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Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.

Tags: Means, Today  ✍ Author: Theodor Adorno

In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music.

Tags: Music, Rather  ✍ Author: Colin Baker

The ego is kind of a big, unwieldy thing. It's not so easily tamed or subdued.

Tags: Big, Tamed  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

The Black Mamba collection of watches is me: It is my alter ego, so to speak. As I mentioned before, it is sharp, cutting edge and sleek which are characteristics I try to apply when I'm out there on the basketball court.

Tags: Basketball, Black  ✍ Author: Kobe Bryant

Writing is so wrapped up in ego, but with math one is just trying to get it right, although you're often wrong. I think math helped me become a good critic of myself, come at writing a little less personally.

Tags: Good, Writing  ✍ Author: Billy Campbell

I love playing ego and insecurity combined.

Tags: Insecurity, Love  ✍ Author: Jim Carrey

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

Tags: May, Self  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

I believe that the biggest problem that humanity faces is an ego sensitivity to finding out whether one is right or wrong and identifying what one's strengths and weaknesses are.

Tags: Humanity, Problem  ✍ Author: Salvador Dali

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.

Tags: Art, Thinking  ✍ Author: Will Eisner

At the end of the day if you want to entertain people, you've got to take your ego out of the equation.

Tags: End, Entertain  ✍ Author: Paul Feig

For people who have done comedy after a certain point in time, I think there's a base level of, 'O.K., I think I'm decently funny.' But unless you just have some massive ego, I really think you're still fighting against that.

Tags: Funny, Time  ✍ Author: Will Ferrell

The ego is not master in its own house.

Tags: House, Master  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.

Tags: Freedom, Give  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

Where id was, there ego shall be.

Tags: Id, Shall  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

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.

Tags: Fact, Normal  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

I listen to all the top 20 songs, and top 20 albums, even the rap albums. But I don't like negative messages. If somebody is putting a lot of ego out there, I don't like it. When I make my records I want it to be sincere.

Tags: Negative, Somebody  ✍ Author: Kenny G

Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego.

Tags: Saying, Time  ✍ Author: Taylor Hackford

And it's a question of how far we're willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.

Tags: Far, Question  ✍ Author: Taylor Hackford

I'm not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They've got to take control; I can't act it out.

Tags: Confidence, Control  ✍ Author: Taylor Hackford

It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.

Tags: Fighting, Film  ✍ Author: Taylor Hackford

I'm very accessible. I don't get into this ego thing.

Tags: Accessible  ✍ Author: Scott Hamilton

The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.

Tags: Freedom, God  ✍ Author: Muhammad Iqbal
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Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.

Tags: Evolution, Stage  ✍ Author: Muhammad Iqbal

The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment.

Tags: Health, Life  ✍ Author: Muhammad Iqbal

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

Tags: Aim, Motivational  ✍ Author: Muhammad Iqbal

A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.

Tags: Human, May  ✍ Author: Muhammad Iqbal

My ego is really good. I don't need to watch myself on TV, like some others.

Tags: Good, Others  ✍ Author: Randy Jackson

If somebody's offering you a $400 million company at the age of 29, I've got the ego to say, 'I'd like a shot at that.'

Tags: Age, Somebody  ✍ Author: Stanley R. Jaffe

Nations have their ego, just like individuals.

Tags: Nations  ✍ Author: James Joyce

You need ego but mine is not blinding.

Tags: Blinding, Mine  ✍ Author: Christian Lacroix

I think I have a better sense of my weaknesses - being self-important, selfish and having a big ego probably triggers all the other stuff. I can see myself more clearly.

Tags: Big, Selfish  ✍ Author: K. D. Lang

What I hate is that not many people admit to having a big ego, but you have to - and there's nothing wrong with it.

Tags: Big, Hate  ✍ Author: Marina and the Diamonds

The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.

Tags: Bodies, Permanent  ✍ Author: Ernst Mach

I'm a straight shooter, and most of the time my ego doesn't interrupt my relationships.

Tags: Straight, Time  ✍ Author: Gabriel Macht

Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you. That's why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible.

Tags: Success, Work  ✍ Author: Connie Mack

Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?

Tags: God, Him  ✍ Author: Bill Maher

My ego's not the kind that says, 'I want to be an actor and be accepted as that.'

Tags: Actor, Says  ✍ Author: Joe Namath

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.

Tags: Dog, Whenever  ✍ Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

When you're older and wiser a lot of the ego has gone out of the window.

Tags: Gone, Older  ✍ Author: Billy Ocean

Art is based on emotion, but being macho is based on ego; the wall protecting that emotion.

Tags: Art, Emotion  ✍ Author: Miguel

I think I learned most from editing, both editing myself and having someone else edit me. It's not always easy to have someone criticize your work, your baby. But if you can swallow your ego, you can really learn from the editing.

