165+ Best Self Control Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Self-control is the ability to regulate and alter responses in order to avoid undesirable behaviors, increase desirable ones, and achieve long-term goals. Inspirational self control quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Self Control Quotes

If you learn self-control, you can master anything. – Anonymous

One’s greatest challenge is to control oneself. – Kazi Shams

No man is free who is not master of himself. – Epictetus

No man is free who cannot command himself. – Pythagoras

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

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Control your destiny or somebody will. – Jack Welsh

Rule your mind or it will rule you. -Horace

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

The control centre of your life is your attitude. – Anonymous

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

He who angers you conquers you. – Elizabeth Kenny

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

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

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

Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. – James Allen

The main factor behind success is self-control. – Rig Veda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you lose self-control everything will fall. – John Wooden

He who has power over himself has power over his greatest enemy. – Matshona Dhliwayo

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

Self-control, stop, think, what could happen? Is that what you want? – Anonymous

Control yourself or someone else will control you. – Anonymous

It is not necessary to react to everything you notice. – Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even a little self control can save you a lot of time, energy and errors. – Unkown

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

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

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

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

A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well. – Louisa May Alcott

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

Challenge yourself all the days of your life. – Author Unknown

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

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

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

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

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

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle

I never prod my nose into other man’s porridge. – Miguel De Cervantes

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

It is as proper to have pride in oneself as it is ridiculous to show it to others. – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust. – Josh Billings

The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and objectionable. – Plato

There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. – Count Leo Tolstoy

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

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. – Robert Browning

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. – Anonymous

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions. – Anonymous

Silence is not always a sign of weakness; it’s also a sign of strong self-control. – Anonymous

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. – Michel de Montaigne

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

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

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

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

Anger doesn’t demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control. – Joe Hyams

You can’t control the fact people will annoy you, but what you can control is your reaction. – Anonymous

You are always responsible for how you act, no matter how your feel. Remember that. – Anonymous

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

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

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

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Bible

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

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

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

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself. – Michel de Montaigne

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. – Harry S. Truman

Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive. – George Bernard Shaw

I cannot trust a man to control others if he cannot control himself. – Robert E. Lee

Mastering self-control, the act of restraining one’s emotions is the true key to success. – Timothy Pina

Self-control – what lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. – Aristotle

In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom. – Paramahansa Yogananda

Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

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

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. – Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Learning to control your reactions, saves you a lot of explaining, regretting, and apologizing. – Remez Sasson

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. – Benjamin Franklin

Self control is the power within you that holds the reins of anger, intolerance and impulsiveness. – Remez Sasson

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. – Confucius

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

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

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

You must have discipline to have fun. – Julia Child

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

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

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

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

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

Superior people never make long visits. – Marianne Moore

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

Anger is only one letter short of danger. – Unknown

Self-control is the ability to control the expression of our passions and emotions. – Anonymous

We have a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – Anonymous

My super power is self-control. – Anonymous

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

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

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

Self-control is a key factor in achieving success. We can’t control everything in life, but we can definitely control ourselves. – Jan McKingley Hilado

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 Von 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

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