Quotes for Control
"Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself."
– Leo Tolstoy
"Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs."
–– Andrew Carnegie
"Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them."
Ancient Samurai saying
"If you're always in a hurry, always trying to get ahead of the other guy, or someone else's performance is what motivates you, then that person is in control of you.
"Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
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"Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate."
"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself."
"No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy - unless you let him."
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"Your brain shall be your servant instead of your master, Your will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you."
Charles E. Popplestone
"Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces."
"Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure… they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it." John Bentham
"Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." Thomas Jefferson
"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
"It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own."
Samurai maxim & Chinese adage
"The mere possession of a gun is, in itself, an urge to kill, not only by design, but by accident, by madness, by fright, by bravado."Louisa May Alcott
"The control center of your life is your attitude."Anonymous
"The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust."
"I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food."Erma Bobeck
"As long as I have you there is just one other thing I'll always need - tremendous self control."
"Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root."Robert Burns
"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."Charles Robert Darwin
"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."Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
"If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self."Napoleon Hill
"No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy — unless you let him."Napolean Hill
"Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward."Napolean Hill
"When any fit of anxiety or gloominess or perversion of the mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints but exert your whole care to hide it. By endeavoring to hide it, you will drive it away."Dr. Samuel Johnson
"When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality."
Dr. Samuel Johnson
"Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint."James Russell Lowell
"He that would govern others, first should be The Master of himself." Philip Massinger
"It is so easy to be confrontive without being informative; indignant without being intelligent; impulsive without being insightful."Neal A. Maxwell
"The Savior's constant desire and effort were to implant in the mind right thoughts, pure motives, noble ideals, knowing full well that right words and actions would inevitably follow.
He taught, and modern physiology and psychology confirm, that hate and jealousy and other evil passions destroy a man's physical vigor and efficiency. What a man continually thinks about determines his actions in times of opportunity and stress. A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield."
David Oman McKay
"He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king."
"The last and favorite resort of the clergy when they are questioned too closely is: their questioners simply don't understand; they are "uninstructed and amateurish." "Unless you accept our interpretation of the texts," the layman is told, "you obviously do not understand them. And if you don't understand them, you have no right to question our interpretation of them!"
And so the layman is put in his place. The guarded degree, the closed corporation, the technical vocabulary, these are the inner redoubt, the inviolable stronghold of usurped authority. Locked safe within the massive and forbidding walls of institution and formality lies what the Egyptians called "the king's secret," the secret of controlling the past."
"Wherever we look in the ancient world the past has been controlled, but nowhere more rigorously than in the history of the Christian church. The methods of control, wherever we find them, fall under three general heads which might be described as (a) the invention, (b) the destruction, and (c) the alteration of documents."
"He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche
"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."
Anthony (Tony) Robbins
"O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant."
"They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit Heaven’s graces,
And husband nature’s riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die;
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds:
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
"When we direct our thoughts properly, we can control our emotions..."
W. Clement Stone
"When you do the wrong thing, knowing it is wrong, you do so because you haven't developed the habit of effectively controlling or neutralizing strong inner urges that tempt you, or because you have established the wrong habits and don't know how to eliminate them effectively."
William Clement Stone
"He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."
Tao Te Ching
"Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, -
These three alone lead life to sovereign power."
Alfred Lord Tennyson
"When angry, count four; when very angry, swear."
"Four innate sentiments dispose people to a universal moral sense. These are sympathy, fairness, self-control and duty."
James Q. Wilson
"If you can control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself . If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."
George G. Woodson
"Control your destiny or somebody else will."
"You must be on top of change or change will be on top of you."
Mark Victor Hansen