Best Quotes About Narcissism

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. -Sigmund Freud

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves. -Daniel J. Boorstin

We're making far too big a deal out of our sexual preferences. It's just another form of narcissism, and I think it can be a big problem and a tremendous obstacle. -Andrew Cohen

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. -Andre Dubus III

It's also that comedians don't have the kind of narcissism that actors have. They're writers who perform their own material. It's more interesting. And they're sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone. -Rachel Weisz

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity. -Diana Vreeland

It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing. -Russell Brand

Having a child makes you realize the importance of life – narcissism goes out the window. Heaven on earth is looking at my little boy. The minute he was born, I knew if I never did anything other than being a mom, I'd be fine. -Jenny McCarthy

I love Twitter! At first I made fun of it, because it is very narcissistic, and there's already so much narcissism flowing in this industry, I was like, 'Really, one more?' So I was against it at first. But I really love the idea of the direct connection – there's no middle man muddling it up. -Kelly Clarkson

The great accomplishment of Jobs's life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies – his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness – in the service of perfection. -Malcolm Gladwell

Parents are supposed to give the child back to herself with love. If they've got duct tape over their eyes because of narcissism, it doesn't happen. -Jane Fonda

This may sound a little harsh, but I don't care about my career. Really, I don't like actors who are always planning what they're going to do next or always worrying about doing something that will go against the image they've created. To me, that's almost like an attack of narcissism. -Antonio Banderas

Selfishness, narcissism, being uncomfortable in your own skin, not feeling connected to the world around you, feeling dislocated from family and youth, having a strange relationship with your childhood – all those things feel really true to me. -Jason Reitman

I don't know if it's naivete or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It's not until I get into it that I realize what I've thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success. -Michelle Pfeiffer

The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement – particularly men, I don't know why, maybe it's the testosterone – I think it's narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. -James Woods

There's a kind of journalistic narcissism that New York-based journalists are guilty of. -Bernard Goldberg

I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, 'A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.' -Ayelet Waldman

There's a definition of narcissism that when a parent is narcissistic, instead of the child seeing himself reflected in the mother's face and the mother's joy, the child of the narcissistic parent feels like, 'What can I do to make her okay, to make her happy?' -Susan Sullivan

Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders, one of a group that includes antisocial, dependent, histrionic, avoidant and borderline personalities. But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless. -Jeffrey Kluger

Since narcissism is fueled by a greater need to be admired than to be liked, psychologists might use that fact as a therapeutic lever – stressing to patients that being known as a narcissist will actually cause them to lose the respect and social status they crave. -Jeffrey Kluger

I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And fear, living in sort of an un-self-examined fear-based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance. -Moby

Politicians generally act as if there is no cost to reconnecting with voters by building new New Deals. But the whole exercise of writing law out of New Deal nostalgia is a form of national narcissism. Call it New Deal narcissism. -Amity Shlaes

Twitter is the marriage of full-tilt narcissism and full-tilt voyeurism that has finally collided in 140 words. -Adam Goldberg

I am a recovering narcissist. I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it. It is actually drearier than self-love; it is unrequited self-love. -Emily Levine

L'Oreal's slogan 'because you're worth it' has come to epitomise banal narcissism of early 21st century capitalism; easy indulgence and effortless self-love all available at a flick of the credit card. -Geoff Mulgan

All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism. -Geoff Mulgan

As for Twitter, I've found that you have to learn how to make it add value rather than subtract hours from one's day. Certainly, it affords narcissism and distraction. -Howard Rheingold

No one has probably helped me more with my narcissism than my dog. -Tucker Max

There's a thin line between narcissism, even if it's a healthy narcissism, and entertainment. -Richard Lewis

When you are 18, 19, 20, you're used to being photographed all the time, in a certain way. So, the narcissism becomes almost out of control. And the way that young women are photographed, they become addicted to this feedback of the image. -Marianne Faithfull

Politics has become infused with narcissism in America. -John Oliver

I write with a sort of grim determination to deal with things that are hidden and difficult, and this means, I think, that pleasure is out of the question. I would associate this with narcissism anyway, and I would disapprove of it. -Colm Toibin

