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Self Control Quotes

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Marcus Aurelius
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Lao Tzu
“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lao Tzu

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

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

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.”
Anais Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marla Miniano
“I would have done anything for him. But these days, I don't want to do anything. I don't want to get drunk or go to a wild party or make out with random boys-not that I've ever wanted to. I don't want to watch chick flicks or eat ice cream or get a haircut or buy out half of the mall. I don't want cold, cruel revenge. I don't want to see him suffer when karma catches up with him and kick his ass. I don't even want to talk to him right now, simply because it would be awkward and pathetic and I wouldn't know what to say to him. Yes, there is self-control, preventing me from being stupid and acting like a desperate doofus in the manner most heartbroken people do. But there is also a weary numbness threatening to consume every inch of me: Isn't there a way for me to skip straight to the part where I'm fine again?”
Marla Miniano, Every Girl's Guide to Heartache

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

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

Pete Walker
“Perfectionism is the unparalleled defense for emotionally abandoned children. The existential unattainability of perfection saves the child from giving up, unless or until, scant success forces him to retreat into the depression of a dissociative disorder, or launches him hyperactively into an incipient conduct disorder. Perfectionism also provides a sense of meaning and direction for the powerless and unsupported child. In the guise of self-control, striving to be perfect offers a simulacrum of a sense of control. Self-control is also safer to pursue because abandoning parents typically reserve their severest punishment for children who are vocal about their negligence.”
Pete Walker

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

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

Kelly McGonigal
“The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism, and stress. (...) these three skills —self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matter most— are the foundation for self-control.”
Kelly McGonigal, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

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

Criss Jami
“Wise men are not pacifists; they are merely less likely to jump up and retaliate against their antagonizers. They know that needless antagonizers are virtually already insecure enough.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Rumi
“The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.”
Rumi

Epictetus
“Remember to act always as if you were at a symposium. When the food or drink comes around, reach out and take some politely; if it passes you by don't try pulling it back. And if it has not reached you yet, don't let your desire run ahead of you, be patient until your turn comes. Adopt a similar attitude with regard to children, wife, wealth and status, and in time, you will be entitled to dine with the gods. Go further and decline these goods even when they are on offer and you will have a share in the gods' power as well as their company. That is how Diogenes, Heraclitus and philosophers like them came to be called, and considered, divine.”
Epictetus, The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness

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