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A collection quotes and thoughts about quotes by famous people.

Ego Quotes That Will Save You From Inessential Ego Trips

Most of the times ego becomes an inflated feeling of pride that makes a person feel superior to others. Though ego is merely a three letter word, yet it has the power to destroy relationships that might mean the world to you. Many of us let ego domineer our lives and that is what leads us to destructive repercussions. It is healthy to be confident, however, having too much ego may ruin you in all spheres of your life be it relationships, career or talent.  People with too much ego tend to be less compassionate, over-critical, competitive in an unhealthy way and defensive. Many eminent thinkers, celebrities, motivational speakers, leaders and philosophers have shared their thoughts and views on how ego can become can hindrance in achieving your dreams which have become quotable quotes and sayings. Here is a compilation of inspiring and thought-provoking ego quotes and thoughts that might help you to gain control of your ego.

There is who loves you quietly, and respects you quietly, and wishes you privately, and walks away when he sees you busy with someone other than him, and his ego restrains him from getting near you, and contents himself with the love for the sake of love

Nizar Qabbani

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there's my personal favorite, the male ego.

Roseanne Barr

I turned down 'Harry Potter' and 'Spider-Man,' two movies that I knew would be phenomenally successful, because I had already made movies like that before and they offered no challenge to me. I don't need my ego to be reminded.

Steven Spielberg

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

To have ego means to believe in your own strength. And to also be open to other people's views. It is to be open, not closed. So, yes, my ego is big, but it's also very small in some areas. My ego is responsible for my doing what I do - bad or good.

Barbra Streisand

The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.

Dan Brown

Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.

Terence McKenna

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.

W. H. Auden

Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.

Norman Mailer

My ego and my vanities have nothing to do with comedy.

Jerry Lewis

There is nothing better than playing a scene with John Cleese or Maggie Smith. It's electric. But I don't think I'm the sort of person who needs to have an outer ego in order to produce something. I realised that through the travel programmes.

Michael Palin

Man can be that which he wishes to be; form and substance, they are but shadows. The mind, the ego, the essence of the god-dream -- that is real, that is immortal.

Robert E. Howard

Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.

Rudolf Steiner

If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.

John Cage

I buy the odd book. There's a great book out at the moment called Ego Is the Enemy.

Natalie Dormer

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

Deepak Chopra

One who vanquishes his ego and beholds the Lord as the Sole Doer of all things, that person has attained ‘Jiwan Mukti’ (is liberated while living), know this as the real truth, says Nanak.

Guru Tegh Bahadur

I have made a number of movies that I have never seen. It's not a matter of ego. It's a matter of being disappointed. It's really a shame. It's just as difficult to make a movie that no one cares about as to make a hit.

Christopher Walken

Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.

Gautama Buddha

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

Muhammad Iqbal

I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean, I actually stopped creating characters in 1975 - for albums, anyway.

David Bowie

Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.

Colin Powell

In television or a movie I bring my own ego and consequently can mess up. In the theatre I learnt very quickly to shut up and listen. Now I am able to get out of my own way.

Matthew Perry

This is God's universe, buddy, not yours, and he has the final say about what's ego and what isn't.

J. D. Salinger

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.

Walter Bagehot

Where id is, there shall ego be

Sigmund Freud

Anyone who says he knows God's intention is showing a lot of very human ego.

Michael Crichton

Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.

Terence McKenna

The ego is like a kid in the basement: It's best to keep him busy.

Tim Allen

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

But the star thing I can live with. The music I can't live without. And that's how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.

Bruce Springsteen

Anger, ego, jealousy are the biggest diseases,Keep yourself aloof from these three diseases.

Sathya Sai Baba

A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.

Muhammad Iqbal

The ego is not master in its own house.

Sigmund Freud

The best thing that I learned from the best directors that I worked with is that the best answer wins. They are ego-less when it comes to doing the most important thing.

Don Cheadle

When you're playing someone who has a strong ego about themselves, you can't play them when you have the opposite opinion of the one they have of themselves.

Laura Dern

I think everyone is a little egocentric, but when I help someone I lose 0.01% of my ego.

Adriana Lima

When I pass, speak freely of my shortcomings and my flaws. Learn from them, for I'll have no ego to injure.

Aaron McGruder

If you play more than two chords, you're showing off.

Woody Guthrie

Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.

Muhammad Iqbal

Nobody who's really using his ego, his real ego, has any time for any goddam hobbies

J. D. Salinger

Haec ego non multis (scribo), sed tibi: satis enim magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus. I am writing this not to many, but to you: certainly we are a great enough audience for each other.


My ego's not the kind that says, 'I want to be an actor and be accepted as that.'

Joe Namath

The star thing I can live with. The music I can't live without. And that's how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.

Bruce Springsteen

The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it--just don't get lost in it.

Ram Dass

I'm in the acting business. That's the ego business.

Betty White

I had to let my ego go a long time ago.

Sally Field

Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.

Ram Dass

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

Colin Powell

You get tangled up in your own ego of how you're perceived. You can lose your way.

Pierce Brosnan

The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.

Muhammad Iqbal

The only time I had an ego is I when wanted to have a reverse Undertaker record at WrestleMania, and they messed it up!

The Undertaker

I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.

