self-enjoyment love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Internal satisfaction or pleasure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Enjoyment of one's self; self-satisfaction.


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  • Of the many gifts that Annette Bening brings to her best roles, the most endearing may be a sense of self-enjoyment.

    'Iron Man 2': Rust Never Sleeps

  • The expounding of the Dharma is in one sense then really the Buddha's monologic expression of his own self-enjoyment in samadhic bliss.


  • But benevolence is necessary for our self-enjoyment, and although we may act from the combined motives of benevolence and enjoyment, our benevolent sentiments aren't identical with our self-enjoyment.

    David Hume

  • Dainichi expresses the self-enjoyment of his enlightenment in these three functions of bodily gestures (mudras), the intoning of sounds (mantras), and visualizing-thinking (mandalas).


  • Give me my choice, and I would rather, for my own happiness and self-enjoyment, have a friendly, humane heart, than possess all the other virtues of Demosthenes and Philip united: but I would rather pass with the world for one endowed with extensive genius and intrepid courage, and should thence expect stronger instances of general applause and admiration.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • There, carefully guarding himself against the schemes of those less fortunate followers of pleasure among whom he would be thrown in his social hours, he would convert every shilling of his income to some purpose of self-enjoyment, and live a life of luxurious abandonment.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • And maybe they were inspired, if only for a night, to emulate the tanuki capacity for self-enjoyment, a gift that ought to be the birthright of every Homo sapiens.

    Villa Incognito

  • And when I was writing about speechwriters and how they were put together and what my thoughts were and what input I got, if I wrote with too great maybe a robust self-enjoyment, well there you are.

    What I Saw at the Revolution

  • Aesthetic pleasure may thus be explained as objectified self-enjoyment in which subject and object are fused.


  • Revelation, quoting a thousand benevolences illustrated by the rich and mighty of this land -- illustrated politically, socially, and morally, in their conduct towards the poor and destitute of Britain; and yet the stiffnecked pauper will not dispose his Sabbath to self-enjoyment -- will not go to church to be rejoiced!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 9, 1841


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