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





A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


If a man doesn't delight in himself and the force in him and feel that he and it are wonders, how is all life to become important to him?


Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941 American writer)


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


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself.


William Boetcker


When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


I never prod my nose into other man's porridge.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I've always seen myself as a winner, even as a kid. If I hadn't, I just might have gone down the drain a couple of times. I've got something inside of me, peasant-like and stubborn, and I'm in it 'til the end of the race.


Truman Capote (1942-, American author)


He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.


Charles Darwin (1809-1882, British naturalist)


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 (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


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 (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.


Edward Gibbon (1737-1794, British historian)


It is as proper to have pride in oneself as it is ridiculous to show it to others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.


Philip Massinger (1583-1640, British dramatist)


Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Clean your own yard first before asking others to clean theirs.


Bosnian Proverb


Do not yell "dinner" until your knife is in the loaf.


Canadian Proverb


Don't jump high in a room with a low ceiling.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


Don't make a mouse of yourself, or else you will be eaten by cats.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Don't talk about a rope in the house of someone whose father was hung.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Don't be too bold, or you will burn your eyes; but don't be too slow, or you will lose your share.


Lithuanian Proverb


Don't bite off more than you can chew.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Don't let anyone know about your secret money.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Self-respect will keep a man from being abject when he is in the power of enemies, and will enable him to feel that he may be in the right when the world is against him.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Pride... is the direct appreciation of oneself.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Believe that you can whip the enemy, .and you have won half the battle.


General J.E.B. Stuart


I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Challenge yourself all the days of your life.


Author Unknown


Govern thyself then you will be able to govern the world.


Author Unknown


To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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