„I like the moment when I break a man's ego“

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„Perhaps the happiest moment of my life was then, when I saw that our line didn’t break and that the enemy’s did.“

—  Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, 19th President of the United States (in office from 1877 to 1881) 1822 - 1893
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„I believe the main task of the spirit is to free man from his ego.“

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„As a tree that is not pliable breaks in the storm, so a man who has specialized breaks down in moments of crisis.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: To understand oneself, one needs enormous pliability, and that pliability is denied when we specialize in devotion, in action, in knowledge. There are no paths such as devotion, as action, as knowledge, and he who follows any of these paths separately as a specialist brings about his own destruction. That is, a man who is committed to a particular path, to a particular approach, is incapable of pliability, and that which is not pliable is broken. As a tree that is not pliable breaks in the storm, so a man who has specialized breaks down in moments of crisis. "Seventh Talk in Poona, 10 October 1948" http://www.jkrishnamurti.com/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=295&chid=4625&w=%22To+understand+oneself%22, J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 481010; Vol. V, p. 128

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„I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.“

—  Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
Context: Religion, since it has its source in terror, has dignified certain kinds of fear and made people think them not disgraceful. In this it has done mankind a great disservice: all fear is bad. I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting. Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man's place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own. Cf. Richard Dawkins (2003), A Devil's Chaplain: «There is more than just grandeur in this view of life, bleak and cold though it can seem from under the security blanket of ignorance. There is deep refreshment to be had from standing up and facing straight into the strong keen wind of understanding: Yeats's 'Winds that blow through the starry ways'.»

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„No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.“

—  William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes British automobile pioneer 1894 - 1964
Quoted on the BBC-TV show "Who Said That?," http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/9e47e00dd95247bf85472a4801cad3af January 14, 1958 http://books.google.com/books?id=4cl5c4T9LWkC&q=%22No+other+man-made+device+since+the+shields+and+lances+of+the+ancient+knights+fulfills+a+man's+ego+like+an+automobile%22&pg=PA122#v=onepage

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