But if he show the slightest taint of selfish desires and self love, his efforts will lead to nothing and he will be destroyed and left hopeless at the last.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 71)
Suffer not the habitation wherein dwelleth My undying love for thee to be destroyed through the tyranny of covetous desires, and overcloud not the beauty of the heavenly Youth with the dust of self and passion.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 323)
Thus may your hearts be set aglow with the fire of the love of God and [may it] burn away the self-life.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 509-510)
Verily I supplicate God to confirm thee in that which He desireth, to protect thee from conceit and self-exaltation and from selfish concerns, to make thee devoted unto Him and resigned unto Him and to be the means of promoting the divine love amongst the dearly beloved of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 135)
We fain would hope that through thine exertions the wings of men may be sanctified from the mire of self and desire, and be made worthy to soar in the atmosphere of God’s love. Wings that are besmirched with mire can never soar.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 130-131)