Quotes on Self-Discipline

See also: Proverbs 15:1  

President Brigham Young spoke of maintaining self control in one’s speech and actions:  “In all our daily pursuits in life, of whatever nature and kind, Latter-day Saints, and especially those who hold important positions in the kingdom of God, should maintain a uniform and even temper, both when at home and when abroad.  They should not suffer reverses and unpleasant circumstances to sour their natures and render them fretful and unsocial at home, speaking words full of bitterness and biting acrimony to their wives and children, creating gloom and sorrow in their habitations, making themselves feared rather than beloved by their families.  Anger should never be permitted to rise in our bosoms, and words suggested by angry feelings should never be permitted to pass our lips. ‘A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.’  ‘Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous;’ but ‘the discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.’”  (In Journal of Discourses, 11:136; see also Proverbs 15:1; 19:11; 27:4.) Old Testament Student Manual, 1 Kings – Malachi, p. 16

Self-mastery is a challenge for every individual.  Only we can control our appetites and passions.  Self-mastery cannot be bought by money or fame.  It is the ultimate test of our character.  It requires climbing out of the deep valleys of our lives and scaling our own Mount Everests. — President James E. Faust, “The Power of Self-Mastery,” Ensign, May 2000, p. 43