440+ Best Ego Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational ego quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Ego Quotes

When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful. – Harbhajan Singh Yogi

Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it. – Colin Powell

Don’t talk about yourself; it will be done when you leave. – Wilson Mizner

Ego judges and punishes. Love forgives and heals. – Anonymous

If someone corrects you and you feel offended, then you have an ego problem. – Nouman Ali Khan

If someone corrects you, and you feel offended, then you have an EGO problem. – Nouman Ali Khan

Ego is one of the biggest weapons that is used to take us down. It’s self-destructive. It’s a problem on all levels – even regular people can have big ego problems. – Yehuda Berg

If you want to improve, you must be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epictetus

Happiness blooms in the presence of self-respect,and the absence of ego. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high. – Mary H. Waldrip

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something. – Muhammad Iqbal

Is that you or your ego? – Anonymous

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. – Diana Black

Less ego, more excellence. Less talk, more do. Less rude, more polite. Less fear, more wins. – Anonymous

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. – Rabindranath Tagore

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. – Edmund Burke

When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself. – Paulo Coelho

Wash out your ego every once in a while, as cleanliness is next to godliness not just in body but in humility as well. – Terri Guillemets

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. – Alan Watts

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us.- Laurence J. Peter

Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults. – Lord Chesterfield

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ego. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something. – Osho

Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight. – John Bradshaw

Your ego is your soul’s worst enemy. – Rusty Eric

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Chogyam Trungpa

Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness. – Max Planck

The ego is not master in its own house. – Sigmund Freud

Receive without pride, let go without attachment. – Marcus Aurelius

The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it. – Mignon McLaughlin

The ego is the biggest enemy of humans. – Anonymous

When misunderstandings grow cut your ego. – Anonymous

Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy. – Anonymous

Ego, let it go. – Anonymous

Too much ego will kill your talent. – Anonymous

In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait. – J. Petit-Senn

You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak. – George Clooney

Let us be more simple and less vain. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ego is a social fiction for which one person at a time gets all the blame. – Robert Anton Wilson

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. – Eckhart Tolle

With the disappearance of God the Ego moves forward to become the sole divinity. – Dorothee Sölle

Letting go of your ego opens the door to taking a new and creative course of action. – Suzanne Mayo Frindt

The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people. – Lucille S. Harper

The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. – Criss Jami

The ego is the single biggest obstruction to the achievement of anything. – Richard Rose

Leave your ego at the door. – Anonymous

More the knowledge, lesser the ego. Lesser the knowledge, more the ego. – Albert Einstein

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. – Eckhart Tolle

The ego says: I’m still angry about yesterday, the spirit says: new day, new attitude. – Anonymous

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. – Michel de Montaigne

It’s so egotistical to believe that we know more about someone else’s reality than they do, and such a waste of time. – Shreve Stockton

If egotism means a terrific interest in one’s self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living. – Arnold Bennett

Egotism is the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see. – George V. Higgins

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. – St. Vincent de Paul

Ego is the great enemy. Ego will hold you back every single time. – Nikki Sixx

Confidence without ego. – Anonymous

Never let anyone’s ego kill your vibe. Stay positive and don’t feed negative energy. – Anonymous

Conquer and tame the ego. – Angelica Hopes

You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego. It’s your call. – Wayne Dyer

Spiritual transcendence is transforming the rigid ego attachments into acceptance of self and others. – Lynne Namka

When you’re older and wiser a lot of the ego has gone out of the window. – Billy Ocean

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. – Colin Powell

I feel so trapped, by my ego. – T. Scott McLeod

The ego is the false self- born out of fear and defensiveness. – John O’Donohue

The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies. – Ernst Mach

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. – Isaac Asimov

Great people have great egos; maybe that’s what makes them great. – Paul Arden

One of the great self-deceptions – and one of the great foolishnesses – is to tell yourself, Only I will know. Only you will know that you are a liar; only you will know you deal unethically with people who trust you; only you will know you have no intention of honoring your promise. Whose knowledge or judgment do you imagine is more important? It is precisely your own ego from which there is no escape. – Nathaniel Branden

