Top 303 Ego Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Ego Quotes from famous people such as Christopher Walken, Ashton Kutcher, Barbara Cooney, Debbie Ford, Ana de Armas, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I have made a number of movies that I have never seen.

I have made a number of movies that I have never seen. It’s not a matter of ego. It’s a matter of being disappointed. It’s really a shame. It’s just as difficult to make a movie that no one cares about as to make a hit.
Christopher Walken
I think at all social networks, be it Facebook or Twitter or whatever it is, there’s an ecosystem that exist there. But there’s also an ego system that exists there.
Ashton Kutcher
‘Miss Rumphius’ has been, perhaps, the closest to my heart. There are, of course, many dissimilarities between me and Alice Rumphius, but, as I worked, she gradually seemed to become my alter ego. Perhaps she had been that right from the start.
Barbara Cooney
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
Moving to L.A. was hard. I had a career in Spain, and you have to forget your ego. I was a nobody again.
Ana de Armas
Editing yourself is like an irksome coin toss. You’ve got to strip yourself of super ego and operate from the id. Maybe I’ve got my Freud mixed up. It’s just hard to trade a beauty shot for the performance with truth and a brightly lit zit.
Vera Farmiga
Basically, I think you need two things to get by in this world: a sense of humor and the ability to laugh when your ego is destroyed.
Arlo Guthrie
Everybody knows, when you have a band, there’s always going to be a hierarchy, and there’s always going to be some issue where ego gets involved and causes some kind of shake-up.
Ashleigh Murray
I know that some of the spiritual beliefs that I have are that if I come from a place of love, and I try to get out of my ego and my desire to want more and be selfish in any shape or form, then whatever I’m doing is not good.
Amber Valletta
When you go onstage, the process of getting you from the dressing room to the stage is all about ego.
Richard Ashcroft
What is it in you that brings you to a spiritual teacher in the first place? It’s not the spirit in you, since that is already enlightened, and has no need to seek. No, it is the ego in you that brings you to a teacher.
Ken Wilber
You can’t play not to lose. You kind of have to put your ego aside and accept the fact that careers are long, and there’s gonna be stuff people like and stuff that people don’t like, and you try to get better every time, and always put something out that you’re proud of. And let the chips fall where they may.
Phil Lord
I still believe heavily that we have to be careful about having this ego and hubris as a successful corporation, that we should do it all. Because then I think we start to fail our customers and we’re too focused on taking over the world.
Parker Harris
When you’re paying everybody nothing, I mean, they have homes to pay for. And my movies are like putting on theater. Nicole Kidman is at craft services, and John Cusack is moving furniture; there are no egos. The only ego is the story.
Lee Daniels
Certainly when, you know, you put a lot of creative people together, there’s ego and tension and all that stuff comes into play. But on the flip side, there’s a lot of camaraderie and closeness.
Darren Star
My strength as a singer is my versatility. I find it really frustrating when I’m only expected to show off. The music industry is awash with female acrobats. What happens to the song, and treating it for its sake and not as an ego example?
Alison Moyet
It’s instinct: Men love to feel like they take care of you. Knowing you feel protected makes his ego grow two sizes bigger.
Matthew Hussey
I was a bit worried coming back to the Premiership from America, but I have been pleased with my form, and the interest I have received has been good for my ego. I have no worries about my fitness, and I am really looking forward to the season starting now.
Richard Gough
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.
Marina and the Diamonds
The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.
Muhammad Iqbal
I don’t have much of an ego, but I have a great deal of confidence!
Raymond Burr
Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
William Kennedy
I hated improvisation because in my early days as an actor, improvisation meant somebody had just come down from Oxford and they were doing a play above a pub in Kentish Town, and the biggest ego would win.
Peter Capaldi
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.
Taylor Hackford
The best way to tell an actor he’s going to be working more and much harder is to appeal to his ego.
Robert Picardo
We are shallow because we are ‘mayabang,’ ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom.
F. Sionil Jose
GOP leaders need to let go of their ego factions and come together with one primary goal in mind: keeping ‘Billary’ from getting back into the Oval Office.
Chuck Norris
This is far beyond garden-variety narcissism; Donald is not simply weak, his ego is a fragile thing that must be bolstered every moment because he knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be.
Mary L. Trump
What’s important to me is that the ego hasn’t taken over.
Kathy Burke
I don’t read reviews. I refuse to have my ego inflated or deflated by someone I don’t know.
Suzan-Lori Parks
It’s very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you’re always fighting is ego.
Taylor Hackford
I would just say that nobody could do what I do unless

I would just say that nobody could do what I do unless you had a big ego. It’s the only way you can really put it. You have to be arrogant enough to challenge the arrogance of the human race.
Paul Watson
If you want to be an actor, you should keep confident. Don’t get too much of an ego and become not humble. But you should have esteem and not feel bad when you don’t book something. So I think you should just stay humble, but you also need to have some esteem to make yourself keep going.
Nolan Gould
I think, as you get older, you reflect at the silliness of your youth and the stupidity of some of the decisions that were made, and the ego and whatnot, or whatever played into it.
