“Teach him he must deny himself.” Robert E. Lee to a mother who asked him to bless her son, as quoted in Charles Roland, Reflections on Lee: A Historian’s Assessment (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003), p. 117.
“This powerful focusing of one’s thought and energy and will upon the doing of things is difficult – but daily efforts, strenuously made and patiently followed up, will soon lead to such a measure of self-control as will enable one … Continue reading →
“If a man be pure in thought, he will be correspondingly pure in action; but if he allows his mind to roam in unrestricted freedom through the various avenues of evil or to dwell unchecked upon the contemplation of forbidden … Continue reading →
“There need to be some absolutes in life. There are some things that should not ever be done, some lines that should never be crossed, vows that should never be broken, words that should never be spoken, and thoughts that … Continue reading →
“There is absolutely no other way to true power and abiding peace, but by self-control, self-government, self-purification. To be at the mercy of your disposition is to be impotent, unhappy… and of little real use in the world.” James Allen, … Continue reading →
“No man knows how bad he is until he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to … Continue reading →
“The greatest battle of life is fought out within the silent chambers of the soul. A victory on the inside of a man’s heart is worth a hundred conquests on the battlefields of life. To be master of yourself is … Continue reading →
“Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.” Stephen R. Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People