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60+ Inspiring Self Control Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Goals


60+ Inspiring Self Control Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Goals

Why is Self-control Important?

Self-control, or the ability to regulate one's own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, is important for several reasons:

  1. Achieving goals: Self-control allows individuals to set and work towards goals, by resisting short-term temptations that may hinder progress towards those goals.

  2. Health: Is linked to better physical health, as individuals who practice self-control are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors such as regular exercise, healthy eating, and avoiding harmful substances.

  3. Emotional well-being: It is also linked to better emotional well-being, as it allows individuals to manage their emotions and respond to situations in a more adaptive manner, rather than reacting impulsively.

  4. Social relationships: Self-control is important for maintaining positive social relationships, as it allows individuals to regulate their behaviors and reactions, and to respond to others in a thoughtful and considerate manner.

In summary, mastering self-control is important for achieving goals, maintaining physical and emotional health, and developing positive social relationships. It allows individuals to regulate their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and to make more intentional and purposeful choices in their lives.

Huge list of self control quotes

50+ General Self-Control Quotes

  1. “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

  2. “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you. –Tony Robbins

  3. “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

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

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

  6. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

  8. “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

  9. “I am very happy Because I have conquered myself And not the world.” – Sri Chinmoy

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

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

  12. “Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don't allow his anger to become your anger.” – Bohdi Sanders

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

  14. “Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.” – Wilkie Collins

Aristotle hardest victory self control quotes

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

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

  3. What man's mind can create, man's character can control. Thomas Edison

  4. “You must have discipline to have fun.” – Julia Child

  5. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” – Thucydides

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

  7. “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

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

 without self-control quote by Count Leo Tolstoy

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

  2. “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

  4. “I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.” – Daniel Goldstein

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

  6. “It is essential that we not respond impulsively to impressions; take a moment before reacting, and you will find it easier to maintain control.” – Epictetus

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

  8. If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world” – Paulo Coelho

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

  10. “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

  11. “The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

  13. “The biggest enemies of willpower: temptation, self-criticism, and stress. (…) these three skills —self-awareness, self-care, and remembering what matters most — are the foundation for self-control.” – Kelly McGonigal

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

  15. “The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.” – Rumi

  16. “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

  17. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” – Lao Tzu

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

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

  20. “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

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

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

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

  24. “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

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

  26. I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. Max Lucado

  27. Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society. Daniel Webster

  28. Our minds are mental greenhouses where unlawful thoughts, once planted, are nurtured and watered before being transplanted into the real world of unlawful actions... These actions are savored in the mind long before they are enjoyed in reality. The thought life, then, is our first line of defense in the battle of self-control. - Jerry Bridges

  29. We must have a spirit of power towards the enemy, a spirit of love towards men, and a spirit of self-control towards ourselves. Watchman Nee

  30. If we know that the aim of the Holy Spirit is to lead man to the place of self-control, we shall not fall into passivity but shall make good progress in spiritual life. "The fruit of the Spirit is self-control" Watchman Nee

    quotes about such power & self control & clear eyed self restraint
  31. Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. James Russell Lowell

  32. Anger is not in itself sinful, but...it may be the occasion for sin. The issue of self-control is the question of how we deal with anger. Violence, tantrums, bitterness, resentment, hostility, and even withdrawn silence are all sinful responses to anger. R. C. Sproul

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

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

5 Self Control-Quotes From The Bible

Here are some self-control quotes from the Bible:

self discipline Bible verse Proverbs 25:28

  1. "Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." - Proverbs 25:28

  2. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23

  3. "Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." - 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

  4. "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:7

  5. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." - 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

The above quotes emphasize the importance of self-control in achieving our goals and living a fulfilling life. They also remind us that self-control is a spiritual quality that comes from God and can be cultivated through discipline and training.

4 Funny Self-control Quotes

Here are some funny self-control quotes that you might enjoy:

  1. "I have a lot of self-control. It's just that sometimes I forget to use it." - Anonymous

  2. "I have a love-hate relationship with self-control. I love it when I have it, but I hate it when I don't." - Anonymous

  3. "I have a six-pack, it's just hiding under my layer of self-control." - Anonymous

  4. "I have the self-control of a squirrel in a nut factory." - Anonymous


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Corine Williams, Ph.D. is Clinical Psychologist that is currently seeing clients in the States of Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. You can find out more about her practice by visiting www.therapyforchristians.com/corinewilliams.  In addition to providing individual therapy, Dr. Williams is also passionate about writing books and designing merchandise that educate, uplift, and normalize mental health subject in the Christian community. You can find out more about her at  www.booksbycorine.com or by visiting her amazon profile here: https://www.amazon.com/Corine-Hyman/e/B00AWZ5FL2

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