A Quote by Sogyal Rinpoche on absence, desires, egotism, existence, facts, fiction, ideas, interest, irony, knowledge, needs, suffering, survival, and thought

So ego, then, is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its result: a doomed clutching on, at all costs, to a cobbled together and makeshift image of ourselves, an inevitably chameleon charlatan self that keeps changing and has to, to keep alive the fiction of its existence. . . . Ego is then defined as incessant movements of grasping at a delusory notion of "I" and "mine," self and other, and all the concepts, ideas, desires, and activity that will sustain that false construction. . . . The fact that we need to grasp at all and go on and on grasping shows that in the depths of our being we know that the self does not inherently exist. . . . {The ego's greatest triumph} is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own. This is a savage irony, considering that ego and its grasping are at the root of all our suffering. Yet ego is so convincing, and we have been its dupe for so long, that the thought that we might ever become egoless terrifies us.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Source: Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993, p. 117

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on humor and irony

The most perfect humor and irony is generally quite unconscious.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks, Life and Habit

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A Quote by Roy Traband on irony


How ironic that foreign lands are stumbling to the light while we are striving mightily to put it out.

Roy Traband

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A Quote by Rollo May on habits, irony, and losing

It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.

Rollo May (1909 -)

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A Quote by Robert Anson Heinlein on irony and life


The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

Robert Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

Source: Job: A Comedy of Justice, 1984

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A Quote by Renata Adler on irony, principles, and time

Moral self-infatuation has its own corruptions, after all. With time, almost every other principle of the magazine acquired an ironic echo, a sort of cackling aftermath.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

Source: Renata Adler in Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker, (Simon & Schuster)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on america, architecture, certainty, irony, and order

RAMSHACKLE, adj. Pertaining to a certain order of architecture, otherwise known as the Normal American. Most of the public buildings of the United States are of the Ramshackle order, though some of our earlier architects preferred the Ironic.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on authority, contempt, fate, punishment, and irony

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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