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private interest

«The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest, savors too much of private interest.»
«Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.»
«The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights»
«Of all forms of government and society, those of free men and women are in many respects the most brittle. They give the fullest freedom for activities of private persons and groups who often identify their own interests, essentially selfish, with the general welfare.»
«My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence»
«The idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.»
«Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.»
«As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality.»
«In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.»
«No public interest is anything other or nobler than a massed accumulation of private interests.»