61 Self-Control Quotes That Can Change Your Life

self-control-quotesHere’s 61 quotes on self-control.  Which ones jump out at you?

1. Control your destiny or somebody will. -Jack Welsh

2. Rule your mind or it will rule you. -Horace

3. He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king. -John Milton

4. The control centre of your life is your attitude. -Anonymous

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

6. He who angers you conquers you. -Elizabeth Kenny

7. He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. -Tao Te Ching

8. Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control–these three alone lead life to sovereign power. -Alfred Tennyson

9. Speak when you are angry and you will make best speech you will ever regret. -Ambrose Bierce

10. You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do. -A. J. Kitt

11. What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. -Aristotle

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

13. In the midst of movement and chaos keep stillness inside of you. -Deepak Chopra

quotes

14. Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. -James Russell Lowell

15. Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root. -Robert Burns

16. When we direct our thoughts properly, we can control our emotions. -W. Clement Stone

17. What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control. -Thomas Edison

18. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. -Donald Laird

19. When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of someone. -George O’Neil

If this isn’t what you were looking for, check out these other inspirational quotes here.

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

21. The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. -Charles Darwin

22. No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy–unless you let him. -Napoleon Hill

23. The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you don’t you, life controls you. -Anthony Robbins

24. No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself. -William Penn

25. Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. -Mohandas Gandhi

26. Your brain shall be your servant instead of your master. You will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you. -Charles Popplestone

27. You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. -Chinese Proverb

28. Self-determination is fine but needs to be tempered with self-control. -Anonymous

29. No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. -Barbara De Angelis

30. Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. -Elie Wiesel

31. A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well. -Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

32. Believe that you can whip the enemy, and you have won half the battle. -General J.E.B. Stuart

33. Challenge yourself all the days of your life. -Author Unknown

34. Clean your own yard first before asking others to clean theirs. -Bosnian Proverb

35. Don’t make a mouse of yourself, or else you will be eaten by cats. -German Proverb

36. Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence. -Spanish Proverb

37. He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. -Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

38. He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. -John Milton (1608-1674)

39. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. -Aristotle (BC384-322)

40. I never prod my nose into other man’s porridge. -Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

41. If a man doesn’t delight in himself and the force in him and feel that he and it are wonders, how is all life to become important to him? -Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

quotes

42. It is as proper to have pride in oneself as it is ridiculous to show it to others. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

43. Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

44. Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words. -Eileen Caddy

45. Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

46. The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust. -Josh Billings (1815-1885)

47. The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable. -Plato (BC427-347)

48. There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. -Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

49. We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win. -Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

50. When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. -Robert Browning (1812-1889)

51. Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself. -William Boetcker

52. You must learn to be still in the midst of activity, and to be vibrantly alive in repose. -Indira Gandhi

53. You must have discipline to have fun. -Julia Child

54. The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors. -Plautus

55. Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought. -Margaret Oliphant

56. When you borrow trouble you give your peace of mind as security. -Myrtle Reed

57. Don’t be curious of matters that don’t concern you; never speak of them, and don’t ask about them. -Teresa of Avila

58. What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline. -H.P. Liddon

59. Superior people never make long visits. -Marianne Moore

60. It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are–not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within–that you can begin to take control. -Oprah Winfrey

61. Anger is only one letter short of danger. -unknown

THERE YOU HAVE IT.  Which of these self-control quotes did you like the most?   Any you didn’t like?  If you have any quotes on this subject, please share them below in the Comments section.  Thanks!

If you these aren’t enough for you, you can find more here, here, and here.

Shawn B.

Type in your email below to get an inspirational thought-of-the-day every morning!
Name
Email
Again, please make sure to enter your info above and press Submit.

Hope you liked these self-control quotes.  If so, please do us a favor and spread the love by liking & sharing this page using the social media buttons at the top/bottom…or do the ultimate: link to us via your own site/blog!  Thanks!  

Facebook Comments
Tags:
Previous Post

Quotes About Work

Next Post

It Shows In Your Face

Comments

    • Ron
    • July 14, 2009
    Reply

    Self control… now there’s something the world needs more of…

    • Namrata
    • July 14, 2009
    Reply

    The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you don’t you, life controls you. -Anthony Robbins
    this one is really a good one ….!!
    sometimes ur pain n pleasures bcum ur inspirations..

