Quotes for
the Journey:

Ego



  
The ego is that ugly little troll
that lives underneath the bridge
between your mind and your heart.

Gael Greene

   

I measure what's going on, and I adapt to it.  I try to get my ego out of the way.  The market is smarter than I am so I bend.      -Martin Zweig

   

The ego, as a collection of our past experiences, is continually offering miserable lines of thought.  It’s as if there were a stream with little fish swimming by, and when we hook one of them there is a judgment.  The ego is constantly judging everybody and everything.  It has its constant little chit chat about things that can happen in the future, things about the past, too, and these are the little fish that swim by.  And what we learn to do—this is why it takes work—is to not reach out and grab a fish.       -Hugh Prather

   

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

   

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.       -The Dalai Lama

   
The ego is not a thing but a subtle effort, and you cannot use effort to get rid of effort - you end up with two efforts instead of one.  The ego itself is a perfect manifestation of the Divine, and it is best handled by resting in Freedom, not by trying to get rid of it, which simply increases the effort of the ego itself.       -Ken Wilber
    

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

The ego is the single biggest obstruction to the achievement of anything. Between-ness is the act of acting without ego. You act, but you are not the actor.  You do things, but you are not the doer--and you know you are not the doer.  It's the ability to hold the head at a dead standstill in order to effect certain changes.  You desire the change, but you do not care if it comes to pass.        -Richard Rose

     
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue.  Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge.  Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time.  It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up.       -Deepak Chopra
   
The main point of any spiritual practice is to step out of the bureaucracy of ego. This means stepping out of ego's constant desire for a higher, more spiritual, more transcendental version of knowledge, religion, virtue, judgment, comfort, or whatever it is that the particular ego is seeking.  One must step out of spiritual materialism.        -Trungpa Chogyam
   

   

Ego could be defined as whatever covers up basic goodness.  From an experiential point of view, what is ego covering up?  It's covering up our experience of just being here, just fully being where we are, so that we can relate with the immediacy of our experience.  Egolessness is a state of mind that has complete confidence in the sacredness of the world.  It is unconditional well being, unconditional joy that includes all the different qualities of our experience.       -Pema Chodron

  

   
The ego is a self-satisfying historian which seeks only that information that agrees with it, rewrites history when it needs to, and does not even see the evidence that threatens it.     -Anthony G. Greenwald
  
All unhappiness is due to the ego.  With it comes all your trouble.  If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it you would be free.     -Ramana Maharshi
  
The ego endlessly pulls us from one burning desire to another.  Somehow the ego wishes to impose its will on events, to pretend that its needs, its plans are the most important, that it knows all, and knows what is best for us.     -A. Haji
  
Why do we consistently refuse to allow love to light our way?  We resist the allure of love, while still longing for its comfort.  And what is that resistance, really?  First, it is resistance to the experience of a bigger life, in which our small and separate identity disappears.  What is actually the birth of our spiritual identity feels to the ego like death.  The ego, our small and separate sense of self, is an imposter personality.  It is a false self.  It resists our genuinely remembering God, because in the recognition of our oneness with him lies the death of the ego and the end of all fear.     -Marianne Williamson
  
One of the ego's favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt.     -Ram Dass
  
Happy are those who have overcome their egos; happy are those who have attained peace; happy are those who have found the Truth.     -the Buddha
  
The ego is really our weakness, the way our disbelief in ourselves shows in life.  When we give up fighting for it and determine to discipline it, we are on our way toward being ourselves and mature individuals.     -Alfred Ulher
  
The ego speaks from a small standpoint in the center.  It thinks outward.  It seeks to know by groping in the unknown, attempting to rationalize what it finds there.  Since infinite space surrounds it, it is impossible for it to ever grow into great understanding.     -U.S. Anderson
  
The ego promotes turmoil because it wants to substantiate your separateness from everyone, including God.  It will push you in the direction of judgment and comparison, and cause you to insist on being right and best.  You know your highest self by listening to the voice that only wants you to be at peace.     -Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny
  
The ego lusts for satisfaction.  It has a prideful ferocious appetite for its version of "truth."  It is the most challenging aspect to conquer; the cause for most spiritual turmoil.     -T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise
  
The Ego, however, 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
  
To feel life is meaningless unless "I" can be permanent is like having desperately fallen in love with an inch.      -Alan Watts
  
The ego can achieve simple pleasures:  momentary satisfaction with its achievements, happiness with its new car, for instance.  But it cannot itself create any of the higher feelings.  Take love, for example:  the only love the ego knows is strategic, a manipulative transaction in which it gives to get.  It gives kindness to be liked, praise to be praised, approval to be approved of, and love to be loved.  This conditional love is shallow at best and usually turns into hurt or even hate when the transaction doesn't go as planned.
   Similarly, the ego is not the source of compassion, joy, or forgiveness, either.  When these feelings come, all the ego can do is identify with them and start down the path of unworthiness or imagine that it has reached new spiritual heights.  The ego is at most a voyeur when there is a positive feeling and at worst an impostor.  Ultimately, the ego's inability to maintain any kind of positive feeling state results in a kind of low-level or background state of dissatisfaction that is the very note of the ego.     -Richard Moss
  
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 is primarily engaged in its own defense and the furtherance of its own ambitions.  Everything that interferes with it must be repressed.     -Jack Sanford
  
It must be remembered that even though the ego is the individual's inaccurate concept of him- or herself, it seems to be what the person is.     -Fritz Kunkel
  
The ego will always be able to find ways to keep the aspirant busy in self-improvement, thus binding him or her to the fact that the self is still there behind all the improvements.  For why should the ego kill itself?     -Paul Brunton
  
The attainment of enlightenment from ego's point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher.  It is the ultimate and final disappointment.     -Chogyam Trungpa
  

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