A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
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.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Any non-commissioned officer is more of an enemy to a recruit, any schoolmaster to a pupil, then they are if they were free.
Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.
Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Mastery of the emotions is fundamental to a virtuous life.
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.