    • Senthil
    • July 15, 2009
    Reply

    hey shawn…

    awesome quotes… nice one… 🙂

    • Deanna
    • July 15, 2009
    Reply

    Good morning Shawn! There were several quotes that were great,My fav. would be #29,now if I could just learn to live by it!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Deanna these self-control quotes have been a real eye opener for me this morning,and so now I should make everyday a great one for Me and God are in control of every aspect of my life.Thank you again,hope you have a GREAT day!

    • bill
    • July 20, 2009
    Reply

    Unfortunately the quote by Barbara D’Angelis is not true.

    We can change many things about our life, but sometimes there are things that we just cannot change.

    These THINGS THAT WE CANNOT CHANGE are what really are the problem in everyone’s life.

    For example, we can quit drinking, but we cannot change the life situation that caused us to drink in the first place.

    We can be ugly and get platic surgery, go to the gym, lose weight, get a new wardrobe, and be financially successful, but even with all THAT we will never be a movie star-fashion model…

    We can never have happy childhood memories if we were abused and neglected.

    Sometimes none of the pat answers and pollyanna positive thinking are ever going to change the situation at all.

    At those times it seems that the real challenge is not how we change the things we don’t like, but how we learn to accept, and live with, the things we just cannot change. Once we start to do this, then we really can begin to have a great life.

    And who knows? It might not have been as a big a problem as we had thought in the first place — even if we can’t change it.

    “Be thankful for your problems. You can never enjoy the virtue of patience unless you have the opportunity to practice it.”

      • TOny
      • March 12, 2012
      Reply

      I feel the quote has a singular deeper meaning. We cannot change our past, but we can control out actions and our mind so that the past doesn’t control us.

    • amodu kudirat
    • July 23, 2009
    Reply

    Hey Shawn, thanks for the quotes i love em, i wish i do some…

    • Jonathan
    • July 28, 2009
    Reply

    Wow, 6 and 22 really speaks…

    • purnima
    • August 10, 2009
    Reply

    Quote no. 29 is the best.

    • Harisha
    • August 31, 2009
    Reply

    I liked following 2 Quotes,will try to implement

    To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. -Donald Laird

    You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. -Chinese Proverb

    Thanks…

    • Ken Whidden
    • September 7, 2009
    Reply

    Your first one is my favorite. Control your destiny or somebody will. -Jack Welsh

    I think I’ll have to use that one.

    Ken Whidden, DC
    Emerald Coast Chiropractic

    • rick
    • August 6, 2010
    Reply

    I like # 1 . He who rules passions ,desires and fears is more than a king . What a great saying . I have failed miserably at all three. but I am starting to wake up out of my stupor . slowly . I use to trust God to make me strong . I depended on his promises to give me the willpower to control myself . but no magic power came down to help me . now I see it is up to me to change . self control is indeed the highest man can attain to . it brings dignity to a person ; and respect . without self control we are a rudderless ship , as one of the quotes say .
    also I like the one that says ” he who angers you conquers you . I have always fought back with great anger . I am learning not to react in anger or to defend myself with words . but to let my life show who I am . my actions to speak instead of words . I am old , but I am still a fool . I have so much to overcome still . I must remind myself of all these wise sayings everyday . and work at it . these sayings are what makes a person happy . and feel proud of themself . thank you for this precious site .

    1. Reply

      Great comments, Rick! It sounds like you’re well on your way and making progress. I guess we’re all in the same boat.

    • AL
    • October 13, 2010
    Reply

    “What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”

    H.P.Liddon quotes

    • Laurie
    • January 24, 2011
    Reply

    Self control is the key to your life in your life. All these are wonderful. I especially liked : 26. Your brain shall be your servant instead of your master. You will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you. -Charles Popplestone

    • monika
    • April 24, 2012
    Reply

    self control hard to gain easy to lose

  1. Reply

    “You can’t do anything about the wind, but you can always adjust the sails.” is actually from Dr. Bob Chope. FYI

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the head’s up. It’s been updated.

  2. Reply

    “Whoever makes me angry, masters me.” Jeffrey Fry

    • Gary
    • February 4, 2013
    Reply

    “I can’t control others I can only control myself” and I need alot of HELP”

    • Jeffrey Fry
    • October 27, 2014
    Reply

    Great list… one more…

    “Whoever angers you, masters you.”
    –Jeffrey Fry

    • Mika Kay
    • November 9, 2015
    Reply

    ‘whoever influences you emotions…controls you”
    great quotes!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: