Self Mastery: The True Source of Willpower – A Baker’s Dozen of Inspiring Quotes


This week we’ll be talking about self-mastery, the true source of willpower, and the solid foundation upon which all lasting change is built.

Here are a baker’s dozen–thirteen–quotes to contemplate today. Jot down the ones that ring true to you and keep them handy. Throughout your week, read them often, think about them deeply, and do your best to apply their wise counsel.

You CAN do it; I’m so sure of it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

PS Let me know which quotation(s) resonated with you!



We each have only one life to live. How terrible it would be to come to the end of your life and realize you did not live up to your fullest God-given potential. — Garold N. Larson

My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. — Elaine Maxwell

It seems to me that the term ‘free will’ is one of the most manipulated and exploited terms. The real explanation of free will is not that you have free will but that your will can eventually make you free, that will can liberate you, that will can release you from slavery. — Torkom Saraydarian

The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person. — Norman Vincent Peale

Who contains himself goes seldom wrong. — Confucious

It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to its max. There will be temptation. But, I promise you, when you reach your goal, it’s worth it. — Unknown

A man who governs his passions is a master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil. — St. Dominic

I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. — Pietro Aretino

Being a warrior is not about the act of fighting, it’s about being so prepared to face a challenge and believing so strongly in a cause that you are fighting for that you refuse to quit. — Richard J. Machowicz

Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses. — Alan Valentine

Be master OF mind rather than mastered BY mind — Zen Saying

The height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure, by his self-abandonment. There is no other limitation in either direction. And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish a dominion over himself will have no dominion over others. He who masters himself shall be king. — Unknown

A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself. — James Allen


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