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Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.

Egoism is the drive to maintain and enhance favorable views of oneself, and generally features an inflated opinion of one's personal qualities and intellectual, physical, or social importance. Extreme egotism involves little or no concern for others, including those loved or considered as "close," in any other terms except those set by the egotist.


  • Egoist: a person of low taste, more interested in himself than me.
    • Ambrose Bierce, in The Cynic's Word Book (1906). Retitled The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)
  • The compulsion to take ourselves seriously is in inverse proportion to our creative capacity. When the creative flow dries up, all we have left is our importance.
    • Eric Hoffer, "Thoughts of Eric Hoffer, Including: 'Absolute Faith Corrupts Absolutely'", The New York Times Magazine (April 25, 1971), p. 52
  • It is never permissible to say, I say.
    • Madame Necker; reported in Louis Klopsch, ed., Many Thoughts of Many Minds: A Treasury of Quotations From the Literature of Every Land and Every Age (1896), p. 80
  • Ego - A human survival mechanism. To exist is its prime directive. As humans we are designed to exist in this physical reality with its

parameters. The ego is the governing force of this manifestation. It is extremely powerful within the material realm. To all intents and purposes this reality is “everything” to the ego, and as such it is most comfortable with the one reality mentality.

  • Paul Manuel, in A Grain of Sand: Why we're here, and who we are. (2015) p. 2

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