Tags: Someone, Work  ✍ Author: Christopher Paolini

I don't read reviews. I refuse to have my ego inflated or deflated by someone I don't know.

Tags: Read, Someone  ✍ Author: Suzan-Lori Parks

Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.

Tags: Business, Close  ✍ Author: Colin Powell

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

Tags: Avoid, Goes  ✍ Author: Colin Powell

Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.

Tags: Close, Goes  ✍ Author: Colin Powell

Instead of looking outside of ourselves and counting potential enemies, fasting summons us to turn our glance inward, and to take the measure of our greatest challenge: the self, the ego, in our own eyes and as others see us.

Tags: Greatest, Self  ✍ Author: Tariq Ramadan

The minute you start compromising for the sake of massaging somebody's ego, that's it, game over.

Tags: Game, Start  ✍ Author: Gordon Ramsay

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires.

Tags: Goal, Moving  ✍ Author: Joseph Ratzinger

Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.

Tags: Cry, Problems  ✍ Author: Robert H. Schuller

I don't feel I have an alter ego.

Tags: Alter  ✍ Author: Dita Von Teese

You've got to know what your 'thing' is, and you've got to call it a 'thing,' whether it's meanness, nastiness, un-forgiveness, arrogance, ego, resistance, rebelliousness or defiance. Everybody's got a 'thing,' and once you call your 'thing' a 'thing,' we can give it a place to be or dismiss it.

Tags: Give, Place  ✍ Author: Iyanla Vanzant

From compassion springs humility. The ego is verily a gateway to hell. The person who is egoistic is far from being religious.

Tags: Hell, Humility  ✍ Author: Dada Vaswani

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

Tags: Attention, Focus  ✍ Author: Alan Watts

If I hadn't become a golfer, I doubt I'd be wealthy, because I don't have the sort of ego that drives a person all day long. I might have wound up driving a tractor.

Tags: Become, Doubt  ✍ Author: Fuzzy Zoeller

I didn't think there was life after modelling, believe me. It's a hit to the ego when you are not the diva on the set any more. But I think what keeps me going are challenges. I love when people tell me I can't do something.

Tags: Life, Love  ✍ Author: Carol Alt

I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for.

Tags: Done, Once  ✍ Author: Al Alvarez

I never thought about being on a series before. It seemed like such a big commitment. But I love going to work every day. This is not about ego, it's about work, and that's refreshing in this town.

Tags: Love, Work  ✍ Author: Lauren Ambrose

There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.

Tags: Again, Ambition  ✍ Author: Giorgio Armani

Religious people often prefer to be right rather than compassionate. Often, they don't want to give up their egotism. They want their religion to endorse their ego, their identity.

Tags: Give, Religion  ✍ Author: Karen Armstrong

I am not interested in the afterlife. Religion is supposed to be about losing your ego, not preserving it eternally in optimum conditions.

Tags: Losing, Religion  ✍ Author: Karen Armstrong

Am I an ego on legs? No I am not. Do I want to be seen out there all the time saying everything? No, I don't.

Tags: Saying, Time  ✍ Author: Catherine Ashton

I think about death a lot, I really do, because I can't believe I won't exist. It's the ego isn't it? I feel that I should retreat into a better form of Zen Buddhism than this kind of ego-dominated thing. But I don't know, I mean, I want to come back as a tree but I suspect that it's just not going to happen, is it?

Tags: Death, Mean  ✍ Author: John Atkinson

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.

Tags: Concerned, Self  ✍ Author: W. H. Auden

A lot of my work has to do with not allowing my characters to have an ego in a way that the stomach doesn't have an ego when it's wanting to throw up. It just does it.

Tags: Characters, Work  ✍ Author: Matthew Barney

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there's my personal favorite, the male ego.

Tags: Him, Mom  ✍ Author: Roseanne Barr

I always wanted to be an actress. And it wasn't ego. I felt so little about myself, considered myself such a sparrow. Not just my size. I thought I was so plain... I did plays not to show off but because if I did that - I didn't realize it at the time - I would be somebody other than this person I didn't really approve of.

Tags: Thought, Time  ✍ Author: Frances Bay

People come into public life for different reasons. None of us are ego-challenged, I think, or we probably wouldn't be doing what we're doing, so if anyone tells you that they don't like the sound of the applause and the ego gratification, I don't think they're being straight with you.

Tags: Anyone, Life  ✍ Author: Evan Bayh

The ego certainly is the biggest obstacle as an artist or performer, so any chance you get to destroy that is really healthy.

Tags: Artist, Chance  ✍ Author: James Van Der Beek

But marriage goes in waves. You've got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don't put the work and the effort into it. You've got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall.

Tags: Marriage, Work  ✍ Author: Anna Benson

Ego is one of the biggest weapons that is used to take us down. It's self-destructive. It's a problem on all levels - even regular people can have big ego problems.

