123 Restraint Quotes to Inspire Your Journey of Self-Control and Success

The Most Famous Restraint Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most. — Thucydides

In caring for others and serving heaven, There is nothing like using restraint. — Lao Tzu

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible. — Mahatma Gandhi

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. — Albert Camus

Life is a balance between rest and movement. — Osho

A wise man does nothing by constraint. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Rest as soon as there is pain. — Hippocrates

Inability is often the mother of restriction, and restriction is the great mother of inventive performance. — Holger Czukay

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. — Soren Kierkegaard

My framework around nutrition is that there are three big levers you can always be pulling with food: dietary restriction, time restriction, and caloric restriction. — Peter Attia

Short Restraint Quotes

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  • He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. — Lao Tzu
  • Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach. — Turkish Proverbs
  • A lion lurks in everyone’s heart; awake him not. — Bulgarian Proverbs
  • It's easier to practice self-restraint when you don't have to use it very often. — James Clear
  • Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character. — Lewis H. Lapham
  • We can't have a decent government unless those in power exercise self restraint. — William Howard Taft
  • Dog bites, don't bite back. — Thai Proverbs
  • What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow. — Gary Keller
  • Companies of One work best under constraints – because that’s where creativity and ingenuity thrive. — Paul Jarvis
  • Practice restraint over the following: appetite, first, as well as sleep, lust, and anger. — Pythagoras

Top 10 Restraint Quotes

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

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. — Alexis de Tocqueville

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. — Bob Filner

Although virtually all Republicans campaign on fiscal restraint, how many actually care about it deeply? — Tucker Carlson

Stretch your arm no further than your sleeve will reach. — Turkish Proverbs

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. — Bible Proverbs

Conceal your heart, control your mouth. Beware of releasing the restraints in you; Listen if you want to endure in the mouth of the hearers. Speak after you have mastered the craft. — Egyptian Proverbs

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. — Theodore Roosevelt

This shift from the Judeo-Christian basis for law and the shift away from the restraints of the Constitution automatically militates against religious liberty. — Francis Schaeffer

A lion lurks in everyone’s heart; awake him not. — Bulgarian Proverbs

Showing Restraint Quotes

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We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might. — Theodore C. Sorensen

Self confidence is the ability to exercise restraint in the face of disrespect and still show respect in response. — Simon Sinek

The only time the press doesn’t sensationalize information is when one of their own is kidnapped. Interesting how they show restraint then. — Jim Norton

Both Self-restraint and Unrestraint are a matter of extremes as compared with the character of the mass of mankind; the restrained man shows more and the unrestrained man less steadfastness than most men are capable of. — Aristotle

Give us a chance to show you that those so-called protective laws to aid women - however well intentioned originally - have become in fact restraints, which keep wife, abandoned wife, and widow alike from supporting her family. — Martha Griffiths

People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. — Louis-Ferdinand Celine

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint. — Unknown

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them! — LouisFerdinand Celine

Who can forget that in critical times of war in 1962, 1965 and 1971, Naga underground organisations did not fire on the Indian Army? They showed restraint. — Atal Bihari Vajpayee

People whose lives are barren and insecure seem to show a greater willingness to obey than people who are self-sufficient and self-confident. To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. — Eric Hoffer

Practicing Restraint Quotes

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The deadliest foe of democracy is not autocracy but liberty frenzied. Liberty is not foolproof. For its beneficent working it demands self-restraint, a sane and clear recognition of the practical and attainable, and of the fact that there are laws of nature which are beyond our power to change. — Otto Hermann Kahn

The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues - self-restraint. — Edwin Way Teale

Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practiced by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny. — William Blackstone

Try to gather the strength to live as brother and sister after one or two children are born. This is essential for reaping the full benefit of spiritual practice and to make spiritual progress through mental restraint. — Mata Amritanandamayi

Actors must practice restraint, else think what might happen in a love scene. — Cedric Hardwicke

Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice. — Clarence Thomas

I will rejoice the day when they say: This is right whether we all rot on top of each other or not, dear children, as we certainly may. Either practice restraint or be prepared for crowding. — Flannery O'Connor

Either practice restraint or be prepared for crowding — Flannery O'Connor

Philosophy Quotes

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Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. — Dalai Lama

We're captive on the carousel of time, we can't return we can only look behind. — Joni Mitchell

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. — Thomas Jefferson

Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation. — Averroes

Less is more. Simplicity is awesome. That's all you need in life. Its just my personal philosophy. — G-Eazy

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. — Kahlil Gibran

Everything is Energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. — Unknown Author

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children. — Kahlil Gibran

My philosophy is: if you don't bear a cross, you can't wear a crown so you gotta go through some form of humiliation to reach tribulation. — Peter Tosh

Self Restraint Quotes

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Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure. — Plato

Self restraint in speech, food, entertainment and vanity are the most essential fundamental of spiritual growth. — Nouman Ali Khan

Humility and self-restraint is the True Objective of Kenpo — Ed Parker

I do not see any beauty in self-restraint. — Mary MacLane

But the self-controlled man, moving among objects, with his senses under restraint, and free from both attraction and repulsion, attains peace. — Chinmayananda Saraswati

