Self Control Quotes

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Self-Control, Self-Mastery, Self-Discipline

Many say that the first step to leadership is self-leadership.  The ability to discipline yourself is important in achieving any goal.  Whether a New Year’s resolution or a business goal, I am inspired by these quotes on the subject.  Mastering yourself is one of the hardest things to do. I also believe that it’s impossible to achieve perfect victory over yourself, but these quotes will inspire and encourage you on your self-mastery journey.

 What’s your favorite?

The first and best victory is to conquer self. –Plato

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.  -Thomas Jefferson

To rule self and subdue our passions is the more praiseworthy because so few know how to do it. –Guiana

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. -Seneca

Those who can command themselves, command others. –Hazlitt

The best fighter is never angry. -Lao Tzu

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. –Lao Tzu

Discipline is remembering what you want. -David Campbell

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. –Stephen Covey

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion. –Billie Jean King

Man cannot live without self-control. -Isaac Singer

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.  -Buddha

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. -Jim Rohn

No confict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself. –Thomas Kempis

No man is free who cannot command himself. -Pythagoras

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

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. -Napoleon Hill

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. –William Henley

The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. –Elie Wiesel

You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself. –da Vinci

The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince. –Vince Lombardi

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. –Grenville Kleiser

You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself. –Jim Whittaker

With self-discipline most anything is possible. Theodore Roosevelt

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. –Virginia Woolf

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead one to sovereign power. –Lord Tennyson

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

I am, indeed, a king because I know how to rule myself. -Pietro Aretino

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. –Jack Kerouac

Self respect is the root of discipline. The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. -Abraham J Heschel

If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us. –William Feather

Rule your mind or it will rule you. –Horace

Control your destiny or somebody will. –Jack Welsh

We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win. –Edward Gibbon

You can’t always control the wind, but you can control your sails. -Dr. Bob Chope

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. -Mae West

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