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"May he who loves not others love himself." What's the meaning of this quote? I couldn't understand it.

  • Where did you find it? Could you link us to it or provide more context? – Zebrafish Nov 7 '18 at 14:12
  • It's about Narcissus in Greek Mythology. "Narcissus went on his cruel way, a scorner of love. But at last one of those he wounded prayed a prayer and it was answered by the Gods: "May he who loves not others love himself." The great goddess Nemesis, which means righteous anger, undertook to bring this about. As Narcissus bent over a clear pool for a drink and saw there his own reflection, on the moment he fell in love with it. "Now I know," he cried, "What others have suffered from me, for I burn with love of my own self. – shak5 Nov 7 '18 at 14:21
  • I took this context from the book of Edith Hamilton. – shak5 Nov 7 '18 at 14:22
  • His sin was not loving others, spurning their love for him. His punishment was — if he would not love others, he at the very least would love himself. So he did. And died of it. And today we still name this fatal disease after him: narcissism. – Dan Bron Nov 7 '18 at 14:42
  • In archaic English, the adverb 'not' could be used like part of a phrasal verb. In modern English it only follows an auxiliary verb: "May he who does not love others love himself [at least]." – AmI Nov 7 '18 at 20:32

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