Steve Lukather
I think it helps to have a good old-fashioned trajectory, plodding along. Obviously one has an ego and it’s really easy to have that ego tickled, but what helps me get through the night is if I concentrate on just quality of work so that I don’t panic about my profile.
Anne-Marie Duff
There’s a really nice moment in the life of a piece of writing where the writer starts to get a feeling of it outgrowing him – or he starts to see it having a life of its own that doesn’t have anything to do with his ego or his desire to ‘be a good writer.’
George Saunders
It’s not good to have a huge ego.
Josephine Langford
It’s good that I put my personal ego aside. My basketball ego was, ‘Why we negotiating?’ But my personal ego didn’t take it personal. I put my personal ego aside a little bit.
Lamar Odom
Sometimes I wish I was one of those artists like David Bowie. They’re not putting their private lives out there; it’s about show and entertainment. But an alter ego is very dangerous for me. Because I am the guy who will become lost in that.
John Grant
Politics, for me, is not a competition to see who’s got the bigger ego. It’s working together for the good of the people.
Mauricio Macri
I don’t really have any interest in doing Donald Blake stories. Maybe it’s just I don’t know what to do with that sort of alter ego.
Jason Aaron
I’m an athlete; I’ve got an ego when stunt doubles have to come in. Not an ego like that, but when it comes to physical stuff, if I didn’t have to have a stunt double, I would always probably do it myself unless the producers were jumping in and stopping me.
Michael B. Jordan
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.
Ann Druyan
I know that I sound self-satisfied, and I know that I’ve got an ego, but I don’t have an ego problem.
George Michael
That connectivity with the audience that I get to enjoy, that’s my church. It’s not one of ego or anything like, ‘I’m on the stage and the lights.’ It’s just this connectivity, and it’s always been that way for me.
Duff McKagan
I’ve fallen over on stage a couple of times, but I’ve only ever bruised my ego.
Imelda Staunton
I’m tired of people disturbing the peace, getting on the radio and sounding a hot mess. If I can tell what the note really is, why let them go to the note they think it is? I’ve got that mama vibe. I don’t look at it with an ego.
Betty Wright
I love the energy of an independent film set. No one is there for the money. Everyone is there ’cause they really want to be there. It makes all the difference in the world. It’s without ego and agenda, other than just wanting to fulfill a creative dream.
Mamie Gummer
Midway, when I was working full-fledged on TV, I realised I was loving it. I didn’t have a manger, or anyone promoting me. I never went to ask for work, it came to me. I never asked for it, and it’s not an ego thing. I thought if any director find me fit, he or she will offer it to me.
Shefali Shah
When I was 22 years old, and I first got to Nashville, women or girls were objects. It was a conquest. My emptiness inside and the external manifestation of my ego was to somehow conquer women.
Rodney Crowell
Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego’s evolution.
Muhammad Iqbal
The rich and famous expect to get a lot for their story, whether they are writing it themselves or not. It’s not that they need the money, of course; it’s a question of ego, like catching the biggest fish.
Michael Korda
I like the fact that when you’re put into a really extreme situation, you put everything else aside. You put your ego aside and get on with it, and I quite like that.
Maisie Williams
All of us use crutches of popularity amongst friends, society, social media for self-importance. People go to any extent to feed their ego, even if that means to show someone down, self-destruction or to kill someone.
Shweta Basu Prasad
My desire is to let go of my ego and let in His direction.
Janine Turner
I never really got the chance to scream about some of the painful things. In the book, I look at my whole life experience, at ego and fame, too.
Rita Marley
I have such an ego ’cause I’m a double Leo. I can’t let go of me, you know, so it’s very difficult for me to be somebody else and not me. I’m so into me.
Paul Mooney
I’m one of seven kids. That’ll keep your ego in check.
Amy Adams
Check your ego at the door. The ego can be the great success inhibitor. It can kill opportunities, and it can kill success.
Dwayne Johnson
The most successful entrepreneurs tell you they have a great team. Lots of small-business owners let ego get in the way. Many people helped me along the way. You’ve got to remember the people who were loyal to you, and don’t forget them when you become successful.
Bill Rancic
I always step back and look at – you know, look at my background in playing team sports my whole life and taking that approach into Congress. It’s not about me going, and you know, feeding my ego going to Congress.
Jon Runyan
I have the personality where, although my ego can be healthy, sometimes I also feel like people won’t remember me, or they won’t know who I am.
Ari Graynor
Racing is a very selfish, self-centred, self-glorifying

Racing is a very selfish, self-centred, self-glorifying thing. My wife’s life for 14 years was centered around me. It was all about me. It was all for my ego.
Greg LeMond
Even people who despise ego and aspire to humility, who plan to be humble once they are successful, are worried that actually enacting those beliefs would sentence them to a life of obscurity or weakness or failure.
Ryan Holiday
I’m a competitor, and I’m sure a lot of people who don’t get to play because of an injury, whether it’s their pride or their ego, whatever it is, they want to be out on the field.
Josh Allen
I don’t have an ego; I’m not egotistical or anything like that.
Mario Williams
Beneath the surface of your ego’s insatiable cravings, your authentic desires are waiting patiently for you to acknowledge, claim and express them.
