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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #31 --- Self-Control

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Self-Control

Self-control is the glory of character.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Dec. 12, 1928.

The conquest of self and unruly passions requires more true conduct, steady, constant management than obtaining a victory over an enemy.

—C. Polk Goodson, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Oct. 29, 1900.

The man who fails to master himself is the slave of a hard master.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 16, 1916.

No man is defeated until he acknowledges his failure to conquer self.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 7, 1923.

Lose your self-control and you lose the stimulant to high desire and noble conduct.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1940.

The first of all tragedies is the failure to master one's self.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 12, 1934.

Patience means continued self-control. Continued self-control leads to habitual self-control. Habitual self-control leads to strength of character. Strength of character is something on which not only we can lean, but on which others can lean.

—Cecil J. Sharp, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1936.

Self-control means integration and integration means organization. Great men do not act without preparation. They act in accord with their character, which has ben built by a lifetime of concentrated effort.

—Minot Simons, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 13, 1927.

Self-control is not something that is born, with a life, but the kingliest of all qualities ever attained. It is never claimed by inheritance, but is always self-achieved. It cannot be given from one friend to another, but must be wrought out in one's own personality. It is not the product of revolution in one's character but of evolution in one's life. It is not the attainment of a day, but the resultant of the process of restraint daily imposed on one's own turbulent spirit.

—E.F. Daugherty, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 16, 1925.

If you want to know how it feels to be a king--rule yourself.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1925.

There can be no beauty of character where there is no self-control. ... Self-command may be regarded as intensified self-control. ... We may name it determination in action, courage to carry out our purpose, to do right in the face of difficulties and unpleasant circumstances.

—Wesley D. Thompson, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, June 26, 1905.

To obtain self-mastery we should consider two elements. The first element is a moral standardization. Or, we could call this the "set of the sails." The second element is sheer will power or "the wind in the sails." As we gain self-mastery over things that have been given us for our good, we are applying the wind of the sails. To get the results we desire we have to do the work. As we do the work we are applying the wind. The results that we achieve are a direct reflection of the effort we put forth. Only we can govern the force of the wind.

—J. Gary Stevens, Nor Scotia Challenger, Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 16, 1964.

Self-control means serenity–and both sit squarely on the summit of life.

—Clarence L. Cullen, Salt Lake Herald-Republican, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 14, 1913.

You are gaining in self-control if you only raise your eyebrows, instead of the roof.

—Les Goates, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 11, 1952.

Self-control is not a gift, but an attainment. It is not acquired by a single effort, but is the result of unremitting practice. There is no real greatness without it, and no real littleness with it.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 23, 1917.

A mind bent upon service to others will soon develop a measure of self-control.

—Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 30, 1953.

Self-control must be a prime condition of character for happiness. Every achievement requires self-control. Self-control is the grouped virtue of all other virtues. Many strong men make a mistake at this point. To have followers a man must be of such a character that he will be believed in. He must have reserve power adequate for much more than is absolutely needed. He must be preeminently a man of self-control. Success can only be obtained by the finding of work where a man can express himself best. In the putting of aspirations and ideals into action we really come to our best and are happiest.

—Henry Churchill King, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 22, 1913.

Self-determination which precedes self-control is bound to go wrong. It is willfulness and wantonness rather than true intelligence.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 17, 1940.

He who conquers self is unafraid of anything in life or death.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Jan. 18, 1927.

A great character is developed not by listlessness or by choosing the “easy way,” but by persistent self-effort, noble purpose and mastery of self. ... The greatest battles are fought in the chambers of the soul.

—David O. McKay, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 22, 1941.

No man can rob us of the joy that comes from self-mastery.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 15, 1934.

There is no road to power that does not go through self-mastery.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 9, 1935.

There is no road to happiness that does not lead past self-control.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., July 30, 1938.

Self-control is the greatest battle man ever fights.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1922.

To achieve self-control we can use these steps: 1. Admission of what you are. Soul searching appraisal and honest critique of one's self and acknowledging the need for change. 2. Start controlling what you can. Don't try to do everything at once but start with one item, master it, and then progress on to another. 3. Fill in the void with something good. As we eliminate a bad habit this leaves us more time to be used for good work. We can all improve somewhere. 4. Don't go near the precipice.

Northern Lights, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 1963.

Note: For more quotations on Self-Control, see the following Hubs: Quotations for Motivation #38 and Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #37


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