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Self-Interest

As for those who are engaged in government service, they should perform their duties with the utmost fidelity, trustworthiness, rectitude, uprightness, integrity and high-mindedness. Let them not tarnish their good repute by pursuing personal interests, nor, for the sake of transient worldly benefits, make themselves objects of public odium and outcasts of the Threshold of Grandeur.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 342)


Consider how much solidarity makes for life as compared to the fighting for self interest which destroys it.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 187)


If they accept office, their motive is to render service to the whole of humanity, not to seek their own self-interest; and their object is to vindicate the cause of truth, not to give themselves over to self-indulgence and base ingratitude.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 342)