Ego is just like dust in the eyes. Without clearing the dust, we can’t see anything clearly, so clear the ego and see the world. – Anonymous

Ego interrupts intuition. – Danielle LaPorte

The ego is not master in its own house. – Sigmund Freud

The ego is always looking to find something – the spirit can see what’s already there. – Marianne Willamson

Big egos have little ears. – Robert Schuller

If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices. – Jean Vanier

Silence is the respite of the confident and strong. – Ryan Holiday

You’re not as good as you think. You don’t have it all figured out. Stay focused. Do better. – Ryan Holiday

Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence. – Naval Ravikant

The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself. – Garth Brooks

Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution. – Robert H. Schuller

Whenever ego suffers from fear of death & your practice turns to seeing impermanence, ego settles down. – Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. – Ambrose Bierce

Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that. – J. M. Barrie

Think big from the heart, not the ego. – Anonymous

The ego, however, is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image, it is your social mask, it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power because it lives in fear. – Ram Dass

The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly no longer the ego but just an old, conditioned mind patter. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. – Eckhart Tolle

Soul over ego. – Anonymous

As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You’re not thinking about loving; you’re just being love, radiating like the sun. – Ram Dass

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. – Diana Black

When the ego dies, the soul awakes. – Mahatma Gandhi

Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults. – Lord Chesterfield

My opponent is my teacher, my ego is my enemy. – Renzo Gracie

Ego is recessive in wisdom. – Toba Beta

I love playing ego and insecurity combined. – Jim Carrey

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries. – Thomas Carlyle

A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. – Jillian Michaels

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Letting go of your ego opens the door to taking a new and creative course of action. – Suzanne Mayo Frindt

If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed. – C.S. Lewis

When you enter the House of God, you leave your ego at the door and embrace purity as if your life depended on it. – Sufian Chaudhary

If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.- Douglas Adams

The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people. – Lucille S. Harper

It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am. – Muhammad Ali

Your ego screams for people to acknowledge you. But you must do nothing. Take it. Eat it until you’re sick. Endure it. Quietly brush it off and work harder. – Ryan Holiday

A man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress. – Ayn Rand

Mastery passes often for egotism. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Egotism is contagious. – Dharminder

The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal. – Pema Chödrön

The last time I saw him he was walking down lover’s lane holding his own hand. – Fred Allen

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. – St. Thomas Aquinas

Ego expands to fill the space not filled with knowledge. – Jeffrey Armstrong

When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful. – Yogi Bhajan

Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Humility is born of the spirit, humiliation of the ego. – Alan Cohen

The Ego’s job is to kill everything but itself. – Byron Katie

It is hard to resist a flatterer who gets it right. – Robert Brault

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather. – Pema Chodron

The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it-just don’t get lost in it. – Ram Dass

Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. – Dr. Wayne Dyer

None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. – Benjamin Whichcote

Where id was, there ego shall be. – Sigmund Freud

I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong. – Samuel Goldwyn

I live for myself and I answer to nobody. – Steve Mcqueen

Self-love seems so often unrequited. – Anthony Powell

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself. – Michel de Montaigne

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. – Adlai Stevenson

All you need to know and observe in yourself is this: Whenever you feel superior or inferior to anyone, that’s the ego in you. – Eckhart Tolle

The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working. – Albert Einstein

Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food. – Anne Lamott

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. – Benjamin Franklin

The gulf left by the absence of ego is quickly filled with knowledge. – Shane Parrish

Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you. – Andrew Murray

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield

Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive. – John Boyd

Don’t worry about looking good; worry about achieving your goal. – Ray Dalio

Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go. – Marcus Aurelius

It’s the sense of superiority and certainty that exceeds the bounds of confidence and talent. – Ryan Holiday

All ego really is, is our opinions, which we take to be solid, real, and the absolute truth about how things are. – Pema Chödrön

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. – Eckhart Tolle

The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. – Wayne Dyer

Your ego is your self-image created by thought. It’s your social mask requiring validation because it lives in fear of losing its sense of identity. – Thibaut

