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You must learn to be still in the midst of activity, and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
To put a tempting face aside when duty demands every faculty is a lesson which takes most men longest to learn.
Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.
You must have discipline to have fun.
Self-command is the main elegance.
A little kingdom I possess, Where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find Of governing it well.
Everybody's business is nobody's business, and nobody's business is my business.
I listen and give input only if somebody asks.
The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors.
Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.
A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it.
There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.
Too often in ironing out trouble someone gets scorched.
When you borrow trouble you give your peace of mind as security.
Don't be curious of matters that don't concern you; never speak of them, and don't ask about them.
I will write of him who fights and vanquishes his sins, who struggles on through weary years against himself ... and wins.
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.
Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
If you can't write your message in a sentence, you can't say it in an hour.
Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
A woman that's too soft and sweet is like tapioca pudding-fine for them as likes it.
A little of what you fancy does you good.
Gammy used to say, "Too much scrubbing takes the life right out of things."
Who is apt, on occasion, to assign a multitude of reasons when one will do? This is a sure sign of weakness in argument.
The point of good writing is knowing when to stop.
Superior people never make long visits.
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
Never eat more than you can lift.
What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
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.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
Without discipline, there's no life at all.
Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive.
Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have a special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.
Waiting is one of the great arts.
Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.
I know too well the poison and the sting Of things too sweet.
Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect you have enough.
Transformation also means looking for ways to stop pushing yourself so hard professionally or inviting so much stress.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
This is the gist of what I know: Give advice and buy a foe.
Don't give advice unless you're asked.
We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want.
The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.
There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another.
He that would govern others should first be the master of himself.
You've got to ensure that the holders of an opinion, however unpopular, are allowed to put across their points of view.
There is space within sisterhood for likeness and difference, for the subtle differences that challenge and delight; there is space for disappointment- and surprise.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free. He may have power, but he will not have freedom.
Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.
When one clings to the myth of superiority, one must constantly overlook the virtues and abilities of others.
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
The only people who would be in government are those who care more about people than they do about power.
Leaders can be moral-and they should be moral-without imposing their morality on others.
The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
It was enough just to sit there without words.
Talking too much, too soon, and with too much self-satisfaction has always seemed to me a sure way to court disaster.
A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
Talk uses up ideas. ... Once I have spoken them aloud, they are lost to me, dissipated into the noisy air like smoke. Only if I bury them, like bulbs, in the rich soil of silence do they grow.
Next to entertaining or impressive talk, a thoroughgoing silence manages to intrigue most people.
Love understands love; it needs no talk.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.
One sees intelligence far more than one hears it. People do not always say transcendental things, but if they are capable of saying them, it is always visible.
The silence of a man who loves to praise is a censure sufficiently severe.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.
It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.
All the feeling which my father could not put into words was in his hand- any dog, child, or horse would recognize the kindness of it.
Nothing could bother me more than the way a thing goes dead once it has been said.
Minimum information given with maximum politeness.
A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
Beware of allowing a tactless word, rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
Violence of the tongue is very real- sharper than any knife.
Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.
The less said the better.
No man is free who is not master of himself.
You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you!
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling that desire.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.
When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it. Then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; the hardest victory is the victory over self.
The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.


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