Tags: Big, Problem  ✍ Author: Peter Berg

Actors are a lot like professors on dissertation committees - it's a lot of ego, a lot of rallying for position, there is a lot at stake in every single interaction.

Tags: Position, Single  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

If you're working out in front of a mirror and watching your muscles grow, your ego has reached a point where it is now eating itself. That's why I believe there should be a psychiatrist at every health club, so that when they see you doing this, they will take you away for a little chat.

Tags: Health, Why  ✍ Author: Lewis Black

I have no ego, I'll make fun of myself, and I'll make fun of being humiliated. I get it.

Tags: Fun, Humiliated  ✍ Author: Selma Blair

It's not about 'if,' it's about 'when.'

Tags: Caught, Finally  ✍ Author: Ato Boldon

The great thing with film is that it doesn't have an ego. It's just a film. Everybody that makes them has an ego, and the problem with awards and stuff like that is that it always affects the egos, and everyone gets stained by it in some way. And that can be fine and very innocent, but it can be horrible as well.

Tags: Great, Problem  ✍ Author: Danny Boyle

Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.

Tags: Self, True  ✍ Author: Omar N. Bradley

You don't want to vilify your ego.

Tags: Vilify  ✍ Author: Jeff Bridges

I've got a big ego, I admit it; I'm ego-driven.

Tags: Admit, Big  ✍ Author: Eli Broad

I have to tell you, you can't have an ego when you're an actor. A lot of actors have them, but in reality most of those people are just sensitive artists dying for a hug and a compliment.

Tags: Reality, Tell  ✍ Author: Josh Brolin

Serial killers kill for the power and control they experience during the murders and for the added ego boost they get in the aftermath from community fears, media coverage, and the police investigations.

Tags: Experience, Power  ✍ Author: Olympia Brown

I basically look at PR as something you do if there's an object in mind. But my ego doesn't need it.

Tags: Mind, Object  ✍ Author: Nolan Bushnell

Sometimes I have a tough time getting along with myself. When I was a child, I needed a lot of attention... and I don't have a small ego. For me, appearing on a stage or presenting a cake is the same thing. You need a crowd around you to do it.

Tags: Small, Time  ✍ Author: Astrid Berges-Frisbey

The greatest thing that prepared me for editing 'Vanity Fair' was having four kids because you just learn to subjugate your ego with the greater interest in mind.

Tags: Greatest, Mind  ✍ Author: Graydon Carter

After years of doing it, you learn the difference between your ego and your opinion. When you're married you have to cut through that.

Tags: After, Opinion  ✍ Author: Dan Castellaneta

The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.

Tags: Creative, Him  ✍ Author: Raymond Chandler

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.

Tags: Good, Writing  ✍ Author: John Cheever

I equate ego with trying to figure everything out instead of going with the flow. That closes your heart and your mind to the person or situation that's right in front of you, and you miss so much.

Tags: Heart, Mind  ✍ Author: Pema Chodron

With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools.

Tags: Difficult, Women  ✍ Author: Glenn Close

I have a big ego, and I'm a confident person, but when it comes down to being a jerk, that doesn't work for me, I tried it... for about ten years.

Tags: Big, Work  ✍ Author: Harry Connick, Jr.

But I think Barry Sonnenfeld let his ego go out of control. He told me in a meeting that he had to do something to make it his film.

Tags: Control, Film  ✍ Author: Robert Conrad

Of course I have an ego, but you have to have an ego. You have to be incredibly competitive. I can get competitive at times, way too much, and it becomes a little bit obsessive.

Tags: Bit, Times  ✍ Author: Simon Cowell

There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.

Tags: Might, Realize  ✍ Author: Walter Cronkite

I'm very competitive, and my ego couldn't handle that lack of success.

Tags: Lack, Success  ✍ Author: Gavin DeGraw

We are constantly protecting the male ego, and it's a disservice to men. If a man has any sensitivity or intelligence, he wants to get the straight scoop from his girlfriend.

Tags: Dating, Men  ✍ Author: Betty Dodson

Drugs, alcohol and ego. They are a bad mix.

Tags: Alcohol, Bad  ✍ Author: Don Dokken

I have no ego investment in being on the air. I don't knock others for whom that kind of attention is like oxygen, but I don't miss anything about it.

Tags: Attention, Others  ✍ Author: Hugh Downs

A lot of people have this ego need that makes them want to believe that Earth is the center of the universe and humans are the most important species, the supreme expression of creation.

Tags: Makes, Universe  ✍ Author: Ann Druyan

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.

Tags: Cannot, Mind  ✍ Author: Will Durant

There must be an alternative between Hollywood and New York, between those two places psychically as well as geographically. The University of Iowa tries to offer such a community, congenial to the young writer, with his uneasiness about writing as an honorable career, or with his excess of ego about calling himself a writer.

Tags: Career, Writing  ✍ Author: Gordon England

I had to let my ego go a long time ago.

Tags: Time  ✍ Author: Sally Field

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