Self-control - christiansquoting.org.uk
Having control over myself is nearly as good as having control over others.
Can you walk on water? You have done no better than a straw. Can you fly through the air? You are no better than a gnat. Conquer your heart--then you may become somebody. - Khwaja Abdullah Ansari of Herat, 11thC
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. -Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) _Letter to Agostino Ricchi_ [May 10, 1537]
Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own. ~Sir Richard Burton
Who to himself is law no law doth need,
Offends no law, and is a king indeed.
George Chapman. 1557-1634. Bussy D'Ambois. Act ii. Sc. 1.
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. - Winston Churchill
The "Inside-Out" approach to personal and self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self - with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves- Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.- Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) "Living Under Tension."
All of your scholarship, all your study of Shakespeare and Wordsworth would be vain if at the same time you did not build your character and attain mastery over your thoughts and your actions.-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city; he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason.-
It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. -Edmund Hillary
I do not wonder that, where the monastick life is permitted, every order finds votaries, and every monastery inhabitants. Men will submit to any rule, by which they may be exempted from the tyranny of caprice and of chance. They are glad to supply by external authority their own want of constancy and resolution, and court the government of others, when long experience has convinced them of their own inability to govern themselves. - Samuel Johnson: Letter to Baretti (June 10, 1761)
Be charitable and indulgent to every one but thyself.- Joubert (1754-1824)
If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking? -Thomas a Kempis
All of the significant battles are waged within the self.-Sheldon Kopp
He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king.- John Milton
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself -- the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us -- that's where it's at. - Jesse Owens (1913-1980)
I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself. -Peter the Great (1672-1725) Czar of Russia
It is not enough to have great qualities, we should also have the management of them. - Francois de La Rochefoucald
Better[stronger] is he who controls his urges than he who captures a city.- Talmud
He that will not command his thoughts . . . will soon lose the command of his actions. -Thomas Wilson
You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself. - Leonardo da Vinci