„I'm backing David Cameron's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest.“

"Conference Diary", The Independent, 5 October 2005, p. 7.
On The 2005 Conservative Leadership Contest.
2000s, 2005

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Boris Johnson
britischer Journalist, Publizist, Schriftsteller und Politi… 1964

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„Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him.“

—  Claire Rayner British writer 1931 - 2010

Deathbed statement. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8059107/Agony-aunt-Claire-Rayners-deathbed-warning-to-haunt-Cameron-over-NHS.html

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„I have to say that everybody from David Cameron to half this panel say, "Wouldn't it be terrible if we were like Norway and Switzerland?" Really? They're rich. They're happy. They're self governing.“

—  Nigel Farage British politician and former commodity broker 1964

Speaking on BBC Question Time in Lincoln https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTDByiSRerk, 17 January 2013.

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„I'm interested in politics, but I'm out of politics.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

2010s, 2011, Speech at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation (2011)
Kontext: I'm interested in politics, but I'm out of politics. You know, I like to watch it.

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„A national election campaign is not a conflict of self-interest, with the prize going to the highest bidder. It is an occasion for a re-statement of faith, a renewal of zeal, and a clear vision of the future.“

—  Robert Menzies Australian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Australia 1894 - 1978

Election speech, Canterbury, Victoria, 29 October, 1958 https://electionspeeches.moadoph.gov.au/speeches/1958-robert-menzies
Second Term as Prime Minister (1949-1966)

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„I'm a cynical idealist.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, buch This Side of Paradise

Quelle: This Side of Paradise

„In the race of life, always back self-interest; at least you know it's trying.“

—  Jack Lang

Fickle fate: Labor keeping an eye out for goddess Fortuna http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/fickle-fate-labor-keeping-an-eye-out-for-goddess-fortuna-20130609-2ny82.html, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 2013

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„We cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical.“

—  Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964

2010s, 2016 Democratic National Convention (2016)

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„You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and you can't change human nature from intelligent self-interest into pure idealism—not in this life; and if you could, what would be left for paradise?“

—  Joseph Gurney Cannon American politician 1836 - 1926

Maxim quoted in a tribute to Cannon on his retirement, reported in The Sun, Baltimore, Maryland (March 4, 1923); Congressional Record (March 4, 1923), vol. 64, p. 5714.

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„Valentine's Day purely commercial, cynical enterprise, anyway. Matter of supreme indifference to me.“

—  Helen Fielding, buch Bridget Jones's Diary

Quelle: Bridget Jones's Diary

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„Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody's ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.“

—  David Foster Wallace American fiction writer and essayist 1962 - 2008

Quelle: A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

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„It is difficult for a fool's habits to change to selflessness. … Because we do most things relying only on our own sagacity we become self-interested, turn our backs on reason, and things do not turn out well.“

—  Tsunetomo Yamamoto, buch Hagakure

Variant translation: When all your judgements are based on your own wisdom, you tend towards selfishness and fail by straying from the right path. Your own judgements are narrow minded and have no persuasive power or growth for others. It is best to consult a wise man when a fit decision does not occur to you. A wise man is a fair judge from an objective point of view. He is passing judgement for the benefit of others, not for his own sake. A judgement passed using only one's own wisdom is just like thrusting a stick into the ground and expecting it to grow!
Hagakure (c. 1716)
Kontext: It is difficult for a fool's habits to change to selflessness.... Because we do most things relying only on our own sagacity we become self-interested, turn our backs on reason, and things do not turn out well. As seen by other people this is sordid, weak, narrow and inefficient. When one is not capable of true intelligence, it is good to consult with someone of good sense. An advisor will fulfill the Way when he makes a decision by selfless and frank intelligence because he is not personally involved. This way of doing things will certainly be seen by others as being strongly rooted. It is, for example, like a large tree with many roots. One man's intelligence is like a tree that has been simply stuck in the ground.
We learn about the sayings and deeds of the men of old in order to entrust ourselves to their wisdom and prevent selfishness. When we throw off our own bias, follow the sayings of the ancients, and confer with other people, matters should go well and without mishap.

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„The Sanders campaign has brought out a lot of idealism and energy that the progressive movement needs. It has also, however, brought out a streak of petulant self-righteousness among some supporters. Has it brought out that streak in the candidate, too?“

—  Paul Krugman American economist 1953

Sanders Over The Edge http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/08/opinion/sanders-over-the-edge.html (April 8, 2016)
The New York Times Columns

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„Altruism is masked self-interest. Aggressive self-interest is a masked urge to self-destruction.“

—  Greg Bear, buch The Forge of God

Quelle: The Forge of God (1987), Chapter 52 (p. 352)

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„Barack Obama’s campaign of empty self-contradictory promises has apparently hoodwinked the state of Wyoming…“

—  Charles Foster Johnson American musician 1953

March 8, 2008 http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=29193&only

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