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Narcissism Quotes


"A narcissism shared by two." - Rita Mae Brown

"Never underestimate the narcissism of a writer." - Elia Kazan

"Leftism and narcissism are almost synonymous" - Dennis Prager

"The '60s redefined narcissism as idealism." - Dennis Prager

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

"Courage is impulsive; it is narcissism tempered with nihilism." - Ayelet Waldman

"Writing a memoir has a particularly excited sense of narcissism." - Bill Ayers

"All this narcissism is rather boring, isn't it?" - Peter Greenaway

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

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

"Narcissism as a virtue is very futuristic. Narcissism as a quality is where I think things are heading." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"I imagine there's a level of narcissism that goes into thinking you're enough." - Michael Ian Black

"Secularism breeds narcissism. There is nothing higher to live for, so you live for you" - Dennis Prager

"I didn't know what narcissism was until I beheld my own naricssus." - Charles Kuralt

"My vanity and narcissism will never let me go too far." - Jay Baruchel

"It is a form of generational narcissism to change texts to suit one's own needs." - Luke Timothy Johnson

"Simple narcissism gives the power of beasts to politicians, professional wrestlers and female movie stars." - Norman Mailer

"To focus on how I'm doing more than what Christ has done is Christian narcissism" - Tullian Tchividjian

"It would be pathological narcissism to assume that that person had to live how I live." - Bryan Fuller

"Intellectuals are hindered on the way to being, by their narcissism." - Erich Fromm

"[Donald] Trump's narcissism seems to be reflected in his need to be liked and treated positively." - David Krieger

"People, no matter the economic class, find ways to feed their narcissism." - Lynne Tillman

"The idea of narcissism, essentially, is and will be accepted as a virtue." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"I think stand-up comedy is this - it's this kind of indulgence and narcissism." - Jim Gaffigan

"No game designer ever went wrong by overestimating the narcissism of their players," - Will Wright

"Then they both smiled the exact same smile. Narcissism times two. Oh, get a room already." - Devon Monk

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I no longer see Descartes' statement as arbitrary. It is representative of our culture's narcissism. This narcissism leads to a disturbing disrespect for direct experience and a negation of the body." - Derrick Jensen

"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

"maybe a certain amount of narcissism is as essential to an actress as muscles are to a football lineman." - Velda Johnston

"Narcissism really spreads its wings and soars on twitter. It's like watching a dragon hatch and learn to fly." - Dave Anthony

"Because that's what narcissism is all about; looking in the mirror everyday and thinking 'Damn, I'd like to shag myself.'" - Eddie Izzard

"The real cultural war is between the culture of narcissism and what might be called the culture of renewal." - Richard Louv

"... I have always been suspicious of romantic love. It looks too much like a narcissism shared by two ..." - Rita Mae Brown

"Creativity is narcissism. Creativity is falling in love with one's self as you create. It's self-indulgent." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"Technical term is narcissism. You can't believe everything is your fault unless you also believe you're all powerful." - Matt Witten

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

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

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

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

"Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms without which many of us might just jump off a bridge." - Todd Solondz

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

"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

"I thought narcissism was about self-love till someone told me there is a flip side to it... It is unrequited self-love." - Emily Levine

"Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children's most primitive fears." - Henry Cloud

"Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice." - Erich Fromm

"I'm not a fan of the selfie. I think it's at the heart of the narcissism that social media brings into our lives." - Kim Stolz

"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." - Frank O'Hara

"Cynicism was a school in Greece - the Cynics. Diogenes is a famous Cynic. There was a strong belief in nihilism and narcissism. Those are old schools too." - Oliver Stone

"I have a fear right now that what I call the advertising-narcissism complex is sucking up way too much top talent." - Scott D. Anthony

"[Donald] Trump's behavior during the presidential campaign was often erratic, seemingly based on discernable personality traits, including narcissism, arrogance, impulsiveness, and a lack of predictability." - David Krieger

"There's something really fun and spooky about that teenage feeling of narcissism or indestructibility, like the idea that every night might be the night before the world ends." - Alan Palomo

"The president just seems to be living in some sort of alternative universe populated by the failed gods of his narcissism and vainglory." - Josh Marshall

"The clarity of gender makes possible the human dialectic. Let the lines of balanced tension go slack and the structure dissolves into the ooze of androgyny and narcissism." - Lewis H Lapham

"I can never tell what I'm doing when I'm in the middle of publication because I have no confidence. I have terrible self-esteem, along with boundless narcissism." - Anne Lamott

"Really life is about narcissism; no one is ever thinking about you much. You always think people are thinking about you way more than they are." - Lizz Winstead

"The minute you celebrate narcissism, which on one hand is very complex, it's very ridiculous. You have to love oneself with humor." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"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

