Quotes About Self Control

Quotes tagged as "self-control" (showing 1-30 of 246)
Marcus Aurelius
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Eleanor Roosevelt
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Sri Chinmoy
“I am very happy
Because I have conquered myself
And not the world.
I am very happy
Because I have loved the world
And not myself.”
Sri Chinmoy

Anaïs Nin
“What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Michael Bassey Johnson
“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

William Blake
“Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Wilkie Collins
“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Maggie Stiefvater
“Sam: “You—you greatly overestimate my self-control.”
Grace: “I’m not looking for self-control.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Bohdi Sanders
“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it...Don't allow his anger to become your anger.”
Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

Gustave Flaubert
“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.”
Gustave Flaubert

Dale Carnegie
“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Jane Austen
“I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Thucydides
“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Benjamin Franklin
“Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”
Benjamin Franklin

Paulo Coelho
“If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world”
Paulo Coelho, Aleph

Lao Tzu
“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
Lao Tzu

Robert E. Lee
“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.”
Robert E. Lee

Elie Wiesel
“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”
Elie Wiesel

Criss Jami
“I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Joyce Meyer
“Here’s one of my favorite statements: We are never going to enjoy stability, we are never going to enjoy spiritual maturity until we learn how to do what’s right when it feels wrong, and every time you do what’s right by a decision of your will using discipline and self control to go beyond how you feel, the more painful it is in your flesh, the more you’re growing spiritually at that particular moment.”
Joyce Meyer

Stephen R. Covey
“The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one's temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mastery through Accomplishment

W. Somerset Maugham
“Self-control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion...”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Criss Jami
“Showing a lack of self-control is in the same vein granting authority to others: 'Perhaps I need someone else to control me.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Rachel Vincent
“I want to kiss you.” Jace’s whisper pulled me from my thoughts and I glanced up to find his eyes blazing with raw need. “Just because Marc won’t touch you doesn’t mean I shouldn’t. Right? I don’t have that kind of self-control, and honestly, I don’t see the point in it. Are you supposed to be impressed by how long we can go without touching you? ’Cause if that’s the game we’re playing, I think I’d rather lose.”
Rachel Vincent, Alpha

Epictetus
“Remember, it is not enough to be hit or insulted to be harmed, you must believe that you are being harmed. If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation. Which is why it is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.”
Epictetus, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness

Criss Jami
“Anger's like a battery that leaks acid right out of me
And it starts from the heart 'til it reaches my outer me”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Kevin Brockmeier
“Dreaming was easier than screaming, and screaming was easier than worrying, and worrying was easier than crying, which was what she knew she would be reduced to if she didn’t keep a hard eye on herself.”
Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead

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