250 Ego Quotes That Will Make You More Loving

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

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

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

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Receive without pride, let go without attachment. Marcus Aurelius

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Destroy your illusions so you can see reality. Destroy your fears so you can take risks. Destroy your ego so you can see life. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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The Best Ego Quotes

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

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

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. Steven Pressfield (The War of Art)

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

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

The bigger your heart, the more you love, the more you control your life. The bigger your ego, the more you’re scared, the more others control your life. Maxime Lagacé

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

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

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None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. Benjamin Whichcote Click to tweet

Where id was, there ego shall be. Sigmund Freud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Is Ego?

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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

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The Most Famous Ego Quotes (Gandhi, Lao Tzu, Dalai Lama, etc.)

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When the ego dies, the soul awakes. Mahatma Gandhi Click to tweet

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

Rule your mind or it will rule you. Buddhist saying

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 (Chess player)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Click to tweet

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

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

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Short Ego Quotes

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop Click to tweet

Ego takes everything personally. Eckhart Tolle

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

After success, keep working. Maxime Lagacé

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

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Ego is the enemy. Ryan Holiday

Be capable of negating your ego. Robert Greene

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

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. @TheStoicEmperor

Truth above everything. Naval Ravikant

Drop ego and listen. Empathize. Naval Ravikant

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Inspirational Ego Quotes

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Slow but steady wins the race. Aesop Click to tweet

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

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

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

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Celebrate, but not too loudly. Be proud, but not for too long. Maxime Lagacé

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 Click to tweet

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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. @TheAncientSage

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. @TheAncientSage

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

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Funny And Surprising Ego Quotes

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

Ego trip: a journey to nowhere. Robert Half

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 (Linux)

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

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

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

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

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 Click to tweet

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 (The Fountainhead)

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

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

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

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Deep (And Sometimes Dark) Ego Quotes

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

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. Frank Leahy Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

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

If you never smile, you’re too serious. If you never help, you’re narcissist. If you never give, you never love. Maxime Lagacé

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

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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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

Silence. The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation. Ryan Holiday (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

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Wise Ego Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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The loudest in the room is the weakest one in the room. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington in the movie American Gangster) Click to tweet

Fools try to make themselves bigger. The wise try to make themselves smaller. Maxime Lagacé

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

Let your action be free of all traces of ego. When an action is free of ego it leaves no problems in its wake. @TheAncientSage

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

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

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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 Click to tweet

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

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

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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. @TheStoicEmperor

It is a narrow passageway that leads to the garden of contentment. Big egos don’t fit. @TheStoicEmperor

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

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Quotes About Getting Rid Of The Ego (Taming The Ego)

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

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

Fools, because of fear, accumulate and consume. The wise, because of love, give and create. Maxime Lagacé

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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 Click to tweet

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

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. @TheAncientSage

The more you dis-identify with your ego, the more complete is your freedom. @TheAncientSage

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Ego Quotes About Pride, Self-Importance, Narcissism

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

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

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

Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. Emily Brontë

Fools try to impress. The wise simply express. Maxime Lagacé

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

Signs of spiritual retardation: Aversion to solitude. Conscious of status in the herd. Invested in social formalities. Talkative and un-self-aware. Indulging in petty vanities. Focused on improving and projecting appearance. Materialistic snob. Completely identified with the ego. @TheAncientSage

Why did the insult bother you? If it is false, it has no weight. If it is true, it is better to know. Either way, you are unharmed. @TheStoicEmperor

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 Click to tweet

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

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Ego Quotes About Arrogance, Fear, Anger

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Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. Diane Black Click to tweet

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

Those who are arrogant are insecure. Those who are humble are courageous. Those who don’t care about their status are wise. Maxime Lagacé

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 (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

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

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 Click to tweet

Attempting to destroy something out of hate or ego often ensures that it will be preserved and disseminated forever. Ryan Holiday (Ego Is The Enemy)

It doesn’t matter how well you’re doing, your ego and their accomplishments make you feel like nothing. Ryan Holiday (Ego Is The Enemy)

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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. @TheStoicEmperor

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

See also: death quotes, stoic quotes

See also: Twelve Tips to Avoid Seeming Like an Arrogant, Know-It-All Jerk (huffpost.com)

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

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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February 13, 2019

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