Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ego

Oh, the ego, such a fragile delicate little thing you are.  According to the dictionary the definition for the ego is

1. The “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought. 2. Psychoanalysis. The part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment. 3. egotism; conceit; self-importance: Her ego becomes more unbearable each day. 4. self-esteem or self-image; feelings: Your criticism wounded his ego.

"With the disappearance of God the Ego moves forward to become the sole divinity." ~Dorothee Sölle~

"The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem." Dean Acheson

"Conceit causes more conversation than wit."La Rochefoucauld

"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. “Frank Leahy

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

"Many could forgo heavy meals, a full wardrobe, a fine house, etcetera. It is the ego they cannot forgo." Mohandas Gandhi

"Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do." Bruce Crampton

"All works are being done by the energy and power of nature, but due to delusion of ego people assume themselves to be the doer." Bhagavad Gita

"Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction." Aesop

“The ego is a deep desire to dominate. The ego is a deep desire that says, "I am special, higher, bigger, greater than you." Osho

“Hell is for all extraordinary people. They may be in politics, in art, literature -- wherever they are, hell is for all geniuses, for all extraordinary people, all egoists. Ego is the hell, it gives you suffering -- because unnecessarily you start conflicting with everything. You are never at ease, unease becomes your style of life; with the ego you will always be at unease. Ego is a discomfort; it is a nail in the shoe, it continuously pinches, but you want to be extraordinary.” Osho

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

“Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.Sigmund Freud