When the ego dies, the soul awakes. – Mahatma Gandhi

Rule your mind or it will rule you. – Buddha

It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am. – Muhammad Ali

I like the moment when I break a man’s ego. – Bobby Fischer

The foundation of the Buddha’s teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion. – Dalai Lama

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it. – John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty. – John Lennon

I don’t care what you think unless it is about me. – Kurt Cobain

Always keep your ego in check and not be afraid to listen. Listening is a great art form. – Clint Eastwood

We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm. – Winston Churchill

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S. Truman

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. – Albert Einstein

The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny. – Mark Twain

He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle. – William Shakespeare

Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain. – Bruce Lee

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. – Stephen King

All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn’t care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care. – Ernest Hemingway

The walls of pride are high and wide, can’t see over to the other side. – Bob Dylan

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. – Lao Tzu

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. – Aesop

Ego takes everything personally. – Eckhart Tolle

Ego is the enemy. – Ryan Holiday

Egotism sucks us down like the law of gravity. – Cyril Connolly

The ego is a veil between humans and God. In prayer all are equal. – Rumi

Pride goes before destruction. – Aesop

Men learn while they teach. – Seneca

Work for a cause, not for applause. – Unknown

Live life to express, not to impress. – Unknown

Starve your ego. Feed your soul. – Unknown

Bragging dims the soul. – Unknown

Be capable of negating your ego. – Robert Greene

It’s better to be ignorant than wrong. – Shane Parrish

Outcomes over ego. – Shane Parrish

The ego isn’t a real thing, it’s just the unexamined mind. – Thibaut

Fragile egos make for fragile friendships. – The Stoic Emperor

Truth above everything. – Naval Ravikant

Drop ego and listen. Empathize. – Naval Ravikant

Slow but steady wins the race. – Aesop

Soar with wit. Conquer with dignity. Handle with care. – Criss Jami

Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. – Bertrand Russell

Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room – until you change that with results. – Ryan Holiday

Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors. It’s pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes. It is ignoring whatever plaudits others are getting, and more importantly, ignoring whatever plaudits you may be getting. Because there is work to be done. Work doesn’t want to be good. It is made so, despite the headwind. – Ryan Holiday

Leave your ego at the door every morning, and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done. – Robin Sharma

To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth – not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source. – Debbie Ford

We must go beyond the constant clamor of ego, beyond the tools of logic and reason, to the still, calm place within us: the realm of the soul. – Deepak Chopra

It’s not the great stars that win; it’s the great teams that win. It’s the teams that subjugate their ego to the team and put the team first. – Robert Kraft

The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us. – Hubert Humphrey

When one is without ego, one becomes infinitely free of all personal judgements, and perceives life and the world with divine eyes and mind. Nothing is offensive to them and they remain in perfect serenity and peace always. – Mooji

The way to do really big things seems to be to start with deceptively small things. – Paul Graham

Maybe your parents will never be impressed, maybe your girlfriend won’t care. Maybe the investor won’t see the numbers, maybe the audience won’t clap. But we have to be able to push through. We can’t let that be what motivates us. – Ryan Holiday

It’s not about beating the other guy. It’s not about having more than the others. It’s about being what you are and being as good as possible at it without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it. It’s about going where you set out to go. About accomplishing the most you’re capable in what you choose. That’s it. No more and no less. – Ryan Holiday

Instead of treating events as wins or losses, ask “Did I learn something I can apply in the future?” If not, you must treat it as a loss. – Naval Ravikant

Learn to fail with pride – and do so fast and cleanly. Maximise trial and error – by mastering the error part. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Read books that challenge your beliefs and make you feel stupid. You don’t get better by protecting your ego. You get better by exposing it to truth and being vulnerable. This is how you remain fluid and grow. – The Ancient Sage

When you drop ego, you can have great fun because you are no longer taking anything personally. You are a detached observer which has a peculiar joy of its own. Ego is a source of great tension. Egoistic people are anxious, self-defensive and uptight. Drop the ego and chill out. – The Ancient Sage

