Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Self Control
Quotations & Citations:
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
You are a puppet, but in the hands of the infinite, which may be your own.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The best fighter is never angry.
~ Lao Tzu
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
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
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
~ William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
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
Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values — and witnesses.
~Franklin P. Jones
One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
~ Gustave Flaubert
About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation.
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
Serving one’s own passions is the greatest slavery.
~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia
I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.
~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Who is fit to govern others?
He who governs himself.
You might as well have said: nobody.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth
Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.
~ Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again.
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
Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.
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
An element of abstention, of restraint, must enter into all finer joys.
~Vida D. Scudder
If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world
~ Paulo Coelho, Aleph
The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from the moron is his thicker layer of inhibition.
~Martin H. Fischer
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
~ Lao Tzu
If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
~François VI de la Rochefoucault
I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.
~ Robert E. Lee
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
~ Elie Wiesel
It’s all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid; it just tells the other person you have lost your class and control.
~ Shannon L. Alder
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
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
What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely.
~Franklin P. Jones
I tell you what when I see chocolate chip cookies I can’t just eat one. I’ve got to eat a dozen. I don’t have any self control. Well, come on! You’re just talking yourself right into the pit! You do have self control, and you need to start looking at those cookies and saying, “If I want you I’ll eat you, and if I don’t I won’t!” Come on! Talk to that plateful of food! I am born again and baptized in the Holy Ghost! I have the power of the universe on the inside of me, and if I do not want to eat you I will not eat you! I mean how do you expect to defeat the devil if you can’t even defeat a chocolate chip cookie?
~ Joyce Meyer
You must admit you have self-control before you can use it.
Self-control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion…
~W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage