Narcissism Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Narcissism quotes and Narcissism sayings, and Narcissism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"A victim of circumstance is a casualty. A victim of convenience is a narcissist."

Alan Robert Neal

"If you’re a nobody, just imagine a lot of celebrities are in love with you. Narcissism is the best cure for attention deficit disorder."


"Vanity and narcissism the compulsive need to be admired and praised undermine one’s courage, for one then fights on someone else’s conviction rather than one’s own."

Rollo May

"If people are really narcissistic or have a need to be seen as more than they really are, or to be admired as having it all together, then they cannot be followed and trusted by others."


"It is not selfish or narcissistic to love yourself. It is your first and foremost responsibility."


"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."


"Narcissism is the part of my personality that I am the least proud of, and I certainly don’t like to see it highlighted in everybody else I meet."

Ben Affleck

"If I had it to do all over again . . . I wouldn’t change a thing.’. . . the final expression of narcissism, the last gesture of self-congratulation."

Steve Erickson

"The problem in narcissism is not the high ideals and ambitions, it’s the difficulty one encounters when trying to give them body."

Thomas Moore

"I wonder if the course of narcissism through the ages would have been any different had Narcissus first peered into a cesspool. He probably did."


"If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves."

Michel de Montaigne

"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

"All of nationalism can be understood as a kind of collective narcissism."

Geoff Mulgan

"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

"You give up your narcissism, your egotism. That’s how you achieve chemistry."

Nick Nolte

"Self-love depressed becomes self-loathing."

Sally Kempton

"Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm [that they cause] does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves."

T. S. Eliot

"Narcissists are great con-artists. After all, they succeed in deluding themselves! As a result, very few professionals see through them."


"Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others."

Samuel Johnson

"Some narcissistic people end up believing their own lies."


"Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them"


"Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens . . . to stumble upon it."

George Gordon Noel Byron

"It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love."


"Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit."

Marianne Williamson

"Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence."

Sam Vaknin

"The difference between narcissism and self-love is a matter of depth. Narcissus falls in love not with the self, but with an image or reflection of the self with the persona, the mask. The narcissist sees himself through the eyes of another, changes his lifestyle to conform with what is admired by others, tailors his behavior and expression of feelings to what will please others. Narcissism is voluntary blindness, an agreement not to look beneath the surface."

Sam Keen

"Loving yourself and being in love with yourself are two entirely different things. Differentiate."


"When narcissism is viewed as good; good is viewed as narcissism."


"Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms."

Elizabeth Bowen

"It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one’s own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care."

George Eliot

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