Midlife is the time to let go of an overdominant ego and to contemplate the deeper significance of human existence. – Carl Gustav Jung

Fixed mindset is about ego, growth mindset is about presence. – Unknown

Ego trip: a journey to nowhere. – Robert Half

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us. – Laurence J. Peter

Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser. – Donald Trump

If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect. – Ted Turner

I now know all the people worth knowing in America, and I find no intellect comparable to my own. – Margaret Fuller

If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now. – Douglas Adams

I have an ego the size of a small planet. – Linus Torvalds

Egoist: a person of low taste, more interested in himself than me. – Ambrose Bierce

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. – Barry Switzer

I can’t tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. – James McNeill Whistler

It is hard to resist a flatterer who gets it right. – Robert Brault

Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. – Ann Landers

If every fool wore a crown, we should all be kings. – Welsh proverb

I don’t want to see you. I don’t like you. I don’t like your face. You look like an insufferable egotist. You’re impertinent. You’re too sure of yourself. Twenty years ago I would have punched your face with the greatest of pleasure. – Ayn Rand

Pride was the belt you used to hold your pants up when you had no pants. – Stephen King

The last time I saw him he was walking down lover’s lane holding his own hand. – Fred Allen

I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong. – Samuel Goldwyn

There’s no ego when you’re a ukulele player. – Jake Shimabukuro

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. – Frank Leahy

If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity. – Marina Abramovic

We cannot bear very much reality, we are biased to protect our egos against the onslaught of unwelcome truths. – Garrett Hardin

Ignorance and power and pride are a deadly mixture, you know. – Robert Fulghum

Most of us are convinced that we are our egos, which is who we think we are. The ego is part of our incarnation. It dies with the body, which is why we are so afraid of death. Death scares the hell out of who you think you are, especially if you think you are this body. – Ram Dass

The poor ego has a still harder time of it; it has to serve three harsh masters, and it has to do its best to reconcile the claims and demands of all three… The three tyrants are the external world, the superego, and the id. – Sigmund Freud

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. – John Steinbeck

Ignorance, intolerance, egotism, self-assertion, opaque perception, dense and pitiful chuckle headedness – and an almost pathetic unconsciousness of it all, that is what I was at nineteen and twenty. – Mark Twain

If your ego starts out, ‘I am important, I am big, I am special,’ you’re in for some disappointments when you look around at what we’ve discovered about the universe. No, you’re not big. No, you’re not. You’re small in time and in space. And you have this frail vessel called the human body that’s limited on Earth. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

The hallucination of separateness prevents one from seeing that to cherish the ego is to cherish misery. We do not realize that our so-called love and concern for the individual is simply the other face of our own fear of death or rejection. In his exaggerated valuation of separate identity, the personal ego is sawing off the branch on which he is sitting, and then getting more and more anxious about the coming crash! – Alan Watts

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard Feynman

Our ego is our silent partner – too often with a controlling interest. – Cullen Hightower

That’s how it seems to go: We’re never happy with what we have, we want what others have too. We want to have more than everyone else. – Ryan Holiday

Silence. The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation. – Ryan Holiday

The voice inside your head shapes what you see, think, and feel. It protects your ego, even if that means distorting reality. – Shane Parrish

Some people’s insecurity and ego fragility cannot tolerate the slightest offense. – Robert Greene

Once the ego inflates it will only come back to earth through some jarring failure. – Robert Greene

Man is not a rational animal he is a rationalizing animal. – Robert A. Heinlein

Leave the ego otherwise everyone will leave you. – Unknown

The loudest in the room is the weakest one in the room. – Frank Lucas

Ego is about who’s right. Truth is about what’s right. – Mike Maples Jr.

