These are the best quotes and highlights from the book Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.
According to Ryan Holiday’s book Ego is the Enemy, our most significant problems are usually caused by internal causes rather than external sources such as other people or circumstances. Rather, our own attitude, selfishness, and self-absorption are to blame for our problems. To put it another way, our ego frequently prevents us from acting rationally, objectively, and clearly in a situation.
Quotes from Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The future bears down upon each one of us with all the hazards of the unknown. The only way out is through.
Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.
With accomplishment comes a growing pressure to pretend that we know more than we do.
Those who have subdued their ego understand that it doesn’t degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.
Whether what you’re going through is your fault or your problem doesn’t matter, because it’s yours to deal with right now.
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Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.
If ego is the voice that tells us we’re better than we really are, we can say ego inhibits true success by preventing a direct and honest connection to the world around us.
As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
Most trouble is temporary… unless you make that not so. Recovery is not grand, it’s one step in front of the other. Unless your cure is more of the disease.
You’re not as good as you think. You don’t have it all figured out. Stay focused. Do better.
One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
Attach yourself to people and organizations who are already successful and subsume your identity into theirs and move both forward simultaneously.
Attempting to destroy something out of hate or ego often ensures that it will be preserved and disseminated forever.
Ego loves this notion, the idea that something is “fair” or not.
The world can show you the truth, but no one can force you to accept it.
The hard thing isn’t dreaming big. The hard thing is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat when the dream turns into a nightmare.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, your worst enemy already lives inside you — your ego.
We can’t keep learning if we think we already know everything.
If you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead.
The power of being a student is not just that it is an extended period of instruction, it also places the ego and ambition in someone else’s hands.
A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions.
The first product of self-knowledge is humility.
See much, study much, suffer much, that is the path to wisdom.
A monk is a man who is separated from all and who is in harmony with all.