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He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

John Lennon (1940-1980) British musician.

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) English novelist .

An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist.

We would rather speak badly of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.


The source of our actions resides in an unconscious propensity to regard ourselves as the center, the cause, and the conclusion of time. Our reflexes and our pride transform into a planet the parcel of flesh and consciousness we are.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) American Modernist poet.

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.