The fools in life want things fast and easy – money, success, attention. – Robert Greene

The ego is always looking to find something. The Spirit can see what’s already there. – Marianne Williamson

For the ego to survive, it must make time – past and future – more important than the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown which is they very essence of life. – Deepak Chopra

The Ego is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power, because it lives in fear. – Deepak Chopra

What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness. – Ryan Holiday

Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge. And soul is purified with love. – Ali ibn Abi Talib

I believe that the biggest problem that humanity faces is an ego sensitivity to finding out whether one is right or wrong and identifying what one’s strengths and weaknesses are. – Ray Dalio

A willingness to be wrong in conversation can help you avoid being wrong in a costlier arena. Better to lose an argument than a fortune, or a war. – The Stoic Emperor

A boaster and a liar are cousins. – German proverb

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. – Niccolò Machiavelli

Nations have their ego, just like individuals. – James Joyce

There is no one who would not rather appear to know than to be taught. – Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something. – Osho

The great corrupter of public men is the ego – corrupter because distracter. – Dean Acheson

Something good should be a source of pride, correct? ‘Yes’. And can one really take pride in a momentary pleasure? Please don’t say yes. – Marcus Aurelius

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. – Epictetus

I think the hard thing here is seeing the truth. To see the truth, you have to get your ego out of the way because your ego doesn’t want to face the truth. – Naval Ravikant

The smaller you can make your ego, the less conditioned you can make your reactions, the less desires you can have about the outcome you want, the easier it to see the reality. – Naval Ravikant

We are vulnerable to the effects of truths we are unwilling to face. Perhaps they threaten our ego or the mental model that structures our routine. Disturbing information is easily rationalized or ignored. Trouble grows in the shadows we fear to illuminate. – The Stoic Emperor

Learning is easier if you are honest about your own ignorance. People want to seem “in the know.” They try to signal that they are intelligent and informed. This is often counterproductive. Insecurity is the enemy of learning. A master knows how to be a beginner. – The Stoic Emperor

It is a narrow passageway that leads to the garden of contentment. Big egos don’t fit. – The Stoic Emperor

The key is to ego is distinguishing between when it’s serving you and when it’s getting in your way. – Shane Parrish

On the sentence “I’ve changed my mind”: Four simple and underused words. – Naval Ravikant

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark. – Zen proverb

One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause. – Robert Brault

If you learn how to make fun of yourself, your ego will go down. – Nirmala Srivastava

Avoid making yourself the subject of conversation. – Jean de la Bruyere

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. – Deepak Chopra

Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out, and strike it, merely to show that you have one. – Lord Chesterfield

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. – Unknown

Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasure, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime that ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer. – Sir Walter Scott

What I’ve found in my research is that realism and self-honesty are the antidote to ego, hubris, and delusion. – Ryan Holiday

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. Criss Jami

Fight your own pride and ego and be open-minded and always learning new techniques, new things from anyone. Sam Sheridan

Be lesser, do more. Imagine if for every person you met, you thought of some way to help them, something you could do for them? – Ryan Holiday

Kill the cow of your ego as quickly as you can, so that your inner spirit can come to life and attain true awareness. – Rumi

Cast out pride and vanity; have no thought of trying to rule over others or of outdoing them. – Wallace D. Wattles

Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. – Eckhart Tolle

Identity invites confirmation bias, which neutralizes your ability to learn. Shedding identity is a prerequisite to wisdom. – Michael

If there’s one skill which can substantially improve the life of every single person, it is emotional self-control. If you drop your ego, don’t take things personally and adopt a detached perspective, your ability to deal with all types of people/situations will immensely improve. – The Ancient Sage

The more you dis-identify with your ego, the more complete is your freedom. – The Ancient Sage

If you wish to be loved, love. – Seneca

I long to escape the prison of my ego and lose myself in you. – Rumi

The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated. – William James

In the battle of egos, both competitors lose. – Robin Sharma

Practice pure generosity to continuously dissipate the ego. – Tony Choi

When ego is in control it judges and punishes. But love forgives and heals. – Angie Karan

Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition – all such distortions within our own egos – condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts. – Tennessee Williams

An egotist is not a man who thinks too much of himself; he is a man who thinks too little of other people. – Joseph Fort Newton

Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice. – Erich Fromm

Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. – Sigmund Freud

It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride. – John Ruskin

Apologizing does not always mean you are wrong, it just means that you value your relationship more than your ego. – Unknown

A relationship never dies a natural death. It is always murdered by ego, attitude and ignorance. – Srinivas Shenoy

People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love. – Simon Cowell

In the silence of our egos, we lost each other. – Myra S.

