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    • Napoleon had the words “To Destiny!” engraved on the wedding ring he gave his wife. Destiny was what he’d always believed in, it was how he justified his boldest, most ambitious ideas. It was also why he overreached time and time again, until his real destiny was divorce, exile, defeat, and infamy. A great destiny, Seneca reminds us, is great slavery.

      From “Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent
      by Ryan Holiday

    • Quite true. The specific book i mention in the OP is perhaps my favorite from what I read this year, just for the title. Quite often i'm catching myself realising that in many of the problems I consider to be coming from an external source (the world in general, or specific people), it's actually my ego that also has a lot to do with it.