Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- So much devoted to others as to subordinate one's own interests or comfort to theirs.
- adj. showing lack of self-interest
“Then came the self-forgetful years: We were chased by evil nats with the names of monsoons.”
“It is a 'self-forgetful "representation"' through which time appears as infinite, since it is defined by the standpoint of 'the they'.”
“In art the self becomes self-forgetful" - Flannery O'Connor”
“In these moments of what Larry Bethune calls "joyful, self-forgetful celebration" and Amy Martin says is "to be like a young child, in a natural state of joy, capable of wonder, seeing only love", we are free from judging and being judged.”
“But the Bible reflects nonetheless a playful party tradition in the sense of joyful, self-forgetful celebration.”
“Procrastination is a calling away from something that we do against our desires toward something that we do for pleasure, in that joyful state of self-forgetful inspiration that we call genius.”
“Gilead has resonance for me as a repository of a certain history, and as the kind of commonplace, self-forgetful little town you might find anywhere and not even bother to wonder about.”
“He might have been poor — it was likely enough in that out-of-the-way spot — or he might have been a little self-forgetful and eccentric.”
“Lord, help me live from day to day, in such a self-forgetful way, that even when I kneel to pray, my prayers will be for others.”
“A lively self-forgetful interest in external things becomes more and more patent.”
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