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Selflessness   /sˈɛlfləsnɪs/   Listen

The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.  Synonym: altruism.
Acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity.  Synonym: self-sacrifice.

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"Selflessness" Quotes from Famous Books

... can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, ...
— U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses • Various

... demi-vierge before Marcel Prevost. Not as admirable as either Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina, Hedda Gabler married George Tesman for speculation. He had promised her the Falk villa—the scene plays up in Christiania—and he expected a professorship; these, with a little ready money and the selflessness of Aunt Julia, were so many bribes for the anxious Hedda, whose first youth had been heedlessly danced away ...
— Ivory Apes and Peacocks • James Huneker

... down for an hour and composed my mind. I was angry this morning with Mary. Ah, how petty! Shall I never be free from the bonds of my own nature? Is the better self within me never to rise to the sublime heights of selflessness of which it is capable? Rose at four and wrote to Mary, forgiving her. This has been a ...
— Not that it Matters • A. A. Milne

Words linked to "Selflessness" :   self-abnegation, selfless, cooperation, altruism, egoism, abnegation, unselfishness, self-denial, denial, self-renunciation

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