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Quotes: Who Said What About Ego?

I’m one of seven kids. That’ll keep your ego in check.

Amy Adams

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.

Theodor Adorno

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you’re done for.

Al Alvarez

My performances have finally caught up with my ego.

Ato Boldon

Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.

John Bradshaw

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.

John Cheever

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It’s the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.

Will Durant

I think that ego-driven leaders will be a thing of the past because the masses are tired.

Louis Farrakhan

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

Bobby Fischer

The ego is not master in its own house.

Sigmund Freud

Where id was, there ego shall be.

Sigmund Freud

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.

Sigmund Freud

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient’s ego freedom to decide one way or another.

Sigmund Freud

To have a little recognition, that is very nice, you dig. It is good for the ego, for the psyche.

Dexter Gordon

And it’s a question of how far we’re willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.

Taylor Hackford

I’m very accessible. I don’t get into this ego thing.

Scott Hamilton

When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.

Keith Haring

I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn’t a star, just an actress. Forget it. I’m a star. I wanted it. I worked for it. I got it.

Valerie Harper

I get pretty terrified, to be honest, when I’m on tour. You really have to muster a lot of ego to go our there, which I find rather draining.

Michael Hutchence

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

Muhammed Iqbal

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

Muhammed Iqbal

Nations have their ego, just like individuals.

James Joyce

Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.

Mike Krzyzewski

Ego is good.

Thomas Leonard

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

Clare Boothe Luce

Fabio kept asking me out, but I knew we’d never get his ego through the door.

Lorna Luft

The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.

Ernst Mach

My ego is controlled enough that I don’t have to be the focus.

Herbie Mann

I own and operate a ferocious ego.

Bill Moyers

You proceed from a false assumption: I have no ego to bruise.

Leonard Nimoy

It’s not about ego. Really. If it was ego, I’d be telling you about my awesome… oh, never mind.

Bruce Perens

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

Colin Powell

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

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

Colin Powell

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!

Pat Riley

I try not to have too much of an ego. I’ll do anything.

Rob Schneider

Everyone in showbiz is driven by ego, so how do you go from having loads of fame to working at 7-11? You can’t do it!

Ryan Seacrest

The column’s worked out great for me. I’ve gotten a ton of ego satisfaction, had a lot of fun, won a batch of prizes and occasionally done some public good.

Allan Sloan

I’m aware that, from the outside, this looks like I’ve got quite an ego.

Kevin Spacey

If my ego was out of whack and I believed I could carry anything off, that would be a stupid risk. But so far there’s been no reason not to try anything.

Kathleen Turner

It is probably very necessary to present your ego at some point.

Eberhard Weber

I don’t want the giant ego. I don’t want to become Kevin Costner, singing on the soundtrack to The Postman.

Joss Whedon

What is it in you that brings you to a spiritual teacher in the first place? It’s not the spirit in you, since that is already enlightened, and has no need to seek. No, it is the ego in you that brings you to a teacher.

Ken Wilber

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