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Ernst Mach Quotes

I hope you find these Ernst Mach Quotes inspiring and motivational.

The ego is as little absolutely permanent as are bodies.
- Ernst Mach

Thing, body, matter, are nothing apart from the combinations of the elements,
- the colours, sounds, and so forth -
nothing apart from their so-called attributes.
- Ernst Mach

Bodies do not produce sensations, but complexes of
elements (complexes of sensations) make up bodies.
- Ernst Mach

Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.
- Ernst Mach


 

Many an article that I myself penned twenty years ago
impresses me now as something quite foreign to myself.
- Ernst Mach

Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily
and consciously determining his own point of view.
- Ernst Mach

Science always has its origin in the adaptation of
thought to some definite field of experience.
- Ernst Mach


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A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence,
for instance, upon its luminous source,
upon other colours, upon temperatures,
upon spaces, and so forth.
- Ernst Mach

Physics is experience, arranged in economical order.
- Ernst Mach

If our dreams were more regular, more connected,
more stable, they would also have more practical importance for us.
- Ernst Mach

Personally, people know themselves very poorly.
- Ernst Mach

Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first
time of the refraction of stellar light,
has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy,
whereas nothing is required but an easily effected
and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
- Ernst Mach

The task which we have set ourselves is simply to show
why and for what purpose we hold that standpoint during most of our lives,
and why and for what purpose we are provisionally obliged to abandon it.
- Ernst Mach

The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness,
and knows from his everyday experience that the look
of things is influenced by his senses;
but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world
as the creation of his senses.
- Ernst Mach

Without renouncing the support of physics,
it is possible for the physiology of the senses,
not only to pursue its own course of development,
but also to afford to physical science itself powerful assistance.
- Ernst Mach

The presentations and conceptions of the average man
of the world are formed and dominated,
not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself,
but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
- Ernst Mach

When I recall today my early youth, I should take the boy that I then was,
with the exception of a few individual features,
for a different person, were it not for the existence
of the chain of memories.
- Ernst Mach

A movement that we will to execute is never more than a represented movement,
and appears in a different domain from that of the executed movement,
which always takes place when the image is vivid enough.
- Ernst Mach

The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher,
the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual
occupation by practical necessity,
immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.
- Ernst Mach

The biological task of science is to provide the fully
developed human individual with as perfect a means
of orientating himself as possible.
No other scientific ideal can be realised,
and any other must be meaningless.
- Ernst Mach

My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted.
Its temperature varies.
It may receive an ink stain.
One of its legs may be broken.
It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part.
But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.
- Ernst Mach

With courage, you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is impossible to begin to learn
that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations
comes nearest to perfection.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

During life, none of us is 100% open to Spirit -
we have too much ego to do that.
Only at death do we give up our ego and completely open to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self denial is an indulgence to the ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Pride" is such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

INTENT:
We hold the power to make things happen
through our intent -
to the extent that we use our intention
with compassion and without ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

The ego lives by comparisons...
The ego cannot survive without judgment.
- A Course in Miracles

If you have to have it, it's ego.
If you have to not have it, it's ego.
Hold life lightly and it will deliver what you need
and release what you don't.
- Alan Cohen

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
- Henry Van Dyke

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something,
but to be something.
- Muhammed Iqbal

Don't let your ego get too close to your position,
so that if your position gets shot down,
your ego doesn't go with it.
- Colin Powell

Looking at a sunset, just for a second
you forget your separateness:
you are the sunset.
That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it.
But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset,
you are no longer feeling it;
you have come back to your separate,
enclosed entity of the ego.
Now the mind is speaking.
- Osho

"Pride" is one of those really crazy words,
and such a double-edged sword -
Self-Worth on one edge, and Ego on the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To have a little recognition, that is very nice,
you dig.
It is good for the ego, for the psyche.
- Dexter Gordon

I think it's pretentious to create art just for the
sake of stroking the artists ego.
- Lou Reed

I love playing ego and insecurity combined.
- Jim Carrey

The ego is not master in its own house.
- Sigmund Freud

My ego is controlled enough that I don't have to be the focus.
- Herbie Mann

Lying increases the creative faculties,
expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.
- Robert H. Schuller

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some
part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
- Sigmund Freud

Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but
reflection on the ego as embarrassment,
as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing.
- Theodor Adorno

The column's worked out great for me.
I've gotten a ton of ego satisfaction,
had a lot of fun, won a batch of prizes and occasionally done some public good.
- Allan Sloan

I fed my ego, but not my soul.
- Yakov Smirnoff

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness
that represents something,
relates this representation back to itself,
and so gathers with itself.
- Martin Heidegger

I try not to have too much of an ego.
I'll do anything.
- Rob Schneider

Where id was, there ego shall be.
- Sigmund Freud


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