Debbie Ford
Comfort and luxury are usually the chief requirements of life for your ego – its top priorities tend to be accumulations, achievements, and the approval of others.
Wayne Dyer
How do you tell a story that you’re a part of without it being a big ego trip?
Robert B. Weide
Learning to accept failure on multiple levels is, to my way of thinking, the key to become a world-class therapist. But that means humility, and setting your ego aside, while you develop superb new technical skills.
David D. Burns
I hope I don’t have an ego.
Sandi Toksvig
I gave up my fur coats years ago – what an ego trip, walking around wearing cut-up animals. Besides, fur coats don’t last. I’d rather have diamonds.
Amanda Blake
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.
K. D. Lang
I look at the big picture and try not to create with ego.
Frank Dukes
I don’t have any ego about it, but I find there’s not a great work ethic in show business. A lot of people are in it to make money, and coming from stand-up, you have to work so hard because almost nothing works, and if you lose the audience for three minutes, you’re dead.
Norm MacDonald
It’s very important in a leadership role not to place your ego at the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.
Ruth J. Simmons
My ego’s not the kind that says, ‘I want to be an actor and be accepted as that.’
Joe Namath
In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music.
David Baker
I don’t trip all over my ego. I don’t mind being a second banana.
Conchata Ferrell
I guess I have a little bit of an ego. I’m confidently cocky, you might say.
Conor McGregor
Every great player has a big character. I don’t know any player with a lot of quality who just has quality – you have to have an ego and character to be the main person on the pitch.
Samir Nasri
My ego is sated.
George Michael
I selfishly like a lot of first-time directors because they over-prepare, they’re super eager, and there’s very little ego.
Mark Duplass
I love the perspective afforded by having lived five decades, a degree of bemused and muted calm, a relief from the insistent demands of a turbulent ego and rampant ambition. I’d love to stay here forever. But something tells me that 50 is a sunny idyll, a temporary state of grace, a golden afternoon.
Kate Christensen
Pride is one of the socially acceptable sins in some corners of the evangelical culture. It’s just straight-out ego gratification – how important I am; whether my name gets on the building or on the TV program or in the magazine article.
Richard Foster
The personality cult of the ego does not work down a coal mine and it does not work in the Labour party.
Dennis Skinner
You’ve got to have an ego as big as Mars to want to think that you, of all people, are better than anyone else to be president of the United States. People that vain, they want their place in history, and they want to be able to control how much they’ll be worshipped by future generations.
Jello Biafra
I hope I don’t have a big ego. I try to keep that in check. But I am a prideful person, I will say.
Natalie Maines
As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.
Martin Heidegger
I think you can make fun of anything except things people can’t help. They can’t help their race or their sex or their age, so you ridicule their pretension or their ego instead. You can ridicule ideas – ideas don’t have feelings. You can ridicule an idea that someone holds without hurting them.
Ricky Gervais
I have not changed much. I haven’t gotten a big ego or anything.
Helio Castroneves
Creative writing lessons can be very useful, just like music lessons can be useful. To say, as Hanif Kureishi did, that 99.9% of students are talentless is cruel and wrong. I believe that certain writers like to believe they arrived into the world with special, unteachable powers because it is good for the ego.
Matt Haig
I love to be the center of attention. My oversized ego craves it and needs it.
Paul Shaffer
Even though we want huge individual egos, our collectiv

Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.
Mike Krzyzewski
I am not a loser. It’s not that I have a ego, but I do believe in winning.
Suniel Shetty
Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.
Theodor W. Adorno
Ego is the great enemy. Ego will hold you back every single time.
Nikki Sixx
It’s a team sport but every player’s ego will kick in at a certain point.
Jay-Jay Okocha
‘Sally’ is just a song that I wrote talking to my alter ego. When I write, I don’t really consciously say, ‘This is what I’ve been going through in my life, and I’m gonna put this into words.’ It’s just a song that I kinda went in and did. Then, listening back to it, I realized, ‘I’m talking to myself.’
Bibi Bourelly
The creative act is also in a small way a suffering act – we start out with our ego, this hope of making this thing whatever it be, but so often it eludes us and it collapses and we kind of regress into this mental suffering, we can’t find what we’re looking for.
Michael Leunig
Surrounded by high-paid publicity people and professional ego massagers, movie stars, like politicians, almost invariably come to believe that they are nicer, more charming, and more beloved than they appear to be to a casual observer, and that their stories about their careers are universally fascinating.
Michael Korda
It takes so much strength to say to your ego, ‘You know what? You’re going to keep me lonely, so I have to ignore you.’
George Michael
Basically, I played football to share with others, to excel together, to achieve a goal. After, we all have our ego, our pride and our personality. But all alone, in football, it does not work.
Raphael Varane
It was easy for me to play someone with a massive ego. It’s actually really fun to have the freedom to be that person.
Jonathan Pryce
If you get your ego in your way, you will only look to other people and circumstances to blame.
Jocko Willink
One of the hardest things for me to do is watch myself. The first time I see it, I am obsessed with my left ear or my right ear or some other physical attribute, or the fact that I’m 60 or whatever shallow ego thought is running through my head. I’m just destroyed that I’m not Cary Grant or whatever.
