Quotes About Self Control

Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Self Control

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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


Control your own destiny or someone else will.


The best fighter is never angry.

~ Lao Tzu


If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

~Benjamin Franklin


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.

~Thomas Jefferson


Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

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.

~Mark Twain


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


I've had great success being a total idiot.

About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation.

~Tom Wilson


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


Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve

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.

~Korman’s Law


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.

~J. Petit-Senn


You are a master of the words you don't say and a slave to the ones you do.

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


The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.

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.

~Pietro Aretino


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.

~Mick Jagger


Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid; it just tells the other person you have lost your class and control.

~ Shannon L. Alder


The impossible is often the untried.

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.

~Oscar Wilde


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


The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking

You must admit you have self-control before you can use it.

~Carrie Latet


Self-control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion…

~W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage