A Quote by George Orwell on george orwell, relationships, emotion, ego, psychology, life, death, and humanity

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, and that one is prepared in the end, to be defeated, and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one’s love upon other human individuals.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: George Orwell

Contributed by: Tharlam

A Quote by Chogyam Trungpa on chogyam trungpa, vajrayana, dharma, buddhism, life, death, nature, psychology, and ego

"The charnel ground is that great graveyard in which the complexities of samsara and nirvana lie buried."

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Chogyam Trungpa

Contributed by: Tharlam

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, consciousness, determination, criticism, sentimentality, ego, insight, truth, subjectivity, objectivity, and life

Not the least of the problems in clarifying one's consciousness is developing the stoic determination to criticize one's own softness or sentimentality toward oneself. Ego, self-solicitous about its own tenderness, is the ultimate policeman over its own false consciousness, dementedly uprooting every healthy seedling of insight into the truth. As Kierkegaard remarked, most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, but the real trick and task of life is to learn to be just the very opposite.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, love, needs, ego, delusion, and salvation

If humans are essentially self-enclosed or self-interested or idiotist psychological systems (a la Freud), then "love" is just the name for a kind of psychic imperialism among psyches (the visceral irrationalism of the Id/libido being rationalized and executed by the otherwise-vacant Ego and presided over by the irrational authoritarianism of the Superego). One bag of appetites and emotions (he) tries to arrogate control over another bag of appetites and emotions (she -- or vice versa), all for the first bag's own benefit, like a war between oversized amoebas. If human beings are conceived strictly in terms of what finite-banausic or finite-doulic mentalities can comprehend, then "love" will necessarily look like a "magical" or illusionistic pseudo-cure for our necessitated animalistic (and deterministic bourgeois-"rationalist") natures. Our natural power of self-centered delusion projects for itself a cure for its self-enclosure, and calls this fantasy "love." Uncountable are the times that this grandiose fantasy has failed, and actual finite human beings could not live up to the narcotic infatuation or "salvation from self" that they needed out of one another.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Bhagwad Gita 3:27 on ego, spiritualism, spirituality, life, and work

Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvashah
Ahankar-vimurdhatma kartaham iti manyate
                                                         Bhagvad Gita 3:27

(Under the influence of false ego one thinks himself to be the doer of activities, while in reality all the activities are carried out by nature as natural process)

Bhagwad Gita 3:27

Source: Bhagavad Gita

Contributed by: Eli

A Quote by anony-ne on ego, immortality, and soul

so much ego is attached to the immortal soul


Contributed by: anony-ne

A Quote by Mr. on truth, ego, and investigation

If you want to seek the truth leave your ego at the start of your investigation.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Mr. Prophet speaks

Contributed by: Mr.

A Quote by Mr. on truth, path, seek, ego, journey, start, and mr prophet

If you seek the path to the truth, leave your ego at the start of your journey.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Book: "The Path"

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A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on higher self, lower self, ego, goal, realization, realized, self-realized, unitive, god, eternity, doubt, truth, no self, beyond self, mind, christian, christianity, christ, and religion


Whoever was responsible for the idea of dividing self into lower and higher parts committed a serious crime against humanity. This division has given rise to the notion that the lower (ego and immature) self must be overcome while the higher (unitive and whole) self must be sought as the goal of human realization. Out of ignorance, I too clung to this notion because I believed it was this higher self that would be united with God for all eternity. It took a long time before my experiences led me to doubt this conviction and, at the same time, let in the possibility that this was not the whole truth and that there was still further to go.

Bernadette Roberts

Source: Bernadette Roberts: the Experience of no-self p 154

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A Quote by Peter O. Erbe on truth, dream, reality, polarities, choose, ego, a rock and a hard place, avoid seeking god, illusion, and belief

    "What are we to learn by contrast? The answer to this is; to learn what to avoid and what to seek. That part of our SELF which is deluded, the separate Self, knows this only too well. So, in line with every other truth, it was turned into a farce. The seeking now becomes not one between dream and reality but one between polarities themselves, whcih are but part of the dream. Thus the choice, the freedom of choice the Ego offers, is the choice between a dream and a dream. A rock and a hard place.
    So, now the picture looks like this: we religiously avoid the Bad and seek the Good or avoid what is Good and seek the Bad as we 'avoid' and 'seek'! It does not really matter which way the pendulum swings, as long as it rmains within 'opposing forces', within polarities; this way escape is made impossible, illusion reassured. As long as we are guided by false perception, we see the cintrast as the contrast between polarities themselves and believe we must choose between poalarites.

Peter Erbe

Source: God I Am: From Tragic to Magic, Pages: 144 & 145

Contributed by: Nara-Narayana

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