Ted Danson
Money, ego, revenge and the seduction of being a media darling is pretty powerful stuff, and, John Bolton is proving he’s not immune.
Trish Regan
The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy.
Ingmar Bergman
Oh, there’s so much ego with men; in their head, they can’t possibly think about Tesco’s when they are doing Othello. Er, why not? They want to think that they are such geniuses they can’t muddy their day with domesticity, and I’ve got no truck with it whatsoever.
Lesley Manville
My ego every day is more and more polite. I tame it.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
I don’t think it’s wrong to have a big ego. Sometimes a big ego can help you also.
Georginio Wijnaldum
Long ago, I had to sort of learn to have a thick skin to read some of the things you read in the papers and to also keep my ego in check when you read some really flattering things in the papers.
Kenneth C. Griffin
I had this giant ego of an athlete, but I was self-conscious at everything else.
Ryan Leaf
To walk around with an ego is a bad thing. To have confidence in yourself is a great thing.
Fred Durst
The rules are: The only ego is the film, and you have to serve the film.
Lee Daniels
I appreciate when people give us some positive feedback, and in the past, when I was younger, I might have allowed it to get to my head and have a bit of an ego.
Drew McIntyre
Part of what makes you great as a young player can hurt you at the end of your career, in terms of you need a certain amount of ego, a certain amount of arrogance to be able to play well and to push yourself and trick yourself into thinking you’re better than you really are.
David Cone
I have a big ego, but I don’t buy into it. I can’t live off the ego. It’s an honor that I get to be that guy onstage. It’s not something I earned.
Steven Tyler
Ego gets you inches but it doesn’t get you impact.
Cameron Sinclair
I think everyone is born 100 percent ego, and after that it’s just adjustment.
Agnes Martin
Donald’s ego has been and is a fragile and inadequate barrier between him and the real world, which, thanks to his father’s money and power, he never had to negotiate by himself.
Mary L. Trump
In religion, there’s a certain type of fear that if somebody believes differently from me, that it’s a threat. Because I’m right, and there cannot be two ways that are right, so if I’m right, anything different than this must be wrong; and we attack those things and it’s really due to insecurity, ego and fear.
Radhanath Swami
I think much has been made of this alter ego business. I mean, I actually stopped creating characters in 1975 – for albums, anyway.
David Bowie
I believe that ‘ego’ is much overused term.
Nushrat Bharucha
As you get older, you know what you're good at and you

As you get older, you know what you’re good at and you know what you’re not so good at. Your ego comes out of it, and then you realise you can’t play every game, there’ll be certain games where you won’t be so affected… so you’ve just got to concentrate on what you are.
Adebayo Akinfenwa
When you’re playing someone who has a strong ego about themselves, you can’t play them when you have the opposite opinion of the one they have of themselves.
Laura Dern
My first and most loved real novel was ‘Little Women.’ I identified with the Jo character even though we were opposites. Jo was very strong-minded and brave, and I was shy and kind of a wuss, everyplace but in my own home. I wanted to be Jo. She was my alter ego. I think reading that book gave me courage.
Rhea Perlman
We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal’ demonstrates that we will keep going despite the difficulties. It reveals our ego.
I stopped a lot of people who wanted to shove me into the real big time. Your ego wants to say, ‘Hey, I’m somebody, man,’ but I knew there were many days when I just wanted to be John Cale.
J. J. Cale
The worst thing you can have as an actor is too big an ego. It just kills creativity.
Ari Graynor
Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re not treated as a kid, so you’re given a lot of responsibility. Your ego becomes extremely inflated.
Leah Remini
We must go beyond the constant clamor of ego, beyond the tools of logic and reason, to the still, calm place within us: the realm of the soul.
Deepak Chopra
Everyone in Kiss is replaceable. My ego will tell you that I am not, but that’s not so.
Gene Simmons
I’m not confident in my own ability to resist the titanic force of my own ego.
Garth Risk Hallberg
I want people to hear the honesty in my singing, and that I’m not hiding behind anything. It’s raw. It’s not for any arrogance or ego. It’s just pure feelings.
Tom Odell
Competition keeps you young. It motivates you. It challenges your ego. Messi and Ronaldo have this with each other.
Diego Forlan
Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.
Chris Lowe
I think any spiritual experience that’s worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, ‘If you’re not laughing, then you’re not getting it.’
David O. Russell
As far as base humiliation goes, acting is a tough business. It’s a tough, embarrassing thing to do for a living when you’re starting out, and you better not have any ego or pride, because that will be wiped away clean by utter devastation.
Adam Scott
Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from addiction.
Susannah Grant
If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear? Who sees the second? First, the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is no second.
Ramana Maharshi
From compassion springs humility. The ego is verily a gateway to hell. The person who is egoistic is far from being religious.
Dada Vaswani
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.
Kobe Bryant
I don’t need to beat Faber, because his ego will always beat him. He’s got excuses for every loss he’s ever had.
