Self Control Quotes, Sayings about controlling yourself
For fast acting relief try slowing down.
- Lily Tomlin
Don’t give advice unless you’re asked.
- Amy Alcott
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
- Virginia Woolf
As far as your self control goes, as far goes your freedom.
- Marie Ebner
You must admit you have self-control before you can use it.
- Carrie Latet
Not using faults does not mean that one does not have them.
- W.S. Merwin
He that would govern others should first be the master of himself.
- Philip Massinger
The less said the better.
- Jane Austen
Never eat more than you can lift.
- Miss Piggy
Self command is the main elegance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must have discipline to have fun.
- Julia Child
A little of what you fancy does you good.
- Marie Lloyd
You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you!
- Isadora Duncan
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
- Michel Montaigne
Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
- Marcus Annaeus
Violence of the tongue is very real- sharper than any knife.
- Mother Teresa
When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.
- Robert Browning
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
- Lao Tzu
There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.
It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.
- Muriel Spark
Self control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.
- George Bernard Shaw
An element of abstention, of restraint, must enter into all finer joys.
– Vida D. Scudder
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
- Marianne Moore
Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
You are a puppet, but in the hands of the infinite, which may be your own.
- Antonio Porchia
A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it.
- Ida Tarbell
You must learn to be still in the midst of activity, and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
- Indira Gandhi
Who is fit to govern others? He who governs himself. You might as well have said: nobody.
- Augustus William Hare
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.
- John Milton
About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation.
- Tom Wilson
Self reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
- William Shakespeare
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Don’t be curious of matters that don’t concern you; never speak of them, and don’t ask about them.
- Teresa of Avila
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
The only people who would be in government are those who care more about people than they do about power.
- Millicent Fenwick
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
- Samuel Johnson