Self Control Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old self control quotes, self control sayings, and self control proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

To rule self and subdue our passions is the more praiseworthy because so few know how to do it. Guiana
To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others. Buddha
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy
Govern thyself then you will be able to govern the world. Unkown
Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace
Self-command is the main elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man cannot live without self-control. Isaac Singer
The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable. Plato
Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. James Russell Lowell
As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom. Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself. Louis XIV
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty. Lao-Tzu
You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle
To keep one's mouth from evil and depraved talk; not to love much speaking. St. Benedict
Our self-will is so subtle and deeply rooted within us, so covered with excuses and defended by false reasoning that it seems a devil. St. Catherine of Genoa
Willpower was shaped by the guiding force of self-discipline. Abraham Lincoln
Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. James Russell Lowell
There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. Leo Tolstoy
The difference between a savior and a sinner is this: that the one has perfect control of all the forces within him; the other is dominated and controlled by them. James Allen
Remember there is always a limit to self-indulgence, but none to self-restraint. Mahatma Gandhi
One must train oneself, small and frequent efforts, to dominate one's feelings. Alexis Carrel
The wise who control body, speech, and mind are indeed the consummately controlled. Buddha
Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome self? Thomas a Kempis
He that has not mastery over his inclinations, he that knows not how to resist the importunity of present pleasure or in danger of never being good for anything. John Locke
Self-restraint may be alien to the human temperament, but humanity without restraint will dig its own grave. Marya Mannes
A horse that resists the reins, a car without brakes, and a person with no self-control, are all equally headed for disaster. Satya Sai Baba
Our own inner child has to be disciplined in order to release its tremendous spiritual power. Marion Boa Woodman
Self-discipline does within while you do without. Denis Waitley
It is a great deal of medicine that possesses a child and robs it of all self-control. Yoruba Proverb