The man who thinks he can live without others is mistaken; the one who thinks others can’t live without him is even more deluded. – Hasidic saying

You’re not looking for perfection in your partner. Perfection is all about the ego. With soulmate love, you know that true love is what happens when disappointment sets in – and you’re willing to deal maturely with these disappointments. – Karen Salmansohn

Humility and pride will forever battle whenever or wherever love is concerned. – Jeremy Aldana

Love means to reach for the sky and with every breath to tear a hundred veils. Love means to step away from the ego, to open the eyes of inner vision and not to take this world so seriously. – Rumi

You have no choice. You must leave your ego on the doorstep before you enter love. – Kamand Kojouri

Drop jealousy and love wells up. Jealousy means that I am the owner. It is an ego trip, and wherever there is ego there is poison, and the poison kills the very source of love. – Osho

Love without sacrifice is like theft. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Pride is ugly. It says ‘If you succeed I am a failure’. – Ezra Taft Benson

No matter what we talk about, we are talking about ourselves. – Hugh Prather

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. – Emily Brontë

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. – C.S. Lewis

Every ego wants to be special. If it can’t be special by being superior to others, it’s also quite happy with being especially miserable. – Eckhart Tolle

Through being “right”, you feel superior and through feeling superior you strengthen your sense of self. In reality, of course, you are only strengthening the illusion of ego. – Eckhart Tolle

In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the frame of his own portrait. – J. Petit-Senn

If you get your ego in your way, you will only look to other people and circumstances to blame. – Jocko Willink

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. – Sophocles

People that put themselves above others will fall longer and harder. – Gina Lindley

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them. – T. S. Eliot

Withhold admiration from a narcissist and be disliked. Give it and be treated with indifference. – Mason Cooley

Since [narcissists] deep down, feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault. Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad. They project their own evil onto the world. They never think of themselves as evil, on the other hand, they consequently see much evil in others. – M. Scott Peck

The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. – Bertrand Russell

The narcissist devours people, consumes their output, and casts the empty, writhing shells aside. – Sam Vaknin

The pride that keeps us from forgiving is the same pride which keeps us from accepting forgiveness. – Frederick Buechner

Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. – Fulton J. Sheen

Never let pride or concern for your reputation pull you farther into the morass; both will suffer far greater blows by your persistence. – Robert Greene

One big mistake I see people make over and over is focusing on proving themselves right, instead of focusing on achieving the best outcome. – Shane Parrish

We overestimate the importance of what we focus on because we think we are special people in a special time and place. – Naval Ravikant

Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. – Thomas Jefferson

We are rarely proud when we are alone. – Voltaire

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. – Diane Black

One of the ego’s favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt. – Ram Dass

There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right! – Eckhart Tolle

Remind yourself how pointless it is to rage and fight and try to one-up those around you. Go and put yourself in touch with the infinite, and end your conscious separation from the world. Reconcile yourself a bit better with the realities of life. Realize how much came before you, and how only wisps of it remain. – Ryan Holiday

Fear of fear is the birth place of the ego, its resting place and its final destination. – Mircea Macave

Comfort and luxury are usually the chief requirements of life for your ego – its top priorities tend to be accumulations, achievements, and the approval of others. – Wayne Dyer

The spirit of arrogance most definitely makes you shine. It paints a bright red target on your own forehead. – Criss Jami

There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you’re wrong and you can’t face it; the other is when you’re right and nobody else can face it. – Criss Jami

The hated man is the result of his hater’s pride rather than his hater’s conscience. – Criss Jami

The desire for self-development stems from “narcissistic” desires, a tendency to self-aggrandizement and superiority over others. – Sigmund Freud

Your ego is an avid interpreter. It is so quick to interpret events as ‘bad’ or ‘good’ or ‘right’. It never fails to see the little picture. – Robert Holden

We’re all the stars of our own movies, but cutting back on the number of “Do you know who I am?” thoughts made my life infinitely smoother. – Dan Harris

