Quotes about ego

human ego bigNow I am convinced in my own mind… that there’s only one problem in this life, one problem that includes all problems, and one answer that includes all answers… I am totally convinced that the only roadblock between me and you and me and my God is the human ego… I further believe that the best definition you’ll ever hear of the human ego is, The feeling of conscious separation from…”. From what? From everything. From God. (I like to use three words: life, good, God, which to me are synonymous words.)
— Chuck C., A New Pair of Glasses

All the happiness there is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself.
— Shantideva, 8th century Indian Buddhist scholar

The greatest gift to others is to completely relinquish yourself.
— Bodhidharma (5th-century Buddhist monk credited with taking Zen to China)

Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.
— Ram Dass

The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it.
— Ram Dass

The ego is a false self that believes in its separation.
— Wayne Dyer, Excuses Begone

Very unconscious people experience their own ego through its reflection in others.
— Unknown

Ego is a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment.
— Unknown

The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
— Eckhart Tolle, Power of Now, p.37

Ego is that which is separate, individual; it can never duplicate or demonstrate that which is one.
— Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, p.22

The closer we get to the end of our present evolutionary stage, the more dysfunctional the ego becomes, in the same way that a caterpillar becomes dysfunctional just before it transforms into a butterfly. But the new consciousness is arising even as the old dissolves.
— Eckhart Tolle