They understood that resistance to the state must be based on more than unhappiness over a particular law or self-interest.
Immigration reform is their self-interest as well as the national interest.
I am not suggesting that people in the new upper class class should sacrifice their self-interest.
(What restrains them is the self-interest of their leaders, who want a Palestinian state they can rule).
Marrying yourself merely underscores selfishness and self-interest, rather than enabling you to live singly in the best way.
Wayne, Arliss, and the rest of the administration had counted on self-interest holding most of the cops loyal to them.
It is an union exempt from all weakness, and from all self-interest.
Sara was mine; she had given herself to me out of pure passion, without any shadow of self-interest.
They enlisted the self-interest of the Commonwealth on the side of popular education.
Local and self-interest were now to dominate to a great extent Virginia's actions.
[Self-interest] is a doctrine not very lofty, but clear and sure. It does not seek to attain great objects; but it attains those it aims for without too much effort. ... [It] does not produce great devotion; but it suggests little sacrifices each day; by itself it cannot make a man virtuous; but it forms a multitude of citizens who are regulated, temperate, moderate, farsighted, masters of themselves; and if it does not lead directly to virtue through the will, it brings them near to it insensibly through habits. [Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America"]