Attempting to destroy something out of hate or ego often ensures that it will be preserved and disseminated forever. – Ryan Holiday

It doesn’t matter how well you’re doing, your ego and their accomplishments make you feel like nothing. – Ryan Holiday

When you’re upset because someone doesn’t like you, it’s your ego operating: you validate your existence based on their approval. – Thibaut

People will come up with extraordinarily convoluted theories to avoid admitting that they have been wrong about something. – The Stoic Emperor

Many who appear to be seeking widespread popularity are in fact seeking acceptance. Disappointment awaits. Public prominence ensures that you will always be hearing from people who will never accept you. Sensitive people are better off cultivating a few close relationships. – The Stoic Emperor

An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside. – Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Your worst enemy is hiding within yourself, and that enemy is your nafs or false ego. – Rumi

No time for reading. For controlling your arrogance, yes. For overcoming pain and pleasure, yes. For outgrowing ambition, yes. – Marcus Aurelius

You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you. Things can’t shape our decisions by themselves. – Marcus Aurelius

Picking the glamorous choice is almost always a bad decision. – Life Math Money

The greatest prison of all is the one our ego puts us in. – Shane Parrish

We optimize for short-term ego protection over long-term happiness. Shane Parrish

The ego is antifragile. When attacked it inflates to protect itself. Michael

Jealousy is the suspicion of one’s own inferiority. – Emily Post

Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life. – Yoko Ono

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. – Wayne Dyer

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. – Fulton J. Sheen

Among real friends there is no rivalry or jealousy of one another, but they are satisfied and contented alike whether they are equal or one of them is superior. – Plutarch

Never be angry at someone for telling you the truth, no matter how unpleasant. If you don’t, you’ll eventually stop hearing truth. – Life Math Money

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? – Rumi

To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self. – Joan Didion

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame. – Thomas a Kempis

The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Vincent Peale

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. – Emmet Fox

You’re subject to sorrow, fear, jealousy, anger and inconsistency. That’s the real reason you should admit that you are not wise. – Marcus Aurelius

Never be distracted by people’s glamorous portraits of themselves and their lives; search and dig for what really imprisons them. – Robert Greene

Never criticize. People are very bad at taking criticism rationally. They take it as a blow to their ego, defend themselves stubbornly, and accuse you back. Resentment ensues. – The Ancient Sage

Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism. – Shane Parrish

Amateurs focus on tearing other people down. Professionals focus on making everyone better. – Shane Parrish

Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn. – Shane Parrish

Good provocation is virtuous truth seeking that shatters delusion. Bad provocation is the fragile ego that deals with insecurity by lashing out. – The Stoic Emperor

Success is seen as proof of guilt by those with jealous minds and fragile egos. – The Stoic Emperor

When we constantly judge every tiny event, we lose complete perspective over the nuances and spontaneities of life. – Naval Ravikant

Jealousy means ego, jealousy means unconsciousness. Jealousy means that you have not known even a moment of joy and bliss; you are living in misery. Jealousy is a by-product of misery, ego, unconsciousness. – Rajneesh

People reject what they do not understand because it makes them feel small. They would rather believe in some other reality, even if it is only an illusion, so long as it makes them feel bigger. – Suzy Kassem

You have to try to reply to criticism with your intellect, not your ego. – Mike Brearley

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. – Elbert Hubbard

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. – Paul Arden

Respect yourself and others will respect you. – Confucius

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. – Andre Gide

Ego is negative but self-respect is positive. – Younus AlGohar

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. – Charlotte Brontë

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you. – Lao Tzu

Ego says ‘I can do no wrong’, whereas confidence says ‘I can get this right’. Confidence says ‘I’m valuable’ while ego says ‘I’m invaluable’. – Todd Henry

Ego needs honors in order to be validated. Confidence, on the other hand, is able to wait and focus on the task at hand regardless of external recognition. – Ryan Holiday

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance. – John C. Maxwell

Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. – Wayne Dyer

Charisma is a combination of two attributes. It’s the ability to project confidence and love at the same time. – Naval Ravikant

