100 Ego Quotes To Become Less Egocentric (And More Loving)

By Maxime Lagacé Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He’s also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he’s dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.Here are 100 of the best ego quotes I could find. The goal? To help you understand and tame your ego so you become more loving and warmhearted. Enjoy!

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

If you want to improve, you must be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus

Dissolve your ego before it dissolves your self. Maxime Lagacé

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Rabindranath Tagore

Let us be more simple and less vain. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it. Criss Jami

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. Michel de Montaigne

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. St. Vincent de Paul

Silence is the respite of the confident and strong. Ryan Holiday

You’re not as good as you think. You don’t have it all figured out. Stay focused. Do better. Ryan Holiday


Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. Adlai Stevenson

When ego is lost, limit is lost. You become infinite, kind, beautiful. Harbhajan Singh Yogi

Destroy your illusions so you can see reality. Destroy your fears so you can take risks. Destroy your ego so you can see life. Maxime Lagacé

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

Don’t worry about looking good; worry about achieving your goal. Ray Dalio

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The Best Ego Quotes

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The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal. Pema Chödrön

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

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. Steven Pressfield (The War of Art)

Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive. John Boyd

None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. Benjamin Whichcote Click to tweet

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

The bigger your heart, the more you love, the more you control your life. The bigger your ego, the more you’re scared, the more others control your life. Maxime Lagacé

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

Your ego screams for people to acknowledge you. But you must do nothing. Take it. Eat it until you’re sick. Endure it. Quietly brush it off and work harder. Ryan Holiday (Ego Is The Enemy)

The loudest in the room is the weakest one in the room. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington in the movie American Gangster) Click to tweet

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

Where id was, there ego shall be. Sigmund Freud


I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself. Michel de Montaigne

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go. Marcus Aurelius

The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working. Albert Einstein

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

Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware. The cosmic banana peel is suddenly going to appear underfoot to make sure you don’t take it all too seriously, that you don’t fill up on junk food. Anne Lamott

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. Benjamin Franklin

If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity. Marina Abramovic

If you never smile, you’re too serious. If you never help, you’re narcissist. If you never give, you never love. Maxime Lagacé

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

Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you. Andrew Murray

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What Is Ego?

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It’s the sense of superiority and certainty that exceeds the bounds of confidence and talent. Ryan Holiday

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

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody’s mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. Eckhart Tolle

The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Wayne Dyer

Your ego is your self-image created by thought. It’s your social mask requiring validation because it lives in fear of losing its sense of identity. Thibaut

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The Most Famous Ego Quotes

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When the ego dies, the soul awakes. Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

Rule your mind or it will rule you. Buddhist saying

It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am. Muhammad Ali

Receive without pride, let go without attachment. Marcus Aurelius

I like the moment when I break a man’s ego. Bobby Fischer (Chess player)

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. Dalai Lama

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it. John Lennon

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Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty. John Lennon

I don’t care what you think unless it is about me. Kurt Cobain

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

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

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark. Zen proverb

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

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

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. Albert Einstein

The offspring of riches: Pride, vanity, ostentation, arrogance, tyranny. Mark Twain

You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak. George Clooney

Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain. Bruce Lee

He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle. William Shakespeare

Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings. Stephen King

All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn’t care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care. Ernest Hemingway

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Feynman

The walls of pride are high and wide, can’t see over to the other side. Bob Dylan

We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm. Winston Churchill

Short Ego Quotes

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop Click to tweet

Ego takes everything personally. Eckhart Tolle

Egotism sucks us down like the law of gravity. Cyril Connolly

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

After success, keep working. Maxime Lagacé

Pride goes before destruction. Aesop

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us. Laurence J. Peter Click to tweet

Men learn while they teach. Seneca

Work for a cause, not for applause. Unknown

Ego is a drug. Use in moderation, if at all. Lex Fridman (Source)

Ego chases comfort when the soul simply needs meaning. Maxime Lagacé

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Ego trip: a journey to nowhere. Robert Half

Live life to express, not to impress. Unknown

Starve your ego. Feed your soul. Unknown

Bragging dims the soul. Unknown

Ego is the enemy. Ryan Holiday

Be capable of negating your ego. Robert Greene

The ego isn’t a real thing, it’s just the unexamined mind. Thibaut

It’s better to be ignorant than wrong. Shane Parrish

Outcomes over ego. Shane Parrish

Fools try to make themselves bigger. The wise try to make themselves smaller. Maxime Lagacé

There’s no ego when you’re a ukulele player. Jake Shimabukuro

We’d rather protect our ego than be happy. Shane Parrish

Fragile egos make for fragile friendships. @TheStoicEmperor

Truth above everything. Naval Ravikant

Drop ego and listen. Empathize. Naval Ravikant

Ego is about who’s right. Truth is about what’s right. Mike Maples Jr

Ego Quotes: The Conclusion

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Celebrate, but not too loudly. Be proud, but not for too long. Maxime Lagacé

Pride makes us do things well. But it is love that makes us do them to perfection. H. Jackson Brown Jr

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Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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