85 Ego Quotes and Sayings to Know Yourself

In psychology, the word ‘ego’ refers to an individual’s concept of self, which is an important aspect of their identity.

An inflated ego, on the other hand, might be one’s worst enemy. An inflated ego can cloud your perspective of reality, leading you down dangerous roads and creating havoc in your life.

It can damage relationships because it often develops arrogance and a lack of empathy.

It might blind you to chances since an inflated ego dismisses other people’s views and viewpoints.

Ego Quotes and Sayings to Know Yourself

It may also stifle actual achievement by impeding self-growth and learning.

When the ego takes control, it may prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest by erecting unneeded hurdles and conflicts.

Here’s a collection of best ego quotes to help you understand and handle ego-related difficulties.

Ego Quotes


The Ego is a veil between humans and God. In prayer all are equal. ~ Rumi.


Ego is false confidence, self-respect is true confidence. ~ Naval Ravikant.

Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity. ~ Marianne Moore.

A man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress. ~ Ayn Rand.

A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul. ~ Jillian Michaels.

Whenever ego suffers from fear of death & your practice turns to seeing impermanence, ego settles down. ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. ~ Diana Black.

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called Ego. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

I have an ego the size of a small planet. ~ Linus Torvalds.

Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity. ~ Marina Abramovic.

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Best Ego Quotes

Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser – having a healthy ego, or high opinion of yourself, is a real positive in life! ~ Donald Trump.


Where id was, there ego shall be. ~ Sigmund Freud.

Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda.

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

The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness. ~ John O’Donohue.

An egotist is not a man who thinks too much of himself; he is a man who thinks too little of other people. ~ Joseph Fort Newton.


Ego is the great enemy. Ego will hold you back every single time. ~ Nikki Sixx.

Body is purified by water. Ego by tears. Intellect is purified by knowledge and soul is purified with love. ~ Ali ibn Abi Talib.

You bruised my ego, you see, and there’s just not enough money in the world to soothe my ego when it gets bruised. ~ Jennifer Estep.

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment. ~ Chögyam Trungpa.

Don’t allow the pride, ego, and insecurities of others stunt your growth. ~ Yvonne Pierre.


Don’t be a hero. Don’t have an ego. ~ Paul Tudor Jones.

Being efficient is the easy part. Suppressing one’s ego completely for hours at a time is really hard. ~ Colin Clark.

Famous Ego Quotes

My opponent is my teacher, my ego is my enemy. ~ Renzo Gracie.

Bullying happens because weak people need to prop up their ego by beating up or humiliating others. ~ Bruce Dickinson.

Humility is born of the spirit, humiliation of the ego. ~ Alan Cohen.

Ego, let it go. ~ Unknown.


Ego trip: a journey to nowhere. ~ Robert Haif.

People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love. ~ Simon Cowell.

The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody’s ego, that’s it, game over. ~ Gordon Ramsay.

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

You have no choice. You must leave your ego on the doorstep before you enter love. ~ Kamand Kojouri.

The ego is like a clever monkey, which can co-opt anything, even the most spiritual practices, so as to expand itself. ~ Jean-Yves Leloup.


When misunderstandings grow, cut your ego. ~ Unknown.

If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now. ~ Douglas Adams.

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

The ego hurts you like this: you become obsessed with the one person who does not love you. blind to the rest who do. ~ Warsan Shire.

Meaningful Ego Quotes

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.

The ego is a false sense based on mental concepts. It is identification with the body and the mind-primarily identification with thought form. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

How to get rid of ego as a dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick. ~ Joseph Campbell.


Too much ego will kill your talent. ~ Unknown.

A man asked Lord Buddha I want happiness. Lord Buddha said – first remove I that’s ego. Then remove Want that’s desire. See now you are left with only Happiness. ~ Buddha.

I would prefer not to. ~ Herman Melville.

When the ego dies, the soul awakes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Through being right, you feel superior and through feeling superior you strengthen your sense of self. In reality, of course, you are only strengthening the illusion of ego. ~ Eckhart Tolle.


Do things that feed your soul, not your ego and you will be happy. ~ Unknown.

All ego really is, is our opinions, which we take to be solid, real, and the absolute truth about how things are. ~ Pema Chödrön.

Thought-Provoking Ego Quotes

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

Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser. ~ Donald Trump.

If someone corrects you, and you feel offended, then YOU have an EGO problem. ~ Nouman Ali Khan.


Conquer and tame the ego. ~ Angelica Hopes.

If your ego starts out, ‘I am important, I am big, I am special,’ you’re in for some disappointments when you look around at what we’ve discovered about the universe. No, you’re not big. No, you’re not. You’re small in time and in space. And you have this frail vessel called the human body that’s limited on Earth. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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.

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.

Always keep your ego in check and not be afraid to listen. Listening is a great art form. ~ Clint Eastwood.


Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight. ~ John Bradshaw.

Suffering has a noble purpose: the evolution of consciousness and the burning up of the ego. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

Thoughtful Ego Quotes

Great people have great egos; maybe that’s what makes them great. ~ Paul Arden.

The ego is always looking to find something. The Spirit can see what’s already there. ~ Marianne Williamson.

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.

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

The ego is not only the unobserved mind, the voice in the head which pretends to be you, but also the unobserved emotions that are the body’s reaction to what the voice in the head is saying. ~ Eckhart Tolle.


One of the ego’s favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt. ~ Ram Dass.

To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth – not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source. ~ Debbie Ford.

Science is the special province of the ego. And magic and art are the special province of something else. I could name it, but I won’t. It prefers to be unnamed. ~ Terence McKenna.

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.

Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool. ~ Dr. Herbert Shofield.

Top Ego Quotes

Big egos have little ears. ~ Robert Schuller.

The ego is a tool. You don’t separate it. It’s a tool for the spirit. ~ Ram Dass.


Ego judges and punishes. Love forgives and heals. ~ Unknown.

For the ego to survive, it must make time – past and future – more important than the present moment. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

Food for the ego is poison for the soul. ~ Donna Goddard.


Think big from the heart, not the ego. ~ Unknown.

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

Never allow your ego to diminish your ability to listen. ~ Gary Hopkins.

Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done. ~ Colin Powell.

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


Our ego is our silent partner-too often with a controlling interest. ~ Cullen Hightower.

Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way. ~ Chris Lowe.

Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something. ~ Osho.

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.

The gulf left by the absence of ego is quickly filled with knowledge. ~ Shane Parrish.

Below is a really good video that explains Ego in detail.

So these were the 85 quotes about Ego.

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