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- n. The state or character of being self-forgetful.
“These are "self-forgetfulness" (the ability to become completely absorbed in something), "transpersonal identification" (the ability to feel connected to something larger than yourself), and "mysticism" (the ability to believe in things that may not be completely provable).”
“The German theologian Oswald Bayer once said that "self-forgetfulness" is the gift of faith.”
“Each one attentive, tender, and consumed by a self-forgetfulness that only saints, really, are able to pull off.”
“For her, there was an active virtue to be found in self-forgetfulness, in saying “look at that” instead of “look at me”.”
“As Sontag summed it up: "contemplation... entails self-forgetfulness on the part of the spectator.”
“What is needed is really not shrewdness or craft, but what the politicians don't have: depth, humanity and a certain totality of self-forgetfulness and compassion, not just for individuals but for man as a whole: a deeper kind of dedication.”
“The premium set on generosity is so great when measured in terms of social prestige as to make any other behavior than that of utter self-forgetfulness simply not pay. . .”
“To question myself in the light of the mystery of God's justice revealed through the death of Jesus, to decide for self-sacrifice, whether as martyr or as monk, on the basis of the doctrine that self-sacrifice is the hidden law of all things, rooted in the self-forgetfulness of divine love, is a long way from questioning myself simply because nothing is secure, anywhere.”
“Do you grudge your father a moment of self-forgetfulness?”
“This time Winston was startled into self-forgetfulness.”
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