Writing is taking a risk, and it is actually fighting invisible and invincible enemies. They are over-confidence, stupidity, expectation and narcissism. -Andrea Hirata

I need theatre for my equilibrium, because in theatre the actors don't care so much about image, about celebrity – you are more independent. There is not the narcissism, maybe, that you find in cinema. -Clotilde Hesme

Everyone says Oscar Wilde was a dandy, but he wasn't – he was an aesthete. He took pleasure in food and stuff like that. Dandyism is much more austere – much more Calvinistic, more neurotic – it oscillates between narcissism and neurosis. -Sebastian Horsley

Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. 'Know thyself' is not a narcissistic pursuit. -Marianne Williamson

If we weren't born with anti-social passions – narcissism, envy, lust, meanness, greed, hunger for power, just to name the more obvious – why the need for so many laws, whether religious or secular, that govern behavior? -Dennis Prager

When you're an actor, you can be hindered by your own narcissism. -Amanda Peet

The days of the Pentagon Papers debates seem long past, when a sudden transparency yielded insight into fights over war and peace and freedom and security; the transparency afforded by Twitter and Facebook yields insights that extend no further than a lawmaker's boundless narcissism and a culture's pitiless prurience. -Nancy Gibbs

I went from being a senator, a young senator, to being considered for vice president, running for president, being a vice presidential candidate, and becoming a national public figure. All of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want. -John Edwards

You give up your narcissism, your egotism. That's how you achieve chemistry. -Nick Nolte

Politics, after all, is largely about power. And power goes to the core of our issues of control and narcissism and need to be right and tendency to divide the human race into 'us' vs. 'them.' -John Ortberg

I'm in a business that invites narcissism, self-involvement, and egos being blown out of proportion. -Michael Keaton

I'm battling with keeping my narcissism at bay as it is, so Twitter was not a good thing for that. -Joel Kinnaman

It's a shame how a lot of actors use theater as a stepping stone to film and television work; I think it shouldn't be treated that way. Maybe it's narcissism or something. I think we should always go back to it. I try and do a play a year, and I think that's really helped me. -Peter Dinklage

When I was really young, I wanted to grow up and be the sun. Which shows an early penchant for ambition or narcissism or grandiosity or delusion – all of which are bellwethers for becoming a writer. -Gayle Forman

I doubt there's anything you could say to Donald Rumsfeld that would puncture the armor of his narcissism. -Phil Klay

There's a degree of narcissism involved in anything in show business. I mean, you can't do it without a healthy ego. Why would you want anybody to listen to you? -Stephen Colbert

'Empire of Self' is a loving portrait of a very difficult man. Jay Parini, himself a gifted novelist, poet and biographer, has gone very deep into the 'black energy' of Gore Vidal's relentless narcissism and megalomania. Parini envisions an epic battle between Vidal's angelic and demonic sides, yet there's very little of the angel in Vidal. -Jerome Charyn

When I get online, there's this cycle of anxiety and narcissism that takes over, which is the part of me that I like the least. -Garth Risk Hallberg

I think media has lost its way. We must recognize that the proprietors of these organizations have put on a form of censorship. Basically, they're more interested in celebrity, narcissism, rich people, good-looking people, and successful sportsmen. -Don McCullin

Definitely for me, my personality, having children was a definite sea change. I found it very, very hard to balance show business and being a dad. The narcissism of show business and the complete, total focus of it was very difficult. -Dana Carvey

Service is the only thing that's important about love. Everybody is worried about 'losing yourself' – all this narcissism. Duty. We can't stand that idea now either… But duty might be a suit of armor you put on to fight for your love. -Meryl Streep

I was a young, new, hot star, and I had this unbelievable arrogance. As time went on, the strident narcissism and arrogance slowly diminished. But I was definitely there. I'm older now. And a big crybaby. -Chevy Chase

What I'm trying to achieve with my surgery is my own personal satisfaction. It's narcissism. -Pete Burns