"Individualism. Narcissism. Value-free choices. These are all key elements in the decline of the practice of mutual accountability in Western churches, among clergy and laity alike." - David Augsburger

"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

"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

"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

"It is in an artist's real interest to congratulate herself more often: not out of narcissism, but in her role as her own dear friend and advocate." - Eric Maisel

"What's so wrong with vanity? It's different from narcissism, you know? It's not about admiring yourself-it's about taking pride in your appearance." - Tom Ford

"The clarity of gender makes possible the human dialectic. Let the lines of balanced tension go slack and the structure dissolves into the ooze of androgyny and narcissism." - Bill Vaughan

"The whole narcissism and echo syndrome is usually the result of early childhood training. Those are very hard habits for anyone to break." - Merrill Markoe

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

"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

"Narcissism and Christianity have little in common, yet the Romantic paradigm of artistic creativity, particularly in light of subsequent Freudian ideas, has tended to foster its share of narcissism. It was the tragic fate of Narcissus that he was so preoccupied with self that he could not appreciate God, nature, or the other." - John Walford

"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

"For me narcissism is not about money. For me, narcissism is something so romantic and something so human. Everybody is a narcissist. Some people admit it and some people don't. As an artist, it's important to be a narcissist. Look at Picasso, look at Warhol.... As an artist, you can get away with a lot of things that normal people cannot." - Nir Hod

"Individualism? Narcissism? Of course. It is my strongest tendency, the only intentional constancy [fidelity] I am capable of.... Besides, I am lying; I scatter myself too much for that." - Claude Cahun

"Love made us partners in narcissism, and we talked ceaselessly about how close we were, how perfect our connection was, like we were the first people in history to ever get it exactly right." - Jonathan Tropper

"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

"I just love being on stage and I love making music, and as far as - it's great for narcissism, because you have all those people screaming out your name." - Macy Gray

"Woman cannot be free until man's mind is liberated from the megalomania! His self-exaltation is the mother of the gender inequalities. Till we eliminate his exacerbated narcissism, woman will remain unfree!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"As you get older, you just lose that confidence and narcissism you have in your twenties. You realize you have less time on the planet, and you become cynical and less confident." - Rose Byrne

"There's Socialism and Communism and Capitalism and there's Feminism and Hedonism, and there's Catholicism and Bipedalism and Consumerism, but I think Narcissism is the system that means the most to me." - Tony Hoagland

"The ethics of plagiarism have turned into the narcissism of small differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence." - Malcolm Gladwell

"To listen only to records is a sin of narcissism. It is important to hear live music, in concert, which is a source of emotions that a record can never convey." - Joaquin Rodrigo

"The very wealthy and the very famous have a much closer affinity with the indigent street person than with the rest of us. There's the narcissism, the addiction, even the outlandish dress. Often they don't put great value in relationships." - Drew Pinsky

"We live in a historical period characterized by a sharp discrepancy between the intellectual development of man... and his mental-emotional development, which has left him still in a state of marked narcissism with all its pathological symptoms." - Christopher Lasch

"America was built on rugged individualism, and today that has evolved into a culture of narcissism. But God didn't create you to live for you. If you want to follow Jesus, you have to put aside your selfish ambition." - Rick Warren

"Reality television, which turned its eye on people who were doing nothing but being themselves, was the perfect expression of this trend [of narcissism]. Let's look at ourselves, it said. Aren't we fascinating?" - Alexander Mccall Smith

"I ended my Twitter account a week after I got on the show. I felt like, "This is not a good tool for me to keep my narcissism at bay," so I cut it off." - Mireille Enos

"Listen, young people, I understand narcissism - clearly. But at least I have the decency to hate myself. And that's what's missing from the young people. They don't have the debilitating self-loathing and the second guessing." - Janeane Garofalo

"One of the things that's complicated about writing anything is that it's an act of narcissism, and then of course once it sails out into the world, you have to let go of it." - Bill Ayers

"Leaders are not modest, and more importantly, the extensive social science research on narcissism, self-promotion, and similar constructs shows that these qualities and behaviors are useful for getting hired, achieving promotions, keeping one's job, and obtaining a higher salary." - Jeffrey Pfeffer

"I have a very simple question to people... who seem to suffer from excessive narcissism: please name three other persons who are smarter and more capable than you, in the field you work in." - Ingo Molnar

"The difference between the new managerial elite and the old propertied elite defines the difference between a bourgeois culture that now survives only on the margins of industrial society and the new therapeutic culture of narcissism." - Christopher Lasch

"It's entirely possible to function as a free-thinking individual without succumbing to narcissism. This can be tricky at times, I suppose, but then so can the tango - particularly if you're dancing alone." - Tom Robbins

