A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on contentment, egotism, evil, god, good, leadership, needs, obstacles, people, relationships, reputation, and separation

Among their attributes: renouncing both worlds from their hearts, and preferring their brethren among God's creatures to what they possess; relying upon God Most High in all their affairs; being content with everything that happens to them which the ego detests; and bearing patiently sufferings and separation from one's homeland. They dissociate themselves from creatures without believing that there is evil in them, but rather out of preference for the Creator over creatures. They sever relationships, surmount obstacles, and strive in fulfilling the needs of people after emptying themselves: for whosoever strives to do that before emptying himself is actually seeking leadership and a good reputation.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 128

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A Quote by Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-`Arabi on action, egotism, reflection, and secrets

The Beloved becomes a mirror reflecting the secret face of the mystic lover, while the lover, purified of the opacity of his ego, becomes in turn a mirror of the attributes and actions of the Beloved.

Ibn al-'Arabi (1165 - 1240)

Source: Corbin, Henry. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn `Arabi, 1969. p. 71

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on belief, egotism, faults, men, and reflection

Men strengthen each other in their faults. Those who are alike associate together, repeat the things which all believe, defend and stimulate their common faults of disposition, and each one receives from the others a reflection of his own egotism.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Eyes & Ears

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A Quote by Henri La Salle on egotism and love

Love is an egotism of two.

Henri La Salle

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A Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley on absence, appreciation, beauty, concern, egotism, gratitude, ignorance, knowledge, mind, pleasure, selfishness, and ugliness

Absence of gratitude is the mark of the narrow, uneducated mind. It bespeaks a lack of knowledge and the ignorance of self-sufficiency. It expresses itself in ugly egotism and frequently in wanton mischief. We have seen our beaches, our parks, our forests littered with ugly refuse by those who evidently have no appreciation for their beauty. I have driven through thousands of acres of blackened land scourged by a fire evidently set by a careless smoker whose only concern had been the selfish pleasure gained from a cigarette.

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910 -)

Source: the Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on cosmology, egotism, and understanding

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

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on dogs and egotism

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

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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A Quote by Frank Leahy on egotism, pain, and stupidity

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Frank Leahy

Source: Look magazine January 10, 1955

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A Quote by Dr. Michael W. Fox on blindness, culture, egotism, facts, humanity, ignorance, life, reality, selfishness, weakness, and world

The weakness of humanity is our blindness, a cultural blind spot which some call ignorance, in which a selfish and immature ego claims the world as ours and prevents us from seeing ourselves as a part of the world. Kinship with all life is a biological (evolutionary) fact, but our culture ways of doing, perceiving and relating, blind us to this reality.

Dr. Michael W. Fox (1937 -)

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A Quote by Dr. Herbert Shofield on egotism, nature, and pain

Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool.

Dr. Herbert Shofield

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