47 Quotes About Self Preservation

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Taking care of yourself is just one part of the overall requirement you must fulfill in day to day life. These quotes about self preservation serve as perfect examples to the drive and direction that your focus should be on.

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest.”

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”

“All I’m trying to do is not join my ancestral spirits just yet.”

“All men are, or ought to be free, possessing unalienable rights, and the high and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of self-preservation, to think, and act, and say as they please, while they maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other creatures, infringing upon none.”

“As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.”

“Careers, children and homemaking all come above preserving your appearance. Self-preservation is at the bottom of the scale.”

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

“Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.”

“Every day I run scared. That’s the only way I can stay ahead.”

“Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.”

“He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.”

“Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation.”

“In a world where change is inevitable and continuous, the need to achieve that change without violence is essential for survival.”

“In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise.”

“In the greater part of humankind there resides an instinct for survival. It is this which can clutch at straws and effect a rescue from them. It is this which can, now and then, outwit fate.”

“In truth, we exist and survive, not because of the ego, but in spite of it.”

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.”

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”

“Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.”

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.”

“Nature’s stern discipline enjoins mutual help at least as often as warfare. The fittest may also be the gentlest.”

“Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.”

“Once one determines that he or she has a mission in life, that’s it’s not going to be accomplished without a great deal of pain, and that the rewards in the end may not outweigh the pain –if you recognize historically that always happens, then when it comes, you survive it.”

“Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.”

“Resilience is the maintenance of high levels of positive affect and well-being in the face of adversity. It is not that resilient individuals never experience negative affect, but rather that the negative affect does not persist.”

“Rule of survival: Pack your own parachute.”

“Self love is the instrument of our preservation.”

“Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.”

“Survival is nothing more than recovery.”

“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”

“Survival often feels like an indignity.”

“Surviving means being born over and over again.”

“The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.”

“The faster you can signal for rescue, the faster you get out of that situation.”

“The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.”

“There’s so much that you can get mad about. Out of self-preservation, I focus on being grateful.”

“Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone.”

“To condemn spontaneous and delightful occupations because they are useless for self-preservation shows an uncritical prizing of life irrespective of its content.”

“To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.”

“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

“We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race.”

“We are survival machines — robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.”

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

“With the exception of the instinct of self-preservation, the propensity for emulation is probably the strongest and most alert and persistent of the economic motives proper.”

Having self forgiveness for yourself is the first step to living a joyful and full life.

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