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Definition self-centered
  • She is too egocentric to be a good leader.
egocentric = self-centered
  • In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Theirs was the demented cruelty of egocentric children, and somehow this made their insensate beastliness much more heartbreaking.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • "If we hadn't begun to compete and play egocentric games, Cross would never have found out anything about us.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • I suppose you could call it the egocentrism of a child, of all young children, but I considered her a less finished version of myself.
    Louise Erdrich  --  The Leap
  • Like many in the flavor industry, he has an Old World, old-fashioned sensibility which seems out of step with our brand-conscious, egocentric age.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • She felt a curious sympathy for her younger self, as well as an embarrassed hindsight in how foolish and egocentric she had been.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • On the minus side, he was egocentric and had a loudmouth sense of humour that especially bothered Bublanski.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • He's the kind of guy whose head belongs mounted on a wall with a plaque that reads 'Typical Egocentric Male.'
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • The retaining of it represented, on the other hand, an impulse to egocentric self-aggrandizement.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Daniel Webster, according to his critics, fruitlessly appeased the slavery forces, Thomas Hart Benton was an unyielding and pompous egocentric, Sam Houston was cunning, changeable and unreliable.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The only reason I bring all this up is to explain the misunderstanding between the French doctor and the American actress, who, egocentric as she was, imagined herself the victim of envy or misogyny.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She had a curious trick of pursing her lips reflectively before she spoke; she liked to take her time, and came to the point after interminable divagations down all the lane-ends of memory and overtone, feasting upon the golden pageant of all she had ever said, done, felt, thought, seen, or replied, with egocentric delight.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Surely if there were any truth in the notion that reading fiction greatly increased our capacity for empathy then college English departments, which have by far the densest concentration of fiction readers in human history, would be legendary for their absence of back-stabbing, competitive ill-will, factional rage, and egocentric self-promoters; they'd be the one place where disputes are most often quickly and amiably resolved by mutual empathetic engagement.
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • What she lacked in vocal power and, at the moment, in skill, she compensated for by a quality so mysteriously and implacably egocentric that no one has ever been able to name it.
    James Baldwin  --  Another Country
  • The divinity itself became his terror; for, obviously, if one is oneself one's god, then God himself, thewill of God, the power that would destroy one's egocentric system, becomes a monster.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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