An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself.


Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian writer)


I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself.


Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian writer)


Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Overcoming yourself is better than overcoming a million enemies in battle.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


You are your own master and your own vacation resort; control yourself.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


There is no king like him who is king of himself.


Saint Cadoc


You can have no greater or lesser dominion than the one over yourself. The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do.... Build, therefore, your own world.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


It is by surmounting difficulties, not by sinking under them that we discover our fortitude.


Hannah Webster Foster


A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.


Charles James Fox (1749-1806, British statesman, foreign secretary)


In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


I have come to discover through earnest personal experience and dedicated learning that ultimately the greatest help is self-help; that there is no other help but self-help -- doing one's best, dedicating oneself wholeheartedly to a given task, which happens to have no end but is an on-going process.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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It is far better to know our own weaknesses and failings than to point out those of another.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, Italian renaissance painter, sculptor)


The person who is his own master cannot tolerate another boss. It's better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely. When economy goes south, people get political.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If you want to be strong, conquer yourself.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Conqueror the self and you will conquer the opponent.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


To move the world, we must first move ourselves.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises, of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Accept the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won were over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


If thou canst walk on water, thou art no better than a straw. If thou canst fly in the air, thou art no better than a fly. Conquer thy heart that thou mayest become somebody.


Author Unknown


Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty.


Author Unknown


Self mastery comes through denial of the little things.


Author Unknown


If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


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