"When I'm in touch with the idea that there is a higher power and that there is, you know, other factors at work, it - it kind of quells my narcissism." - Jim Gaffigan

"Most of us like thinking we are God's only children...At least one of the purposes of church is to remind us that God has other children, easily as precious as we. Baptism and narcissism cancel each other out." - Barbara Brown Taylor

"There's Socialism and Communism and Capitalism and there's Feminism and Hedonism, and there's Catholicism and Bipedalism and Consumerism, but I think Narcissism is the system that means the most to me." - Tony Hoagland

"Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history." - Allen Tate

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"The 2 extremes, neither one worse than the other: the result of bad religion is self-loathing and violence; the result of bad spirituality is self-worship and narcissism." - Criss Jami

"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

"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

"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

"Children will, in my dream, be taught that laziness and narcissism are at the very root of human evil, and why this is so. . . . They will come to know that the natural tendency of the individual in a group is to forfeit his or her ethical judgment to the leader, and that this tendency should be resisted. And they will finally see it as each individual's responsibility to continually examine himself or herself for laziness and narcissism and then to purify themselves accordingly." - M Scott Peck

"I was appalled at how children had become the focus and gravitational center of the nuclear family around which parents orbited instead of the traditional arrangement in which children orbited around their parents. This is a huge change because a critical job in early childhood is to get children weaned away from the total narcissism normal to infancy. With the children as the center of the family's actions and decisions, narcissism is at a minimum prolonged and may never significantly decline." - Judith M Bardwick

"Our ego ideal is precious to us because it repairs a loss of our earlier childhood, the loss of our image of self as perfect and whole, the loss of a major portion of our infantile, limitless, ain't-I-wonderful narcissism which we had to give up in the face of compelling reality. Modified and reshaped into ethical goals and moral standards and a vision of what at our finest we might be, our dream of perfection lives on-our lost narcissism lives on-in our ego ideal." - Judith Viorst

"The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one's narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one's desires and fears." - Erich Fromm

"I had written a lot about my dog dying before. I wrote a newspaper column about it and it turned out to be the most popular column I'd ever written. That and the lame Joni Mitchell column I did. But the dog column, my god! People love dogs. Anybody who writes regularly should know, when in doubt: dogs! If you're a columnist, when in doubt, write a column about the culture of narcissism - like a scolding column about the culture of narcissism - or write something about dogs. That's the homerun in my take." - Meghan Daum

"In early psychoanalytic thought, narcissism was - and still, of course, is - self-love. The early psychoanalysts used to talk of libido directed at the self. That now feels a little quaint, that kind of language. But it does include the most fierce and self-displaying form of one's individual self. And in this way, it can be dangerous. When you look at Donald Trump, you can really see someone who's destructive to any form of life enhancement in virtually every area. And if that's what Fromm means by malignant narcissism, then it definitely applies." - Robert Jay Lifton

"Depending on the year or the therapist he was seeing, he'd learned to ascribe just about every facet of his character as a psychological reaction to his parents' fighting: his laziness, his overachieving, his tendency to isolate, his tendency to seduce, his hypochondria, his sense of invulnerability, his self-loathing, his narcissism." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"Removed from its more restrictive sense, masturbation has become an expression for everything that has proved, for lack of human contact, to be void of meaning. We have communication problems, suffer from egocentrism and narcissism, are frustrated by information glut and loss of environment; we stagnate despite the rising GNP." - Gunter Grass

"Adolescents swing from euphoric self-confidence and a kind of narcissistic strength in which they feel invulnerable and even immortal, to despair, self-emptiness, self-deprecation. At the same time they seem to see an emerging self that is unique and wonderful, they suffer an intense envy which tears narcissism into shreds, and makes other people's qualities hit them like an attack of lasers." - Terri E Apter

"One thing that's great about having kids, especially given my career, is that it forces you out of your narcissism. I mean, I'm in a career where my product is me. So it was nice to have something, someone, come along and take the focus off me. I really needed to give myself some distractions from myself." - Michelle Pfeiffer

"I did not think I had what it took to be an actor, because most of the actors that I encountered were people who were very narcissistic and I thought since I lacked narcissism to become an actor because that's what it took. It was more of a social experiment for me to walk in the shoes of other people that I found interesting." - Michael Jai White

"I particularly scorn my fondness for paradox. I despise pessimism, narcissism, solipsism, truculence, word-play, and pusillanimity, my chiefer inclinations; loathe self-loathers ergo me; have no pity for self-pity and so am free of that sweet baseness. I doubt I am. Being me's no joke." - John Barth

"If I post a selfie, and you like it, it's of little cost to you, but it feels great to me. That becomes addictive, and you see people's narcissism so quickly. I think that's a very dangerous thing for us all to be addicted to." - Kim Stolz

