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Restraint Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Restraint

Please enjoy these Restraint Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength,
the latter becomes irresistible.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Wisdom

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

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

"No comment" is a splendid expression.
I am using it again and again.
- Winston Churchill

 

The pro-growth policies and spending restraint of Conservatives work.
- Zach Wamp

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint;
responsibility is restraint; therefore,
the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
- Henry B. Adams

I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far.
- Mae West

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Our runaway judiciary is badly in need of restraint by Congress.
- Phyllis Schlafly

I don't want to hear again from the attorney general
or anyone on this floor that this government has shown
it can be trusted to use the power we give it with restraint and care.
- Russ Feingold

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 submission is a restraint of liberty,
but could be of no effect as to the good intended,
unless it were general; nor general,
unless it were natural.
- Algernon Sydney

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.
- Muhammed Iqbal

By gold all good faith has been banished;
by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold,
and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.
- Sextus Propertius

There is a Passion natural to the Mind of man,
especially a free Man, which renders him impatient of Restraint.
- George Mason

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

Things aren't right.
If a burglar breaks into your home and you shoot him,
he can sue you.
For what, restraint of trade?
- Bill Maher

It is his restraint that is honorable to a person,
not their liberty.
- John Ruskin

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

Addressing global resentment cannot be put off.
If we do not learn to use our predominant power with great restraint,
we will antagonize the world.
- Lee H. Hamilton

"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

At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation
to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think
aloud without restraint or misgiving.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

For the stage displays the first vigorous expression,
as the natural thing and without conspicuous restraint,
of private individuality.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
- Daniel Webster

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

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

The boredom occasioned by too much restraint is always
preferable to that produced by an uncontrolled enthusiasm for a pointless variety.
- Osbert Lancaster

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence,
but restraint.
- Marianne Moore

The place where we don't agree is on whether there
should be some restraint on insurance companies and
whether they should be allowed to run wild.
We believe there should be some restraint;
some on the other side don't think so.
- David Axelrod

After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary
to place people where they could not do harm to others.
But the one under restraint should be cut off from
the rest of society as little as possible.
- Barbara Deming

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character;
it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort,
and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the
burdens of self-restraint.
- Lewis H. Lapham

And if thought and emotion can persist in this way
so long after the brain that sent them forth has crumpled into dust,
how vitally important it must be to control their very birth in the heart,
and guard them with the keenest possible restraint.
- Algernon H. Blackwood

There are the further difficulties of building a population
out of a diversity of races,
each at a different stage of cultural evolution,
some in need of restraint, many in need of protection;
everywhere a bewildering Babel of tongues.
- Arthur Keith

There has been growing quite a strain of irritating
feeling between our government and the Russians and
it seems to me that it is a time for me to use all
the restraint I can on these other people who have
been apparently getting a little more irritated.
- Henry L. Stimson

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

It is a monstrous thing that I will say,
but I will say it all the same: I find in many things
more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions,
and my lust less depraved than my reason.
- Michel de Montaigne

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

Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed,
a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked;
therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the
world without giving some equivalent for it ought to
be treated as a common enemy.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

I look forward to a great future for America -
a future in which our country will match its military strength
with our moral restraint,
its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
- John F. Kennedy

Dangerous because your present Administration and its
specialized agencies by all accounts know no restraint
in hitting out at any perceived enemy of America,
and nobody or nothing can protect one from their vindictiveness.
- Breyten Breytenbach

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!
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine

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

The decline of manners, the cynical pursuit without
shame or restraint of personal advantage and of money characterizes our times,
not without exceptions, of course, but more than we
ought to be comfortable with.
- J. Irwin Miller

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

Liberty has restraints but no frontiers.
- David Lloyd George

Agents need to be free to pursue investigations in ways that they haven't.
There have been restraints that a reformed FBI needs
to make sure we don't impose.
- John Ashcroft

Religion which lays so many restraints upon us,
is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no
restraints upon themselves.
- Laurence Sterne

Let us tell our legislators in advance,
that this is a right, restraints on which,
we will not, cannot bear; and that every attempt to
restrain it is a palpable wrong on God and man.
- Gerrit Smith

It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America.
Just a drink too much.
I can see myself doing it.
In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back.
But here, anything can happen.
- W. H. Auden

The more expansive government is, the more perils people face in daily lives,
be it from IRS agents or from child support services,
or from other agencies that often have little or no
legal restraints on their power.
- James Bovard

The fate of every democracy, of every government based
on the sovereignty of the people,
depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles,
absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the
restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton

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

There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints,
the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many,
the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
- Don Miguel Ruiz

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be free not because we claim freedom,
but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright


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