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SELF-CONTROL
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[ Also see Abstinence Caution Discretion Equanimity Moderation Prudence Rashness Sobriety Temperance ]

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
      - Matthew Arnold

No man is such a conqueror as the man who has defeated himself.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Chain up the unruly legion of thy breast. Lead thine own captivity captive, and be Caesar within thyself.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Conquer thyself. Till thou hast done that thou art a slave; for it is almost as well for thee to be in subjection to another's appetite as thy own.
      - Robert Burton

Over the time thou hast no power; to redeem a world sunk in dishonesty has not been given thee; solely over one man therein thou hast a quite absolute, uncontrollable power; him redeem, him make honest.
      - Thomas Carlyle

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

He overcomes a stout enemy that overcomes his own anger.
      - Chilo of Sparta (Chilon)

It is not the man who is beside himself, but he who is cool and collected,--who is master of his countenance, of his voice, of his actions, of his gestures, of every part of his play,--who can work upon others at his pleasure.
      - Denis Diderot

I will be lord over myself.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those who can command themselves command others.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The man who could withstand, with his fellow-men in single line, a charge of cavalry may lose all command of himself on the occurrence of a fire in his own house, because of some homely reminiscence unknown to the observing bystander.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself.
      - Thomas a Kempis

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

The constancy of sages is nothing but the art of locking up their agitation in their hearts.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Who, in the midst of just provocation to anger, instantly finds the fit word which settles all around him in silence is more than wise or just; he is, were he a beggar, of more than royal blood, he is of celestial descent.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

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

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

When Alexander had subdued the world, and wept that none were left to dispute his arms, his tears were an involuntary tribute to a monarchy that he knew not, man's empire over himself.
      - Jane Porter

No man is free who cannot command himself.
      - Pythagoras

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Better conquest never canst thou make than arm thy constant and thy nobler parts against giddy, loose suggestions.
      - William Shakespeare

Self-control is only courage under another form.
      - Samuel Smiles

The Romans rightly employed the same word (virtus) to designate courage, which is, in a physical sense, what the other is in a moral; the highest virtue of all being victory over ourselves.
      - Samuel Smiles


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