Dominick Cruz
He’s more of a slob than you? Instead of condemning, state your standards: ‘I need to live in a place that’s clean. I respect that it’s not a big deal to you, but it’s important to me to enjoy my home.’ This removes ego.
Matthew Hussey
I don’t have an ego that makes me believe the world revolves around me. I am not self-absorbed.
Rush Limbaugh
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
Alan Watts
Everybody needs to lower his ego.
Bhumibol Adulyadej
There’s an element of ego to writing the Riddler. You research a lot of things that you end up jettisoning as a writer, and Riddler was a lot of fun to get to have that sort of annoying know-it-all personality lording over the city. He’s a lot of fun to write about.
Scott Snyder
It is a kind of ego booster, the way Egypt’s winning the 1973 war, in the first stages, was an uplift. But I did not find when I spoke to people that the war in Iraq was seen as the major issue in American-Arab relations.
Walter Russell Mead
Usually, new producers and writers want to put their stamp on a show. They don’t want to continue what’s working. They want to reinvent the wheel. It’s an ego thing.
Anthony Geary
Donald Trump is a lost soul wandering this Earth. He’s been led down the Willy Loman path and believes his own hype. He’s serving his little self and his little ego; otherwise, why would he need to overcompensate so much?
Andrew Garfield
I understand now that my soul is my power, not perfection or my ego. I continue to teach this to my children, despite their glamorous careers. If we can maintain our core values, the exteriors take second place and become a gift, a source of gratitude.
Yolanda Hadid
I’m a mom… and I’m learning this being a parent, sometimes your child can be such a reflection of who you are. And I have to figure out when it is my ego that dictates how I parent and when it is what I think is best for my child.
Adina Porter
I want to keep my head in the game, my ego low.
Anthony Scaramucci
'Miss Rumphius' has been, perhaps, the closest to my he

‘Miss Rumphius’ has been, perhaps, the closest to my heart. There are, of course, many dissimilarities between me and Alice Rumphius, but, as I worked, she gradually seemed to become my alter ego. Perhaps she had been that right from the start.
Barbara Cooney
I love Captain Cold. I have him on my door at the office. He’s grounded; he doesn’t want to rule the world. He’s not necessarily driven by ego, which a lot of villains are.
Geoff Johns
The most satisfying thrillers send ordinary people into battle against the forces of evil – otherwise known as greed, ego, rage, fear and laziness – and bring them out bloodied but whole.
M. J. Rose
There’s ego in all of us rugby players.
Brian O’Driscoll
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.
Pat Brown
Acting isn’t always about the amount of talent you have, or your ability to cry on command. The point is, how well can you take direction? How well can you put aside your own ideas or ego and listen to the ideas of the director and the people above you, while not giving up the passion and drive of that character?
Shannon Purser
I think your ego gets in the way of making something good because it kind of blinds you from the actual art.
I like being in a collaborative and respectful environment. When you’re in an environment spearheaded by ego and fear, it’s the death of creativity.
Darren Boyd
I’m aware that, from the outside, this looks like I’ve got quite an ego.
Kevin Spacey
When I write, I lose time. I’m happy in a way that I have a hard time finding in real life. The intimacy between my brain and my fingers and my computer… Yet knowing that that intimacy will find an audience… It’s very satisfying. It’s like having the safety of being alone with the ego reward of being known.
Jill Soloway
Eventually my ego is going to be the size of the planet Earth.
Justin Kan
I don’t have an ego. I check it at the door.
Doug Pederson
CrossFit is amazing if you can leave your ego at the door.
Garrett McNamara
I have a hard time with any sort of criticism; not because I have some huge ego or anything like that.
Jim Root
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.
Kenny G
I had this ego that was unstable. If you said anything about me good or bad, it really went to my head.
Metta World Peace
I never had this ego where I must write everything. I’m not Bob Dylan.
Joe Bonamassa
It’s tough to be in a relationship with a musician, because it reads sometimes as this ego and self-involvement when it’s really just concentration and focus.
David Sanborn
Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It’s an ego trip, and I’m not on an ego trip. I don’t have ambitions – I have a vision.
Werner Herzog
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?
Kate Atkinson
The more I can make a person comfortable in their environment by taking my ego’s hat off and leaving it at the door, then they can dive deep within themselves and we can pull out something interesting that people have never heard before. It’s the stuff that’s – that no one’s ever heard before is really interesting.
Pharrell Williams
An actress must never lose her ego – without it she has no talent.
Tom Lehrer
I do value the respect I get from my contemporaries, but to have Oasis cover my song, to have Puff Daddy cover a song, to have Goldie come along to my gigs – that’s where my ego is at. To have my fellow musicians like what I do, that’s very cool.
David Bowie
I try not to have too much of an ego. I’ll do anything.
Rob Schneider
As a musician and a songwriter, it is an act of the ego to believe that other people might be interested in your point of view. But it is usually an empathetic nature that gets you going in the first place.
Being fired for bad performance or for having an alter ego that posts incredibly racist stuff is not cancel culture.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
You cannot cave in saying something that is against your conscience and belief. That self-righteous ego is a must for any self-respecting, truth-loving person.
Prashant Bhushan
I think we appreciate the musicianship we’re surrounded with. Too many bands – it’s an ego trip for the leader.
Derek Trucks
The ego being shattered is not what frightens me – that can be useful for writing – but the ego being inflated is sort of like it dying of gout.
Garth Risk Hallberg
As a typical creative, I am all ego and insecurity!
David Droga
I think Ronda’s biggest fear was losing to me, so if we were to do it in WWE, she would have to win. I don’t have such a big ego, but if we were to put on a show for the fans, something like that, no problem.
Cris Cyborg
I mean, don't get me wrong, being ref is a very tough j

I mean, don’t get me wrong, being ref is a very tough job – managing 10 of the best athletes in the world. At the same time, I think there is way too much ego from their standpoint.
Matt Barnes
What I love about Salman bhai is that he’s one superstar minus any ego. And you see people around, who haven’t achieved much in life, yet their ego is too strong.
Vatsal Sheth
When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.
Keith Haring
This cycle of make a record, tour has been going on for 20 years now. I don’t even know why I do it sometimes. Do I need more money? Do I need more platinum and gold records? The only thing I can think of is ego.
John Mellencamp
You can’t have an ego when you’re a team. One person can’t really rule the roost.
Kim Shattuck
Giving in to your ego is one of the oldest stories in the showbiz book. But so is figuring out how to stay vivid.
Margo Jefferson
I am a better cook than I am an actor. If I have any ego, it’s about cooking. I’m one of the best cooks… and I cook in any language.
Raymond Burr
The worst quality in a man is a really big ego – that would turn me off.
Nina Nesbitt
For me, I have no political ego in this thing with respect to any other leader and what they might feel is appropriate or necessary in what they’re going to try to do… We need everybody on the front lines.
Marc Morial
Show me a highly successful person in any field that has gotten there having a weak ego. You have to believe in yourself, and you have to believe in what you’re doing.
Craig Venter
When you treat yourself with the kindness and high regard that you would give to one of your spiritual heroes, your body becomes the epicenter of quiet joy rather than a battlefield for the ego.
Debbie Ford
Hollywood is, of course, loaded with egos, but it’s amazing to see how, despite the egos, those collaborators pull together and focus on telling a story rather than butt heads and sabotage what is extremely hard work and investment just because their ego apparently demands it.
Christopher Priest
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.
Fuzzy Zoeller
You’re not looking for perfection in your partner. Perfection is all about the ego. With soulmate love, you know that true love is what happens when disappointment sets in – and you’re willing to deal maturely with these disappointments.
Karen Salmansohn
There’s no ego when you’re a ukulele player.
Jake Shimabukuro
My ego is controlled enough that I don’t have to be the focus.
Herbie Mann
Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.
Alanis Morissette
My ego and my vanities have nothing to do with comedy.
Jerry Lewis
I was an ego maniac with a self-esteem problem and that’s what most addicts are like.
Ryan Leaf
My mother always told me never offend a man’s ego and never hurt a woman’s emotions – an advice I will not forget to pass on to my daughter.
Soha Ali Khan
I’ve totally sacrificed my ego. And what happens? God is giving me everything.
Metta World Peace
We Catholics must admit that there is a constant temptation among us to avoid the lectionary and the Word of God for private and pious devotions that usually have little power to actually change us or call our ego assumptions into question.
Richard Rohr
There are certain societal laws that are just accepted, things that are arbitrary. I think the fun thing about psychotics is that they question that. It can be very freeing… like, my ego or my individuality trumps society’s law.
David Harbour
As a football player, you must have a big ego to respect yourself. So if you are a good player, you must say that you are good. You need to have the confidence.
Georginio Wijnaldum
I’ve gotten to a place where I’m better at curbing your ego, which usually happens when you’re feeling super small and scared about whatever you’re seeing, and you want to go read, ‘Oh, I hear there’s a really good article about me.’ I’ve gotten better about knowing that’s not going to end well, usually.
Rhea Seehorn
No one can be a yogi, maintaining a state of mental equilibrium, free from inner involvement in planned desireful activities, unless he has renounced identification with his ego and its unsatisfiable lust for the fruits of actions.
Paramahansa Yogananda
There’s not a lot of ego in the Broadway community. Everyone’s out to do well.
Cody Simpson
Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.
John Bradshaw
Prudence is what makes someone a great commodities trader – the capacity to face reality squarely in the eye without allowing emotion or ego to get in the way. It’s what is needed by every quarterback or battlefield general.
John Ortberg
I’ve got no ego; I just like to have thousands of people write to me and tell me how wonderful I am.
Jim Beaver
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.
Harvey Mackay
Where id was, there ego shall be.

Where id was, there ego shall be.
Sigmund Freud
I’ve heard stories about keepers who couldn’t stand each other. Everyone in football has a big ego and we all think we should play. But it is not up to me that I or the other goalie is not playing.
Lukasz Fabianski
I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn’t a star, just an actress. Forget it. I’m a star. I wanted it. I worked for it. I got it.
Valerie Harper
Misconception Number 1, the public always thought, ‘Reggie has a massive ego; he’s narcissistic, he’s cocky, he needs everyone to look at him all the time,’ because that’s what the media told them. Wrong. I could handle the attention. I didn’t let the attention affect my performance. But I never needed the attention.
