Ego Quotes

This is one of those “fluke” postings. Was noticing the word “ego” in my head in the past day or so, & thought just now “Okay! Why not a posting with the quotations I have on hand about ego?”

So here they are.

Okay, so there may not be many, but they are good ones!


“You are encouraged to say to your ego: 'You have created tremendous trouble for me, and I don't like you. I'm going to destroy you.'"  – Chögyam Trungpa

“At this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem. Then, there would be a real New Age.” ~ Ken Wilber

“How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout to be in your service is the trick.” – Joseph Campbell [more great JC quotes here]

“…the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way – outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing … because these activities preclude awareness of the Divine.” – Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his book I’m God, You’re Not (reviewed in Tikkun Magazine, Winter 2011 issue, their 25th anniversary issue. Theme: Transforming the World)

“There comes a time when the bubble of ego is popped and you can’t get the ground back for an extended period of time. Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives.” – from Shambhala Mountain Center’s Learning to Stay, 2003

“Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.” – Sidney J. Harris


** I’ll have to try & harvest some more from my great books by Pema Chödrön & Eckhart Tolle


‘Quote of the Day’ with this post: “But now comes the daunting revelation, that we are all called to be saints – not good necessarily, or pious or devout – but saints in the sense of just caring for each other.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal

“The world shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  – Anaïs Nin

Another Anaïs Nin (just ‘cos I feel like it): “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” (Lovely blog posting I came across by “fluke” here!)