Marriage teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, meekness, and a great many other things you wouldn't need if you had stayed single. — Paul Tournier

Will, therefore, is the unbroken determination to exercise free choice as well as self-restraint, in spite of the unavoidable experience of shame and doubt in infancy. — Erik Erikson

A man without self-restraint is like a barrel without hoops, and tumbles to pieces. — Henry Ward Beecher

Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority. — William Howard Taft

The difference between a stable society and an unstable one is that the restraints in an unstable one are external. In a stable society government ultimately becomes unnecessary; the restraints on people's actions are internal, they're self-disciplined. — Carroll Quigley

Restrain Quotes

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A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. — Jimmy Carter

One must learn to give up momentary, uncertain and destructive pleasure for delayed, restrained, but dependable pleasure. — Sigmund Freud

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom. — John Locke

One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. — James K. Polk

No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn't die out, it's wiped out. — B. F. Skinner

The freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments. — George Mason

Five or six hundred [aristocratic] heads lopped off would have assured you repose and happiness; a false humanity has restrained your arm and suspended your blows; it will cost the lives of millions of your brothers. — Jean-Paul Marat

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All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense. — Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Salt, gathered from the tears of a thousand angels, restraining the essence of Sammael, the Hellhound. The Seed of Destruction. This I can promise, Sammael, for every one of you that falls, two shall arise. — Grigori Rasputin

The whole country wants civility. Why don't we have it? It doesn't cost anything. No federal funding, no legislation is involved. One answer is the unwillingness to restrain oneself. Everybody wants other people to be polite to them, but they want the freedom of not having to be polite to others. — Judith Martin

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More Restraint Quotes

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From all these experiences the most important thing I have learned is that legibility and beauty stand close together and that type design, in its restraint, should be only felt but not perceived by the reader. — Adrian Frutiger

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint. — Hesiod

I will not agree to go to war in the Donbass. I know there are a lot of hotheads, especially those who hold rallies and say, 'Let's go fight and win it all back!' But at what price? What is the cost? It's another story of lives and land. And I won't do it. — Volodymyr Zelenskyy

I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable. — Martin Amis

Manchester City seems to have unlimited spending restraint and are attempting to have all-star quality at each position – two deep. That will be hard to beat. — John W. Henry

Sex is as important as eating or drinking and we ought to allow the one appetite to be satisfied with as little restraint or false modesty as the other. — Marquis De Sade

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. — Edmund Burke

I saw the government really using the excuse of a weak economy and a financial crisis to create more government and to push onto the American entrepreneurial society more and more restraints and government activity. — Rob Portman

If you have total freedom to design, you won't get anything interesting. So I give myself restraints in order to kind of push myself through, to create something new. It's the torture that I give myself, the pain and the struggle that I go through. So it's self-given, but that's the only way, I think, to make a strong, good new creation. — Rei Kawakubo

The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for girls, they are forward, immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress. — Socrates

Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals. — Emma Goldman

Dressing is a way of life. It brings you joy. It can give you freedom and liberation, help you to find yourself and to move without restraint. Isn't elegance forgetting what one is wearing? — Yves Saint Laurent

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

A true lady should have the wit and the imagination, or at least the very restraint, to express herself without resorting herself to such base vocabulary. — Ari Marmell

In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation. — Simone de Beauvoir

Credit bubbles are created when people believe that asset prices will keep rising indefinitely and that there is no need for caution or restraint. — Russell Napier

Discipline in typography is a prime virtue. Individuality must be secured by means that are rational. Distinction needs to be won by simplicity and restraint. It is equally true that these qualities need to be infused wiht a certain spirit and vitality, or they degenerate into dullness and mediocrity. — Stanley Morison

Those in power need checks and restraints lest they come to identify the common good for their own tastes and desires, and their continuation in office as essential to the preservation of the nation. — William O. Douglas

No bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. — Leo Strauss

What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it. — Kazuo Ishiguro

On 5 September, when the TUC unanimously rejected wage restraint, it was the end of an era, and all the financiers, all the little gnomes in Zürich and other finance centres about whom we keep on hearing, had started to make their dispositions in regard to sterling. — Harold Wilson

Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent. — Fisher Ames

There are many prices we pay for freedoms secured by the First Amendment; the risk of undue influence is one of them, confirming what we have long known: Freedom is hazardous, but some restraints are worse. — Warren E. Burger

The scope of America's global hegemony is admittedly great, but its depth is shallow, limited by both domestic and external restraints. — Zbigniew Brzezinski

In Conclusion

These quotes inspire us to resist the temptations of instant gratification and impulsive decisions. They remind us that exercising restraint can lead to better outcomes, both for ourselves and those around us. In relationships, they encourage us to be patient and understanding, promoting healthier and more meaningful connections. When faced with challenges or adversities, these quotes remind us to stay calm and composed, showing resilience in the face of adversity. They emphasize the power of restraint as a tool for personal development, helping us make wiser choices and navigate through life's complexities with grace and wisdom.

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