Making movies is about control. You need to control your narcissism in the first place, and you need to be disciplined enough to understand the reason for the film. You need to follow the agenda of the film, not a personal agenda or that of the studio. Or, worst of all, of the actors. -Luca Guadagnino

Donald Trump has got unlimited number of insecurities. But the No. 1 one thing, I would say, is his insecurity with his intellect. There's a reason why he always refers to where he went to college and, you know, that, 'I'm a smart person.' You know, it may be narcissism. But I think it really reflects an insecurity. -Mark Cuban

Painters who do self-portraits are engaging in a form of narcissism. But it doesn't work like that in movies. A truly narcissistic person wouldn't go into filmmaking because it's just too tiring. -Jiang Wen

All tyrannies are virtuoso displays, over many years, of cunning, risk-taking, terror, delusion, narcissism, showmanship, and charm, distilled into a spectacle of total personal control. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

People often think that looking in the mirror is about narcissism. Children look at their reflection to see who they are. And they want to see what they can do with it, how plastic they can be, if they can touch their nose with their tongue, or what it looks like when they cross their eyes. -Anjelica Huston

Trump lies when confronted with the truth, since any crack in his narcissism might spread like an Ebola of the soul, and he would deflate like one of Macy's balloons on the Friday after Thanksgiving. -Richard Cohen

I'm someone very comfortable airing out the stories of my own life. Some people call it narcissism, but for me, the intention is that it will positively affect other people. -Leandra Medine

Teens have a sensational narcissism and genuinely believe that their experiences are unique and can't be explained to adults. But we forgive them for their mistakes and naivete. -Stephanie Savage

The American lionization of the entrepreneur is to ignore its foibles – the narcissism, the workaholism, the neglect of family, the imbalance, the obsession. These are not universally good things, though they are frequently universal to building great companies. -Andy Dunn

The act of founding a company is its own act of narcissism: 'I alone can do this.' -Andy Dunn

A little narcissism is good. At least that's what I am telling myself. -Andy Dunn

Being a founder is about being so driven to distraction by the world that you want to put something new in it. It's an act of creation, of irreverence, of defiance, of hope, and arguably one of narcissism. -Andy Dunn

The idea that a story has to be 'exceptional' in order to be worth telling is curious to me. What if we looked at every single person's story as a site of possibly infinite meaning? What if we came to believe that there isn't hubris or narcissism in thinking your story might be worth sharing – only a sense of curiosity and offering? -Leslie Jamison

Parents are destined to sin against their kids; it's inevitable. As is narcissism and the human condition. Everyone has their ego and their ambitions. Life happens in between. -Alice Ripley

Without medical records that he hasn't released, we can't know whether Gingrich may have inherited his mother's manic depression. Nevertheless, one observes in the former House Speaker certain symptoms – bouts of grandiosity, megalomania, irritability, racing thoughts, spending sprees – that go beyond the ordinary politician's normal narcissism. -Jacob Weisberg

Millennials in particular get a lot of flack for their supposed entitlement and narcissism, but these evaluations have never matched my experience with hiring young people at Warby Parker. -Neil Blumenthal

If a novelist had concocted a villain like Trump – a larger-than-life, over-the-top avatar of narcissism, mendacity, ignorance, prejudice, boorishness, demagoguery, and tyrannical impulses, she or he would likely be accused of extreme contrivance and implausibility. -Michiko Kakutani

The two pillars of feminism are narcissism and entitlement. -Mike Cernovich

The fact is, for years, I had been trapped in a certain narcissism and a desire to have a certain body and look sexy. -David Harbour

I would like to see sexiness sort of embodied in people's real bodies, as opposed to those bodies that are just full of narcissism. -David Harbour

I don't know why people do not read 'Mein Kampf' more regularly. It tells you first-hand about all the narcissism; you see that collapse in German culture. There is no chance that anyone could become a Nazi by reading that book. -Karl Ove Knausgard

I'm quite a shy person, and I dislike narcissism intensely. -Sandi Toksvig

Modern football tends to bring out the narcissism of those who sit on the bench. -Roberto Baggio

Modern football is increasingly dominated by the coaches – their narcissism to put themselves above the team and their players. -Roberto Baggio

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