Self-Control … begins by learning to recognize my impulses, emotions, desires, or “itches” that need restraint, and then acts to take power over self, reining them in consistently without being reminded.

“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
“Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root.”
  Robert Burns
1759-1796, Scottish Poet
“We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.”
  Edward Gibbon
1737-1794, British Historian
Self-discipline 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.”
  Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, American Speaker, Motivational Writer, “Think and Grow Rich”
“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, Author of the “Tao Te Ching”
“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
“He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.”
  John Milton
1608-1674, British Poet
Govern thyself then you will be able to govern the world.”
  Source Unknown
“To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.”
  Virginia Woolf
1882-1941, British Novelist, Essayist
“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
“When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.”
  Robert Browning
1812-1889, British Poet
“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”
  Confucius
BC 551-479, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher
“Lyndon, you can’t run the country if you can’t run yourself.”
  Lady Bird Johnson
“No man is fit to command another who cannot command himself.”
  William Penn