"Bodybuilding is men on a stage in their underwear wearing brown paint showing other men their muscles. It is training for appearance only, and at the contest level requires a degree of vanity, narcissism, and self-absorption that I find distasteful and odd" - Mark Rippetoe

"Writing down your thoughts is both necessary and harmful. It leads to eccentricity, narcissism, preserves what should be let go. On the other hand, these notes intensify the inner life, which, left unexpressed, slips through your fingers. If only I could find a better kind of journal, humbler, one that would preserve the same thoughts, the same flesh of life, which is worth saving." - Anna Kamienska

"If spirituality is not religion or cynicism or sentimentality or narcissism, then what is it?... we can confidently say... that spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being." - Elizabeth Lesser

"No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour - sociopathy, narcissism - because it's good rock and roll, good entertainment! I have a low tolerance for manipulative, egomaniacal behaviour, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill." - Kim Gordon

"I particularly scorn my fondness for paradox. I despise pessimism, narcissism, solipsism, truculence, word-play, and pusillanimity, my chiefer inclinations; loathe self-loathers ergo me; have no pity for self-pity and so am free of that sweet baseness. I doubt I am. Being me's no joke." - John Barth

"When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose." - Brene Brown

"No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour - sociopathy, narcissism - because it's good rock and roll, good entertainment! I have a low tolerance for manipulative, egomaniacal behaviour, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill." - Kim Gordon

"Nothing provides the antidote to narcissism, or the environment for the healthy raising of children, or the way for people to take care of one another, as does the marriage of a man and a woman. And while most divorces are terribly sad, divorce itself no more undermines the institution of marriage than car crashes undermine the institution of driving." - Dennis Prager

"If post-punk enterprise suggested that pop music could establish a fierce skittishness, an aggressive self-irony, that would enable it to transcend its manufactured state, video narcissism announces that pop has found an easy way to steal more cash from young people and damage their natural desires." - Paul Morley

"Narcissism, like the other personality disorders, is a condition that's known as ego-syntonic. In other words, the paranoid person really does believe that people are after him, and the narcissist really does believe that he or she is better than or more entitled than other people, and truly doesn't see why that's not the case." - Jeffrey Kluger

"I think the narcissism comes from the industry side of things. The artistic side of a person is never narcissist; it's always empathic, it's always kind and compassionate. It can be difficult to hold onto artistic principles when the business is so glaringly about the product. It's sad." - Jordan Gavaris

"Trump is the living embodiment of the main character in the film American Psycho, a symbol of corporate domination on steroids, an out-of- control authoritarian parading and performing unknowingly as a clown, and as a symbol of unchecked narcissism and a bearer of a suffocating culture of fear. He is the symbol of a failed sociality and a declining social order." - Henry Giroux

"My generation, we're more accepting of narcissism. But we're looking at images that are dead, that are on your phone. My friends have apps to make you look skinny, to make your skin look perfect. And we look at these images and we're like, "That's beauty. That's perfect." But when you see a real person, you're like, "Wait, that's not perfect."" - Elle Fanning

"We're not enamored of Trump's braggadocio narcissism. We're not enamored of Trump's lifestyle. None of that. We're just fed up with current Washington leadership. It has failed and it needs to be turned upside down and emptied and re-shaken. And that's what the vast majority of Trump supporters actually believe." - Rush Limbaugh

"I'm totally a narcissist, so I was doing all this performance and having lots of weird ego time, and learning to set aside my love for the ego and find a deeper love for myself and through that seeing myself as one with all beings. And through loving myself, loving all people in the world, that was my cure for narcissism, the only cure." - Larkin Grimm

"I admire narcissism in Momus and others who "own" it and use it as a way to explore ideas/themselves and also as a form of humor. I don't think of myself as narcissistic, but I'm definitely incredibly self absorbed. I guess I wonder if seeing the world through the lens of yourself is necessarily less valid than other ways of thinking/seeing though." - Marie Calloway

"This is hardly a South African problem, of course. We are confronting nothing less than a global system of brutal misogyny. Too many men across the world see too many women as repositories of their rage, frustration, narcissism or simply their will to enact violence." - Dave Zirin

"Proportion is all; and, in sports at school, I lost it by surrendering to the awful significance of my self-consciousness. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people." - Andre Dubus

"The thing that scares me most is the shift from serving the people to exercising power and with it, this attendant narcissism. Sarah Palin is a great example of someone that just stirs the pot for the sake of the attention." - Rosanne Cash

"I mean, what do you think creativity is? Nothing but self-indulgence. And the more self-indulgent it is, the more interesting it becomes. So I think that part of creativity is also falling in love with your own narcissism: accepting it, using it as an asset." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"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

"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