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40 Powerful Quotes from Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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Ryan Holiday’s, Ego is the Enemy, is a wonderful book that teaches the importance of humility in the journey of success. It also helps readers understand the negative-effects of the ego, and the importance of focusing on the long-term. I fell in love with the book and noted down the following powerful quotes.

  1. ‘Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, your worst enemy already lives inside you; your ego.’
  2. ‘The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition.’
  3. ‘Ego is when the notion of ourselves and the world grows so inflated that it begins to distort the reality that surrounds us.’
  4. ‘The performance artist Marina Abramovic puts it directly; “If you start believing in your greatness, it’s the death of your creativity.”
  5. ‘What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness.’
  6. ‘We will learn that though we think big, we must act and live small in order to accomplish what we seek.’
  7. ‘Although we share with many others a vision for greatness, we understand that our path toward it is very different from theirs.’
  8. ‘Almost universally, the kind of performance we give on social media is positive. It’s more “Let me tell you how well things are going. Look how great I am” It’s rarely the truth: I’m scared, I’m struggling. I don’t know.”
  9. ‘Anyone can talk about himself or herself. Even a child knows how to gossip and chatter. Most people are decent at hype and sales. So what is scarce and rare? Silence. The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation. Silence is the respite of the confident and strong.’
  10. ‘Doing great work is a struggle. It’s draining, it’s demoralizing, it’s firefighting – not always, but it can feel that way when we’re deep in the middle of it.’
  11. ‘The only relationship between work and chatter/talk is that one kills the other.’
  12. ‘Being promoted doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing good work and it doesn’t mean you are worthy of promotion (they call it failing upward in such bureaucracies).’
  13. ‘This is what the ego does. It crosses out what matters and replaces it with what doesn’t.’
  14. ‘If a fighter is not capable of learning and practicing every day, if he is not relentlessly looking for areas of improvement, examining his own shortcomings, and finding new techniques to borrow from peers and opponents, he will be broken down and destroyed.’
  15. “It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows,” Epictetus says. “You can’t learn if you think you already know.”
  16. ‘To become what we ultimately hope to become often takes long periods of obscurity, of sitting and wrestling with some topic of paradox. Humility is what keeps us there, concerned that we don’t know enough and that we must continue to study. Ego rushes to the end, rationalizes that patience is for losers (wrongly seeing it as a weakness), and assumes that we’re good enough to give our talents a go in the world.’
  17. ‘Clear the path for the people above you and you will eventually create a path for yourself.’
  18. ‘When you are just starting out, we can be sure of a few fundamental realities; 1) You’re not nearly as good or as important as you think you are; 2) You have an attitude that needs to be readjusted; 3) Most of what you think you know or most of what you learned in books or in school is out of date or wrong.’
  19. ‘More than purpose, we also need realism. Where do we start? What do we do first? What do we do right now? How are we sure that what we’re doing is moving us forward? What are we benchmarking ourselves against?’
  20. ‘Those who have subdued their ego understand that it doesn’t degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.’
  21. ‘You need only to care about your career to understand that pride – even in real accomplishments- is a distraction and a deluder.’
  22. ‘Pride blunts the very instrument we need to own in order to succeed; our mind. Our ability to learn, to adapt, to be flexible, to build relationships, all of this is dulled by pride.’
  23. ‘Pride takes a minor accomplishment and makes it feel like a major one.’
  24. ‘Benjamin Franklin spent a lifetime battling against his pride, because he understood that pride would make it much harder.’
  25. ‘Ego is a wicked sister of success.’
  26. ‘What is truly ambitious is to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions.’
  27. ‘No matter what you have done up to this point, you better still be a student. If you’re not still learning, you’re already dying.’
  28. ‘It’s not enough only to be a student at the beginning. It is a position that one has to assume for life. Learn from everyone and everything. From the people you beat, and the people who beat you, from the people you dislike, even from supposed enemies.’
  29. ‘It’s time to sit down and think about what’s truly important to you and then take steps to forsake the rest. Without this, success will not be pleasurable, or nearly as complete as it could be. Or worse, it won’t last.’
  30. ‘Ego needs honors in order to be validated. Confidence, on the other hand, is able to wait and focus on the task at hand regardless of external recognition.’
  31. ‘Creativity is a matter of receptiveness and recognition. This cannot happen if you’re convinced the world revolves around you.’
  32. ‘Most successful people are people you’ve never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs.’
  33. ‘Do your work. Do it well. Then “let go and let God.” That’s all there needs to be.’
  34. ‘Most trouble is temporary, unless you make that not so.’
  35. ‘A person who judges himself based on his standards doesn’t crave the spotlight the same way as someone who lets applause dictate success.’
  36. ‘A person who can think in the long term doesn’t pity herself during short-term setbacks.’
  37. ‘In failure or adversity, it’s so easy to hate. Hate defers blame. It makes someone else responsible. It’s a distraction too; we don’t do much else when we’re busy getting revenge or investigating the wrongs that have supposedly been done to us.’
  38.  ‘All great men and women went through difficulties to get to where they are, all of them made mistakes. They found within those experiences some benefit – even if it was simply the realization that they were not infallible and that things would not always go their way. They found that self-awareness was the way out and through – if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t have gotten better and they wouldn’t have been able to rise again.’
  39. ‘When we lack a connection to anything larger or bigger than us, it’s like a piece of our soul is gone.’
  40. ‘Instead of letting power make us delusional and instead of taking what we have for granted, we’d be better to spend our time preparing for the shifts of fate that inevitably occur in life. That is, adversity, difficulty, and failure.’

