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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-gratification the act of satisfying your own desires and giving yourself pleasure
    • n self-gratification indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures
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  • Joseph Addison
    “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
  • Helen Keller
    “Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.”


In literature:

Self-denial, seasonably exercised, is one means of enhancing our gratifications.
"Wieland; or The Transformation" by Charles Brockden Brown
Self-gratification is the worst form of selfishness, and never can work good to any one.
"Historic Girls" by E. S. Brooks
If he lived on he must live for himself; he must reverse all his rules of conduct; he must fling himself into the life of self-gratification.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
Never did man burn with such desire for self-gratification.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
Shepard flushing a little with gratification at Colonel Winchester's praise quickly recovered his customary self possession.
"The Sword of Antietam" by Joseph A. Altsheler
You call self-gratification by the name of love.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
There is no motive or calculation of self-gratification in the sentiments you have experienced.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
The pursuit of pleasure, self-gratification, is an original instinct with her.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She knew her power and has used it for her self gratification regardless of what might become of him.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
Force was the prime minister, self -gratification the supreme legislator.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
It ministers to self-gratification in this world, and promises manifold more of the same license in the world to come.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The passage from Epicurus to Zeno is the passage from sensual gratification to self-control.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
He welcomed the undying joy of self-sacrifice, and repudiated the momentary pleasures of self-gratification.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
When he looked back at his behavior lately, a good deal of it seemed to have been dictated by self-gratification.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
It is merely self-centered gratification.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
So long as self is self, gratification will fail it.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
Coquetry is the desire to please, as a means of self-gratification.
"Luttrell Of Arran Complete" by Charles James Lever
Now, in this matter, and in this view of it, self-seeking and personal gratification are out of the question.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 93, August 9, 1851" by Various
There is little gratification to one's self-complacency to be expected in his presence.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
On the sensual side there's no sense of indulging in a pleasurable self-gratification?
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In science:

To entice the use of Semantic Web technologies applications need to offer both high usability and instant gratification. Concept creation is exceptionally easy in SHAWN since metadata as well as plain text is entered within a single edit box on each wiki page in a self-explaining fashion.
Usability Meets Instant Gratification on the Semantic Web