The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect. – Thomas Huxley

Confidence turns into pride only when you are in denial of your mistakes. – Criss Jami

Understand: You should be radiating confidence, not arrogance or disdain. – Robert Greene

Train yourself to take nothing personally. – Robert Greene

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If we can develop a truly humble attitude, we can change the world. – Pope Francis

Humility is, in a sense, admitting how egotistical you are. – Criss Jami

Spoil not an act of kindness by speaking of it. – Unknown

Listening is difficult because it involves suppressing your ego long enough to consider what is being said before you respond. – Shane Parrish

Steve Jobs had a remarkable knack for letting go of things that didn’t work. If you were in an argument with him, and you convinced him that you were right, he would instantly change his mind. He didn’t hold on to an idea because he had once believed it to be brilliant. His ego didn’t attach to the suggestions he made, even as he threw his full weight behind them. When Steve saw Pixar’s directors do the same, he recognized them as kindred spirits. – Ed Catmull

You shouldn’t gloat about anything you’ve done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do. – David Packard

Most successful people are people you’ve never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs. – Ryan Holiday

Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done. – Colin Powell

It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want. – Rumi

A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it. – Father Strickland

The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. – Eric Hoffer

For me humility was a relief, the opposite of humiliation. – Dan Harris

Do not hold on to your original idea out of sheer stubbornness, or because your ego is tied up with its rightness. – Robert Greene

Ego and learning are incompatible. If you want to learn you must put your ego aside and adopt a beginner’s mindset, assuming that you know nothing. – The Ancient Sage

Next time you find yourself debating someone, try dropping your position entirely and starting from scratch. Walk out of an ego war and into a learning session. – Johnny Uzan

You can’t learn if you think you already know. You will not find the answers if you’re too conceited and self-assured to ask the questions. You cannot get better if you are convinced you are the best. – Ryan Holiday

Because they consistently observe and listen, the humble improve. – Ryan Holiday

There’s just work to be done and lessons to be learnt. In all that is around us. – Ryan Holiday

Speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy. – Marcus Aurelius

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. – Epictetus

When there is no desire, all things are at peace. – Lao Tzu

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. – Miyamoto Musashi

Perfect humility tends to the annihilation of self. – Meister Eckhart

The more awake we become, the less we need the ego. – Steven Pressfield

First man wants money. Then money man wants power. Then powerful man wants peace of mind. – Thibaut

The ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it – just don’t get lost in it. – Ram Dass

Consciousness is the bridge, the golden bridge, from this world to the other, from hell to heaven, from the ego to the divine. – Osho

The decision to make the present moment into your friend is the end of the ego. – Eckhart Tolle

The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. – Eckhart Tolle

Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit. – Marianne Williamson

How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its own desires? – Ibn Arabi

Meditation is a state of mind in which the ‘me’ is absent. And therefore that very absence brings order. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Is there a meditation that is not the ego trying to become? Is meditation conscious if every effort implies time? – Jiddu Krishnamurti

To meditate is to purge the mind of its self-centered activity. And if you have come this far in meditation, you will find there is silence, a total emptiness. The mind is uncontaminated by society; it is no longer subject to any influence, to the pressure of any desire. It is completely alone, and being alone, untouched it is innocent. Therefore there is a possibility for that which is timeless, eternal, to come into being. This whole process is meditation. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

To obtain satori, one must let go of the ego. To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give. – Taisen Deshimaru

Our ego and emotions get in the way of seeing the problem clearly. Detachment is key. – George Mack

Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything. – Bodhidharma

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Chögyam Trungpa

Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit. – Chögyam Trungpa

Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be. – Carlos Castaneda

The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. – Shunryu Suzuki

When you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. – Shunryu Suzuki

The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes… Zen practice is to open up our small mind. – Shunryu Suzuki

When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat. – Shunryu Suzuki

When something dies is the greatest teaching. – Shunryu Suzuki

When your ego is no more, only then will you know who you are. – Rajneesh

Pride makes us do things well. But it is love that makes us do them to perfection. – H. Jackson Brown Jr

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