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Top 25 Enlightening Quotes by Manly P. Hall: The Possessor of Secret Spiritual Knowledge

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Top 25 Enlightening Quotes by Manly P. Hall: The Possessor of Secret Spiritual Knowledge

Manly P. Hall, mainly known for his book, ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ was a mystic, astrologer, and author. He loved studying ancient secret societies and religions since he was eager to pinpoint ancient hidden knowledge. Manly P’s works are enlightening, and they have encouraged me to work towards uniting with my divine-self.

Here are the top 25 Manly P. Hall quotes I gathered from his books.

  1. ‘Philosophy reveals to man his kinship with the All/God. It shows him that he is a brother to the suns which dot the firmament; it lifts him from a taxpayer on a whirling atom to a citizen of the Cosmos. It teaches him that while physically bound to earth, there is nevertheless within him a spiritual power, a diviner Self, through which he is one with the symphony of the whole.’
  2. ‘The word ‘union’ which we find so much in Near Eastern religious philosophy, derives from the original Sanskrit for, Yoga, which simply means – to remove the interval between man and Deity. This is removed by man redeeming the lesser nature of his own being and restoring its luminosity.’
  3. ‘It is inconceivable and impossible that any nation should have endured as Egypt did for thousands of years without tremendous spiritual potential.’
  4. ‘Humans are caught in a predicament wherein the limitations imposed by physical existence are combined with a triple ignorance; ignorance of our origins, of our true nature, and of our ultimate destiny.’
  5. ‘All definitions define natures according to their limitations. Axiomatically, definition is limitation.’
  6. ‘All truth-seeking is motivated by the impulse that if the truth is found and applied naturally to all works of man, the result will be universal peace, happiness, and security.’
  7. ‘Always seeking inward, always working to penetrate the veils between the obvious and the real, always seeing in nature a fragment of the Eternal and recognizing that every form that exists in the world is in some way a symbol of something deeper, leads to enlightenment.’
  8. ‘Because man has this power within himself to interpret, to open gates, to solve the riddle of the sphinx and to come gradually into the possession of all knowledge, he is represented as the magician, the sage, the saint and the scholar.’
  9. ‘Man is not the insignificant creature that he appears to be; his physical body is not the true measure of his real self. The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of the Cosmos itself.’
  10. ‘If the Infinite had not desired man to become wise, He would not have bestowed upon him the faculty of knowing. If he had not intended man to become virtuous, He would not have sown within the human heart the seeds of virtue. If he had predestined man to be limited to his narrow physical life, He would not have equipped him with perceptions and sensibilities of grasping, in part at least, the immensity of the outer universe.’
  11. ‘Ignorant of the cause of life, ignorant of the purpose of life, ignorant of what lies beyond the mystery of death, yet possessing within himself the answer to it all, modern man is willing to sacrifice the beautiful, the true, and the good within and without, upon the blood-stained altar of ambition.’
  12. ‘Through ignorance, man falls; through wisdom, man redeems himself.’
  13. ‘Life is the great mystery, and only those who pass successfully through its tests and trials, interpreting them aright and extracting the essence of experience therefrom, achieve true understanding.’
  14. ‘Both God and man have a twofold constitution, of which the superior part is invisible and the inferior visible.’
  15. ‘The ancients did not believe that spirituality made men either righteous or rational, but rather that righteousness and rationality made men spiritual.’
