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Psychological Payoffs Drive Behavior

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Knowing Better Than or Superiority Seeking

“To presume that one really knows is fatal indeed!” —Chung Tzu

“Uncertainty is the fuel for an amazing life.” —Leo Babauta

“The strongest addiction is to the hunger to be right about what is wrong.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


  • Knowing Better Than Often Demands Damning

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  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

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Quotations from Various Sources

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“Identification prevents and perverts the flow of thought-feeling.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume IV, p. 8 

“If you must be right, then you fail to learn and so lose.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“Is not virtue a negation of becoming?” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. III, p. 204 

“Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often.” —Donald Rumsfeld 

“The cause of all sins in every case lies in the person’s excessive love of self.” —Plato, Laws 

“The soul is undiscovered though explored forever to a depth beyond report.” —Heraclitus 

“The strongest addiction is to the hunger to be right about what is wrong.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice 

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale 

“The way to do is be.” —Lao Tzu 

“You can be right or you can be happy.” —Anonymous 


Quotations from Scripture

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39 

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 16:25 

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” —Mark 8:35 

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” —Luke 9:24 

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” —Luke 14:26 

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” —Luke 17:34 

“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” —John 12:25 

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