150 Ego Quotes

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Here are 150 of the best ego quotes I could find. The goal? To help you understand and dissolve your ego so you become more loving and warmhearted. Enjoy!

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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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Dissolve your ego before it dissolves your self. Maxime Lagacé

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

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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

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

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


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

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

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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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Receive without pride, let go without attachment. Marcus Aurelius

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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

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

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

Short Ego Quotes

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One-liners, short ego quotes, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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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

Ego is a drug. Use in moderation, if at all. Lex Fridman (twitter.com)

Men learn while they teach. Seneca

Work for a cause, not for applause. Unknown

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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

Live life to express, not to impress. Unknown

Starve your ego. Feed your soul. Unknown

Bragging dims the soul. Unknown

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

Be capable of negating your ego. Robert Greene

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

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Ego is the enemy. Ryan Holiday

Outcomes over ego. Shane Parrish

We’d rather protect our ego than be happy. Shane Parrish

Fragile egos make for fragile friendships. @TheStoicEmperor

Truth above everything. Naval Ravikant

Drop ego and listen. Empathize. Naval Ravikant

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)

Ego chases and forces. Soul attracts and resonates. Inner Practitioner (twitter.com)

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

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)

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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Deep Ego Sayings

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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

Truly successful people take their life seriously, but dont take themselves that seriously. Remove your ego. Ross Harkness (twitter.com)

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

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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

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

The most convincing sign that someone is truly living their best life, is their lack of desire to show the world that they’re living their best life. Your best life won’t seek validation. Steven Bartless

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

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

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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

See also: 10 Lessons from Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday (YouTube video)

Wise Ego Sayings

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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

What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness. Ryan Holiday (Ego Is The Enemy)

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

Ego chases comfort when the soul simply needs meaning. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

See also: How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever (mindful.org)

Part 3. Conclusion

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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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Author Bio

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, INFJ 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, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

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

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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February 13, 2019

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January 3, 2022

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