Bertrand Russell

In mourning it is the world which has become poor and empty; in melancholia it is the ego itself.

Sigmund Freud

Imran Khan says 'End your ego, think of nation

Imran Khan

I guess it's a kind of a goal for any actor to be the lead of a movie. Not for ego reasons, but because it is creatively the biggest challenge.

Seth Rogen

Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.

Swami Vivekananda

You are not one person, but three: The one you think you are; The one others think you are; The one you really are.

Sathya Sai Baba

Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions.

Steve Wozniak

Barbarus hic ego sum, quia non intelligor illis. (In this place I am a barbarian, because men do not understand me.)


...the most common cause of death among alpha males was ego.

Nelson DeMille

Took the G out yo waffle, all you got left is your ego.

Donald Glover

I like the moment when I break a man's ego

Bobby Fischer

With competition there is always ego and hubris... competition gets in the way of work.

Patrick Dempsey

I have to tell you, you can't have an ego when you're an actor. A lot of actors have them, but in reality most of those people are just sensitive artists dying for a hug and a compliment.

Josh Brolin

It's a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn't think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.

Richard Dawkins

A transference neurosis corresponds to a conflict between ego and id, a narcissistic neurosis corresponds to that between between ego and super-ego, and a psychosis to that between ego and outer world.

Sigmund Freud

For people who have done comedy after a certain point in time, I think there's a base level of, 'O.K., I think I'm decently funny.' But unless you just have some massive ego, I really think you're still fighting against that.

Will Ferrell

Women don't want to exchange places with men. Male chauvinists, science-fiction writers and comedians may favor that idea for its shock value, but psychologists say it is a fantasy based on ruling-class ego and guilt.

Gloria Steinem

Neurosis is the result of a conflict between the ego and its id, whereas psychosis is the analogous outcome of a similar disturbance in the relation between the ego and its environment (outer world).

Sigmund Freud

Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!

Herman Melville

A single ego is an absurdly narrow vantage point from which to view the world.

Aleister Crowley

There’s a paradox to most things in life. Acting is often dressing up in frocks and chasing your ego, but that doesn’t mean you don’t take it seriously.

Colin Firth

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.

Marianne Williamson

The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody's ego, that's it, game over.

Gordon Ramsay

The longing need to be noticed that is often miscalled ego.

Thomas Harris

The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego—or what not.

Aleister Crowley

ALL religions of a spiritual nature are inventions of man. He has created an entire system of gods with nothing more than his carnal brain. Just because he has an ego, and cannot accept it, he has to externalize it into some great spiritual device which he calls God.

Anton LaVey

As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.

Martin Heidegger

Desire is storm, greed is whirlpool, pride is precipice, attachment is avalanche, ego is volcano. Discard desire and you are liberated.

Sathya Sai Baba

Every week I read about myself in a magazine, about something that I haven't done or some place that I've never been or don't even know. It's just gossip, rumors, egos, and politics.

Hilary Duff

I love playing ego and insecurity combined.

Jim Carrey

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.

Clare Boothe Luce

Science, enabled by engineering, empowered by NASA, tells us not only that we are in the universe but that the universe is in us. And for me, that sense of belonging elevates, not denigrates, the ego.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The only reason why we are always thinking of our own ego is that we have to live with it more continuously than with anyone else's.

Cesare Pavese

Your brain is not your friend when you need to apologize. Your brain and your ego and your intellect all remind you of the "facts.

Amy Poehler

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

Alan Watts

You've got to have an ego as big as Mars to want to think that you, of all people, are better than anyone else to be president of the United States. People that vain, they want their place in history, and they want to be able to control how much they'll be worshipped by future generations.

Belle Perez

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

Robert H. Schuller

The Ego Rip Step 1: Make a list of all your short comings. Step 2: Grasp list firmly in both hands. Step 3: Rip list to shreds. Step 4: Consider yourself perfect.

Jim Davis

Ego creates blind spots.

Eric Schmidt

I listen to all the top 20 songs, and top 20 albums, even the rap albums. But I don't like negative messages. If somebody is putting a lot of ego out there, I don't like it. When I make my records I want it to be sincere.

Kenny G

Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don't want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.

Karen Armstrong

Childish egocentrism is, in its essence, an inability to differentiate between the ego and the social environment.

Jean Piaget

Haec ego non multis, sed tibi: satis enim magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus.


If you have had to force yourself to do something, you are less willing or less able to exert self-control when the next challenge comes around. The phenomenon has been named ego depletion.

Daniel Kahneman

What is an ego except something that thinks it’s separate from God?

Carlos Santana

An actress must never lose her ego - without it she has no talent.

Tom Lehrer

I - Want - Peace, I is ego, Want is desire; Remove ego and desire and you have peace.

Sathya Sai Baba

Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then.


Odi hanc ego quae repetit uoluitque Palaemonis artem seruata semper lege et ratione loquendi ignotosque mihi tenet antiquaria uersus nec curanda uiris.


It is only the ego that steps from moment to moment, as a man who walks from puddle to puddle. It is only the ego who drowns in time.

Jane Roberts

We may assume it is God we care for, but it may be our own ego we are concerned with. To examine our religious existence is, therefore, a task to be performed constantly.

Abraham Joshua Heschel