Reggie Jackson
I’m a songwriter, principally, and I was real excited that people liked my songs, but you get a bit of an ego about it.
Rick Springfield
My poems getting published in Russia doesn’t make me feel in any fashion, to tell you the truth. I’m not trying to be coy, but it doesn’t tickle my ego.
Joseph Brodsky
The physical ego serves as its own worst enemy when, by delusive material behavior, it eclipses its true nature as the ever blessed soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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.
Mayim Bialik
Look at someone like Kanye West – ego is the death of a lot of art. To believe in yourself that much is to stop being an artist.
Jamie Hewlett
Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.
Robert H. Schuller
If I had a weak ego, and doubts about this, the first genome would not yet have been completed with US and UK government funding.
Craig Venter
I fed my ego, but not my soul.
Yakov Smirnoff
I don’t want my children to have any kind of ego or entitlement because of what I do. I want them to be good people, and we fight every day so that they’ll be that way.
Zac Brown
God only knows we need a great role model as a leader who is more leader than they are male or female, who is more about their mission that serves everyone than about ego and personal ambition that only serves them.
Mark Goulston
I’m such a theater geek. Most of my friends are in this community, and it’s really important for me to keep doing it. It takes the ego out of acting, whereas movies tend to involve it.
Ari Graynor
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.
Ron Ben-Israel
Doing a TV show where it’s a very relentless schedule, it does democratise you in a brilliant way. It does chip away at the old ego and you do realise that you’re only really ever as good as the words that you’re saying, the people you’re talking to, or more importantly, listening to.
Tom Burke
I’m not one of those women writers who are obsessed by their ego, possibly because I don’t have one.
Elfriede Jelinek
MMA is pretty tough on your mind because it’s a sport that’s not just about winning. You really want to win bad, but it’s tough when you lose. You get beaten. And it really messes with your ego, because nobody wants to get beaten by other people physically. It’s not just a game. You get beaten physically.
Demian Maia
Ego suppression can be an act of ostentation.
David Milch
There’s so much crap attached to acting: the fame aspect, the ego aspect, the ‘Am I good, am I bad, am I being judged, who likes me, who doesn’t like me…’
Rebecca Hall
I’ve done ‘The Love Boat’ twice. I had a great time, but my ego rails against it.
Peter Scolari
Dentistry was an ego trip, and acting is a personal need. Usually it’s the reverse, and I honestly don’t think I had the talent in my hands to be a good dentist.
Larry Wilcox
I don’t need a big K Street office or a British secretary or a facade for my ego.
Ken Hakuta
Show business is one of the few businesses that the devil will actually agree to own just a portion of your soul because he knows if you have a performer’s ego you were probably working for him all along.
Marc Maron
You have to have a big ego in this world to propel yourself in front of the cameras, to sit behind the microphone, to believe that you can entertain millions of people.
Noel Edmonds
I was drawn to music from a super early age. At school, my ego co-opted it to some degree and I would use it to gain some sort of social credibility.
Jon Hopkins
On ‘Vikings,’ nobody’s got an ego. Michael Hirst is just so open and so collaborative.
Travis Fimmel
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
I’m very competitive, and my ego couldn’t handle that lack of success.
Gavin DeGraw
Surrealism – in particular with Salvador Dali – was all about ego. It was all about extreme individualism.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
The only real benefit of being famous is being recogniz

The only real benefit of being famous is being recognized by head waiters and getting good tables at restaurants. The rest is part ego trip and part inconvenience.
Orson Bean
My message to the world is to surrender your ego: try not to think that you are not as fortunate as some people or inferior or not as good as someone else.
Manal al-Sharif
But the star thing I can live with. The music I can’t live without. And that’s how it lays out for me, you know. I got as big an ego and enjoy the attention.
Bruce Springsteen
That’s the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing about taking a punch is your ego reacts and there’s no better spiritual lesson than trying to not pay attention to your ego’s reaction. That’s what takes people out of the fight half the time.
David O. Russell
To surrender your ego, you have to have one first.
Justin Simien
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.
Christopher Paolini
I am not saying I don’t think I’m good, but I’m not the type of player to have an ego or big myself up.
Raheem Sterling
‘Drag Race’ has taught me a lot about how to form community, to take myself less seriously and lose some ego.
Jenna Wortham
I think it’s pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.
Lou Reed
By repeating sounds over and over again, I lose sense of time, space, and ego, and I get to just vibrate.
Sophie Hawley-Weld
Beethoven’s reputation is based entirely on gossip. The middle Beethoven represents a supreme example of a composer on an ego trip.
Glenn Gould
To be successful, you really have to put your ego in the background and try to be diplomatic to achieve what you want to achieve.
Ken Adam
It’s really nice to look around the other top skips in curling and know that I’m six, eight, 10 years younger than some of them. That is good on the ego.
Brendan Bottcher
Any comparison to a WWE legend or someone I’ve looked up to is really cool, but make no mistake about it, my ego is too big to want to be a really good replica of someone else!