  16. ‘This is at once the primary purpose and the consummate achievement of the ancient mysteries; that man shall become aware of and consciously be reunited with the divine source of himself without tasting of physical dissolution.’
  17. ‘The Pythagoreans believed that everything which existed had a voice and that all creatures were eternally singing the praise of the Creator. Man fails to hear these divine melodies because his soul is enmeshed in the illusion of material existence. When he liberates himself from the bondage of the lower world with its sense limitations, the music of the spheres will again be audible.’
  18. ‘Man is thus surrounded by a supersensible universe of which he knows nothing because the centers of sense perception within himself have not been developed sufficiently to respond to the subtler rates of vibration of which that universe is composed.’
  19. ‘The sages of old studied living things to a point of realization that God is most perfectly understood through a knowledge of His supreme handiwork – animate and inanimate nature.’
  20. ‘The story of Jonah is really a legend of initiation into the mysteries and the ‘great fish’ represents the darkness of ignorance which engulfs man when he is thrown over the side of the ship (is born) into the sea (life).’
  21. ‘We, therefore, affirm that man must first gain knowledge, virtue, and understanding; then all other things may be added unto him.’
  22. ‘Today man, a sublime creature with an infinite capacity for self-improvement, in an effort to be true to false standards, turns from his birthright of understanding-without realizing the consequence-and plunges into the maelstrom of material illusion.’
  23. ‘Men must learn that happiness crowns the soul’s quest for understanding. Only through the realization of infinite goodness and infinite accomplishment can the peace of the inner Self be assured.’
  24.  ‘Right action, right feeling, and right-thinking are prerequisites of right-knowing, and the attainment of philosophic power is possible only to such that have harmonized their thinking with their living.’
  25.  ‘The religious world of today is almost totally ignorant of the fact that science and biology is the fountainhead of its doctrines and tenets.’

Which of the above Manly P. Hall did you like the most?

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Top 15 Motivating Jay Z Quotes – (Net worth – $1 billion)

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Top 15 Motivating Jay Z Quotes - (Net worth - $1 billion)

Jay Z is a wealthy American rapper and entrepreneur. He is among the best rappers in the world as he has sold over 110 million records. Besides being a good rapper, Jay Z is a successful businessman who owns multi-million dollar companies. For this reason, he’s been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and many other influential TV personalities.

Here are some of his motivating quotes I noted down while watching the interviews.

  1.  ‘You have to be strong enough and resilient to believe in whatever you are trying to do.’
  2. ‘Have such a strong belief in yourself that you can quiet out all the outside noise because that’s what you gonna need every step of the way.’
  3. ‘Belief in oneself and knowing who you are; that’s the foundation of everything great.’
  4. ‘The genius thing that we did was we didn’t give up.’
  5. ‘For me, it’s just having discipline and having the confidence in who I am.’
  6. ‘Get involved in things that you love.’
  7. ‘Everything in life is for your greatest good, no matter how difficult it seems at the time.’
  8. ‘I’d rather die enormous than live dormant, that’s how we on it.’
  9. ‘If you set your intention and you believe with your whole soul. It’s (success) gonna happen for you, I promise you.’
  10. ‘I love what I do, and if you love what you do, you’ll wanna be the best at it.’
  11. ‘I have learned more from failures than success.’
  12. ‘Only two things will get you through this; that’s patience and persistence.’
  13. ‘I believe you can speak things into existence.’
  14. ‘I am not afraid of dying. I am afraid of not trying.’
  15. ‘The truth about talent is it’s God-given.’
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