One of the most important, but one of the most difficult things for a powerful mind is, to be its own master. A pond may lie quiet in a plain; but a lake wants mountains to compass and hold it in.
Wouldst thou have thy flesh obey thy spirit? Then let thy spirit obey thy God. Thou must be governed, that thou may'st govern.
Conquer thyself. Till thou hast done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own.
Self-government is, indeed, the noblest rule on earth; the obj ect of a loftier ambition than the possession of crowns or sceptres. The truest conquest is where the soul is bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. The monarch of his own mind is the only real potentate.
Over the times 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 and make honest.
Who to himself is law, no law doth need.
It is the man who is cool and collected, who is master of his countenance, his voice, his actions, his gestures, of every part, who can work upon others at his pleasure.
Every temptation that is resisted, every noble aspiration that is encouraged, every sinful thought that is repressed, every bitter word that is withheld, adds its little item to the impetus of that great movement which is bearing humanity onward toward a richer life and higher character.
What is the best government?—That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
No one who cannot master himself is worthy to rule, and only he can rule.
To rule self and subdue our passions is the more praiseworthy because so few know how to do it.
Those who can command themselves, command others.
A father inquires whether his boy can construe Homer, or understand Horace; but how seldom does he ask, or examine, or think whether he can restrain his passions,—whether he is grateful, generous, humane, compassionate, just, and benevolent.
No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself.
If you would learn self-mastery, begin by yielding yourself to the One Great Master.
Let not any one say that he cannot govern his passions, nor hinder them from breaking out and carrying him to action; for what he can do before a prince or a great man, he can do alone, or in the presence of God if he will.
The most precious of all possessions, is power over ourselves; power to withstand trial, to bear suffering, to front danger; power over pleasure and pain; power to follow our convictions, however resisted by menace and scorn; the power of calm reliance in scenes of darkness and storms. He that has not a mastery over his inclinations; he that knows not how to resist the importunity of present pleasure or pain, for the sake of what reason tells him is fit to be done, wants the true principle of virtue and industry, and is in danger of never being good for anything.
He who would govern others should first be master of himself.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires and fears is more than a king.
He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not.
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.
No man is free who cannot command himself.
A man must first govern himself, ere he be fit to govern a family; and his family, ere he be fit to bear the government in the commonwealth.
The constancy of sages is nothing but the art of locking up their agitation in their hearts.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
He that lays down precepts for governing our lives and moderating our passions, obliges humanity not only in the present, but for all future generations.
I will have a care of being a slave to myself, for it is a perpetual, a shameful, and the heaviest of all servitudes; and this may be done by uncontrolled desires.
Better conquest never canst thou make, than warn thy constant and thy nobler parts against giddy, loose suggestions.
Self-control is promoted by humility. Pride is a fruitful source of uneasiness. It keeps the mind in disquiet. Humility is the antidote to this evil.
For want of self-restraint many men are engaged all their lives in fighting with difficulties of their own making, and rendering success impossible by their own cross-grained ungentleness; whilst others, it may be much less gifted, make their way and achieve success by simple patience, equanimity, and self-control.
More dear in the sight of God and His angels than any other conquest is the conquest of self.
The man whom Heaven appoints to govern others, should himself first learn to bend his passions to the sway of reason.
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves; without that the conqueror is only the first slave.
May I govern my passions with absolute sway, and grow wiser and better as life wears away.
Do you want to know the man against whom you have most reason to guard yourself? Your looking-glass will give you a very fair likeness of his face.