Dolph Ziggler
Everyone in showbiz is driven by ego, so how do you go from having loads of fame to working at 7-11? You can’t do it!
Ryan Seacrest
I’m an actor; I have an ego that is sometimes disproportionate to the reality of the situation.
Christian Slater
Nobody ever said that growing old would be easy. Just having to hold the newspaper out in your forties and then hair growing out of unusual parts of your body in your fifties. It’s tough on the ego.
Geoffrey Rush
When you work in a creative environment, people get protective about their ideas. Sometimes it’s justified; sometimes it’s about ego.
Robert Sheehan
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.
Glenn Close
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
There is a thin difference between confidence and ego.
Pratik Gandhi
Art has more ego to it than what I do.
Eva Zeisel
People assume that displaying your own personal ego on screen is called acting, which is actually not what acting is about.
Kay Kay Menon
One should at least have some self-righteous ego. Not in the sense that you refuse to apologise even when judges reason with you to apologise. Self-righteous ego in the sense that nobody can force you to apologise if there is no reason to do so.
Prashant Bhushan
Every time you choose a perfume, you are voting. And, of course, I hope you vote for me. Not only for my ego, but for my pocketbook. The more you buy, the more money I make.
Oleg Cassini
I remember in Charlotte, they looked to me every day. I’m 30 now. And now it’s, ‘Let’s just win.’ Maybe when I was 26 there would have been ego. Now, I just appreciate the recognition for the defense.
Larry Johnson
If you check your ego at the door when it comes to comedy, you’ve got a pretty good shot at making a great movie that you can commit yourself to, you can jump off the proverbial cliff with, and have a great time, and the audiences respond to that.
Dwayne Johnson
Everyone knows the feeling where you’re in the pub and you make your mates laugh. It’s awesome, you feel like you rock. That’s what comedians want with a bit of extra ego.
Ellie Taylor
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.
Simon Cowell
On a film crew, you can see very quickly that some people who are working with you are stronger than you. Then you have to have the humility to listen to them. And because very often they have better ideas than yours, it can be tough on the evil ego. But it makes a better film.
Denis Villeneuve
Golf is a game of ego, but it is also a game of integrity: the most important thing is you do what is right when no one is looking.
Tom Watson
It's a better boost to my ego that people are commentin

It’s a better boost to my ego that people are commenting positively on my appearance than negatively.
Jenny Ryan
The only time I had an ego is I when wanted to have a reverse Undertaker record at WrestleMania, and they messed it up!
Big Show
When I am out and about I feel watched. It’s become second nature. The only time I get to be private is in my work. That is when I liberate the ego. The blessed-out sensation of liberating the ego.
Thandie Newton
People say you have to know when to retire, which is a dumb thing to say. If you want to go out on top, yeah, it becomes important when you quit. But I wasn’t afraid of that. And I wasn’t worried about getting fired. I knew the risk. To me, it’s not an ego thing. I enjoy coaching. I enjoy helping people achieve something.
Tom Landry
My talent is my talent. I ain’t really tripping off no ego; I just like to make good music with good people.
Meek Mill
Chefs have the ego of an actor and fashion designer combined.
Zac Posen
Me and Dre go back so far – a long 30 years – even before N.W.A. The way we talk to each other now is the same way we talked when we first met. No big heads, no ego stuff.
DJ Yella
I want to be respected as an actor. There’s my ego. But I don’t have a great need to be liked by an audience.
Eddie Marsan
I don’t feel I have an alter ego.
Dita Von Teese
The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It’s the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.
Will Durant
As a musician and a songwriter, it is an act of the ego to believe that other people might be interested in your point of view. But it is usually an empathetic nature that gets you going in the first place. Music keeps the heart porous in many ways.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Just being in the industry that I’m in, you get people building up your ego – ‘Oh, you guys are the best, you guys are gods.’ So I started believing the hype – ‘Yes, I am a god!’
Leadership is not a popularity contest; it’s about leaving your ego at the door. The name of the game is to lead without a title.
Robin S. Sharma
What happens if the music or alter ego isn’t well received? The fact that people are talking about it, I won already.
Musiq Soulchild
Professional societies are sooner or later fractured by the ego of their leaders. Everyone wants to be president, chairman, CEO; no one wants to be a mere follower.
F. Sionil Jose
We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal’ demonstrates that we will keep going despite the difficulties. It reveals our ego.
Vietnam was a lie but at least there was a political agenda. It was the domino theory. Iraq is about nothing but George Bush’s ego laced with imperialist ambitions. And it was helped by your government.
Donald Sutherland
Reddit offers the opportunity for us as humans to connect on a much deeper, broader level because users have an alter ego and aren’t tied to a social network of friends with whom they want to share how perfect their lives are.
Alexis Ohanian
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.
Evan Bayh
A big ego means that you have some confidence in your abilities, really, and that you’re prepared to take the risk of trying them out.
Brian Eno
To say it very honestly, removed from ego, standup is just a thing that I understood, a God-given ability.
Jerrod Carmichael
It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom and knowledge, power, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to Earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.
Richard Dawkins
Money, ego and drugs – that’s what caused the demise of our band.
Gina Schock