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  • I was lying in bed this morning and saying to myself, 'the remarkable thing about Ethel is her stupendous self-satisfaction' when in came your letter to confirm this profound psychological observation. How delighted I was!

    • Virginia Woolf,
    • letter to Ethel Smyth, 1934, in Nigel Nicolson and Joanne Trautmann, eds., The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume V: 1932-1935 ()
  • One's self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find depreciated.

  • We must live by the light of our own self-satisfaction, through that secret vital busy inwardness which is even more remarkable than our reason.

  • ... self-satisfaction, if as buoyant as gas, has an ugly trick of collapsing when full-blown ...

  • [On Margot Asquith's autobiography:] Never before or since has any book been so much relished by its author.

  • 'Each has his fault,' we readily allow, / To this Decree, our dearest friends must bow; / One is too careless, one is too correct, / All, save our own sweet self, has some defect ...

  • Beware of people whose halos are on too tight.

  • Bucky was clearly one of those smug people who don't like to be around failure, she thought. They were often the same people who'd made it with a great deal of help from their relatives.

  • A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.

  • No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his own wit.

  • There can be something cruel about people who have had good fortune. They equate it with personal goodness.

    • Ann Patchett,
    • "The Sacrament of Divorce," This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage ()
  • A man is never more satisfied than when he is confirming a favorite theory.