayed an altruistic spirit to Regis that was genuinely comforting.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • But the stance of the fast food industry on issues involving employee training, the minimum wage, labor unions, and overtime pay strongly suggests that its motives in hiring the young, the poor, and the handicapped are hardly altruistic. stroking
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Hans Castorp’s impulse for altruistic enterprise was stronger than his cousin’s reluctance—manifest primarily in Joachim’s silence and lowered gaze—because, barring an admission of a lack of Christian charity, he had no cogent explanation to offer.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Isn’t he one of the affirmative forces in the Wall, earning money with his salvage business, using it more or less altruistically, teaching his crew of stray kids, abandoned some of them, pregnant one or two, runaways, throwaways—giving them a sense of responsibility and self-worth?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He will risk the stake and the cross; starve, when necessary, in a garret all his life; study women and live on their work and care as Darwin studied worms and lived upon sheep; work his nerves into rags without payment, a sublime altruist in his disregard of himself, an atrocious egotist in his disregard of others.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Los Angeles was the most glamorous, tackiest, most elegant, seediest, most clever, dumbest, most beautiful, ugliest, forward-looking, retro-thinking, altruistic, self-absorbed, deal-savvy, politically ignorant, artistic-minded, criminal-loving, meaning-obsessed, money-grubbing, laid-back, frantic city on the planet.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • "Altruism seems to come more naturally to it than lies," Jared noted.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • a) acquaintance initiated in September 1903 in the establishment of George Mesias, merchant tailor and outfitter, 5 Eden Quay, b) hospitality extended and received in kind, reciprocated and reappropriated in person, c) comparative youth subject to impulses of ambition and magnanimity, colleagual altruism and amorous egoism, d) extraracial attraction, intraracial inhibition, supraracial prerogative, e) an imminent provincial musical tour, common current expenses, net proceeds divided.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Then you don’t believe in altruism?"
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Mankind had grown to trust them, and to accept without question the superhuman altruism that had kept Karellen and his companions so long exiled from their homes.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
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