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Reign in Your Inner Monster: 39 Self-Control Quotes for Those Who Struggle

by Martha Simmonds

Staying in control isn’t always an easy task. We get carried away, our emotions take over or erupt, and we find ourselves in a screaming match. And when that happens, we’re often ashamed, humiliated, and disappointed in ourselves.

I know that self-control is an unachievable goal sometimes. Some people or situations bring out the worst in you. There’s nothing you can do, right? Well, it turns out that self-control is important for so much more than simply saving face. People without self-control are less likely to achieve their dreams and goals and are more likely to have mental health issues.

Because we all struggle with self-control sometimes, here are the best quotes about the importance of this virtue to inspire and motivate you.

39 Best Self-Control Quotes for Those Who Struggle With it

The Best Self-Control Quotes in History

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

#2. “The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu

#3. “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ― Thucydides

#4. “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

#5. “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.” ― Michel de Montaigne

#6. “A man who is good from docility, and not from stern self-control, has no character.” ― Henry Hazlitt

#7. “No man is free who is not master of himself.” ― Epictetus

#9. “The cardinal virtues are self-control, moderation, kindness, generosity, justice, and truthfulness tempered by discretion” ― Miriam Lichtheim

#10. “There never has been and cannot be a good life without self-control. Apart from self-control, no good life is imaginable.” ― Leo Tolstoy

#11. “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself” ― Leonardo da Vinci

#12. “Those who have accomplished the greatest results are those who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self-possessed, patient, and polite.” ― Booker T. Washington

#13. “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power.” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Best Self-Control Quotes to Inspire You

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

#15. “Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root.” ― Robert Burns

#16. “A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves a thousand moments of regret.” ― Anonymous

#17. “Self-control is the chief element in self- respect, and self- respect is the chief element in courage.” ― Thucydides

#18. “To enjoy freedom, we have to control ourselves.” ― Virginia Woolf

#19. “There is no satisfaction that can compare with looking back across the years and finding you’ve grown in self-control, judgment, generosity, and unselfishness.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

#20. “We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.” ― Edward Gibbon

#21. “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

#22. “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

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

#24. “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” ― Napoleon Hill

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

The Best Self-Control Quotes to Motivate You to be More Disciplined

#26. “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” ― Billie Jean King

#27. “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” ― Charles Darwin

#28. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” ― Vince Lombardi

#29. “It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline.” ― Harvey Mackay

#30. “By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.” ― Grenville Kleiser

#31. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” ― James Allen

#32. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

#33. “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

#34. “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

#35. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” ― Tao Te Ching

#36. “The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors.” ― Plautus

#37. “Mastering self-control, the act of restraining one’s emotions is the true key to success.” ― Timothy Pina

#38. “We have a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ― Anonymous

#39. “Since self-control is vital to reaching long-term goals, befriending people with willpower could be the secret to success. Whether you’re tempted to skip that workout at the gym, or you’re considering blowing this month’s budget, spending time with a disciplined friend could boost your motivation to maintain healthy habits.” ― Amy Morin

To Conclude

Since the battle we fight with ourselves is the hardest one we will ever have, it’s no wonder that self-control isn’t easily achievable. However, when we do achieve it, we can finally say that we have mastered something in life.

Self-control is the key to success and the answer to many life conundrums. I hope these self-control quotes have inspired you as much as they did me and that they will help you find inner peace and calmness.

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